If my existing phone were damaged and I got another one through TEP, I'd be activating the exact same phone (sort of). So, do I have to pay the extra $10/mo?
The answer is that you actually can't avoid this charge. By the way, just curious, you say it's unfair that you would have this extra charge even if you get the exact same phone. Which begs the question, if you want the exact same phone, why would you get a new one?
You must be talking about the Premium Data for smartphones. As of January 30, 2011 ALL smartphones including Blackberries. At first this was for 4G phones only, but now for all even though all areas don't have 4G.
My wife and I are on a Family Shared plan of 1,500 minutes, unlimited talk, text and web (apparently at 3G speed only). We both have the Blackberry Curve and are month to month.
If we upgrade our phones Sprint has informed us that we will have to pay an additional $10.00 per phone to keep unlimited data, even if we upgrade with the exact same phone.
I don't think this is fair as I don't care about 4G speed and don't mind the 3G speed but just want to get a different phone.