The Palm Pre – supossed real competition for the iPhone with true multitasking and oodles of other cool features – isn’t going to be available for SERO users. For those that don’t know, SERO is an older employee referral plan that has:
- Unlimited data
- Unlimited text messaging
- Unlimited picture and MMS messaging
- between 500-unlimited voice calling
- Unlimited roaming
- 7PM Nights and Weekends
- Unlimited nights and weekends
The most basic plan of $30 (around $35 after taxes) is for 500 minutes, which is plenty for me. Most of my calls are nights and weekends anyways, and I have never exceeded 100 minutes of peak usage.
The downside is that Sprint says with the upcoming Palm Pre, you must upgrade to a plan with “Everything” in it such as “Simply Everything” or “Everything Plus” – this is assuming that you want the $200 in rebates and the $150 in instant discount for extending your contract to get the Palm Pre at a decent price of $200 in contract. So…what if I don’t want to extend my contract? What if I pay full price for the phone and activate it, will it work?
So I started a chat session with an online Sprint CSR to see if I could purchase a Palm Pre out of contract at full price ($549) to activate on my (awesome) SERO 500 plan. After explaining that no, I wasn’t interested in extending my contract, I got this response back:
…no guarantee that this will allow you to work with this plan due to the plan being out of before the device came out.
At this point I gave up and decided I’ll go to a Sprint store and ask in person. Results soon!