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.
Sprint As You Go coming on January 25
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.