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The Samsung Instinct Thread

Discussion in 'Sprint Forum' started by WonderDude2k, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. WonderDude2k

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    I've been waiting quite a while to replace my phone with whatever Sprint's answer to the iPhone is. A touchscreen is nifty and everything, but the biggest draw for me is computer-like internet access. All the phones I've had in the past have had nearly useless web browsers, and I wasn't willing to get a honkin' huge smartphone for a somewhat better experience.

    Thus I'm eagerly anticipating the Instinct. Will it be worthy of the hype Sprint & Samsung are trying to whip up (nowisgood.com)? I dunno, but I'm kinda skeptical. Especially since there don't appear to be a lot of substantial reviews on the internet yet.

    I suppose I'll end up getting it, unless it totally sucks, or doesn't work with the SERO plan. The last time I looked at the fine print, it allowed for some non-everything plan options. 1200 bones a year is a heck of a lot, if it won't do my laundry. I just checked the site again, however, and it doesn't specify which plans existing customers can continue using with the Instinct. It says "Instinct requires an Everything plan for key features to function appropriately." What exactly won't work with SERO? GPS? I got a Tom Tom for that.
     
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    This phone looks pretty good I thought windows mobile was on it at first but without that on it, might be a good phone. Just wish it had wifi.
     
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    Yeah, this review came up on Google. It's helpful, but it seems like the author hasn't actually used the phone yet. Where's the full-blown hands-on reviews? This thing's coming out in only a week!
     
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    for new sign ups it requires simply everything plans but im not sure if you can activate it on a current SERO account
     
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    Quite a disappointing development. Is the instinct so hot of a phone that sprint can get away with being all restrictive 'n stuff, like at&t? My gut says no. Most regular people haven't heard of the thing yet.

    Maybe I'll sit on the sidelines a while, and wait for the dust to settle. Or just get an iPhone, since it's proven, improved, and still hot. Good thing I'm not under contract with sprint any more.
     
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    so if a SERO customer upgraded to an Instinct they would be required to change their plan?
     
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    Yes, that's what it says.
     
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    I still don't see what their reasoning is I think at some point Sero is going to fade out cause it would require you to leave for a new phone.
     
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    It seems like Sprint is trying to iPhone-ize plans for the Instinct. Also, I have a feeling they don't want the unlimited data option available in the SERO plans to be used with an Instinct. Sprint must realize they're giving away the farm with SERO, but they're not going to let their flagship phone lose any bit of money it could make. It makes sense, but it sucks for SERO subscribers.
     
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    it does........do Windows Mobile devices require a data plan now other than the Instinct???
     
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    I am hearing now that you can use this on Sero well I guess we will for surely know when this comes out Friday.
     
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    I got an e-mail for a "private screening" of the instinct today at sprint stores. It says you have to print out the e-mail and bring it in.

    Gonna pop out there in a little bit and check it out. I'll ask about the SERO situation and let ya know.
     
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    I got the same email. I actually bought the thing and billed it to my account. I set it up on its own plan so as not to mess with anything else of mine. I doubt I will keep the thing, but so far it seems ok. Definitely would take some getting used to. I think something as "fancy" as this requires a few days before a detailed review is possible.
     
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    Hmm, wats interesting is one of my friends was able to get an Instinct yesterday, I actually saw it so hes not lying.
     
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    Yeah, they went on sale a day early if you had an email invite.
     
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    I went down to the local sprint store yesterday and was given the opportunity to purchase an instinct. Once the sales guy heard I was on SERO, he said he couldn't help me unless I wanted to go with the Simply Everything plan. He did, however, give me a number to call to get the phone and keep the SERO -- 800-777-4681.

    So I just got done ordering an instinct over the phone, which is now $229 (plus tax) - $100 mail in rebate. Not too shabby. This was, however, after the $150 credit for having my current phone 2 years (or something like that).

    The only sketchy part of the transaction is that the rep said that upon activation of the new phone, I "may be required to switch plans." He said one needs a plan with unlimited data and internet, as well as unlimited sprint-to-sprint, to which I said the SERO plan has. I also said I don't need NAV functionality. He stuck with his CYA comment.

    I guess we'll know for sure when I try to activate the phone. If I'm not able to keep the SERO, I'll return the phone.
     
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    The system will not allow the phone to be activated on anything other than the $99 SERO plan, a Simply Everything Plan, or a Talk/Message/Data share plan.

    I am almost willing to guarantee (I want to leave a little wiggle room) that you will be sending that phone back.
     
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    This is really a big miss for Sprint they need to allow a great phone like this to be on all channels to get people buying them again.
     
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    Well conidering just about every store is sold out now, I do not think that is a problem. They are doing like ATT does with the iPhone. I don't like it either, but it isn't unprecedented.
     
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    What kind of e-mail functionality is there? Is there a way to sync with an Exchange server, cause if not then it is pretty useless for business users. But I guess it is not geared toward that demo, it looks more like a "media centric" phone.
     
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    Yeah, it works fine with my Exchange server at work. It has to be an Exchange server with OWA though.
     
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    So does anyone have the Instinct yet? I'm very curious how this phone is, so let us know if you have one. :)
     
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    I have had it since Thursday. Still debating it, but it is definitely not the iphone killer Sprint advertises it to be. 32 MB of memory on the Instinct, vs a minimum of 8GB on the iphone. LOL.

    I guess it can handle up to an 8GB microSD card, but I just have the 2GB card that came with the phone.

    Reception is inconsistent. Sometimes it is better than my other phones, sometimes worse. I am not sure why.
     
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    Reception was the biggest complaint in Phonescoop's review of the phone.
     
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    that's the Samsung RF reputation for ya
     
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    Hey guys.. Been awhile since I’ve been on here.

    Just purchased an Instinct, having some reservation about this decision!
    Currently experiencing issues with the visual voicemail. Sometimes it works and most of the time it doesn’t.

    Then there are the signal issues. Now I know sprint has excellent coverage were iam at, however this phone says otherwise. The phone at random will completely switch to roaming, even though there is a tower right down the street from me. I am going to take it to the store and have this check out.

    Now other than those few issues I think the phone is pretty sweet!! Hopefully I can get this resolved. Id like to keep this phone, and I get 25% off my bill so the value can’t be beat!

    I refuse to get another iphone because they are raising the cost per month, it’s almost absurd!
     
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