Sprint to sell wireless plan that only connects to Facebook or Twitter

July 30, 2014

Sprint Store

Due to their continued bad wireless coverage and speeds, Sprint is desperate for a plan to attract new users. While they recently reported a profit, they are also reported more subscriber losses during the 2Q of 2014.

After the subscriber losses, Sprint specifically mentioned price cuts and plan changes as possible moves in the future.

Now, Sprint is soon to offer a $12-a-month plan that allows subscribers to connect ONLY to Facebook. They also will soon offer a plan for the same price which allows subscribers to connect ONLY to Twitter. For an additional $5, subscribers would get unlimited streaming of a music app of their choice.

The plan will be offered under Virgin Mobile prepaid service. Sprint is calling the plan ‘Virgin Mobile Custom’ which they claim is aimed at giving customers ‘more choices.’ Sprint also claims that more apps will be added in the future and that they are not being paid by any of the included applications.

Virgin Mobile Prepaid

The new plan is only available at Wal-Mart and offers just 20 minutes of talk time and 20 texts although subscribers can change the plan to include unlimited talk or text.

“Each line starts at $6.98 a month. Unlimited service on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest costs another $5, or another $15 for all four. The service also includes a feature that allows parents to restrict which apps children can use on the phones.” - Wall Street Journal

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    ಠ_ಠ

    That’s all I can say.

  • Henry

    Sprint just needs to gracefully die off. I see no benefit as to why they would merge with T-Mobile.

    • Kellman

      I think it should be the other way around, I have had nothing but terrible experiences with T-Mobile, Customer service, rebates, and coverage. Then we were sent to collections for canceling our service because T-Mobile only has Edge service in our town, and no plans to upgrade their towers anytime soon. I have had 10 years experience dealing with Sprint, and Virgin mobile with no problems whatsoever. The 3G on Sprint is slow, but most of our town (Where T-Mobile only has Edge) is covered by Sprint LTE service.

      • KingofPing

        So you’re the exception that proves the rule.

      • Zak Taccardi

        Old T-Mobile sucked. New T-Mobile is great.

        Obviously service level depends on where you live, but in my suburbia T-Mobile is a gift from god.

        Sprint has great spectrum, so their rural service is generally decent. Their urban service is a joke

      • Mark Mann

        So… You signed a contract without checking if there was coverage where you live… And this is somehow T-mobile’s fault?

        • Sequoia46.2

          He was probably with T-Mobile from early on with his first cellphone which would have only been on edge at that time.

          • Mark Mann

            He said he was with T-Mobile… And they sucked, because they didn’t have coverage where he lived and tried to force him to follow the contract he signed anyway

  • RanRu

    This is bogus. It’s like if a library told you “You can rent any of Stephen King’s books for free, but if you want to rent books from any other author, that’ll be $4.99. Also we’re not giving any of that money to the people who wrote the books, that’s just for us.”

  • DrN00b

    Or you know you could lower the price on the data plan!!!! Isn’t this what we are fighting for net neutrality? paying for twitter and facebook only!

  • wezi427

    Now I know why this company is in trouble.