Sprint launches Sprint Prepaid with a new line-up of rates
Even though Sprint owns well known prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, the nation’s third largest carrier has launched a self-branded prepaid option called Sprint Prepaid. Sprint Prepaid is obviously aimed at those that prefer to pay for service upfront, do not like contracts, and desire to contain costs.
With the new brand comes some new rate plans. Sprint Prepaid currently supports four devices, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini ($349.99), Samsung Galaxy S3 ($299.99), the Motorola Moto G ($99.99), and the Apple iPhone 4S ($199.99, pre-owned). For the gadget geek, these will not be very appealing options, but for anyone else, these price points coupled with Sprint Prepaid’s rates will be interested.
There are two choices for smartphone rate plans with Sprint Prepaid. The “Smart” plan is $45-per-month and includes unlimited talk and text. Data is Wi-Fi only. The “Smart Plus” plan is $60-per-month and is billed as “unlimited” everything, however, the cellular data is really limited to 2.5GB, and video streaming may be throttled to 3G speeds.
Prepaid service would not be the same without a feature phone option, and Sprint has those rates prepared, but no eligible devices yet. Sprint Prepaid “Basic” is a $35-per-month plan which provides unlimited text and data along with 500 minutes of talk time. For $50-per-month, “Basic Plus” adds unlimited talk.
If you are looking to make the switch to Sprint Prepaid, and already have a Sprint smartphone that is not eligible with Sprint Prepaid, Sprint is offering its Buyback Program which would allow you to sell your device back to Sprint and buy an eligible prepaid handset.
Sprint Prepaid is available now.
1. Doakie (Posts: 1108; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Unless Sprint has an agreement with T-Mobile for their prepaid to run on T-Mobiles network I'm not interested. Sprints network is garbage.
For anyone unaware; I am aware about network incompatibilities. I'm just joking; I'm not an idiot.
2. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 42; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
Why would anyone choose the "smart" plan when Virgin offers the same, but with data? They also have a larger selection, which says something, since I always complain of Virgin's lack of selection.
24. Yaldabaoth (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
Just goes to show how difficult it is for carriers to compete with MVNOs (even their own subsidiaries!) while still trying to approach post-paid margins with pre-paid plans. Also shows how disconnected Sprint is from reality.
3. Landmarkcm (Posts: 414; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Yawn. Who would want to run the Moto G on Sprin'ts garbage 3g. I am running mine right now on AIO (soon to the be the "New" Cricket) anyway works great on HSPA+ & probably somewhat useable on Verizon's 3g, But Sprint no way. I still find it hard to beleive that here in Vegas Sprint is still so far behind.
5. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Aio is a gem. $45/month for unlimited everything on AT&T's network with autopay, $50 without. And even if you hit your 2.5GB softcap, it's still faster than Sprint...LOL.
If I, for some awful reason, was looking for a deal and willing to use Sprint's network, I'd be all over Republic Wireless and a Moto G when it comes in a few weeks.
6. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Why not just get the Moto X on republic wireless? It's $299
12. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
Because Moto G is only $149 when they launch.
4. Landmarkcm (Posts: 414; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
& 60.00 for that! Not even a good deal compared to others. Someone is def asleep at the switch @ Sprint. I can't imagine why anyone would want this. Well maybey those seeking the LTE who have access to it.
7. youlookfoolish (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
Hey, I have a great idea. Let's click on a Sprint article and complain about their network!
Many of you need a hobby, girlfriend, or both.
That said, these plans are garbage. In any event, Sprint has 55,000+ towers on its national network compared to 51,000 on T-Mobile. (Source, current T-Mobile commercial "fold your old map Verizon).
For people who actually prefer coverage and don't nerd rage over 3g speed that will work. Just, not with these terrible plans.
8. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Do you fall in that "need a girlfriend" category? Being that you're here complaining about people who complain about Sprints crappy network.
9. youlookfoolish (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
Aw, did I hurt your little T-Mobile fan boy feelings? I clicked on a Sprint article because I'm a Sprint subscriber. You click on a Sprint article to try and justify paying for a horrible 4th place carrier who is destined to be sold.
You are indeed the very person I talk about needing a girlfriend or hobby. T-Mobile sucks, flat out. That's why they're 4th and that's why they will be sold.
11. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
T-Mobile may be fourth cake boy, but they're still better than crappy Sprint! You are the ONLY person I have EVER seen defending Sprint. Sprints service is universally crappy. Everyone EXCEPT YOU acknowledges this. You crack about T-Mobile about T-Mobile getting sold, which I doubt will happen, but neglect to mention that SPRINT HAS ALREADY BEEN SOLD. Or did you not know this? Sprint, the whore of the industry. Pulled its skirt up quick for the first gentleman caller it could find. Why do you think Son wants to buy T-Mobile and merge both companies to begin with? So he can have a LEGITIMATE company on his hands! Guarenteed that IF T-Mobile gets bought out by Soft Bank , I bet good old Dan Hesse is OUT and Legere is IN as CEO. Sprint SUCKS more @SS than YOU at a Men's Only nude beach. You're the ONLY one too DUMBSTRUCK to admit it.
