Starting Friday, Verizon and AT&T customers moving to Sprint can get their bill chopped in half

Starting Friday, Verizon and AT&T customers moving to Sprint can get their bill chopped in half
Starting this Friday, December 5th, AT&T or Verizon customers who switch to Sprint will have their monthly bills cut in half. The "Cut Your Bill in Half Event" will give subscribers of the two mobile operators unlimited talk and text, and the same amount of data they already are receiving each month. The only change will be the bottom line, which will be 50% of what these AT&T and Verizon customers are currently paying monthly.

The process to take advantage of the plan is simple. Go to Sprint.com/halfprice starting on December 5th, and upload a copy of your current bill from Verizon or AT&T. Or, you can go to a Sprint store with a copy of your current bill, and your Verizon and AT&T phones. At the store, a Sprint rep will come up with a service plan that matches the same amount of data you currently receive. Then, it is a matter of selecting new Sprint handsets. You can lease the devices, pay in monthly installments using Sprint Easy Pay, or pay full retail price. Those handling the switch online will be able to send in their current phones using pre-paid mailers.

Sprint will also hand out a $350 Visa Prepaid Card for each line that is ported over from AT&T or Verizon. These funds are to be used by new Sprint customers to pay for any ETF that they might be charged by AT&T or Verizon. To sign up for the prepaid card, consumers need to go to Sprint.com/jointoday.


As an example of how the "Cut Your Bill in Half Event" works, Sprint shows an AT&T account covering 4 lines, and sharing 15GB of data. The $160 monthly tab is cut to $80 under Sprint's plan. By the same token, a similar plan that costs $260 a month at Verizon would be cut to $130 a month at Sprint. Customers will continue to pay the half price rate for as long as the account is active. The plan will be available through March 15th, 2015.

Starting Friday, Verizon and AT&T customers moving to Sprint can get their bill chopped in half

source: Sprint

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26 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Will they pay for the rest of my installments on my devices? oh then ill need to buy new phones as well. I'm ok lol

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's not a bad deal though.

14. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Only and if you can leave the previous provider without need to pay anything than yea it's not but I've had sprint and they're a bit ridiculous. Bad customer service as well.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

100% agreed

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

they pay up to 350$ in ETFs. So if your installments are more than that, tey just pay the 350.

2. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

CDMA = no go.

3. Motionless

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Lol.... Sprint should work on their network first to get it on par with everyone else.

6. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I would never switch to Sprint. I was considering them earlier seeing as they did bring LTE to my city (though at a paltry 10Mbps, which is what I get with T-Mobile 3G, let alone their LTE). To my dismay though, they completely lock down devices on their network. My brother in law bought an iPhone 6+ at full price at the Apple store, which was of the Sprint variant (as all other carriers had ran out). To our surprise, it was not unlocked. T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T are unlocked, or provide somewhat of a reasonable unlock process. He called Sprint, and the Apple, both of which adamantly claimed it is the other who has the ability to unlock (though I'm inclined to believe Apple in this case). So he ended up returning it. This is shocking because the other 3 have done away with contracts (though on Verizon and ATT, it remains an option). Sprint is locking their customers completely in and for good reason. They'd all run off if they didn't.

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Sprint does unlock Iphones, they just do it for international purposes. Sprint I-Phones are programmed to only work in CDMA in the US, so they won't work on T-Mobile or AT&T, and they could theoretically work on Verizon but they won't activate it. There are some exceptions like the Nexus 5/6 that can be activated for another domestic carrier if it is a really desired feature.

11. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Exactly. That's the problem. Instead of following in T-Mobiles footsteps in becoming a more transparent cellular service provider, they stomp their feet and continue to chain their customers. It's pathetic that they only unlock for overseas usage. Overall, most of their business practices are pathetic. I have wished that they'd finally get off their laurels and do something but you know what? After 4 years I'm tired of waiting. All they do is gobble up company after company.. spectrum after spectrum, and STILL not build a competitive wireless network. For gods sake, if T-Mobile had their low freq spectrum, they'd have coverage literally everywhere by now.

