I've the Navigon navigation on my ATT phone which i downloaded on to my wifes Sprint iPhone. But i agrree you pay $10 extra and now you have to pay for the navigation !!
Yeah... that is Sprint's icing on the cake. We now have to pay the additional data on phones that use a lot of data, even though they are on an unlimited data plan to begin with. Ohh... but now we use less data becasue we do not have access to Sprint Live TV nor Sprint Navigation.
Waze is a perfectly acceptable (free) alternative to Sprint Navigation. I missed it at first to, but know Waze has replaced it and works great. There is youtube and many apps for video. The Iphone is not advertised as a phone that carries Sprint TV. I researched all these things prior to buying my iphone and there were no suprise's.
I agree. No surprises there. The surprise was getting a bill with a $10 "premium data fee". When I asked about it, this is what happened (I am paraphrasing the conversation with the sprint agent):
- that's a 3G fee
- I had the Palm Pre, which is 3G, and I did not have that fee.
- oh, no, sorry. It's a 4G fee.
- I'm getting the iPhone. That's not a 4G phone.
- No. But smart phones use a lot more data than regular phones. That's why we charge the fee.
- So it's because of the amount of data used?
- But my plan is an unlimited data plan. So why do I have to pay more if I use a lot of data on a plan that includes unlimited data?
- But it's premium data.
- You mean, premium, like live TV and voice prompted navigation?
- But the iPhone doesn't have either of those
Well, you get the picture...
the palm pre was so much better than this crappy iphone so much easier to use did multiple apps at once the iphone you have to exit a program to access another.
This link explains the reason for the Premium data fee, in short it is primarily to compensate for increased cost of providing service because of high data usage in PDA phones as compared to standard feature phones. http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/sprintbl
Yes. At this point, we all understand that the fee is due to (and I quote your response) "high data usage in PDA phones". But... it's an unlimited data plan. The plan by itself, before applying the additional fee, states that it is an unlimited data plan. But if we purchase a phone that MAY use more data (depends on what the owner uses the phone for), Sprint will charge extra.
But wait... if you try to do something that requires a lot of data, we get the message that the operation can not be performed unless we are connected to a WiFi network, and thus not through Sprint's network.
So you pay a fee to be able to get more data on a plan that supposedly was an "unlimited data" plan. But you can not use this data, if it is too much for the sprint network. You have to be connected to a WiFi network. If you are not near a WiFi source that you can access (at an airport, for example, where WiFi is often $10 for 1 day access), then you are out of luck. The $10 premium data fee will not not get us our of this jam.
Thank you for your reply, I had posted the information in response to Jassenlaplant. they seemed to indicate that the $10 premium data fee was a charge for Sprint TV or Sprint Navigation.