Oh Sprint How I Love You So, Let Me Count the Ways.

December 12, 2008

The last few months my Sprint bill had been in the multiple of hundreds of dollars. Usually above $300, so I finally decided to switch to their everything plan. $99 dollars + tax for all the calling, texting, and web is an excellent price and I will take full advantage of it. However, it just so happens that I have a corporate discount of 23%. Now, if you do the math, that would be a savings of at least $23 every single month! Yes, doesn’t that rock, simply everything plan for $77 + tax? However, I received my first bill today and the awesome savings came to a total of $0.18. Yes, that cents… 18 cents.

I picked up the phone and got in contact with Sprint (who btw has changed their IVR and gotten rid of ASR). The wonderful agent I spoke with, Christina, informed me that “since the simply everything plan is already so discounted, no further discounts can be applied towards it”. Well, isn’t that grand? In the long run, I will pay less, however I will miss that 23% discount. :(

~david

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3 Comments to "Oh Sprint How I Love You So, Let Me Count the Ways."

  1. Dylan wrote:

    David, I’m sorry to hear about your problems with Sprint. At the risk of sounding presumptuous I think I can help. I’ve saved over $230 per year off my Verizon Wireless plan by working through a website called http://www.fixmycellbill.com (by a company called Validas). With large cell bills like yours, I would seriously check out this service which is free to consult. Additionally, my savings are not an exception given that the average customer saves $487 annually through Validas. In fact, I was so impressed with these results that I took a job with the company. I know it sounds like I’m majorly plugging for Validas here and I am, but only because it is a very effective service that I think would significantly benefit you financially.

    Here’s a quick breakdown of how it actually works. Validas analyzes your online cell bill for free and calculates how much money you could be saving. It turns out that eight of ten wireless customers are paying more than they need to for their plans. Validas fixes these discrepancies by tailoring a customer’s plan to fit their specific needs. If you choose, Validas provides your personalized cell bill adjustment report that is emailed, for five bucks, to your wireless provider in industry specific format so you can actually implement these cash saving changes. If Validas can save you more than $5 on your bill, this obviously provides a very cost effective solution.

    Validas is rapidly gaining a reputation as the preeminent advocate for the wireless customer. Check out a feature about the company on The Big Idea with CNBC’s Donny Deutsch at http://www.cnbc.com/id/22782456/. Any cell subscriber who wants to cut costs should consider Validas. It’s free to consult and you only stand to save.

    Take care and good luck in further reducing your Sprint bill.

    Dylan

  2. dmacias wrote:

    So, I took a few minutes and did a little research about Validas and visited their site myvalidas.com and honestly I don’t see how you would be able to help me. You will take my cell phone bill and then show me a bunch of graphs about it. Since the demo report was not available on your website, I will assume you will tell me when, time of day, I make most of my calls. You will probably tell me what are my top x called numbers and some other information that I can probably figure for myself. In addition, I don’t see how you can lower my bill or really lower anyone’s bill who has any sort of sense on how to deal with cell phone companies.

    Why is my bill so high? Because I go over my allocated minutes by about 1000 to 2000 minutes. How to fix that? Get a different plan. But I don’t want to pay more per month. Then don’t go over your limits.

    Regardless, I don’t see what kind of clientele you’re looking to attract. I would assume it would be older customers or customers who never had a cell phone before in their lives.

    david

  3. Dylan wrote:

    Hi David, since it’s free to do so, I would encourage you to actually upload your bill to Validas to see how much Validas could save you off your bill. If your savings are $0, then congrats on having modified your plan to best suit your needs. Otherwise, if your Validas savings are a significant chunk of change, it would seem pretty evident how Validas could help you.

    I would also add that with regard to payment, before you pay the five dollar fee for a single usage of Validas (there are significant discounts if you order multiple audits, as for example a business owner might), we tell you exactly how much you would save with no obligation to continue. Like I said in my original post, if your savings are greater than five dollars (and the average user currently saves $480 annually through Validas), then Validas is a fiscally responsible choice for you. In other words, you don’t have to pay a cent unless Validas can save more for you than Validas charges you in fees. All this and more is explained in greater detail on the Validas website at http://www.fixmycellbill.com.

    I would encourage you to check out Validas in the mainstream media:

    on CNBC at: http://www.cnbc.com/id/22782456/

    in Business Week at: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_17/c4081plus912142.htm?chan=magazine+channel_personal+business

    and in the New York Times at: http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/validas/

    Take care,
    Dylan

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