Sprint As You Go pre-paid service to be announced on January 25

Sprint As You Go pre-paid service to be announced on January 25
On January 25, Sprint will introduce a pre-paid cellular service of its own, if what is said in these leaked internal documents is to be believed. Sprint As You Go, as the new service will be called, will be an offering suitable for customers who don't like the idea of signing long-term contracts and who wish to have more control over how much money they spend on mobile services. Interested? Then let us go over the things you should know.

For starters, only four phones will be available through Sprint As You Go at launch. These are the Android-powered LG Optimus Elite and the Samsung Victory (note the absence of "4G LTE" in its title), along with the Samsung M400 and Samsung Array feature phones. Unfortunately, customers won't be able to bring their own device, but on the bright side of things, the carrier promises to add more handsets to the list over time. In addition, Sprint As You Go will come in a monthly plan form as well offering unlimited minutes, text messages, and data connectivity. These will cost $70 for smartphones owners and $50 in case you pick a feature phone. EVDO data roaming, however, is not included.

What's really strange about Sprint As You Go is that it does not seem to be as competitive as what you'd get from Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile. Both of Sprint's subsidiaries offer a lot more phones to choose from, not to mention that their service comes at a lower cost. Besides, the two MVNOs are rumored to be readying pre-paid LTE handsets for launch in early 2013, while Boost might soon allow customers to bring their current Sprint phones onto its network. But who knows, perhaps not all the details about Sprint As You Go have been revealed by the two slides. Hopefully, its official introduction on January 25 will bring further news about it.



1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Maybe they're losing too much money with boost and virgin. I wouldn't want any of them, regardless.

12. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Actually Boost and Virgin Mobile have been a huge success for Sprint. Buying Virgin was probably one of the best moves Sprint has made. They are the top rated prepaid carrier and the only one to carry the iPhone, which is a big deal to some. Boost, Virgin Mobile and Metro are the top prepaid carriers. One of the main reasons they are doing it is because the other 3 all have self branded prepaid options.

2. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

For some folks it is the brand. They may be asking who is Boost or who is Virgin? Put Sprint's name on it, and folks may bite.

3. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

At those prices, I don't see people really jumping for this new service, especially if Boost and Virgin offer cheaper plans by comparison. The selection is relatively weak at this point, and knowing Sprint, it could be a while before we see something better. Boost and Virgin already have a wide selection of pretty solid phones, all on Sprint's network. Besides, why pay $70 for a fully unlimited smartphone plan when you could go as low as $55 for unlimited ($35 if you don't need unlimited minutes)? While it's still too early to tell, I don't see this faring too well for Sprint.

4. joey41

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I guess I'll stick with vm

5. naptown2

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

what a bold move from sprint but i dont see that helping sales or doing much of anything there arent really any good phones there offering and the victory isnt gonna be lte

6. naptown2

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

or viper cant remember witch one is on the 4 phone line up

7. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

I wonder if you will be able to bring your own Sprint phone over though? Not sure why anyone would want to other than getting another Sprint phone that's not offered for the Sprint-to-go line.

8. naptown2

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

no you cant bring your own device over it has to be a sprint as you go phone

9. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

its like virgin n boost but more expensive haha and with crappy phones at least virgin n boost have the galaxy s2, virgin has iphone n evo 3D while boost has galaxy s2 they both offer the same service since they all use sprints nationwide network as this new sprint go phone but virgin n boost are cheaper and have better phones than this new sprint go phone which i think it dnt make sense lol.

10. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Service from Sprint, no Thank you. Sprint would have to pay me $70/month for the stress and headaches; no place in this age for spotty, voice and slow data services. I rather invest in an unlocked phone, and go with Straight Talk.

11. opensourceftw

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

LMAO, another pre paid cheapskate option. This will be so worth saving what, $10-$20 a month? Sprints CONTRACT service is a freaking joke, can't wait to hear people whining about how terrible the pre paid option is after wasting money on a phone and airtime they cannot return.

13. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

" Boost might soon allow customers to bring their current Sprint phones onto its network" Phone Arena, besides the grammatical errors throughout the article, there is something entirely wrong about this statement. Boost (and Virgin) are WHOLLY owned subsidiaries of Sprint, so Boost does not have it's "own" network. On a side note, Sprint is mentally retarded when it comes to MVNO's. It's out of control. Whittle it down a bit please. You own at least three to four of the subsidiaries plus you have another twelve companies that I can find out there using the network. That's why your network is trash. Carry on....

14. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

does sprint offer unlimited everything at 70 bucks with signed 2 year contract? i consider anymobile as just unlimited...

16. naptown2

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

everything else but the mins i think

15. Not_Amused321

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Not bad service plans at all I think at least for sprint prepaid.

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