Yea, I find it a bit shady. When they first developed the plans I questioned why we(Sprint users) had to pay for it when we could never use it. Since it was in our plans it had to have been figured into them with Sprint still profiting. Now they start selling a phone that will actually pull in customers on the Nextel side they take it out?
Unlimited Nextel Direct connect was included in the old Talk/Message/Connect plans. It was then removed when the plans changed to the Everything Messaging plans. Then for a while it was available to those plans as a free add-on instead, but was not included in the base plan. Now it is back how it was with it costing $5 extra to add. The Everything Data plans did have the NDC until this last plan set change. When the pricing plans changed on 7/11 this was one of the few things that changed again. The name of the plans has not changed however, just the features of these plans from that point forward.
Sprint has went wayyy too far!! They have the everything data 450 plan with any mobile, anytime, and when it first came out it couldn't be beat!!!
The Everything Data 450 When it 1st came out was EXACTLY the same as the Simply Everything Plan, with one exception that took $30.00 off th bill!
The only difference was the minutes, instead of unlimited mins to any1, I got 450 mins for domestic calling, But nights atarted at 7pm, and had Any Mobile, Anytime, I could call ANY cellphone , anywhere anytime for free!! It was a dream plan!!
And Cheap, $69.99 recurring, (Ins. optional $7.00 TEP)! $76.99 Before taxes!! So they kept the plan like that for a while, untill everyone started switching to it, and it was getting great reviews, even ended up Being The #1 rated Plan in the Nation!!! And that helped them start to catch uo to AT&T & Verizon, Who, at the time were blowing Sprint/Nextel away!! Life WAS GOOD!!!!!
Then they started adding extra charges, 1st, it was the ASL FEE of $4.99/month, (for those on a spending limit program), that 1 was added to ever plan.
But the WORST IS Now the Everything Data 450 plan DOES NOT INCLUDE DIRECT CONNECT ANYMORE, THEY TOOK IT OFF AND NOW OFFER TO PUT IT BACK ON BUT FOR AN EXTRA $5 A MONTH OR DIRECT CONNECT!!! Unlimited DC has ALWAYS been included in Plans!!!
All I know is they aren't trying very hard to keep customers!! My contracs up in March, and I had ALL intentions of staying! but I don't know now!!