1. Front and rear cameras, including 8MP camera that records videos in HD.
What does having (or not having) camera has to do with anything? Are they implying that having a better camera means bigger data consumption? Samsung Instinct HD has 5MP camera. Does it mean they will be charging for that too? Or do they imply anything with 8MP will have an extra fee? If your DSL provider were to charge you $10 for having a better video camera on the laptop you have, would you agree to that?
2. Faster processor
Faster processor makes UI experience better. It makes interface suck less. But it has very little to do with data. I suppose having flash video support would be a better reason but just faster CPU? As generations of phones change, and most new HTC models come with 1Ghz CPU, does it mean all new phones will suddenly require a $10 a month fee? Would you like your DSL provider to charge you more because your desktop has faster CPU? What is it you say? That they are limiting bandwidth by the network? Why certainly. So, Marketing BS.
3. 4.3″ Display
Again, completely irrelevant. It’s like your cable or satellite provider demanding an extra $10 for TV larger than 26″ or something like that. I know my current one doesn’t. So why should phone’s display matter?
4. 3G/4G capable… best price value with 4G speeds where available
Um… that data cost doesn’t seem to be as good value with extra $10 thrown on top. 4G speeds available in very limited areas. So 80% of uncovered populations are suckers that will pay for hot air. “10X speed” as Androidandme.com’s tests show tops at 2Mbps. Hardly 10X. The coverage of Sprint’s 3G network doesn’t change if you use EVO 4G or any other 3G capable phone. Marketing BS.
5. Even with $10 Premium customers will still save up to $40 over comparable AT&T or Verizon plans
Really? Because Sprint seems to be comparing plan that has 450 anytime minutes to “unlimited talk” plans. Yes, “any mobiles” is a nice feature, but if someone is already on AT&T, there’s a very good chance that AT&T’s mobile-to-mobile works just fine. The comparison should be Sprint’s 450 minutes to AT&T’s 450 minutes.
Let’s see, for Samsung Solstice touch phone: 450 anytime minutes $39.99 (includes rollover, 5000 night/weekend minutes, unlimited AT&T Mobile-to-mobile), unlimited data + messaging $30.00 = $69.99
Versus Sprint’s $79.99. So, where is that $40 a month price advantage?
How about unlimited plan?
$69.99 + $30 = $99.99. vs Sprint’s $109.99
Not seeing savings…
Let’s check the iPhone case:
Unlimited $69.99 + $30 (data) + $20 (unlimited sms/mms) = $119.99
That’d be $10 savings. Still not seeing that unlimited advantage.
So, I’d say for most users plans comparison is not what Sprint wants it to be. In reality, Sprint’s plans will be compared with current non-unlimited plans, which means “price advantage” is either minimal or not at all.
The amount of marketing BS is just through the roof. Yuk!
All they had to do, is classify that $10 as “4G add-on”, and don’t charge users in 3G markets, and this whole thing could have been avoided. But hey, some people are greedy enough to nickel and dime under BS-y pretenses.