Sprint Prepaid customers who purchase and activate a phone at Best Buy will get rollover data.
Sprint calls the new feature Monthly Rolling Data. Unused data rolls over from one month to the next and never expires. Customers are limited to a maximum of 30 GB of unused roll over data. After 30 GB is accumulated, rollover stops until the customer uses some of their rollover data. The user's account must be current and payments on time or data will not roll over. Add-on Data Packs will be used before plan or rollover data and will not roll over.
Although T-Mobile Prepaid and AT&T's GoPhone also offer rollover data, Sprint Prepaid's has a couple of advantages:
- Unlike AT&T GoPhone and T-Mobile Simple Choice which only offer rollover data on higher priced plans, Monthly Rolling data is available on all Sprint Prepaid plans, which start at $35/month.
- Sprint Prepaid's rollover data never expires, GoPhone's expires after a month and T-Mobile Prepaid's after a year.
Sprint Prepaid offers the following plans:
- $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
The addition of rolling data strikes me as an attempt to breathe new life into the uncompetitive priced, and likely under performing, Sprint Prepaid brand. The amount of high speed data included with Sprint Prepaid plans is lower than comparably priced plans from Cricket, MetroPCS and even Sprint's own Boost Mobile. To make matters worse, unlike its main competitors, data on Sprint Prepaid is hard capped. When you reach the 1, 3 or 6 GB limit data stops, there's no ultra slow unlimited throttled data to carry you through to the next plan month. Rollover data at least makes running out of data less likely.
In other Sprint Prepaid news, after nine on-time payments, Sprint Prepaid customers can switch to a Sprint postpaid smartphone lease with zero down and no credit check. Like Monthly Rolling data this promotion is available exclusively at Best Buy. The main advantages of Sprint postpaid over Sprint Prepaid seem to be more off-network roaming, including a tiny bit of data roaming, and the availability of a wider selection of higher end phones at a higher monthly cost.
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