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.