After purchasing my Sprint Overdrive about a year and a half ago, I was a pretty happy camper: I could access the Internet from pretty much anywhere, even in the hole in the Internet that is my hometown of Odem, Texas.
Two problems eventually arose, though. The first being that my income took a pretty nasty drop (like to zero) and so I came to rely on my Overdrive as my sole source of internet. While it served that purpose fairly well, I couldn’t help but notice the less expensive alternatives that were popping up courtesy of pre-paid providers such as Cricket and Virgin Wireless. After my employment situation stabilized, I wondered if it wouldn’t be worth the trouble to ditch Sprint and use a prepaid device for those few occasions when I needed internet on the go.
The second thing that happened was that the Overdrive stopped working completely. Turning on the device resulted in a “Battery critical. Charge Immediately” message appearing on the screen, and after a few seconds, the device would turn off on its own. Upon first seeing the message, I plugged in my charger and the device reported an 85% charge. I let it charge completely, and the message appeared.
I went to a Sprint Store and they did offer to repair the device for $35, which seemed reasonable. Despite that, I decided not to repair it because of the fact that I was not using the Overdrive enough to justify the $60 a month expense.
While it is pretty lame that the Overdrive did not even last long enough to cover the 2-year contract I signed to get it, the bigger story here is that $60 a month for the service is too much for the few times that I actually used it. My current job doesn’t pay as much as the one I had when I bought it, so I’m cutting back where I can now.
While Sprint has apparently been kind enough to cancel my contract (as far as I can tell, I’ll know for sure once my next bill comes in) I will probably end up getting a 3G USB device from a prepaid provider. Sure, it’ll be slower, but it also won’t be as expensive, and I won’t be tied down to a contract. I could also get a new Android phone, but I’m not too sure I want to stick with Google’s wunderkind. That’s a blog for another day, though.
In conclusion, the device worked great while it lasted, but be sure you are going really NEED an always-there fast internet connection before signing a 2-year contract with a provider for a 4G device. If you have to think that question over, then you just might be just fine with a prepaid 3G device. The operative word, of course, is “might,” though, I’ll let y’all know how that works out!