Voyager Mobile to offer $19 monthly plans, launches Tuesday in certain states
the price of the service rises to $39 a month for unlimited talk, text and WiMAX data. Eventually, the service will be available in more locations in the future.
Voyager will compete with Republic Wireless which also offers $19 a month no-contract unlimited service. Republic customers will make calls, and texts and view data over Wi-Fi. When out of Wi-Fi range, the carrier's VoIP software switches to Sprint's 3G network.
source: VoyagerMobile via electronista
1. theBankRobber (Posts: 666; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Sprint figures they might as well get every penny out of there crappy wimax the spent on. Even with my Photon with its fantastic radios, wimax 3 bars, walk inside my house a few feet, all 3 bars are gone. Good luck to anyone using Sprints wimax. I remember when I got the Evo 4G at bestubuy, couldn't get it inside the Store, walked outside and bam...... got 3 bars. I live in Baltimore MD where its supposed to be covered in wimax 4g, and its just horrible inside any building unless your by a window or door.
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3072; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
That is the ONLY issue I have with Sprint and their network. Yes they have unlimited data but what good is it if you really can't use it and are forced to get on Wi-Fi just to be able to browse the web?
I guess this issue is going to be fixed IF you are on LTE but let's face it. One, LTE with Sprint isnt even live and won't be for a long time and two when it finally does. It's going to be only in selective cities anhd you are pretty much screwed if you aren't in one of those. So the question is, do you bother waiting 2-3 years or more for it to finally show up in your town or do you go with other carrier and have capped data?
The answer is obvious if you ask me.
If you are like me and know LTE will never be in your area in that 3-4 year time frame, you might as well go with one of Sprint's prepaid networks now. I mean with the EVO V 4G coming out soon for 299 with only 35 dollars a month compared to 100+ dollars a month with Sprint, it's just the better idea. You'll save 70+ dollars a month and not be in a contract.
I'm sorry but getting a Sprint LTE phone is pointless. Not many people even have a phone for a year, let alone 2. And it is very easily possible you won't even have LTE in your area after the 2 years is up anyway. You'll have possibly 2-3 other phones by the time it is!
4. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
tell me what other choices do you have
if you want unlimited data
you can look for one from verizon and att which is kind of hard and pay 120 dollars a month either provider
or just wait for sprint to play catch up and pay 85 dollars a month. take your pick
6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3072; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Dude im not waiting 3 years for Sprint to catch up and sorry but Sprint charges the same amount each month. I have been on both carriers.
Be on Virgin Mobile same network as Sprint just way cheaper.
8. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I am actually thinking about the Tri-fi mobile hotspot that can receive 4g LTE, WiMax and 3G and then using it on the $35 a month upcoming Virgin data plan with unlimted 4G wimax and 2GB of 3G data. The hotspot should cost $249 and if I can spend. $35 a month for unlimited 4G WiMax speed, it'll be a good deal with the breakeven point at 5 to 9 months.
11. EvoHero (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2011)
1. "Sprint expects the rapid deployment to reach 250 million people by the end of 2013." -From Sprint's official Network Vision Announcement.
How did you come up with 3 years? The entire 3G footprint is expected to be converted to LTE sometime in 2014.
2. Virgin is absolutely not the same network. There is no roaming on Virgin Mobile. Not even an option. They also throttle data speeds after 5GB.
9. downphoenix (Posts: 2766; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Whats the point of having super fast LTE when you can literally burn off the entire cap with just 1 day of heavy usage? I'll stick with my "slow" Sprint data, which I mainly just use for email, FB, and Twitter and streaming from Spotify, and works great. More data intensive activity can wait for WIFI IMO. But unlike VZW customers, I never have to worry about going over, and unlike T-Mobile customers, I never have to worry about my data speed slowing to a crawl.
5. omarc26 (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
well that sucks over here in LA my friend has sprint he has the photon and he doesnt really have any complaints with sprints wimax he gets wimax inside bestbuy and most buildings and he Pays a lot less than what i pay on at&t im a bit jealous i admit only reason im sticking with at&t its cuz its gsm and works great in mexico were as sprint or verizon dnt work that great or else i would of been on sprint like i said over here in LA its great im always comparing my att galaxy note to his photon and so far he had 4G wimax coverage inside all the buildings we been too and riverside, dwtwn LA, OC,glendale , and hollywood btw in hollywood sprint worked much better than at&t . lol everywere else they been bout the same sprint may suck in baltimore but over here in LA its great wit both 4G and voice coverage sometimes its voice coverage is better than at&t another reason i wanna switch maybe i will soon..
2. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
its not about the data for these services. its about voice. for 19 bucks unlim its kind of hard to beat
7. Jyakotu (Posts: 829; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Oh look, another Sprint MVNO. Why the hell do they keep leasing their network to these things.? Like seriously, don't they have enough.? I would think Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile would be enough, but no.! I guess the only reason why these MVNOs lease on Sprint's network is because Sprint is the only carrier that offers unlimited data. My thing is though, even Sprint MVNOs throttle you after a certain point, so really, what's the point.?
*sighs* I complain about Sprint all the time and, although I love AT&T and I know Verizon has a better network, I convince the account holder of my family plan NOT to switch because I know the bill would be higher. But seriously Sprint, stop leasing out your network to so many MVNOs when your CONTRACT customers don't even have a decent voice and data network.
10. downphoenix (Posts: 2766; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Yea, it is a little ridiculous how many MVNOs they lease to, but from what I understand they have a similar number of towers up for CDMA that Verizon and AT&T do for their customers, but approx half the customers, so that means they have some spare room. The main issue with sprint is 1900mhz (vs AT&T and Verizon, which use lower frequencies, and thus have better coverage) because its not as good for building penetration as a lower frequency, and has a shorter range. When Sprint's network vision updates complete, I will be shocked if they aren't at least parity with Verizon in quality of service, because customers will be able to take advantage of a lower 800 mhz band then.