14. true1984 (Posts: 582; Member since: 23 May 2012)
if they're better than sprint, then why is sprint ahead?
15. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
What?? Do you even know what you wrote just now? Here, I'll quote you:
"If they're better than Sprint, then why is Sprint dead"?
Not getting what you're trying to say here. Are you defending Sprint or T-Mobile?
16. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
It's pretty clear that person was defending Sprint.
"If t-mobile (they're) was better than Sprint, then why is Sprint AHEAD?" - Does that make it easier?
And the other guy isn't the only one who has defended Sprint before, I have as well. I'm happy with my service through them.
19. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Then he really needs to word it better. Otherwise he looks like a five year old.
He's the first I've ever seen defend Sprint. I don't diss Sprint because I'm talking out my ass. I do so from experience. No service in parts of The Bronx, Queens or Jersey City? 3G data speeds slower than T-Mobile's edge speeds? Really?
Good to see you're happy with them. I wasn't. So I switched to T-Mobile and couldn't be happier. To each his own.
21. youlookfoolish (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
It's amazing to come back and watch Jedi nerd rage on others. I swear he is such a dork for T-Mobile he could be on King Of The Nerds on TBS with his genre known for being fighting for T-Mobile on internet message boards.
Firstly he criticizes others for poor wording and he has to be one of the biggest hypocrites I've ever seen with awful spelling, grammar, and plain old illogical reasoning in the vast majority of his post. He even types in caps often so let me attempt to communicate with him on his level to see if it helps.
I am NOT THE ONLY PERSON who pays for, likes or even defends Sprint. There are two more in this pointless thread alone! T-Mobile is in FOURTH because more people pay for and stay with Sprint than a message board troll as hard as that is for you to comprehend! In addition, T-Mobile has been bought, and merged more than any American company in 20 years! Voice Stream, AT&T, and now possibly Softbank or Dish Network! YOUR PARENT COMPANY HATES its sh!tty little US company who has been hemorrhaging money and customers for DECADES on end!! Legere is a loud mouth needle d!ck who has no reputation within the rest of the American wireless industry and will not likely be retained since all he does is show his ass and lose money like 20 million in Q4 2013 even when adding over a million customers!! And if this run on paragraph isn't enough for a dumb a$$ like you, you moan about New York which received a Spark Network upgrade before other markets for better urban coverage and faster internet speeds. That shows you are talking out of your a$$ and are totally UNEDUCATED on other competitors. In short, you are a board jumping troll moron who goes to lemon parties to suck the bitter juice from old men who haven't changed their depends or been wiped!
I feel bad for stooping to his level but that is really how Jedi communicates in almost every post. He cannot possibly fathom why Sprint has more customers, one of those reasons being a more expansive network. Jedi loses his mind over 3G speed and obviously has no idea what Spark or tri-band LTE is. And the worst part about it is that he never uses a spell checker, auto correct on his phone, or even proof reads the garbage he spews.
Jedi is the worst. Poster. Ever.
27. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Bwahahahahaha!! You mad son? Strike a nerve did I Spent fanboy? I sure seemed to have gotten your panties in a bunch now haven't I? Too. F@$ing. Bad.
You are the worst post ever sissy boy. You jump on theae posts and go into a crack addicted rage fit whenever anyone says anything negative about your boyfriends crappy @ss network. Get used to it fanboy. Sprint sucks. Not more than you, mind you, but it does indeed suck.
Sprint made 11 billion? So what? Did you get any of it? Didn't think so. And the amount of money they made is not indicative of them having a great network. The iPhone sells circles around almost any device. But that doesn't make it the best. But an cockmeat like you wouldn't even begin to fathom that.
Please show me where I have horrible spelling? I can spell circle around you while having your mom and grandmom service my needs. They may not service them the way you service your father's or your boyfriend Dan Hesse's needs, but they do good in a pinch.
You look just like your username. Foolish.
36. youlookfoolish (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
I am going to capitalize each word Jedi misspelled, correcting them in parentheses) by copy and pasting his response.
"Bwahahahahaha!! You mad son? Strike a nerve did I SPENT (Sprint) FANBOY (fan boy is two words)? I sure seemed to have gotten your panties in a bunch now haven't I? Too. F@$ing. Bad.
You are the worst POST (I think he meant poster?) ever sissy boy. You jump on THEAE (these) posts and go into a crack addicted rage fit whenever anyone says anything negative about your boyfriends crappy @ss network. Get used to it FANBOY (fan boy). Sprint sucks. Not more than you, mind you, but it does indeed suck.