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

well the new FCC rules go into effect for any new phones after Feb 2015. And ATT is actually adamant against unlocking, I read an article online (trying to remember where, The Verge maybe?) about the author trying to get their phone unlocked from ATT were required to pay their ETF to get them unlocked. Sounds to me like Sprint isn't the only one that has issues with the policy.

15. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Once the Phone is off contract it's a snap to get the device sim unlocked. I have done it with a Note 3 and iPhone 5. Now for the Sprint offer, they should also say "get half the coverage and reliability to make calls" too. I have coworkers on Sprint and its annoying when they call as they cut in and out then drop off.

16. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I'm not sure what to say. There was no contract in the first place. He bought a Sprint variant iPhone 6+ at full price. Apple said it's up to Sprint to unlock the phone and Sprint was adamant that it's up to Apple.

21. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Exactly, as mentioned above, once the device is paid off (installment plans) or off contract you can get it unlocked. They just don't want you jumping ship shortly after they subsidized a $700 which most consumers pay $200 or tax only at POS and small monthly payments. Also, as someone else mentioned, come February 2015, the FCC is mandating domestic carriers unlock their devices.

8. benzb

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Sprint has no idea what they are doing. First of all, any business expert will tell you that satisfying your existing customer base is just as (if not more) important than bringing new customers, to keep churn low! With that said, what about customers who are with Sprint and are paying more than the "new" customers signing up on this deal? Well, they are out of luck! Network speed, coverage, performance? In most places, not very good! Customer service, not great either! Sprint doesn't give a crap about its existing customer base. Thank god I am not with them!

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They really don't know what they're doing. That is why they have been in a downward spiral. They could have done something else like another round of rate cuts, make activation/upgrade fees go away (this promo includes waived act/upg fee waivers for people that participate in this, which is EXTREMELY rare for Sprint to do), have extra Black Friday-like sales through the rest of the year, etc. but they choose to go with this. They really only care about getting new lines to appease the stockholders.

9. CellieCell

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

OMG, this is going to be a game changer. And I thought T-Mobile rate plan was crazy! Let's see how ATT and Verizon is going to respond. however I do agree, they're network isn't the best. But it's also not the worst. Cellphone bills are already expensive as it is, im happy to see Tmobile and Sprint did not merge or else we wouldn't have these competitive plans. GO SPRINT/TMOBILE

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A snail crawling outside is faster than loading a website on Sprint's network.

22. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

And when was the last time you used Sprints network? Must have been 3 years ago when they got the iPhone and it flooded their network because nowadays I have no issues with my Sprint Spark iPhone 6.

26. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's nice & I'm glad it works for you, but what percentage of Sprint's customers have access to Spark? Right.

17. BRUCELEE0503

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

I don't know where you all get your info about sprint but you are dead wrong.

18. bfuller2006

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Paying half and getting a 33rd of the call quality Verizon and ATT gives you.

19. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Yadda, yadda, yadda, Sprint network sucks, not for me though. Sprint Spark area for me at both where I work and where I live. I even use LTE/Spark more than I use WiFi since I get faster speeds in most places I have WiFi coverage. I wish they had these deals for loyal customers who did stay around when the network was atrocious. They need to bring back the loyalty awards that they removed because of the iPhone deal they made with Apple. Oh well, at least I get a great deal on my grandfathered SERO-P $50/month unlimited data/text/mobile to mobile/nights and weekends and 500 minutes landline calls and still can get subsidized phones.

23. krauser1

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

What about Verizon customers on grandfathered unlimited? Will Sprint match that? I only see talk and text. My old plan is the good ol 1400 minutes shared, unlimited text and unlimited data. Just curious...

25. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Sprint already has an unlimited data/talk/text plan for $60 ($50 if you have an iPhone).

24. tntwit

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

By the time you add in the lease payments on the lines, I'm betting you'll be paying the same. I'll look into this further, but I seriously doubt your final bill will be any cheaper.

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