Sprint is offering a new deal with lower prices for unlimited wireless service according to July 11 articles on AllThingsD.com and TheVerge.com.
Sprint offers unlimited data, text and talk, beginning Friday, July 12, for a monthly charge of $80. To get the $80 price you’d order Unlimited Talk and Text at $50 per month then add Unlimited Data at $30 per month. The offer is available from Sprint.com and at Sprint stores.
For a monthly total of $110, Sprint will provide unlimited data, talk and text on one smartphone plus five gigabytes (5 GB) of hotspot capacity to use with other devices.
You can use a hotspot to create a mini-wifi area and that allows laptops and tablets near the phone to connect to the Web. Hotspot capability can be added to a Sprint plan in increments of $10 per gigabyte per month.
Sprint is currently number three among wireless service providers in the U.S., behind Verizon and AT&T, and ahead of T-Mobile. This new plan may buy Sprint some customers. It would be great if the new plan would cause other providers to take a hard look at their rates and offer some deals and price improvements.
It’s worth noting that Sprint’s new unlimited plan is not dramatically different from some of the plans Sprint offered yesterday. Before, you could get unlimited data, talk and text from Sprint for $110 per month or you could choose unlimited text and unlimited data plus 450 minutes of voice service for $80.
Sound advice: The reason Sprint is number three is likely to be because they provide service in less locations than AT&T and Verizon. With that in mind, it makes sense to check the coverage in the areas where you will use your phone before you switch carriers. Sprint’s coverage map is available on Sprint.com. It’s also worth the extra time it takes to check with friends and coworkers as to their satisfaction with the carrier’s service before switching.
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