Sprint has reportedly started to send out letters to its Sprint Premier customers alerting them that it is ending the program. The letters indicate that December 31st, 2011 will be the final day of availability for Premier benefits, and Sprint’s New for You Upgrade Program will take the Premier program’s place.”To allow us to continue to offer you the value of unlimited data plans and cutting-edge devices, we’ve had to make some hard decisions,” Sprint said in the letter. “We want to let you know that the Sprint Premier program is coming to a close. This decision was not an easy one for us but one we feel is necessary at this time.” Sprint’s Premier website has been updated to reflect the closure of the program, and Premier subscribers can follow the read link below for additional details. More →
Way back on the 20th, we told you that Sprint would be tweaking its customer loyalty rewards program — lovingly known as Premier. Recently, Sprint contacted BGR to clarify a few details about exactly what has to happen for customers to qualify for the program’s restructured incentives.
A gold level member will receive 25% off the purchase of 2 or more accessories, customer news letters, “just because” perks, first to buy offers, and the ability to upgrade one device after 12 months of service. To qualify for a Premier Gold membership, users must have an individual monthly plan costing $89.99 or more or a family plan costing $169.99 (before any applicable discounts).
A silver level member will receive the same benefits as gold members — 25% off the purchase of 2 or more accessories, customer news letters, “just because” perks, and first to buy offers — but will not have the ability to upgrade a device after 12 months of service. To qualify for a Premier Silver membership, users must have an individual monthly plan costing between $69.99 and $89.98 or a family plan costing between $99.99 and $169.98 (before any applicable discounts).
Any customer, regardless of rate-plan price, that has been with Sprint over ten years will automatically qualify for Premier Gold. There you have it. Straight from the horses mouth.
You know that saying, “give and take?” Someone should tell U.S. wireless carriers that ignoring 50% of that adage sort of makes you look greedy. BGR has learned that beginning on April 1st, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint will increase the requirements customers must meet to qualify for early hardware upgrades via the Premier program. This news comes just days after the company announced a new $10 “premium data fee” for all smartphone customers — set to take effect on January 30th. Hit the break for all the details. More →
Nokia hit us up to let us know that in addition to partnering with Disney on the upcoming TRON: Legacy movie (Nokia said the film will be the first to feature the Nokia N8), they are going to be having a very special advanced screening of the movie. It’s taking place on Tuesday, December 14th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and Nokia has give us a pair of tickets to give away to you guys. Here are the details on how to enter!
- To enter to win (2) tickets to an advanced screening of Disney’s TRON: Legacy, courtesy of Nokia:
- Drop in a comment below on why you’d like to attend the screening — maybe tell us your favorite scene from the first film, maybe your favorite Nokia handset — anything you want.
- The content will run until this Friday, December 9th at 11:59PM ET. We’ll notify the winner by email within 48 hours after the contest has closed.
- Good luck!
P.S. If you don’t win in our contest, hit up Nokia’s Facebook page to try your luck. More →
Granted this isn’t typically how we learn of new handsets from Sprint, but anyone still not convinced that Sprint is indeed preparing to launch a new variant of the Instinct can now rest easy. Sure, last month we exclusively told you about the phone appearing on Best Buy’s site and then about a week later it popped up again in live shots, but some people just aren’t happy until they hear it from the horse’s mouth. For those people, we’re happy to inform you that the horse’s most recent newsletter sent out to Premier customers includes the little image and ensuing blurb you see to the right. Whether or not it was included by mistake is unknown but it was in fact included and as such, it’s more than safe to say a launch is almost at hand. The blurb highlights “a 3.2″ screen, enhanced visual voicemail, simpler texting, improved browsing and a 5-megapixel camera,” so consider those the main talking points once Sprint does finally unveil its new Instinct. As for when that might happen or how much the HD will cost, no word yet we’re afraid. Soon, Sprint fans, soon.
If there’s one thing we love when it comes to carriers, it’s cryptic emails. There’s just nothing like getting speculation swirling ahead of an announcement and what better way than to send out a hype-mailer to get people’s gears turning. Above is an email sent out today to Sprint Premier customers, giving them a bit of a heads up that something big is coming tomorrow via newsletter. Did we say ‘big’? Big just doesn’t cut it, people — this is shaping up to be a “wireless revolution”! We’re not going to make any guesses here, but considering the email references Simply Everything, Right Plan Promise and ReadyNow, odds are good it has something to do with a new type of service or plan offering. Odds are also good that it has something to do with this “Any Mobile” site listed as coming soon that was dug up by our tipster. Anyone care to wager a guess?