Sprint Offering Unlimited Data on Five Smartphones for $90 Per Month for a Limited Time

Sprint today introduced a limited time promotion that offers new customers—existing customers do not qualify—unlimited talk, text, and data for $50 per month for the first line, $40 per month for the second line, and no additional cost for up to three additional lines. A family of five, for example, would pay $90 per month as a base cost—but there's lots of fine print and caveats to consider.


First, the plan itself is only good through March 31, 2018, at which point Sprint's former pricing goes back into effect: $60 per month for the first line, $40 per month for the second line, and $30 per month for each additional line—a family of five would pay $190 per month. Fortunately, you can cancel before then without paying any fees beyond the remaining balance of any financed smartphone.

Additionally, Sprint's pricing is not inclusive of taxes and surcharges, which can cost anywhere from $5 to over $25 extra per month based on our math. These fees typically include a $2.50 administrative charge, 40 cent regulatory charge, state and local taxes, and other regional surcharges if applicable. T-Mobile recently revamped its pricing to include taxes and fees, but AT&T and Verizon do not.

On top of the taxes and surcharges is a $30 activation fee per line, amounting to a one-time charge of $150 for five lines. T-Mobile does not charge activation fees, while AT&T and Verizon charge $25 and $30 per line respectively.

The rest of the fine print is similar to T-Mobile: video streams at up to 480p+ resolution, music streams at up to 500 Kbps, and games stream at up to 2 Mbps. Data de-prioritization applies during times of congestion, and customers that exceed 23GB of data in a billing cycle may be throttled until the next billing cycle. The prices also require electronic billing with AutoPay enabled.

Sprint's pricing is competitive, at least until the promotion expires next year, as seen in the chart below.

T-Mobile's unlimited ONE plan costs $70 per month for the first line, $50 per month for the second line, and $20 per month for each additional line, with taxes and fees included. For comparison, a family of five would pay double—$180—per month. AT&T is even more expensive, since a DirecTV NOW or U-verse subscription is required for unlimited data. Verizon does not offer unlimited data plans.


Sprint said new customers have limited time to sign up to receive the discounted pricing. While five lines are advertised, purchasing one to four lines is allowed—and it doesn't matter if it's family members or friends as long as each person falls under one bill. 5GB of high-speed Mobile Hotspot tethering, VPN, and P2P data is included per month. Tablets can be added for an extra $20 per month per line.

Keep in mind that Sprint ranked last in download speeds and so-called network "availability" among fellow "Big Four" competitors AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile in OpenSignal's latest "State of Mobile Networks" report.

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22 months ago
This would be a good value if they offered a usable service
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22 months ago
They couldn't pay me $90 a month to switch to their network.
Rating: 12 Votes
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22 months ago
But it's Sprint...
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22 months ago
garbage company, garbage network. An iPhone on sprint is no better than an iPod touch.

Ask sero customers about sprint bait and switch, stay away!
Rating: 7 Votes
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22 months ago
The worst network, throttled and all streaming media degraded....where do I sign up?
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22 months ago
And the price will go back up eventually? What's the point? Oh that's right, lots of people don't read the fine print.
Rating: 5 Votes
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22 months ago
Going from 0.3mbp/s LTE to 50mbp/s made it worth the extra $$$ going from Sprint to T-Mobile. Unlimited is useless if pages time out and navigation can't even load a map....
Rating: 3 Votes
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22 months ago
I don't wish any ill will towards Sprint, because I value competition. But sometimes I'm amazed they are still in business. This reeks of desperation, and the fact that the bill more than doubles after a year shows their true, piss yellow colors.
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22 months ago
That chart is misleading:

1) AT&T's unlimited doesn't limit you to 480P, stream saver is on by default but all you have to do is turn it off and now you have HD video.

2) The prices listed for AT&T include Direct TV which is placed in tiny lettering at the top.

3) To compare Apples to Apples you would have to have the T-Mobile+ for each line. This would add an additional $60 for a family of 4 so it would be $210 vs $230 (including Direct TV).

The Sprint price is amazing, too bad the network is garbage.

I used to work at T-mobile and they are masters at marketing but there's always fine print in their stuff. Also they claim to be all about the customer but it is the employees who subsidize their plans. Remember that the next time you tout about how awesome T-mobile, I currently work at AT&T and make DOUBLE of what I made at T-mobile and get a lot more benefits as well. One can easily support a family working for AT&T and not so much if stuck with T-mobile.
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22 months ago
I wouldn't switch back to them if it were free!!!! Horrible service where I live.Note: I did have them for 3 years and worst service. Could never hold an LTE signal even though a tower was less than a mile from my house, and it wasn't just where I lived. Signal was consistently horrible everywhere. Indoors, good luck. Phone switched to 3G or 1x which I had most of the time.

I guess what's the purpose with unlimited data when you can barely stream music or Netflix.
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