Sprint unveils new family share plans

Sprint unveils new family share plans
In the first of three major initiatives that Sprint’s new CEO wants to implement, new rate plans are on the table from what is currently the United States’ third largest carrier.

Dubbing the occasion as a “new day for data for American consumers,” Sprint has a new shared data scheme designed to attract families, offering up to 20GB of shared data for $100 per month. The plans will be available beginning August 22nd.  The 20GB for $100 is a promotional price, and will be available until September 30th. 

The structure of the plans are pretty much a clone of the rates offered by AT&T and Verizon, but the data buckets are much larger. There is also a promotion that will be in place that adds even more data to the scheme.

First, the basics. The new plans are called Sprint Family Share Pack. The standard pricing set-up offers unlimited talk and text along with a monthly allotment of data. Each phone attached to the plan then has a tiered access price which changes based on whether or not the device is on-contract or not, as well as how much data is being bought.

Data amounts start at 600MB for $20, and go up to 60GB for $225. Each smartphone will cost $25 per-month, on plans with 16GB of data or less. At 20GB of data and up, the line access drops to $15 per-month. Those line access fees are for “non-discounted” phones, meaning either buying the phone at full retail or paying via an installment plan. Tablets are $10 per-month, and mobile broadband devices (Mi-Fi units) are $20 per-month.

If you buy your phone on a subsidized two-year agreement, the monthly access per phone is $40 per-month. In terms of the amount of data you get for the money, Sprint is certainly being a lot more aggressive than AT&T and Verizon. That the new plans being introduced are aimed directly at those that have more than one line. The Sprint Family Share Pack will accommodate up to 10 lines.

For those enticed by the pricing, Sprint has a limited-time promotion for you. Sprint will pay your early termination fees, up to $350 via a Prepaid Visa Card. Also, those that make the switch will get extra data. For those that buy the $100-20GB plan, each line on the account will get an extra 2GB per line. That means a 4-line account could have access to a total of 28GB of data, and a 10-line account will have 40GB. That bonus data will be on tap through 2015. The promotion also includes waiving the handset access charges for a limited time too, so you could conceivably have up to 10 devices on the 20GB and higher plans, and pay only for the data.  That is a pretty good deal.  To take advantage of the promotion, all the devices on the plan need to be purchased using Sprint Easy Pay (the installment plan).

For those that are individuals, do not feel left out. Sprint has promised another announcement later this week on new plans for individual accounts. “We want customers to think twice before choosing another wireless carrier,” Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO.

source: Sprint

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58 Comments

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What happens to the price after December 2015?

6. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Stays the same

28. engineer-1701d unregistered

If they don't release a single line plan with you $40 a 50 with five gigs of data it's pointless considering Verizon just a $60 plan

46. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

...huh? $40 a 50 with five gigs of data? What are you even trying to say? $40 or $50, maybe? They are rumored to be releasing a $50 plan with unlimited data though, we'll see if that ends up being true later in the week. These family plans don't seem like that great of a deal to 'upgrade' to from the old plans. Let down.

2. BUFFQREWBBQ

Posts: 46; Member since: May 11, 2014

Too little too late, network still blows ten years later. Snore, snooze, barf, diarrhea. Step it up Sprint and give people service they can actually use vs fictional plans with networks that they'll never truly be able to take advantage of.

14. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I think they did just step it up... Duh, this is the cheapest and best deal in America right now for a family share plan, HELLO!

17. BUFFQREWBBQ

Posts: 46; Member since: May 11, 2014

I've had sprint for years, the service is unusable. I drop calls constantly have to reset my phone to connect to 3g once, and sometimes it still never works. I can't use gps either. Is broken service useful to you? Do you only need service sporadically? Sprint is garbage. HELLO!

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

Do 1000000% agree. I have had Sprint 14 years and as of the last six years it's as you say unusable I use WiFi all the time no service I use less then 250mbps because no connections most of the time

35. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/932741136 I don't find this fictional or unusable. John B.

58. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I have a speed test of 76mbps down. On LTE I usually get around 20. Calls suck though.

