Sprint announces two new plans with unlimited talk, text and data for as low as $80 monthly
0. phoneArena 11 Jul 2013, 20:24 posted on
Battling with T-Mobile for customers who want unlimited data plans, Sprint on Thursday introduced The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee; this plan guarantees that customers on the Sprint network will be allowed to have a plan offering unlimited talk, text and data for the life of the current phone line, as long as that line remains on Sprint...
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1. ez31k (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
Wow, Sounds like a great deal!!... It really looks like Sprint has got this locked down as far as savings go.. Now if only they would put just a bit more effort and consideration towards the $hitty network...
2. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
This may just crush T-Mobile and all hopes of a comeback for them! Awesome prices/plans Sprint. Keep it up! Your LTE rollout is going smooth :-D
4. PeaceB (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
FYI unlimited everything on T-mo is $70, just cause a company says you will save money dont actually mean your saving money. You should actually compare for yourself before falling for these corporate ads, btw their LTE network is crap compared to T-mo HSDPA and nowhere close to T-mo LTE.
6. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
You have to count EIP price as a part of the rate plan for T-Mo to be fair. Which would make it $90/month for unlimited data.
10. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
The $20 EIP fee isn't required if you bring your own phone.
Lets see Sprint compete with Tmobiles $30 plan:
100 min of talk
5gb 4g Data
Unlimited 2g data
That plan is the best bang/buck in the US.
14. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Chances are if you bring your own phone it's probably either out dated or you paid too much for it outright.
Virgin Mobile for $35 has 300 mins, unlimited text and unlimited data so...
Regardless to get the best device Sprint will save you a lot vs T-Mobile, not to mention Sprints coverage crushes T-Mo.
I'm super excited to see what SoftBank will bring to the table. I just hope s**tty Dish Network doesn't buy T-Mo.
25. lsutigers (Posts: 817; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Sprint is rebuilding their entire Network from the ground up, nationwide with 3G 800 / 1900, 4G LTE 800 / 1900 / 2500, HD Voice and eventually LTE Advanced and VoLTE which takes much more time and financial resources than just adding LTE as the other carriers. Work is still underway in most markets, even if LTE signal is available which means many more towers need to be upgraded before we see real world speeds once the network becomes more mature like VZW.
I have both Verizon and Sprint and consistently see higher speeds on the Sprint LTE Network over Verizon LTE, granted, VZW has more customers on their older LTE network.
As for T-Mobile, their speeds are decent on HSPA, not sure about LTE because it's not available here yet. TMO's problem is coverage, their footprint is much smaller than the big 3 so coverage becomes very spotty outside metro areas.
32. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)
Oh really? do you live in one of the 5 markets that have T-mobile LTE? I have used Sprint's LTE on my galaxy s3 and I got speeds up to 20-25 Mbps, that's faster than my Wi-Fi which I constantly get 15-19 Mbps. And those "4G" speeds you call HSPA or HSDPA get 2-3 Mbps, I know my friend has it and after watching him trying to load a web page for 5 mins. disgusted me. You have fun with your crap network, because quite frankly your just a hater that doesn't know what your talking about.
33. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 90; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
"those "4G" speeds you call HSPA or HSDPA get 2-3 Mbps"
the highest is like 6-7Mbps
"I know my friend has it and after watching him trying to load a web page for 5 mins. disgusted me."
my home has a 3mbps down/ 0.60mbps up threw my ISP and it only takes me a few secs to load a web page...where are u getting 5 mins at!?!?!?
"quite frankly your just a hater that doesn't know what your talking about."
look in the mirror!
3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
Well, great deals and a smooth lte rollout good job sprint :)
5. sun0066 (Posts: 108; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)
In sprint for some reason that they just know you end up paying more than in other carriers and also the data is almost useless , so you could be really lucky if you get the patience to use 2-3gb in soooo slow and spotty network
7. Getulio (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)
The trend in the wireless industry is going towards an almost complete overtaking of smartphones compare to basic phones. The diferentiator for Sprint is in the basic phones which is $10.00 for unlimited compared to T-Mobiles' $20.00 for unlimited. When was the last time any of the readers in this forum can remember seeing somebody using a basic phone to browse the web?
8. btbotimtim (Posts: 169; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
are they going to charge $10 extra for smartphones?
31. DonkeySauce (Posts: 192; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
No, the charges are all built in to the data fees. That's why data for a smart phone is $30 vs $10 for a feature phone.
9. Getulio (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)
T-Mobile charges the same $20.00 for all types of phones. the single line would cost $80 for Sprint regardless of whether you bring your own phone or not compared to $70 for T-Mobile and you would have no contract with T-Mobile while Sprint locks you in for 2 years.
15. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Ah but if you want the latest and greatest devices Sprint will save you from T-Mo's terrible $90 a month. Not to mention Tmobile locks you in for 20 months!!
Not to mention T-Mobiles horrible coverage.. Makes Sprint look fantastic.
