While Sprint may not be as prominent as some other carriers, it’s been a stalwart of the US cell phone scene for a long time. It has adequate network coverage, a good selection of devices, and some attractive cell phone plans that allow customers to use more data before throttling speeds.
Sprint Cell Phone Plans
If your family consumes data like it’s water, then you may want to adopt Sprint Unlimited Freedom, which features unlimited talk, text, data, as well as unlimited mobile-optimized streaming for video up to 480p+, gaming up to 2Mbps, and music up to 500Kbps.
Sprint’s unlimited plan pricing is the cheapest of all four major cell phone carriers … for now. Thanks to a timed promotion, new customers will get sprint unlimited plan for $25 per month per line if you purchase four to five lines, and if you enroll in autopay. You’ll also get the fifth line for free if you need an extra one. That deal won’t last forever. Up to 10 lines can be added to this plan. This package also includes unlimited high-speed data for most everything else.
However, if you’re unhappy with the resolution and speeds provided by the standard package, you can always upgrade to premium streaming for a certain fee per month per line. This option sometimes includes limited offers such as a free month of Amazon Prime. With premium streaming, you and your family will be able to enjoy HD streaming videos at up to 1080p+, HD music streaming at up to 1.5Mbps, and gaming at up to 8Mbps.
- Line 1: $60/month
- Line 2: $40/month
- Lines 3–5: $0/month each (expire 6/30/19)
- Lines 6–10: $30/month each
- Tablet: Add $25/month per line
Sprint Prepaid Plans
Sprint offers prepaid plans for individuals and families, which start as low as $45 a month for unlimited talk and text and 4GB of high-speed data, with a $5 discount per month for signing up for AutoPay. There’s an option for unlimited data if that’s important to you, for $60 a month with the AutoPay discount before surcharges and fees.
Prepaid plans include a free mobile hotspot (tethering), which you can use with tablets, laptops, or other Wi-Fi connected devices. There’s no credit check required for a prepaid plan, and if you make 12 consecutive on-time payments, you can upgrade to a Sprint postpaid service with no credit check and upgrade to a new device with no activation fee.
4GB — $40 a month
- 1 line — $60 a month
- 2 lines — $90 a month
- 3–5 lines — $90 a month (Free additional lines)
Sprint is a middle of the road carrier for anyone looking for a good balance between cost and service. While it’s true that the family plans are some of the cheapest cell phone plans available, there is a tradeoff between network coverage and reliability. But then again, Sprint’s claim that its service is only 1% less reliable across the top one-hundred markets may mean that its reputation is more indicative of a sample bias towards dissatisfied customers than anything else.