Sprint made 11 billion? So what? Did you get any of it? Didn't think so. And the amount of money they made is not indicative of them having a great network. The iPhone sells circles around almost any device. But that doesn't make it the best. But an COCKMEAT (cock meat is also two words. Harold and Kumar.) like you wouldn't even begin to fathom that.
Please show me where I have horrible spelling? I can spell circle around you while having your mom and GRANDMOM (Grand Mother? Subjective.) service my needs. They may not service them the way you service your father's or your boyfriend Dan Hesse's needs, but they do good in a pinch.
You look just like your username. Foolish."
You're an idiot. It's incredibly obvious. Use a spell check, or auto correct. Get a dictionary. And a thesaurus. And stop trying to use jokes from Harold and Kumar. Ha! So easy to destroy you.
35. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I hate Sprint man....they will have the fastest speeds around. Maybe I should leave before this happens.
29. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You are the biggest joke of a troll ever.
"I clicked on a Sprint article because I'm a Sprint subscriber."
So, I guess you're also a T-Mobile subscriber as well because most of your posts that I've ever seen are on T-Mobile articles. You're so delusional about ripping on T-Mobile that you can't even separate your hate from the facts. I'm sorry that T-Mobile raped your sister. It's the only thing I can think that would give you such silly, irrational hate for a company that you clearly have nothing to do with.
Stop wasting your time with this loser, DigitalJedi_X2. You already ripped him a new one & he's not worth your time anyway.
30. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Dude is on every T-Mobile article hating his @ss off but the minute someone says something about Sprint he goes straight into crybaby b!tch mode.
37. youlookfoolish (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
The last two articles I have posted in are about Sprint. In fact, they are about Sprint buying T-Mobile. Check your facts. You might be buddies with Jedi on a message board and that is cool. But don't jump in and open your mouth when he is getting obliterated.
It makes him look weaker and you look stupid. Especially when you're wrong. And the sister rape joke? Classy. I should respond with something racist now, right?
And lastly, my hate isn't irrational or for T-Mobile. It is for fan boy-ism like you and Jedi display. I state facts. Smallest network by footprint and tower. Smallest customer base. Lowest revenue in the industry. None of this stuff is a secret. They suck as a company.
33. lsutigers (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Dude Sprint's upgraded network works fine and they smoke TMO when it comes to coverage.
10. Omarc07 (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
eh my girlfriend dumpd me i need a BOYFRIEND now like my sister said gotta try everything once haha ANYways i am gonna complain bout sprint network its the worse here in los angeles in terms of speed.
32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7450; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Do you. That's all that matters. And you live in LA, which is extremely easy to find someone out there haha.
13. warrenellis (Posts: 47; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
in my opinion $45 a month and no data is a waste of time and probably a bad decision by sprint
17. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
I think that is there to drive people towards their postpaid Framily plans if there are multiple people or towards the unlimited prepaid if it is just one. Though I still think these are bad deals for prepaid, especially with the lack of choice for phones.
20. RGreen (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)
Got to love it, sprint's data speed and loyal customers
22. youlookfoolish (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
No kidding, right? almost 10 million more subscribers and more than $11 BILLION (with a B) in revenue annually. It's hard to be Sprint. More loyal customers may help foot the bill to buy the little pink company from Germany.
23. technitude (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)
Everybody seems outrageously loyal to their companies. But they are all crap. And they all seem to be panicking.
AT&T, Spr, and TMo, have been introducing new plans weekly. That's no indication of confidence.
AT&T, and Verizon are always defending their data caps in the face of also claiming to have the most robust networks. But if their networks were really 'all that', they wouldn't have data caps. And to the best of my memory, Verizon has been the only carrier with large regional data failures in recent years. Here in Colorado, they were out for 6 hours during a business day.
Data caps drive me nuts, it kills me that my friends don't use the GPS on their phones out of the fear they will use up their data. On Feb 1, we had to wait 88 minutes for my friends to show up at a ski resort because they would not let Google tell them of the alternate routes. (we had all left my house at 5:40am). Those friends were using Verizon. Another time, we had to wait 20 minutes, because my friends went the long way. He was using AT&T. He also refuses to text, because AT&T charges for that. That's annoying too.
No network is above crap. But they are getting better. (except for Verizon, who still encourages minimal-network-usage behaviors.)
25. youlookfoolish (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
Post of the year. So much truth it hurts. Amazing work.
26. youlookfoolish (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
Post of the year. So much truth it hurts. Amazing work.
31. Sakmann67 (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 May 2010)
"Sprint SUCKS more @SS than YOU at a Men's Only nude beach." Set that Bong Down Immediately.
38. youlookfoolish (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
It's amazing that his level of venom hasn't been noticed by moderators.