According to a release on Sprint's newsroom, the carrier has partnered with Niantic Inc., the developer and publisher of the highly successful app, Pokémon Go. The release shares that the partnership was forged as a way of creating a special Pokémon Go experience throughout Sprint's 10,500 locations all over the country. This included its RadioShack Boost Mobile and Sprint stores. Through the partnership, these physical stores will be turned into PokéStops and Gyms for exclusive in-game items and app-related events.
The announcement reveals that the partnership will take effect on December 12, just a few days from now. While there are some creatures expected to emerge on that day, Niantic's CEO teases that others would come on a later date.
So what can Pokémon Go players expect from this partnership?
- Collect in-game items, such as Poké Balls and eggs, to advance in the game
- Battle against other Pokémon in Sprint-sponsored Gyms.
- Recharge device to play more
As a way of welcoming this partnership, Sprint is inviting customers to switch at least one line to Sprint so they can sign up for Unlimited Freedom with AutoPay starting at $20 per month/line for a family of five. This already comes with unlimited data, talk and text; as well as unlimited mobile optimized streaming videos, gaming and music, and unlimited 4G LTE. The offer is valid until January 31, 2018.