I was lucky enough to be able to buy a Palm Pre this Saturday. Well, it turns out I didn't have to be that lucky. There were 54 people in line at 8AM when Sprint opened. They had 55 phones. Someone came by at 8:05 and grabbed the last reservation ticket. After that another 10 people came out and had to be put on the waiting list.
Sprint had managed the release really well. Everything was extremely well organized. However, they were activating so many phones nationwide at the same time that their computers went down. It took them over an hour to provision my phone.
The Sprint people (who were really, really nice) decided that I waited much to long and offered me 50% off of one accessory. I quickly asked for them to set me up their Touchstone charger - a very cool induction charger. They quickly realized they couldn't do that. Not only that, but they said to provision the phone they had to have me on one of their newer plans... the cheapest of which were $25 more than I pay a month now.
What do I get for that $25? The network is still the same. I'd still get the same unlimited Internet that I had before. I'd still get the same text messages. What I get is to lose the grandfathered plan that I've been in for 8 years, because Sprint decided to rebundle, rename, and reprice the feature set that I had before. Fantastic!
I'm planning a call to Sprint retentions tomorrow. Obviously, it's hard to get too far with them when you are waiting in line to buy the hot new phone - and the guy there didn't have the power to help me - especially in the chaos of their computers going down. We'll see how that works. I've had luck with that in the past.
Here are some articles to keep you busy. I might not get an article out as my wife undergoes some minor foot surgery.
- Brip Blap comments on the statement "I'm debt free, except for the (insert blank.)"
- Frugal Dad looks into the gift of equity
- Million Dollar Journey offers 8 ways to keep your kids busy this summer without going broke.
- Digerati Life comes up with a list of the best places to retire for cheap.
- Money Smart Life presents stock dividends 101.
- My Dollar Plan gives the floor to readers to share Lending Club returns.
- The Sun's Financial Diary asks is the Fed going to determine savings account interest rates?
More Finance Posts:
- Five Cent Nickel offers five suggestions on how to pay off your mortgage early.
- Bargaineering posts the average net worth of an American family.
- Six great ways to slam the door on your customers by Mighty Bargain Hunter is on what not to do--consider it customer service suicide.
- Early Retirement Extreme presents my 4 hour work week.
- Money Crashers shows readers how to adjust your portfolio for inflation.
- The Dough Roller blogs about the myth of good debt versus bad debt.
- Rich Credit Debt Loan asks should you pay for your child's college education?
- Our Personal Finances says a retirement calculator puts the market decline in perspective.
- Steadfast Finances posts examples of kids using Facebook & MySpace to make millions as teenage entrepreneurs.
- All Financial Matters wonders if 41 miles per gallon enough to justify buying a smart?
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