Sprint is now the fourth-largest wireless phone carrier in the US, with 54 million customers as of 2019. 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 with its three main rivals, Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile. The unlimited space has heated up a lot recently with every major network now offering an option. So in a highly competitive marketplace, where do the Sprint plans stand?
In this article, we will show you the best Sprint plans that the carrier currently has available for its new customers. The truth is that the price of Sprint’s unlimited plans are actually great for everyone, and some include some nice perks. It’s clear that the company wants to sign up as many people as it can to those plans.
Keep in mind that T-Mobile announced a plan to merge its operations with Sprint, and if that happened the Sprint brand name would officially disappear. This merger is still ongoing, though is expected to close sometime in 2020.
Best Sprint plans
1. Sprint Unlimited Basic Plan
The carrier’s Unlimited Basic is the cheapest unlimited Sprint plan that’s currently being offered. At the moment, one line on the plan costs $60 a month. Adding a second line will cost an additional $40 a month, and adding a third, fourth, and fifth line will cost $20 more a month for each line. While the plan does offer “unlimited” 4G LTE data, your speeds might get throttled if you exceed 50GB of data before your monthly billing period ends.
In addition to unlimited data, talk, and texting in the US, the Sprint Unlimited Basic offers support for streaming video at up to 480p resolution, along with streaming music at up to 500kbps, and streaming data for games at up to 2 Mbps. Each line on the plan can also offer 500MB GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot downloads. After that limit is reached before the billing month closes, mobile hotspot streaming goes back down to 3G speeds. The plan also offers unlimited talk, text, and 5GB of LTE data a month for people in the US who travel to Mexico and Canada, along with text and data (likely not LTE data) for over 200 other countries.
Sprint is also offering free access to the Hulu video streaming service for Unlimited Basic Plan customers. New and current Hulu subscribers who sign up for Unlimited Basic can get the standard Hulu Limited Commercials tier package for free, which normally costs $5.99 a month.
2. Sprint Unlimited Plus Plan
Sprint also offers an upgraded version of its Unlimited Basic Plan. The Unlimited Plus plan costs $70 a month for the first line, and a total of $120 a month for two lines. Lines three to five will each cost $10 a month. However, if you bring your own phone or pay the full price for your new phone from Sprint, you will be able to cut the price of the Unlimited Plus plan down by $20 for each line. Again, while the plan does offer “unlimited” 4G LTE data, your speeds might get throttled if you exceed 50GB of data before your monthly billing period ends. If you already have a smartphone that you want to bring to Sprint, you can save $10 a month off the normal price when you sign that phone up to Unlimited Plus.
This Sprint plan increases your video streaming to 1080p resolution, and you get 50GB of LTE data for mobile hotspots. Music streaming goes up as well to 1.5 Mbps. The plan also offers unlimited talk, text, and 10GB of LTE data a month for people in the US who travel to Mexico and Canada, along with text and data (likely not LTE data) for over 200 other countries. Finally, in addition to the free access to Hulu, Sprint Unlimited Plus plan uses can also access the Tidal Premium music streaming service, which normally costs $9.99 a month.
3. Sprint Unlimited Kickstart Plan
Sprint has added a brand-new no contract plan called the Unlimited Kickstart Plan. It costs just $35 a month for unlimited talk, text, and data, and you can either bring your current phone or buy a new one. The Unlimited Kickstart plan does not offer shareable data or bundled extras, but the savings for an individual user are tough to beat.
4. Sprint Military Unlimited Plan
Sprint also offers what it calls its Unlimited Military Plan for veterans, active duty and reserves of the U.S. armed forces. It offers the same features as the Sprint Unlimited Basic Plan, but prices for lines two to six are 50 percent less.
5. Sprint Unlimited Premium Plan
Sprint also has the Unlimited Premium plan, which costs $80 a month for the first line. Again, while the plan does offer “unlimited” 4G LTE data, your speeds might get throttled if you exceed 50GB of data before your monthly billing period ends. If you already have a smartphone that you want to bring to Sprint, you can save $10 a month off the normal price when you sign that phone up to Unlimited Premium.
This Sprint plan supports video streaming to 1080p resolution, and you also get 100GB of LTE data for your mobile hotspot. The plan also offers unlimited talk, text, and even unlimited LTE data a month for people in the US who travel to Mexico and Canada, along with text and data (likely not LTE data) for over 200 other countries. Finally, in addition to the free access to Hulu and Tidal, it has added support for a free subscription to Amazon Prime, along with a subscription to Lookout Premium Plus, which is a mobile security and identity theft service.
6. Sprint Unlimited 55+ Plan
For couples who are 55 years of age or older, the Sprint Unlimited 55+ Plan offers a plan that costs just $70 a month for two lines.
7. Unlimited plans for tablets and smartwatches
If you sign up one smartphone to one of Sprint’s unlimited plans, you can add a tablet to the account for the same monthly price as an additional phone. It also offers 10GB of LTE mobile hotspot data for tablets as well. If you own a smartwatch, you can add it to your unlimited plan account for just $10 a month, with unlimited talk, text, and data.
8. 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, and it offers 6GB of high-speed LTE data now with mobile hotspot, along with unlimited talk and text.
9. Mobile hotspot plans
If you purchase a stand-alone mobile hotspot device from Sprint, you have your choice of data plans. You can get 10GB of LTE data a month for $30, 50GB of data a month for $50 or 100GB of data for just $60 a month.
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 beaten by its main competitors. For folks who just don’t want to deal with an unlimited plan, there aren’t really many options when it comes to Sprint plans. 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.