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Sprint Prepaid Increases Data and Cuts Prices But Boost Mobile is a Better Deal



Sprint has made some changes to its little known Sprint Prepaid service. The old separate plans for feature phones and smartphones have been replaced by three plans that bear a superficial resemblance to the new Data Boost plans offered under Sprint's Boost Mobile brand. The new plans are:
  • $35/month - Unlimited Talk & Text and 1GB of data
  • $45/month - Unlimited Talk & Text and 3GB of data 
  • $55/month - Unlimited Talk & Text and 6GB of data
These prices are apparently a limited time promotion, fine print on the Sprint prepaid page says that they are available only until October 4, 2014. Although the plans are priced the same as the Boost Mobile's Data Boost ones, there are a couple of differences that make Data Boost a better deal.
  • The data limits on Sprint Prepaid are hard caps, data stops when the limit is reached. On the Boost plans, unlimited throttled data is available after the included limit is reached.
  • The $55 Data Boost Plan included 10GB of high speed data rather than 6GB
There's no roaming with Sprint Prepaid and there's no "Bring Your Own Phone" (BYOP) option. That's right, even though this is a Sprint branded service, you can't use a postpaid Sprint phone, or a Boost or Virgin Mobile phone either.  The following Sprint Prepaid Phones are available:
  • Kyocera Kona flip phone $19.99
  • Kyocera Event Android phone $99.99
  • Motorola Moto G Android phone $99.99
  • Apple iPhone 4S 8GB (Certified Pre-owned) $149.99
  • Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE Android phone $299.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini LTE Android phone $349.99
Sprint Prepaid phones and service can be purchased at Sprint stores or by calling 855-639-4644. Online ordering is not available.

I have a feeling that Sprint prepaid exists solely to give Sprint retail sales representatives something to offer to customers who don't qualify for postpaid. There are better prepaid deals available both inside and outside Sprint.

Source: Sprint via PhoneNews

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  1. I really don't understand why sprint needs 3 prepaid brands and mvnos.

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  2. What a mess. All this redundancy.

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  3. Sprint missed the mark .... again.

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  4. Even Verizon allows BYOP, stupid Sprint.

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  5. Do these plans work with Sprint as you go phones?

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    1. Probably, call Sprint Prepaid at 855 639 4644 to be sure. Keep pressing 0 and saying operator until one picks up.

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  6. Boost and Virgin have 5 times the phone selection and more data.
    I'm sure Sprint Prepaid does not have a lot of volume like Boost.

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  7. How much are their taxes?

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    1. Same as Boost and Virgin. State and local sales taxes and point of sale e911 fee if your state has one.

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  8. Well, the $35 and $45 align with Cricket - but given the situation, matching is not enough. They need to be a lot less than everyone else right now.

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  9. Sprint is its own worst enemy. It cannot get out of its own way of making money.

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  10. $35/month - Unlimited Talk & Text and 1GB of data

    nice. don't care if there is a data cap. don't care if there is no roaming. but the no byop is the killjoy. so forget it.

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  11. Sprint can be such money grabbing scammers sometimes. Why the hell do you need 5 separate phones for:
    -Sprint
    -Sprint Prepaid
    -Boost
    -Virgin
    -Virgin Mobile Custom
    -Virgin Mobile Wifi Lover's Delight

    More to the point, why do you need Sprint Prepaid at all vs Boost? If someone in a Sprint store doesn't qualify for a plan, sell them a Boost device and plan. This is just cheating them out of something better for no good reason.

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    1. More brands, more exposure.

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    2. That doesn't explain why you can't take phones between each brand. If you have Virgin phone, you can't even take it to Virgin Wifi Lover or Virgin Custom.

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    3. You forgot:
      Virgin PayLo
      Assistance Wireless (a sort of Obamaphone thing that is also a Virgin version.

      I guess the moral of the story is... if you can't do one thing well, just do a lot of things.

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  12. "I have a feeling that Sprint prepaid exists solely to give Sprint retail sales representatives something to offer to customers who don't qualify for postpaid. There are better prepaid deals available both inside and outside Sprint."

    Not to mention the fact that the cheapest SP phone with LTE is $300 dollars, while you can get Boost LTE phones for $100. For example, the Boost Volt is $80 right now but the Sprint store wants you to buy a more expensive phone on a more expensive plan.

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  13. Sprint is continuing their legacy of too many choices , most of them poor or redundant. They'll never get it right till they clean house of ten years of bad exectutive decisiions.

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  14. I was given a Sprint 4s. Can I use this on any prepaid services? I do not need data I use airvoice $10 plan so I am a light phone user.

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    1. You can use a Sprint iPhone 4s on most Sprint MVNOs including Ting, RingPlus, Expo Mobile, Ecomobile and ChitChat. See Sprint and Sprint MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared for plan details.

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  15. Can Sprint prepaid phones be used on Sprint MVNOs?

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    1. Maybe. Sprint isn't going to admit it if they can, so we won't know until someone tries it and shares the results. Sprint As You Go Galaxy Victories worked on RingPlus so it' might be possible.

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  16. Lumia 635 coming to Boost Mobile & Virgin Mobile on December 23rd for $100.

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