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Confirmed: Sprint to Launch $70/Month Prepaid Plan With Roaming and No Speed Cap



The website Android Police has published scans of a dealer document appear to indicate that Sprint will be launching a new prepaid brand. The new service is called Sprint As You Go and it's launching January 25.

Sprint As You Go service will be priced at $50/month for feature phones and $70/month for smartphones. At launch two feature phones and two smartphones will be available. The feature phones are:
  • Samsung M400 flip phone $49.99
  • Samsung Array QWERTY slider $79.99

The smartphones are both Android devices:

  • LG Optimus Elite $149.99
  • Samsung Victory $249.99

It won't be possible to activate any Boost, Virgin or Sprint postpaid phones on Sprint As You Go, not even the postpaid versions of Sprint As You Go phones.

The Samsung Victory appears to be the same phone as the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE on Sprint postpaid. However the leaked documents make no mention of 4G or LTE. This might mean that the LTE radio is disabled on the Sprint As You Go or perhaps Sprint is waiting to do a unified announcement of LTE availability on Boost, Virgin and Sprint As You Go later this year.

Sprint As You Go is more expensive than comparable plans from Sprint's other prepaid brands Boost and Virgin Mobile. But Sprint As You Go has a perk to justify the higher price; roaming. Sprint As You Go roaming coverage is the same as Sprint postpaid but only 1xRTT (2G) data will be available while roaming.

The leaked document refers to unlimited data with no mention of throttling as long as your are on the Sprint native network. Virgin Mobile throttles data speeds to 256 KB after 2.5 GB/month and Boost will begin applying the same throttle Jan. 20.

Although $70/month is a bit steep for prepaid, roaming, truly unlimited data and the possibility of LTE should make it attractive for many users.

Update: Fierce Wireless is reporting that a Sprint spokesperson has confirmed the information in the Android Police post and also stated that the Samsung Victory will have access to Sprint's LTE network and that As You Go phones will only be available at Sprint retail stores, not online.

The Sprint As You Go website is now live. You can order a phone on the site but have to pick it up at a Sprint store. Sprint slaps postpaid style taxes and fees on to the price of Sprint As You Go service. The fees and taxes run from $16 to $28/month on the $70 smartphone plan.

Source and Images: Android Police via PhoneNews.com

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  1. Sounds interesting, wonder if down the line this will be better than vm and boost.

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    1. well it seems that it would be the same as vm and boost with one exception, no cap on data speeds! from what i have gathered which i would be more than happy to pay the $70 vs. the $40 i am paying now due to having a cap on boost... i go from 1200kbps down to a mere 170 kbps, that is as bad as the old 56k dialup i grew up on as far as i am concerned! i will most likely be dropping boost and going to sprint unless boost new LTE phones have the uncapped data!!! i only use my phones data when i am at work 3rd shift where i have nothing better to do but watch movies on netflix

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  2. The Only way I would Consider this prepaid is 1. LTE data included, and 2. the ability to buy your own device even high end LTE smartphone's I would be their in a heartbeat.

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    1. Agreed. It would take that kind of offering for me to leave my current provider, Page Plus Cellular. I've found Page Plus to be the best one out there. Even then, I would have to weigh the decision carefully because Page Plus is very reliable!

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  3. I agree that roaming and unlimited full speed data are big advantages for many.
    Ting has roaming for voice and SMS only, but allows BYOD.
    Lots of data on Ting gets expensive, too: 1000-2000-2gb costs $74 plus gov. taxes.

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  4. $70 plan competes well with the PagePlus $69.95 plan.

    It has even better coverage, with no roaming charges, and includes unlimited data vs. a 5GB cap.

    No BYOD, but many users will appreciate having a new, appealing, supported smartphone that they do not have to configure to get working with 3G data.

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    1. Some will like the Total Equipment Protection option.

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    2. Page Plus USES Verizon's network, so how does Sprint provide better coverage?

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    3. You get the Sprint network, with free roaming on Verizon where Sprint has not towers. Sprint has coverage in quite a few areas where you cannot get a Vzw signal.
      Compare the coverage maps and you will see the difference. Sprint postpaid map compared to Verizon prepaid map.
      Plus, you do not pay the Pageplus roaming charge of 29c/min.

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  5. If you want to feel better about this deal, compare it to Vzw prepaid.
    $440 for the HTC Rhyme™ Prepaid and then $80 per month with a 2GB cap.

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    1. Yeah, that is kind of a rip off

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  6. Sprint appears to be making some moves to try to unseat AT&T as 2nd place?

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  7. AT&T offers 4 inexpensive smartphones with their $65/mo. plan. 1GB data cap.

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  8. Why is Sprint so strict about not allowing BYOD with its own branded phones?! I have a HTC EVO from 2010 that I replaced with my Galaxy S III when I renewed my contract, my EVO still in good condition is just laying around with no purpose. If Sprint allowed BYOD to its network I could've passed the phone down to my brother and activated it on its prepaid service, that would mean $70 more a month Sprint would be earning.

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    1. You could put it on Sprint through Ting or Eco.

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    2. If I had to make a guess that Sprint As You Go is kind of a pilot program. If it turns out to be very successful, we should see more features introduced like BYOD.

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  9. As a vm customer, at 45 per month, the roaming is really a deal....if I leave town and go hunting in the woods....no signal whatsoever. It's starting to get annoying. page plus is sounding better all the time....now to just find a gnex to flash from sprint to pp. ;-)

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    1. If you flash your VM phone to PP, then you better get used to 1X data speeds.

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    2. not gonna happen, I want a sprint gnex with 3g on pp.

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  10. They should've just done this in the beginning, I just don't see the point in them having 3 prepaid brands.

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  11. Makes sense. I personally wouldn't use a brand like Virgin Mobile or Boost because of the name but wouldnt mind paying a little more for the actual Sprint Brand

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  12. Yeswap, have you ever heard of votel mobile? apparently they sell devices at costco.com? do you know if the company is any good? thanks

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    1. All I know is that they are a just launched Sprint MVNO. Good rates, no BYOD. I suspect that their "unlimited" data has a cap or throttle.

      Costco.com does sell Votel. I recommend buying through Costco rather than directly from Votel in case something goes wrong. Costco has a good reputation for resolving issues with products and services purchased through them.

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  13. Sprint has confirmed this and the Samsung victory will have access to their LTE network.

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  14. "...it looks like Sprint As You Go may be the ideal choice for prepaid customers with an insatiable appetite for megabytes."

    That's like going to an All You Can Eat Buffet, but they say you have to eat REALLY SLOW!

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    1. It won't be slow with a Samsung Victory in an LTE market.

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