11. Sniggly (Posts: 7297; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Sounds disingenuous. When I have more time I'll investigate more. Also, the "unlimited data for the life of your current phone" line sounds scary, as if Sprint's going to axe unlimited data sometime down the road.
12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
Lol just research it man :(
13. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
I meant to put a smiley lol :)
23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 8317; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
What's there to investigate? It says what the plan is in the article. There's nothing at all saying they're going to axe unlimited data.
16. kika530 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
I dont see this saving money for family plans
Sprint already offers unlimited mobile to mobile on their everything data plan
Everything data 2 lines $150 / New plan 2 lines $150
Everything data 3 lines $180 / New plan 3 lines $200
Everything data 4 lines $210 / New plan 4 lines $230
Everything data 5 lines $240 / New plan 5 lines $280
The only benefit in the new plans is unl minutes but if you only call cell phones its pointless you already get 1500 minutes for landlines or roaming.
Doesnt make sense
17. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Believe it or not some people actually call landlines for business. Not to mention the price for 2 lines on this plan is $10 a month cheaper than before. Before you complain, do some reading friend! These are positive changes for the consumer.
30. freakinsweetdude (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
You make a valid point but some families aren't just limited to 5 people which is the official max on the everything data plans which means people used to have to start a second family plan (unless you could convince customer care to allow additional lines on the plan).
Now customers have the freedom for many more lines and they don't have to worry about going over landline minutes. Not to mention some people don't need unlimited data and constantly go no where near 1GB in a month, which also leaves room for some savings.
18. Getulio (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)
Based on the article above family plan 3 lines Sprint 1st line $50+30(unlimited data), 2nd $40+30 and 3rd $30+30= $210.00
T-Mobile family plan 3 lines 1st line $50+20(unlimited data), 2nd $30+20 and 3rd 1
19. Vorsayo (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Jan 2012)
plus 60/mo for EIP. unless you want to add $1,800 upfront for 3 modern phones.
20. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
Unlimited everything, I always had unlimited slow data and voice with unlimited dropped calls all the time with Sprint.
21. rdaex (Posts: 140; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
new plans are WAY more expensive than the current offerings, and sometimes even HIGHER than Verizon with a reasonable amount of data.
New plans are in NO WAY a better option for nearly ANY customers.
Not to mention the work discount now comes off of ONLY the data portion of the plan.. Current customers with 2 lines get the discount off of $110, the new plan would give discount off of only $60... terrible changes.
24. Doakie (Posts: 1758; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I agree, the math isn't working out for my 5 line 1500 minute family plan. It'll be significantly more expensive with these new plans. Especially once you factor in employee discounts not working. The only tempting new offering is a 1 GB tethering for $10. I'd take that in a heartbeat. I'm tired of having to root to get occasional tethering. I didn't even bother with my current Sprint phone. My Note 2 is large enough that I don't have to root my phone just to create a hotspot for a tablet.
27. TheRequiem (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Your not calculating correctly... None of you are. Your forgetting you have to add $10 per line if you wanted prem data. However, it appears these new plans do away with them, which in effect make these new plans a better deal. The price of the plans you have now with $10 added is the same, but your getting truly unlimited minutes and hotspot in some choices. Plus, the more lines you add, it actually can become cheaper and now you can have up to 10 lines instead of 5, which eliminates of having a second account of one more expensive main line.
22. Getulio (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)
Vorsayo $210-150=$60/month savings x 24= $1,440 when you add the cost of a comparable phone which per phone you are looking to pay about $199.99 at sprint times 3. that is $1,440+600=$2,040. numbers don't lie.
26. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Not bad, still doesn't beat SEROP, but nothing will. I'll stay with what I have.
28. benzb (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
This plan really sounded great until I went into the Sprint website and I read the fine print. I guess, unlimited data is not exactly truly unlimited anymore. Sprint will be limiting video streams to 1Mbps and will give network priority to those on other plans. Read below:
" Usage Limitations: Other plans may receive prioritized bandwidth availability. Streaming video speeds may be limited to 1 Mbps. Sprint may terminate service if off-network roaming usage in a month exceeds: (1) 800 min. or a majority of min.; or (2) 100 MB or a majority of KB. Prohibited network use rules apply. See sprint.com/termsandconditions. "
29. benzb (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
I got this info from here: http(s)://shop.sprint.com/mysprint/shop_landing.jsp?pagename=whysprint&plan=unlimited&ECID=vanity:unlimited
Remove the parenthesis...
34. mike2959 (Posts: 462; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
I can again only speak to Northeast Ohio, from Toledo to Erie PA with obviously Cleveland in the middle. And as far south as Columbus. Sprint is just horrible. No LTE, and their 3G on a good day may crack 1mbps. Another thing is Stop saying they're building a new network from the ground up.. Nobody is doing that. Stop saying that those not in a good service area will have LTE service, THEY ARE NOT PUTTING UP ADDITIONAL TOWERS! It just the new LTE hardware getting put up on existing towers. Sprint wasted 6 billion on Wimax just 3 years ago when TMO AT&T and Verizon were planning LTE like the majority of the world.