I am currently eligible for an upgrand and want the Blackberry Passport. Sprint let me know yesterday that they will NOT be getting the Passport and that I can buy it independently and have the service connected with Sprint in 2/2015. Is that a benefit for me? NO that is the entire point of being eligible for the upgrade. So you want me to spent 500 out of pocket then come to you for service. Ummmm. NO Sprint , try again..
For many of legacy Sprint customers, our monthly bill includes a subsidy for new phones every two years. Purchasing Blackberry's on the outside and connecting means we pay full price for the phone, while Sprint pockets the subsidy as pure profit. Perhaps, Sprint needs to merge with the other big CDMA player?
You do know that BlackBerry didn't make a CDMA model of the Passport? That leaves Verizon out of it too. If I still had a BlackBerry, I would blame them.
Verizon plans on offerring the BB Classic. Sprint is not mentioned! Bad enough no Passport,
but no Classic is in the works for Sprint. At least offer Classic and Passport via mail order,
no need to stock in stores, where everyone is a gaming or Facebook AppleHead.
This really sucks. Sprint could at least state via these Forums that Sprint is actively working on obtaining the Passport and/or Classic for the Sprint network -- before everyone is forced to jump ship to ATT. Verizon has already announced its intentions.
Or, Sprint and their deep-pocket owners need to get on the GSM bandwagon before being the last carrier on CDMA (after and should Verizon switches to GSM, which would not surprise). Someones I think automated robots are replying for Sprint on these forums.
Yesterday, I spoke with Sprint on a billing issue. Anything else? Yes, Passport and Classic!!!
The agent gave the canned answer: "Is Blackberry still making cell phones?" Seems like so many have gotten that answer from Sprint agents, all of whom should be fired for being so out of touch.
Then he said, you could buy one from web sources, unlocked and presumably a CDMA variant, and have it work on the Sprint network. But he acknowledges I'd be paying a built-in subsidy in my monthly family rate for upgrading every two years, and not using the subsidy for upgrade! No alternative other than jumping to ATT when my contracts are up. What's with Sprint big-backers in Japan? Have they not a clue?
Unfortunately there is no CDMA radio version of the Passport yet. However, there is for the Classic and Verizon has that already.