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Sprint Prepaid Plans Get Unlimited Throttled Data

Sprint has added unlimited data to all of its Sprint Prepaid plans. There are three Sprint Prepaid plans:
  • $35/month - Unlimited Talk & Text and 1 GB of high speed data
  • $45/month - Unlimited Talk & Text and 3 GB of high speed data 
  • $55/month - Unlimited Talk & Text and 6 GB of high speed data
Until today when you used up your 1, 3 or 6 GBs of data you were done, no more data until your plan renewal date, Now when you use up the high speed data, you get unlimited data throttled to 128 Kbps. This change brings Sprint Prepaid into line with competitors like Cricket, MetroPCS and Sprint's own Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, all of which have long offered unlimited throttled data.

Compared with its stablemate Boost Mobile, Sprint Prepaid includes less high speed data. Boost offers unlimited talk and text plans with 2 GB for $35, 5 GB for $45 and unlimited, unthrottled data for $60. On the other hand, Sprint Prepaid plans include two things that Boost's don't, 40 minutes per month of off-network voice roaming and the ability to use your phone as a WiFi hotspot at no extra charge. Hotspoting on Boost costs extra but it does also include some extra data.

With Sprint increasing distinguishing Sprint Prepaid from Boost Mobile with perks like no-extra cost hotspot and voice roaming, you would think they would make it easier for customers to jump from one to the other as their needs changed. But no, even though Boost and Sprint devices are both compatible with the underlying Sprint network, Boost Phones can't be used on Sprint Prepaid or vice-versa. That means that to switch between Sprint prepaid brands customers have to buy a new phone. Forcing a customer to buy a new phone just to switch from one Sprint prepaid brand seems like a bad move from a customer retention standpoint. If a customer has to buy a new phone anyway it's just as easy for them to go with a non-Sprint based operator as a Sprint-based one.

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  1. The fine print on the Sprint Prepaid "Plans" page states there's 50 minutes of voice-only roaming (versus 40). Nonetheless, it's 50 minutes more than their own prepaid brands and most MVNOs.

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  2. Anyone know how many roaming minutes MetroPCS offers?

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    1. There is no specific limit on Metro plans, AFAIK. I think if you spend more time roaming than native calls, several months in a row, they might intervene.

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    2. There's no stated limit and I've never heard of MetroPCS kicking anyone off for excessive roaming.

      MetroPCS roaming is limited to the roaming areas shown on the MetroPCS or coverage T-Mobile maps. If you are within the MetroPCS coverage area but in dead spot where there's no T-Mobile signal but there is another GSM carriers signal, your phone will not roam and won't work except for 911 calls

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  3. As a sprint prepaid customer, this is welcome news. One thing that stunk was that if you ran out of data, you couldn't even send or recive picture messages.
    Glad to see someone at Sprint wake up and do something about it.

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  4. Throttled data is pretty much the same as no data.

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    1. Only if you are addicted to videos or porn.

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    2. Not completely you can still send mms and get push notifications, better than nothing.

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  5. About time now Verizon prepaid should follow.

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  6. how does this compare with the cost for the Ringplus plans? It seems that if you are a light data user you come out better with RP.

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  7. Not if you factor in all the Voice Call issues surrounding Ring Plus that includes, complete voice outages, dead air calling out, out going calls delayed or not connecting, incoming calls going straight to voice mail or busy or just does not ring and dropped, DTMF issues, Latency issues, not identifying busy or disconnected lines when calling, making and or receiving calls to VoIP services and call quality issues. A completely dysfunctional voice mail service.
    They have had 2+ years to address these basic issues that users really should not have to experience with cell service.

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    1. I experienced one of these problems, once in the last 11 months. That was due to a Sprint outage in my area. RingPlus HAS fixed the two problems I experienced during their first year: some calls not completing, and noticeable echo (latency). Listing every problem that you have read on the Internet from different users is virtually meaningless for potential users.

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    2. No, these are all on going issues that have plagued Ring Plus since 2013 and they have not been addressed other than a few with temporary bandaids that only work until the next time those issue crop up.
      Ring Plus apologists trying to makes excuses for Ring Plus is virtually meaningless for potential users.

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    3. I have been a R+ user since 2013 and it is complete fantasy that Ring Plus has fixed the latency issues. Call connection issues have been intermittent since 2013 and over the last 1 1/2 months have been almost daily.

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    4. "Ring Plus apologists trying to makes excuses for Ring Plus.." and "it is complete fantasy that Ring Plus has fixed the latency issues." I don't notice the extra latency any more. I guess you think Dennis is a "Ring Plus apologist" and is having "fantasies" too. He has said the same thing several times on this blog. Maybe you should get a better phone, or one that works properly, and stop spreading FUD.

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    5. So you're saying the Volt LTE doesn't work properly on Ring Plus?

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  8. You might actually pay attention to the various forums and break out of your own little world. If Dennis actually thinks in his own mind that Ring Plus has fixed the latency issue rather than just regurgitating what the CEO Karl has said then yes, I would say he also lives in a fantasy.

    I have always been right on the border line with very few issue in regard to the latency Ring Plus introduces into the mix, but over the last 1-2 months it has gotten to the point where I am actually bumping into other callers now and that is BS. Two + years and they can't get a handle on this and so many other basic issues, it is truly a back up only service.

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  9. Sprint Brands Tri-Band Network 'LTE Plus'

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  10. Sprint Prepaid adds Data Packs if you need more high-speed data. Data Packs expire 30 days from purchase date or when data is depleted, whichever occurs first.

    $5/month for 500MB high-speed data
    $10/month for 1GB high-speed Data

    Data pack add-on provides additional high-speed data for device and/or hotspot (select devices only)usage. Data pack access expires 30 days from purchase date or when data is depleted, whichever occurs first.

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