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Plan comes up short compared to Boost or Virgin

In a strange scenario, Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) has decided to offer its own branded pay-as-you-go service.  Takers on the new plan -- which kicks off Jan. 25 -- will have to pony up $250 USD for a Galaxy S (the "Victory" from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930)) or $150 USD for an entry level Android, LG Electronics, Inc.'s (KSC:066570) "Elite".  None of the high-end contract handsets can be used with the new plan.

If the hardware/hardware pricing is a bit of a turn-off, the monthly fees won't make you much happier.  It will cost $70 USD/month to get unlimited talk/text/web.  Or if you want you can pay as little as $50 USD to get a feature phone, which comes with a $50 USD/month "unlimited" plan, with the built in limitation of having inherently limited internet capabilities.

Worst of all, there's no mention of roaming on EVDO, so Android Police and others speculate that you may be hit with fees that eat up your account payments, when using the device in areas where the Sprint network is dead or weak.

Sprint Pay-as-You-Go
Sprint's pricing on its self-branding PAYG plan isn't great. [Image Source: Android Police]

The truly curious part is that Sprint is offering up an inferior deal to ... itself.

Sprint's joint-subsidiary Virgin Mobile USA offers the same LG Elite handset for $80 and a $55 USD "unlimited" monthly fee.  In other words, if you go with Sprint's branded service you will lose approximately $430 USD over a 2-year period.  Virgin customers also get for a mere $150 USD, a far fancier EVO V 4G from HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), a modified variant of the EVO 3D.
Sprint PAYG
There's concern the plan may not include 2G roaming. [Image Source: Android Police]

And then there's Boost Mobile, the other prepaid player -- also owned by Sprint.  Boost offers the Samsung Galaxy Rush (another Galaxy S variant) for $149 USD ($100 USD less than Sprint), an LG Venice (aka Optimus L7) for $220 USD, or a Warp Sequent by ZTE Corp. (SHE:000063) for $200 USD.  While throttled after 2.5 GB of data use, Boost also offers "unlimited" for $55 USD/month.

And then there are upstart providers like Republic Wireless who offer even cheaper services albeit with slower connection speeds.  For example Republic sells the Motorola Mobility DEFY XT for $249 USD, but then only charges you $19 USD/month for "unlimited" access, thanks to a hybrid system using 3G roaming and Wi-Fi (when available).

In other words, Sprint's service appears to offer few (perhaps no data caps?) if any advantages at this point over its own prepaid brands, let alone over rival offerings that adopt more unusual service models.

Source: Android Police



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mind boggling
By chµck on 1/3/2013 6:22:11 PM , Rating: 5
how do they still have customers?




RE: mind boggling
By darckhart on 1/3/2013 7:30:27 PM , Rating: 2
they're advertising to pay-as-you-go users.


RE: mind boggling
By EasyC on 1/4/2013 11:55:55 AM , Rating: 2
Easy, their service is still the cheapest and offers free roaming on Verizons towers (not the pay-as-you-go). Their LTE speeds aren't too shabby either. I average 14-18 Mbps at home and work. I've never had an issue with their service being down or not having signal. Oh yea, and unlimited data. LOL

Meanwhile, I swear there's a panel in Verizon that is dedicated to coming up with ways to screw its customers. Look at them 5 years ago, and look at them now.... That new data share plan sucks too lol. But I digress.


RE: mind boggling
By Piiman on 1/5/2013 12:35:31 PM , Rating: 2
Their service is a few bucks cheaper sometimes. I was with them for 2 weeks (didn't take long to realize they suxed) LTE speeds good? Really? where do they have LTE? oh yeah in like two markets big whoop chances are if you go with Sprite you aren't going to have any LTE.

Yes VZW new data plans SUCK but even 2 gigs of LTE is better than unlimited 3g.

My VZW plan, over all, now is 20.00 cheaper than the plan Sprite was giving me with slooow 3g. Hell Sprit even charged a monthly fee for a LTE phone but didn't even offer LTE in my area.

Then after I cancelled service within the trail 2 weeks they still tried charging me for service for the next two months and even theathen me with collection for money I didn't owe. They're a bunch of clowns! Oh and the SGiii, I had, had a Customer Service number build into the phone info screen but it was the 800 number for Boost! lol

Boozo's


Ting: Pay as you go done almost right
By sthayashi on 1/4/2013 12:57:33 AM , Rating: 3
I hate to sound like a spammer, but frankly it should be brought up more frequently when discussing pay-as-you-go plans.

Ting is thus far, one of the more interesting services on the market and can be considerably cheaper than Sprint's offering. The only downside is that there is no such thing as unlimited with Ting.




RE: Ting: Pay as you go done almost right
By Dorkyman on 1/4/2013 4:45:53 PM , Rating: 2
We plan to move over to Ting this spring with our 3 phones. Not "unlimited," but really cheap for people who make moderate use of the phones. AND we can use our existing phones (Evo 4G), something Ting plans to offer with other phones over time.


By Samus on 1/5/2013 1:53:33 AM , Rating: 2
TING FTW. Now that its BYOD there is virtually no reason to have Sprint over one of their own MVNO's.


Cost
By Uncle on 1/3/2013 10:57:46 PM , Rating: 2
What would someone pay in the usa for a plan such as this if you get 100 min a month, unlimited text and pics, Free calling weekends and 7pm till 8am anywhere in the country, and you pay 100 for a phone on a tab system, where they deduct 10% off your monthly bill off the phone. If you quit the monthly you pay for whats left on the phone and its yours.




RE: Cost
By flyingpants1 on 1/6/2013 3:09:02 PM , Rating: 1
The fuck are you talking about?


femtocells
By chromal on 1/3/2013 5:41:30 PM , Rating: 2
One advantage of direct Sprint over their various subcarriers is that only Sprint customers can use Sprint femtocells. As someone who has Virgin Mobile service in a mountainous area with lots of shadow zones (my house, friend's house down the road), it'd be nice if the Sprint femtocells would pass traffic.




It may be a bit outlandish...
By Insurgence on 1/4/2013 3:55:58 PM , Rating: 2
... but they are probably just testing the waters and getting this straightened out without risking the consumer base of Virgin Mobile.

It could be that they are deciding to do away with Virgin Mobile USA but not wanting to sacrifice the consumer base until they have the house built to put them.




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