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Old 11-14-2006, 04:31 PM   #1
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I'm in the market to get a new phone. I was at the Sprint Store today looking at phones that's equipped with GPS and Bluetooth. For some reason, in addition to paying for the GPS monthly, I'd have to add on another $15/month for something called a Sprint Power Vision Access Pack. This includes all sorts of things I'm not looking for and don't think I need. It also includes Sirius Hits Streaming Music channel. I have a few questions about this:

1: Does anyone have this feature on their Sprint phone?
2: Does it only stream Hits 1?
3: How do you listen to it? Do you have to put the earpiece in or will it come through the speaker?
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4: Will GPS or Bluetooth interfere with my satellite reception in the car?

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I just switched over to Sprint and found all this out the hard way...

Yes, getting the Power Vision Access pack for $15 just gets you basic web access plus a few other services including Sirius Hits (Sirius channel 001). For an additional $6.95/mo you can get a lineup of 20 channels. You can find a list of which channels those are elsewhere. I can't remember which ones they are off the top of my head. It will play through the speaker. If you want to do it that way get a phone with somewhat decent speakers like the Samsung A920. Be aware, though, that it is a serious drain on your battery. Make sure you have a car charger or extra battery handy. I have the Motorola V3m and I get maybe 3 hours total Sirius listening time. That does not include talking on the phone - which you can't do when Sirius is on anyway. What they don't tell you is that while you are using EVDO your phone won't even ring. Your calls will all go to voicemail. Not a big deal for me, but it might be a deal-breaker for some people. And no, bluetooth will not interfere with your satellite reception in your car.
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Originally Posted by Hofstra Handles
I'm in the market to get a new phone. I was at the Sprint Store today looking at phones that's equipped with GPS and Bluetooth. For some reason, in addition to paying for the GPS monthly, I'd have to add on another $15/month for something called a Sprint Power Vision Access Pack. This includes all sorts of things I'm not looking for and don't think I need. It also includes Sirius Hits Streaming Music channel. I have a few questions about this:

1: Does anyone have this feature on their Sprint phone?
2: Does it only stream Hits 1?
3: How do you listen to it? Do you have to put the earpiece in or will it come through the speaker?
**had to add another question**
4: Will GPS or Bluetooth interfere with my satellite reception in the car?

Thanks for your help!
1. Yes, I have the free channels with Vision.
2. The free channel is Sirius Hits, you pay $6.95 for an additional 19 music channels
3. Speaker or wired earpiece (not bluetooth).
4. No

Also "What they don't tell you is that while you are using EVDO your phone won't even ring."

On the Samsung A920 that I have, you can enable the phone ring on 3G, but not on the slower 2.5G.

It isn't playing through the speakers that wears the battery down, it is the active communication that does it. I have played mp3s for hours with next to no battery run down.

A sidenote is that the sound quality for a good stream is better than the satellite quality.
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