Best Buy and Sprint team up to offer special promotion for students
0. phoneArena 17 Nov 2013, 09:48 posted on
Sprint and Best Buy are teaming up to offer 12 mnths of free talk, text and data for students who purchase a smartphone from Best Buy and hook up with Sprint's Unlimited My Way plan. The free service only includes 1GB of data after which the student will be charged 1.5 cents for every MB used. Student lines can add unlimited data for only $10 per month...
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3. Bernoulli (limited) (Posts: 2586; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Sprint will show its claws and start to charge for every single little thing, including the phone which you already paid for at the beginning of the contract...
11. downphoenix (Posts: 2818; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
except you're wrong, since this promo does require upfront purchase of device (MSRP - OEM discounts, it will be more than a normal upgrade but not as much as paying MSRP or doing the Sprint One Up).
Basically free service for 12 months with upfront device purchase, then you close out the remaining 12 months with the standard cost of $70/mo plus taxes/surcharges. More or less, you are getting 1 year of free service by agreeing to have service for 2 years.
13. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
You know what they say;
If it sounds too good to be true...
5. btbotimtim (Posts: 163; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
After 12months of service, you will be notified that the free service will be over. then you can decide whether to stay or not.
8. mclifford81 (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)
After the 12 months if you have not referred anyone then you have the option to choose whatever plan you want that they provide at the time. Also the one year additional free referral promotion caps out at 9 years. So you potentially can receive 9 years of free service. Also you can pay $10 per month for unlimited data if you so choose.
4. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
6. MyJobSux (Posts: 87; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
Have to see the ToS to really make a call on this being a "trap". What bothers me is the 1G of data. Thats pretty small for a student considering how sociable most students will be. I guess if your not paying for anything else, paying the overage fee for one year might still be a lot cheaper...maybe... Then when the year is over, mom and dad will wise up and get the unlimited data plan at the higher amount so they arent paying overage fees. Hey, a year is long enough for the student to aquire a job to pay the bill on the new phone (considering the student is an upcoming or current teenager).
If your looking at this deal wondering how you can tell how much data you have used, My Data Manager is a free app for Android (dont know about iOS and WP) to monitor data usage and alert you when your getting close to your cap.
7. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
you can get carrier specific apps that allows you to keep track of your usage. and theyre all free (at least from what ive seen). i know on att and verizon android phones they come preinstalled.
i was saying its a trap because ive worked for sprint before and their coverage is pretty much spotty at best. if it were anyone else i could see and actual benefit. but knowing what i know about sprint, i cant say that this is a good idea in the very least.
9. mclifford81 (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)
you can opt to pay $10 a month for unlimited data.
10. Landmarkcm (Posts: 491; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Well just could not resist commenting lol. To bad Sprint service is so horrendous, I just cant fathom still in major cities how they cant even get there 3g up to speed still. Best buy told me before they recommend Sprint the least. Best Buy needs to start selling Tmobile again! But I wonder if they cant because of the way Tmobile doesn't do 2year contracts anymore..? Im sure they could work that out.
12. downphoenix (Posts: 2818; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
btw love how in this article everyone is bashing Sprint for what is a good thing (Free service for students). Students have a crapload of stuff to pay for already, Im glad Sprint and Best Buy are doing something to help out with students here especially given that people have higher student debts than ever before. But they praise T-mobile for giving free service to Phillipines during the typhoon when all the other major carriers are doing it too (they do this every time a major disaster like this happens, whether Phonearena reports it or not).