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Sprint and Best Buy offer up a semi-sweet deal for students

When it comes to wireless carriers in the United States, there’s AT&T/Verizon, and then there’s everyone else. T-Mobile has recently don’t a pretty good job of distancing itself from the wireless giants with relatively affordable data plans and 200MB of free 4G internet per month for tablets that run on its network.
Sprint is also looking to nab a few discerning customers with a new promotion operated in conjunction with Best Buy. Sprint’s “Unlimited, My Way Student Promotion”, which opened nationwide today, will provide students with 12 months of free talk/text along with 1GB of data/month. If 1GB/month is not enough, students can upgrade to unlimited internet for only $10/month.
Sprint says that its promotion will save students roughly $70/month.

To qualify, the smartphone purchasers must:
  • Purchase a phone at Best Buy at the student activation price
  • Activate phone at time of purchase on Unlimited, My Way Student Promotion
  • Account holder must validate student (elementary school, middle school, high school, or college) within 14 days of phone activation date
Sprint's $36/device activation fee is still in effect, and you have to pay the full off-contract price of the phone and monthly taxes/regulatory fees. Sprint’s Unlimited, My Way Student Promotion runs until 1/4/2014.

Source: Sprint

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Enjoy your dropped calls!
By techxx on 11/18/2013 1:01:01 PM , Rating: 5
I'm actively trying to get AWAY from Sprint. You will honestly be appalled with how poor the signal is. I average about 15 dropped calls per week in addition.

Since some areas have better coverage than others, your best bet is to simply ASK people in your area how their service is. You will be amazed at how POOR cellular service can be.

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By EasyC on 11/18/2013 1:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
What? You mean those fancy maps they throw up on the TV in all their commercials might not be 100% accurate? Appalling!

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By Mitch101 on 11/18/2013 1:39:25 PM , Rating: 2
Dont get your service from Sprint get it from Straight Talk then its $45.00 a month for Unlimited Talk/Text/Data same exact service.

Ill agree Sprint has horrible data coverage if your not within a city but most places offer free wifi at least the places I go (Wings/Beer/McDonalds/Coffee Shop). At home I have wifi and my work has a guest network so the major places Im at Im covered by wifi.

The Text and Talk work very good not great and there are only two spots where I dont get coverage but they are when Im on vacation and Im with the people I want to talk to.

Paying $45.00 a month makes the service tolerable I only really care about talk and text. If I were on Sprint paying $70.00 a month or more then its not worth what they are providing.

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By Omega215D on 11/18/2013 6:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
Even within a city (NYC to be exact) I had constant connectivity issues on my Sprint phones. The Sprint users in my group of friends also have to borrow one of our phones once in a while to make a call. They really need to speed up on improving their service (when regulations permit as you can't just build more towers) or just borrow more of Verizon's lines when possible (which would add more congestion to the already congested network in large cities).

If anything T-Mobile would be a better alternative for those on Sprint.

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By augiem on 11/18/2013 7:54:06 PM , Rating: 2
I always buy ST cards from Amazon and end up paying $38/mo for service. The cheaper cards aren't usually available and you have to snap them up fast (like minutes) before they're gone. I've gotten 2 6-month cards so far, so 1 year of ST service cost me a paltry $438. Too bad my phone is stuck on sucky 3G service. I've never gotten to try ST's 3.5G (HSPA+).

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By JasonMick on 11/18/2013 2:13:10 PM , Rating: 5
What? You mean those fancy maps they throw up on the TV in all their commercials might not be 100% accurate? Appalling!
Pay nothing for Sprint service* if you're a student!


*Some restrictions may apply such as...

Oh, I have to pay full price for an unlocked phone?

Oh I have to pay up to 15.6 percent of my normal fee plus $2.90 per month for Sprint "administrative" and other fees? So I'm actually paying $10-15 per month?

Oh Sprint autoenrolls me in its great service after the 12 month intro period is up??

Oh, so if I get this with a smartphone and go over 1 GB, I pay $15.60 USD/GB extra, which is more than just about any contract overage currently? (most are $10/GB)

Oh you're going to cram my phone with premium text message spam which you get a kickback on? And then when I call your customer service you're going to argue with me customers WANT these messages and only take off the charges if I happen to notice and am particularly adamant?

Oh ... not to mention that great Sprint coverage. Wow is it wonderful. So good. Not being sarcastic at all. By no means did I encounter blackspots all over metro areas I visited over the course of my last contract... no way*.

