My Treo 755 is on its last leg, locking up multiple times a day. What phones can I use (new or used) that will work with my plan? I would like a PDA/Smartphone style device. I do not want to change my current plan which is Free & Clear Family Plan 1000 with Sprint Data Plus Pack and Sprint Casual Data (both are currently added on for free)
I'm sorry, but all PDA/smartphones require a data plan. Check this the list of phones in this post: http://community.sprint.com/baw/message/286992#286992. You should be able to get any of those devices and keep your F&C plan.
What you have with your F&C rate plan is a data pack add-on. Smartphones require a data RATE plan, i.e., Everything Data or Simply Everything.
The phones listed in the other phone are also data-capable for which your data pack add-on suffices, but it is not enough for a phone classified as a smart or PDA phone in our systems.
Another cool option could be the Rumor Touch with Opera mini 6.0 installed, and or the Sanyo 3810 with Opera mini 6.0 installed, I also have the blue 755 but did not pursue the Opera mini download ,,,nice phone.......Go to yor web browser and type m.opera.com then later always accept,,,,agree!
I have a HTC touch pro 2 with a $15 data pack. my wife has an old Moto Q. Indestructable unless imersed in water. But I cannot figure out how to send picture mail on the Q
Yes, it would be very very (very) nice if Sprint allowed a faster smartphone on the Free & Clear plan, but we are probably lucky Sprint allows even this slow old HTC TP2 smartphone. Probalby the only way Sprint will allow this is if they realize sooner, rather than later, that the F&C plans are not converting to the newer more expensive Sprint everything plans, and instead the F&C people leave Sprint for greener pastures and faster phones (probably, I hate to say it, where I am headed). Because if you have to switch plans, you might as well switch companies too. I currently have 3 of the HTC Touch Pro 2's on my F&C plan. The TP2 is at the low end of the smart phones in terms of speed. HTC TP2 are annoying slow half the time, sometimes they are peppy (well not peppy, but tolerable), and often at random times, usually when you need the phone to be fast, they stare at you and do nothing for 45 seconds, then decide OK, you've waited long enough, now I will sort of cooperate. The TP2 is like a house cat, it does what it wants when it wants, sometimes fast, but usually lazy and sluggish. The HTC TP2 runs Windows Mobile 6.5 which is an annoying interface, somethings are intuative most are not.
If you do decide to go with the TP2 here are some notes to speed up the HTC TP2:
WiMoSpeed link with a CAB to install it. The latest version is v1.09 http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=887469
The HTC TP2 will run Android. I tried putting Android on the HTC TP2 and YES, it is such a good OS compared to WM6.5 that I suffered through how super slow it was for over a month. My experience was that Android on the HTC TP2 was 200% slower than WM6.5. If someone can tell me how to get Android to run super fast on the TP2 I would be in heaven. http://www.androidonhtc.com/
Cost: I have been with Sprint for 12 years (since 2000). I went with Sprint because they offered a 25% discount on the F&C plan. They used to give 25% off everything on the bill, but since 2011 Sprint has elimated the 25% Sprint discount on all the data parts of the plan (any part of the plan under $29.99 does not recieve a discount anymore) + Sprint now charges more per phone for some random surcharge. So my bill has gone up $25/mo in the last year since 2011, and I have changed nothing.
I never sign a Sprint contract at renewal + always buy my own phone and I can activate the phone directly from the Sprint website (pretty cool thing Sprint has implemented). You can get the HTC TP2 for under $100 in near new condition on eBay. I have paid from $50 to $125 for an HTC TP2 depending on the condition. Just get it from a highly rated seller, and make sure you test all the keys and the camera and such the day you get it. I have had to send back a few of the phones that don't work the way they are advertised. The reason I don't sign a contract is because 2 years is a long long time + I want the flexibility to go elsewhere whenever I want. Also, in my experience whenever I sign a contract the company seems to increase the bill since I am locked in. Plus Sprint treats me way nicer when I don't have a contract. They do not want me to leave and they no I don't have to stay.