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
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