* Some restrictions may apply to this statement.

Wow great deal... I think I will stick with T-Mobile for my next device.

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By kleinma on 11/18/2013 3:54:52 PM , Rating: 2
Well Jason, you work here, why doesn't the article have all those stipulations listed?

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By augiem on 11/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By JasonMick on 11/18/2013 8:00:53 PM , Rating: 3
Are you a student? Then this plan doesn't apply to you anyway.
I'm in a graduate program, so yes I could apply for this if it were worthwhile...

Clearly you don't know what you think you know about me. :)

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By ritualm on 11/19/2013 3:36:05 PM , Rating: 2
This would be a perfect question on an accounting exam.

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By lagomorpha on 11/18/2013 1:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
How many teenagers call anymore? They don't have the patience for that when they could just text.

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By retrospooty on 11/18/2013 2:37:45 PM , Rating: 2
"I average about 15 dropped calls per week in addition."

Wow... I can honestly say that I have not made 15 calls in 2013. Call drop wouldnt bug me one bit... Anyhow, it depends on where you live. In some areas Sprint is pretty good.

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By Dr of crap on 11/19/2013 12:47:20 PM , Rating: 2
AGAIN only those that have a problem with Sprint will post here about HOW BAD Sprint service is. I have and have had Sprint for over 10 years with NO service problems. I travel for work to Tampa, Ft Myers, Des Moines, Kansas City, Madison, Newport News, and a few others, NO problems with reception or dropped calls.
You do realize that being INSIDE a building can cause reception problems. AND all you New York people, well you live in New York, bad reception for any carrier, need I say more.

RE: Enjoy your dropped calls!
By soccerballtux on 11/19/2013 5:37:08 PM , Rating: 2
I've been on Virgin Mobile, a Sprint MVNO, for a year and have had two or three dropped calls. One was dropped because I was connected for 2 hours straight talking.

Not sure how you could be having such problems. I think Sprint's MVNOs provide fantastic value for your money.

By Motoman on 11/18/2013 1:08:29 PM , Rating: 2
...the cheapest phone that qualifies is a $250 Kyocera unit.

Also, you have to sign a 2-year agreement, it's not all free and clear.

Nice, I guess...but it's not quite as nice as the initial impression implies.

RE: Mmmm...
By DanNeely on 11/18/2013 1:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
It would probably be better to point out that for this plan you're basically paying the full retail price. ex Samsung GS4 $649, iPhone 5S-16GB $699. Both are $199 on contract. That uses up a bit more than half the savings on your monthly contract.

RE: Mmmm...
By lagomorpha on 11/18/2013 1:48:34 PM , Rating: 2
Good catch. Full retail for phone plus one year free then one year on contract price ends up not being such a good deal.

RE: Mmmm...
By DanNeely on 11/18/2013 2:26:41 PM , Rating: 2
You're still saving a few hundred dollars; but for the typical cash strapped student I think being able to buy the phone at the normal subsidized rate and getting $30-40/month off their contract for a year would be a better deal.

RE: Mmmm...
By JasonMick on 11/18/2013 2:36:26 PM , Rating: 1
You're still saving a few hundred dollars; but for the typical cash strapped student I think being able to buy the phone at the normal subsidized rate and getting $30-40/month off their contract for a year would be a better deal.
Plus there's overages if you run over your data allowance -- $15.60 USD/GB.

Plus there's $10-15 USD per month in fees, etc., including a $2.50 USD Sprint "administrative" charge.

So I would guess your actual savings will be $100 or $200 USD at most versus a premium character like Verizon, and basically nothing compared to a T-Mobile/MetroPCS contract.

RE: Mmmm...
By Jeffk464 on 11/18/2013 3:16:25 PM , Rating: 2
T mobile is a month to month plan, you aren't stuck in a 2 year contract.

So whats the real deal here
By KOOLTIME on 11/21/2013 3:56:18 AM , Rating: 2

Pay for a phone, then no monthly fees, after the 1 time activation 36.oo sounds ok for a year.

If there is not annual contract then free phone service for a year if your going to buy a smart phone is not a bad deal.

Seems like some grey areas missing on this, i don't know as of yet haven't seen sprints actual fine print on the topic.

No Way This is a Deal
By alexhersh512 on 11/26/2013 5:23:20 PM , Rating: 2
I would still rather use the Verizon MVNO service at FreeMobileDataPlans than to get Sprint crappy service. You only pay $30/month for iphone service using Verizon network, that is a totally better value..

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