Check this out ... I just got word that Sprint's soon to be released
flagship device, the Samsung Instinct, will be available for use with
SERO plans. That sound you hear is the faint but hearty applause of
in-the-know Sprint subscribers cheering. For those who don't know,
SERO is the Sprint Exclusive Referral Offer and it offers siginificant
savings as compared to regular Sprint plans.
don't have details
yet regarding pricing, or how Sprint's going to work Instinct extras
like Sprint TV into their current SERO offerings, or if there will be a
new, Instinct-only, SERO plan. But I can tell you that someone in a
position to know (trust me) told me that Instinct will work with SERO
and that Sprint employees will learn the details before the device
becomes available. We're still looking at June 20th for Instinct
availability, btw. And I could NOT get any confirmation on the rumored
$199 after rebate Instinct price point that's been floating around the
Web for the past week or so.
So that's good news for all you cheapo Sprint subscribers who just
gotta getta Instinct, right? Just for the sake of sparking some wild
predictions, here's what we do know about rate plan pricing:
has announced that Instinct will require activation on a Simply
Everything plan. Currently there are three tiers of Simply Everything:
450 minutes for $69.99/mo, 900 minutes for $89.99, and unlimited
minutes for $99.99. The plans also include unlimited messaging and
data, though there's been a wee bit of controversy surrounding just
what "unlimited data" may or may not mean (personally I don't think
there's much to worry about unless you're planning to hack your
Instinct to host a bit torrent farm).
SERO also offers three voice plans, all of which include unlimited text and data. 500 minutes on SERO? $30/month. 1250 minutes? $49.99/mo. And unlimited minutes? Sorry, that's $99.99 just like the regular plan. But still, the 500 and 1250 minute plans offer more minutes at a whopping $40 less per month than the two cheapest Everything options. Dude, that's like a no-brainer.
Like I said, I don't know if the current SERO pricing will
hold for Instinct, and I don't know anything about Sprint TV, Sprint
Radio, or other Instinct features under SERO. And this isn't public,
so for all I know it'll change before launch day. But as of right now
I've got word from someone I trust that Instinct + SERO = Yes! And
that's a good thing.