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RE: Sprint / Cogent

  • From: Daniel Senie
  • Date: Sat Nov 01 11:49:19 2008

At 01:20 PM 10/31/2008, Randy Epstein wrote:
If you haven't already seen it, the great Todd Underwood of Renesys
published an article today on his blog regarding this subject:

Just read through Todd's blog posting. Since I'm travelling at the moment with a Sprint EVDO card as my connectivity, I now understand why some sites have not been working. I assume my Sprint phone SMS service is also impacted, insofar as any text-to/from-email will not work to sites on the affected networks either. The micro-browser in my phone will have been affected too, though it's too useless to really use anyway.

If I can find a way to fax the corporate offices of Sprint on Monday, I'll ask them for a refund on my service charges for the month, since they're now selling me access to only part of the Internet from my mobile devices. Funny, I'd just checked a few days ago to see if my mobile devices are beyond any term commitment. Since they are, I will now look at changing to another wireless carrier at the next reasonable opportunity.

Did Sprint think about the fact that their decision would actually impact their wireless customers? I'm sure my business's wireless devices won't make or break Sprint's profits, but wonder if larger businesses using EVDO might also raise concern? Is Sprint now lying about selling "Unlimited Internet Access from anywhere" when peddling their data cards? Is Sony, as well, by inclusion of EVDO cards within their notebook computers? I presume their actuarial staff ran the numbers and decided the risk was worth it, and that's what they'll tell their stock holders.