Sprint is now the fourth largest wireless phone carrier in the US, with 59.7 million customers, as of April 2017. That’s a drop down from its previous position as the third biggest carrier, which was taken from Sprint by T-Mobile. Needless to say, Sprint has been trying very hard to keep up recently with its three main rivals, Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile.
While Sprint has long offered unlimited with tons of extra features at a great price, the unlimited space has heated up a lot recently with every major network now offering an option. So in a highly competitive marketplace, where does Sprint stand?
In this article we will show you the best Sprint plans that the carrier currently has available for its new customers, and show which ones are best for individual accounts, along with ones that are the best for friends and family. The truth is that the price of Sprint’s unlimited plan is actually great for everyone, and it’s clear that the company wants to sign up as many people as it can to that plan.
Sprint Unlimited Freedom Plan
The carrier’s Unlimited Freedom Plan is currently using special promotional pricing to bring in new customers, making it one of the most compelling Sprint plans offered right now. At the moment, one line on the plan costs $60 a month, and two lines costs a total of $100. If a customer wants to add a third, fourth or a fifth line to the account, Sprint will throw them in for free. There’s no word on how long this promotion will continued to be offered, but Sprint has confirmed that this special pricing will only last until January 31, 2019 for anyone who signs up for it now.
After this promotion ends, Sprint’s normal price for the Unlimited Freedom Plan is still very reasonable. It starts at $60 a month for the first line, $40 a month for the second line (for a total of $100) and $30 a month each for the third, fourth and fifth line. Again, these prices are great for families, but they are also pretty cheap for individuals who want to have unlimited data.
In addition to unlimited data, talk and texting in the US, the Sprint Unlimited Freedom Plan offers support for streaming video at up to 1080p resolution, along with streaming music at up to 1.5 Mbps and streaming data for games at up to 8 Mbps. Each line on the plan can also offer 10 GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot downloads. After that limit is reached before the billing month closes, mobile hotspot streaming goes back down to 2G speeds.
For a limited time, Sprint is also offering free access to the Hulu video streaming service for Unlimited Freedom Plan customers. New and current Hulu subscribers who sign up for Unlimited Freedom can get the standard Hulu Limited Commercials tier package for free, which normally costs $7.99 a month. There’s no word on when this special promotion will last.
If you just have a tablet, Sprint also offers unlimited data for that device for $25 a month. That also includes unlimited texting and 10 GB of 4G LTE hotspot data. At the moment, Sprint is running a special promotion that cuts the price back on that plan down to $20 a month for the first 12 months.
Sprint plans with limited data
If, for some reason, you don’t want to sign up for Sprint plans with unlimited data, the carrier doesn’t have much in the way of alternatives. It does offer a single-line plan that costs just $40 a month, but it only offers 2 GB of high-speed LTE data, along with unlimited talk and text. The company also offers its Sprint Forward pre-paid plan, which also costs $40 a month. It gives those subscribers 4 GB of high-speed data, unlimited talk and texting, along with mobile hotspot support and unlimited texting around the world from the US.
Finally, if you want to take your Sprint phone out of the US, the carrier also has some international roaming plans. If the country you are traveling to is on Sprint’s approved list, you can get unlimited data at 2G speeds, and unlimited texting, along with calls that start at $0.20 a minute. You can also purchase 4G LTE data passes which work in over 50 countries. Prices for those passes vary depending on where you are going. If you are just crossing the border to Canada or Mexico, the high-speed data passes costs $2 a day or $10 a week. If you are going to China, the prices are $10 a day or $50 a week. In any of the other 50 or so countries that support these passes, the prices are $5 a day or $25 a week.
As you can see, Sprint really, really wants new customers to sign up for its unlimited plan, and for the price it certainly can’t be beat by its main competitors. For folks who just don’t want to deal with an unlimited plan, there’s really not much for them when it comes to Sprint plans if we are frank. It will be interesting to see how long Sprint keeps this current business plan, or if it will alter it to include more post-paid non-unlimited plans.