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"this is the cheapest and best deal in America right now for a family share plan" Lol. Not really. You can get a 4 phone 10GB family plan with a working high speed LTE national network from ATT for $160. The same $160 gets you a 4 phone 20GB family plan with a broken low speed network which is rated the worst in the nation. This offer is basically a sham because including "20GB" of "vapor network" isn't worth much of anything at all. There is no compelling reason to switch to Sprint unless you are one of the few people in an area where Sprint works well and you never go out of this area. For everyone else, another carrier will be a better choice.

24. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Service quality largely depends on where you live and if Sprint does not work for you thats fine but it does seem to work for around 50 million americans. I am not trying to change you mind and dont care what service works for you because I dont live where you live or go where you go. If you dont have sprint now or withing the last few months then your knowlage of how there service works could be wrong.

26. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Certainly Sprint does work "well enough" for some people. But there is no way to quantify this. How many of those "50 million" current customers are on cheap(er) grandfathered plans that are no longer available? Probably a lot of them, especially considering that Sprint had pretty good penetration into business. These customers are basically stuck until some other carrier offers them a deal they can't refuse. Unless there is major dramatic change at Sprint -- and this bogus plan was certainly not it -- there is no good future for Sprint. The company has been run and continues to be run by lame greedy CEOs who line their own pockets but don't give a crap about the company or what happens to it.

27. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

What grandfathered plans?

37. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Some of them are listed in the messages below. Others include some very nice corporate discounts on similar plans that don't exist today (i.e. are not available to new customers). Hard to believe, but Sprint used to offer good service and good prices. This was before they started acquiring companies and blowing money on retarded crap like WiMax.

53. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

That is true of any of the providers! Compeat only on price and people will just buy the cheapist. So by your own statement all they need to do is be cheaper than any other provider and people will flock to them. I stand by my statement if you dont currently have Sprint you are not an expert on how their service works your just a hater if you dont think that being bought by a compitant forign company who then removes his failing manager and rebuilding their network nationwide is a dramatic change then I have nothing for you

49. BUFFQREWBBQ

Posts: 46; Member since: May 11, 2014

I live in Orlando, FL a place where LTE towers exist by downtown Orlando and East Orlando. That's about it for LTE here. 3g everywhere else and it doesn't work I'd say at least 90% of the time. It's cool though, cause I had their service ten years ago and left after 2 years and got it again in 2009 when the evo came out, I'm just blowing out of proportion the 4g fee I've been paying for 5 years with little return on investment. I have an unlimited data grandfathered plan and I've never downloaded more than 1 gig in a month except maybe once this year at a friends house by East Orlando.

33. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/932741136 I wouldn't define this as fictional or unusable. John B.

3. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

It seems the price will stay the same so the better question is what happens to the data after 2015?

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yay! 20 GB of unusable data!! They shouldn't even offer large data plans in Seattle. I can't believe how bad their service is here.

5. BUFFQREWBBQ

Posts: 46; Member since: May 11, 2014

The word worthless comes to mind.

15. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

The voice of ignorance...

31. engineer-1701d unregistered

Try dc metro area that's the capital of the country and bad bad service

45. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Same in LA. Data doesn't work. Voice is generally ok, but there's literally no data service in most of LA. I know we're a small city and all, but I heard they make movies here and stuff.

56. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I am truely just curious what phone do you have? Also do you have sprint and get a bill or a prepay like virgin mobile or boost?

7. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Shared data is bogus, access charges are bogus, and their "easy simple" choices are anything but... IF anything I see customers shying away from this, as it only offers double the data, for a limited time, over the big duo - why bother?

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pouring molasses in the middle of winter is faster than sprint's data.

20. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Ok I read your post then ran a speed test, Results http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/932694493

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol you call that LTE?

51. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Yes LTE with 5mhz of bandwidth I live in a non spark market. I am in Fargo,ND today T-Mobile has 2g EDGE here and I tested my Verizon work phone it got this speed test http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/936601206 in other words don't be an idiot in comparrison its fast

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