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Sprint Prepaid Now Available at BestBuy

Sprint Prepaid phones and service, which up to now were only sold in Sprint stores and by phone order from Sprint telesales are now available at BestBuy stores and BestBuy.com. A reader posted a photo to the PrepaidPhoneNews Facebook page showing the Sprint Prepaid LG Tribute and Samsung Galaxy  S III on display at his local BestBuy store.

BestBuy.com also has a page of Sprint Prepaid phonesicon, including several at sale prices. The following phones are available from BestBuy:

LG Tribute LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99)

LG Volt Android phone $79.99 (reg $149.99)

Sharp Aquos Crystal LTE Android phone $149.99

Samsung Galaxy S III LTE $199.99 (reg $249.99)

Apple iPhone 5 16GB (pre-owned) $299.99

Except for the Galaxy S III all of these phones are new to Sprint Prepaid and do not appear on the Sprint Prepaid site.

It looks like Sprint is re-targeting Sprint Prepaid from an unadvertised in-house line to one that will be sold at big-box stores. According to a story on PhoneScoop, the Sprint Prepaid Sharp Aquos Crystal will be offered by Radio Shack beginning Oct 21. There's also a Sprint Prepaid page at Walmart.com
iconalthough it seems to be a placeholder page as all the phones on it are for other operators rather than Sprint Prepaid.


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  1. Do you think the Sprint prepaid Galaxy S3 can be activated with FreedomPop?

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    1. No, only certain Sprint postpaid phones work on FreedomPop. Sprint Prepaid phones can only be used on Sprint Prepaid.

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  2. I think, given all the mind boggling restrictions from Sprint on what phone they will let you use, if they do not change their network from CDMA to sim based HSPA/LTE they are doomed. Verizon can get away with CDMA because of their size and extensive quality network, and even they will switch to LTE exclusively within 3-4 years.

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  3. Who's going to buy a phone plan without any included data?

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    1. I'm really considering it. The Virgin Mobile $20 wifi only plan is tempting me. I don't use my phone for much other than a moderate amount of calling & sms.

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  4. Do Sprint prepaid plan charge tax? I heard that unlike T-mobile, Sprint do charge tax on prepaid users.

    I would like to try Sprint prepaid if they do not charge extra fees and tax.

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    1. T-Mobile charges tax like hell. That's why I use CallingMart.

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  5. It seems sprint is only focusing on sprint prepaid and boost. Virgin is just getting the leftovers.

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  6. Sprint has three, similar, restrictive, prepaid brands that offer little more than confusion to the average customer. To the power user/deal finders, it is a nightmare. Every time I hear news about Sprint, I get my hopes up, that it might be important changes for a once American owned company. Instead, more ridiculous changes, that will further drive them to number 4, under Tmobile....sad

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    1. I agree...especially about the phones not being portable between the 4 nets (Sprint, SP, BM, VM).

      However, this here isn't a bad development. A 4.5" mid-range brand name LTE phone for $40 on a $45 UnTnT + 3GB + roaming plan isn't that bad. 3GB is a hard cap, so that's a downside. Plus, once the product gets into chains, you'll see them offer sales, possibly even on the airtime cards (if they use AT cards).

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  7. i really can't believe some of the things people think about sprint.this is a prepaid phone service not postpaid so you can't expect all the features. you have to understand if you are being cheap, you are a part of a small percentage. most people are willing to pay

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    1. Not that small. Over a third of new mobile phone activations in the US are prepaid.

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    2. To Anonymous
      If you can hear me back there in the 90s Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all offer almost the same service and coverage on both postpaid and prepaid and T-Mobile includes roaming on prepaid unlike Sprint's Boost and Virgin Mobile which don't have roaming and Sprint Prepaid only offers 50 minutes of roaming. People don't like Sprint because of Sprint's many network problems which is the same network on both postpaid and prepaid. Both Sprint and T-Mobile have limited coverage. But Sprint's network often doesn't work well where they do have coverage. It has nothing to do with prepaid. Sprint's network is the problem.

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    3. The above is one person's opinion. Sprint works just fine where there is coverage. Which the above person is correct about: the limited size of the network.

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    4. Good to know Sprint works well somewhere. I only wish it worked in my area which is a large city where Sprint has coverage in the whole city. Yet data is slow which I could live with but voice quality is so poor I can't use my phone for calls. I never had this problem on any of the other three networks.

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  8. What are the differences between the LG Tribute and the LG Volt?

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    1. The main difference is that the Volt has 8MP auto focus camera with flash, the Tribute has a 5MP fixed focus camera. The Volt also has a bigger battery, IR blaster and a slightly larger, higher resolution screen. But the Tribute has HD voice and class 4 (faster) LTE vs class 3.

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    2. Thanks Dennis for mentioning that the Tribute's camera is not auto-focus. Although specs on LG and Best Buy are incomplete and don't explicitly say that the camera is fixed focus, the lack of it is enough to raise questions. A 5MP camera with 1080p video recording but no AF seem odd, as the similar LG prepaid phones like the Optimus L70 (MetroPCS), Optimus Exceed 2 (Verizon) and LG Realm (Boost Mobile) have AF but only records 800x480 video (not even 1280x720). For future phones, Sprint or not, I'll definitely pay close attention to the spec. It's a strange place to cut cost, especially since it had a quad-core CPU vs the other LG phones list above that are dual-core.

      I know a number of people, including me, who would not choose a phone with non-AF camera. People who scan barcodes and QR codes, take and share pictures of restaurant/self-made food plates (instead of half the table due to minimal focus distance of about 2 foot for fixed focus cameras), receipts, quick screenshots of PC, text, store products, one person portrait, etc.

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  9. Does the LG Tribute support Sprint Spark?

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  10. I hate my corporate BB Q10. Can I use this phone with SIM card from my BB?

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    1. No, Sprint Prepaid phones only work with Sprint Prepaid service and SIMs.

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  11. Do you know if the Tribute world with Mexican Iusacell SIM cards? I travel

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    1. The Sprint Prepaid Tribute will only work on Sprint Prepaid.

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    2. Sigh. Thanks a lot, though! Know of any device from a mainly CDMA company to work in Iusacell Mexico? Those seem to be way cheaper than the GSM versions and I was looking not to shell too much money on a econdary phone.

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    3. You mentioned a SIM so I assume you are talking about Lusacell's new GSM network. Some recent Verizon LTE phones have GSM radios which are unlocked and would work. They aren't really any cheaper than comparable GSM phones however.

      If you want to use Lusacell's CDMA network, you will probably need a Lusacell phone. CDMA phones generally aren't portable between networks.

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  12. Sprint Prepaid to sell HTC Desire 626s for$130 in marshmallow white starting July19.

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