[…] here’s the deal with the Sprint: some allotment of anytime minutes, along with unlimited data and weekend/night minutes, for $30. It’s some sort of referral system that one of my friends is in.
It’s called SERO: Sprint Employee Referral Offer. It’s Sprint’s desperate effort to attract subscribers because they’ve been bleeding profusely for years. Anyone can get it: go here and enter “firstname.lastname@example.org” as the employee email address.
I used it for a month, wasn’t satisfied, returned it, and went back to paying Verizon $55/month on a crappy old phone for a few months before getting an iPhone.
[…] BTW, I’m also considering the implications that Sprint flat-out sucks.
It does. More than you can imagine.
But with complaints for every carrier, you’d think they all suck.
They do, to varying degrees.
- Verizon is expensive and gives all of their phones a terrible walled-garden interface that nickel-and-dimes you at every opportunity. And their network is unreliable in dense areas. But overall coverage is great.
- AT&T’s customer service is bad, and coverage isn’t quite as good as Verizon. But it’s not as bad as I expected as a previous 4-year Verizon customer. They have the iPhone, and their network is far more reliable in cities than Verizon’s.
- Sprint’s customer service is horrendous, and they will screw up absolutely everything that’s possible to screw up. But it’s very cheap. Their coverage is about as good as AT&T’s.
- T-Mobile has terrible coverage and a terrible data network, but very low prices.
AT&T sucks far less than I expected, and the iPhone is the best device on the market. I’m very happy with my decision.