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Carrier successfully complicates plans

Sprint has made some tweaks to its mobile broadband data-only plans and rolled out new options, but they're a bit complicated.

For $44.99, Sprint customers using tablets or mobile hotspots can now receive 3 GB of 3G data and unlimited 4G data per month. For $89.99, customers using any mobile broadband device now receive 10 GB of 3G data and unlimited 4G data per month. The 5GB plan stays the same, and remains at $59.99.

However, Sprint now offers a $10 discount on all three of the aforementioned plans when bundled with one of the carrier's Simply Everything and Everything Data plans. This discount, however, does not apply to Sprint's 4G-only Unlimited "Mobile Broadband Connection Plan" for $49.99.

"Although the new plans add more flavor to the carrier's lineup and the bundled pricing option rewards loyalty, the carrier continues to price its broadband plans higher than those of its competitors," Current Analysis' Deepa Karthikeyan is quoted as saying by Fierce Wireless.

"On an à la carte basis, Sprint's new plans are highly uncompetitive as they are each priced $10 more than equivalent options from Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile. Even with the discounts included in its bundle options, the plans still compare unfavorably with T-Mobile, who offers a 20 percent discount on bundled plans, bringing the cost of its 10 GB plan down to an aggressive $68 per month."



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What's the point of the $50 4g only plan?
By DanNeely on 5/13/2011 11:23:21 AM , Rating: 2
It seems you could do everything it offers on the $45 3/4g plan and have backup coverage outside of 4g areas.




By TheMan876 on 5/13/2011 11:35:26 AM , Rating: 2
This.


RE: What's the point of the $50 4g only plan?
By MrTeal on 5/13/2011 11:56:26 AM , Rating: 2
To quote the T-Mobile commercial

AT&T: "Sometimes you just have to pay more to get less"
T-Mobile hottie: *Quizzical look*
AT&T: "If you don't think about it, it makes sense."


By quiksilvr on 5/13/2011 3:17:19 PM , Rating: 5
7 months later
Tmobile hottie: I agree with you!


By jebo on 5/13/2011 2:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It seems you could do everything it offers on the $35 3/4g plan and have backup coverage outside of 4g areas.
Fixed that for you. The article is confusing as written.

But I definitely agree. I'm not familiar with AT&T's alleged $25 plan, but since they don't actually have a 4G network, I'm quite certain it can't compete with unlimited data on Sprint's 4G network.

So, that's clearly a win for Sprint there. As long as you're in a 4G area, that is. You get unlimited data on 4G with 3GB of 3G coverage.


Give up.
By therealnickdanger on 5/13/2011 11:52:11 AM , Rating: 3
I'm about ready to go back to a basic phone with text plan and forget data altogether. I love nerding out over my Android experience, but honestly it's just getting way too expensive to be so connected.

I miss my grandfathered unlimited Sprint Vision plan for $45 including 1000 minutes and unlimited texting.

*weep*




RE: Give up.
By Mr772 on 5/13/2011 2:18:49 PM , Rating: 3
You should check out Virgin Mobile "Beyond Talk" prepaid plans $25 Monthly gets you unlimited text and data (5.5GB cap), 300 talk minutes. Need more minutes you can get 1200 minutes on the same plan for $40.

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phone-plans/be...


RE: Give up.
By DanNeely on 5/13/2011 3:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
That's only really an option if you never leave major metro areas/interstates, because it doesn't have any access to sprints roaming partners networks; leaving huge holes in its coverage map.


By icanhascpu on 5/13/2011 11:53:21 AM , Rating: 3
http://www.millenicom.com/

I am 2 months into my service with these guys. No issues. Their 'Unlimited' plan is through Sprint, and is actually capped at 50GB . 70$ a month. Thats with no contract and no extra fees. My last bill on my VZ version of their plan (20GB cap) was 59.99 exactly. Nothing more.

I fully recommend them for anyone looking for wireless broadband.




By tekzor on 5/13/2011 12:07:58 PM , Rating: 2
interesting company
what kind of speeds do you get on 3G?
I have verizons LTE usb modem plan for $50, taxes included.
I am capped at 5G/month.


By icanhascpu on 5/14/2011 10:20:00 AM , Rating: 2
Ranges from .5MBps down .1MBps up at peak tower use, to double that 90% of the rest of the time. Latency around 100-150. Some people get 2MBps down .5 up. Depends on your tower.

Also they are/will be rolling out 4G plans as well with high caps.

5GB is retarded!


Uncompetitive?
By Wererat on 5/13/2011 2:41:15 PM , Rating: 3
"Sprint's new plans are highly uncompetitive as they are each priced $10 more than equivalent options from Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile."

Hey Deepa, do you read any news about consumer outrage over data caps? I will happily pay $10 more and use Sprint as my broadband provider because of the magic word "unlimited."

(for as long as that word means what I think it means, to paraphrase Inigo Montoya)




Still unlimited plans
By xeno81 on 5/13/2011 12:08:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yet Sprint does still continue to offer unlimited data plans, either way. Unlimited 4G, in available areas... WiMax... at the end of the day, it's still without a data cap unlike some expensive carriers (ahem, Verizon).

Am I totally off base on this, or what? ...




Sprint 4G
By XtremepH on 5/17/2011 12:46:34 AM , Rating: 2
They can afford to give us the unlimited 4G because the coverage is honestly very poor in most cities. I find Sprint 4G coverage to be really limited in areas where they claim to have a good footprint. Only say maybe Atlanta, Georgia would be the only place where I've experienced somewhat decent coverage and maybe that's because Clearwire is built out in the city...




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