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UNREAL Mobile Launches With $10/Month Unlimited Voice, Messaging and Data Plan

UNREAL Mobile, a spin-off from freemium MVNO FreedomPop, officially launched today. UNREAL offers plans starting at $10/month, all of which include unlimited voice, messaging and data, with varying amounts of high speed data. The $10 plan comes with 1 GB of high speed data. A plan with 2 GB is $15 and a 5 GB plan is available for $30/per month. If users go over their high speed data allotment, they get unlimited data at reduced speeds for the rest of the month, or they can change tp a plan with more data on demand. Unused high speed data can be rolled over or gifted to another user. Using your phone as a hotspot is supported. Service is on the Sprint network.

Unlike FreedomPop, where calling uses VoIP and messaging requires a proprietary app, UNREAL offers normal circuit switched cellular calls and carrier SMS and MMS messaging. A free UNREAL VPN, ad-blocking and VoIP over WiFi app app is included with every plan. The app can also be used for VoIP calling and OTT messaging with your UNREAL number on additional devices like tablets, iPads or second phones.

UNREAL Mobile, which soft launched last month, says it has received over 50,000 Beta registrations and has deals to be sold at Amazon, Groupon, Walmart.com and Target as well as at unrealmobile.com. Consumers can use their own Sprint CDMA phone or purchase a phone from UNREAL Mobile. Phone prices start at $49 for an Alcatel Dawn Android smartphone. A pre-owned Samsung Galaxy S6 is $149, and a pre-owned Apple iPhone 7s 32 GB is $299.

$10/month is an unbeatable price for unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of data. UNREAL's closest competitor is Tello, another Sprint MVNO, which charges $14/month for unlimited talk, text and data with the first 1 GB at high speeds.

Regarding UNREAL Mobile's connection with FreedomPop, an UNREAL Mobile spokesperson told me that "UNREAL Mobile, while a spin-off, is a completely separate company with a different strategy that targets its own market segment. UNREAL has a different culture and a different approach to wireless service. The two companies will continue to operate separately."


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  1. Interesting. Wasn't it originally going to be $15?

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    1. for 2gb. Looks like they added a 1gb tier for $10 which is nice.

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  2. Good way to compete against yourself...

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    1. If UNREAL takes off, I suspect FreedomPop will eventually disappear.

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  3. Can't wait "I understand that UNREAL may send me telemarketing calls & text messages via automatic telephone dialing system."

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    1. Don't try to mislead PPPN readers. You left off:
      "You are not obligated to agree in order to obtain a product or service."

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    2. The only misleading is from Unreal which tries to trick you into getting spammed. Jon's summary was quite complete.

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  4. Very good for light users and a good competition to providers who want our money for one year in advance.

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    1. Given the reputation of FreedomPop for deception and fraud, this isn't very good for anyone.

      if it's like with FreedomPop, expect some sort of scam where they advertise $10 a month and then they charge you $30 a month on their website and they make you go through a lot of difficult Hoops to get it down to $10 again.

      FreedomPop is a company whose business model is based entirely on deception and tricking people into getting Services they don't want or need. No thanks.

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    2. Interesting. We put an old iPhone 4 on FreedomPop almost a year ago for our young daughter. We did our due diligence and read EVERYTHING before signing up and heeded all of their rules regarding getting the free 200 min/500 texts/200MB . We haven't had a single problem. I would not recommend the service to most people as it relies on data to make and receive calls, but it has been fine for the situation we are using the phone in.

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  5. I can't wait for Tello to match this offer. I would rather not engage FreedomPop any further, even though I have their global SIM, the LTE SIM and a Sprint-based SIM. Too much maintenance required to make sure their free products stay free for me (ie no 1 cent charges, no unannounced change of terms, etc).

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    1. When does FP charge 1 cent? I saw a 1 cent charge from FP on my card and I couldn't figure out what it was for.

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    2. They charge you 1 cent every once in awhile to make sure you didn't dupe them with a fake or expired card number.

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    3. Why would that matter? If the credit card is expired, just cut off the service. Problem entirely solved.

      This $0. 01 thing is kind of shady...

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    4. I think the only way a merchant can verify if a card is valid is by either making a charge against the card or by doing an authorization request (those $1 pending charges that disappear after a day). Maybe the processing fee that the bank charges is less on a 1¢ charge than it is on an authorization.

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    5. FPop refunds most of the pennies a few days later on my account.
      You have to read their TOC to understand the pennies. They charge your card once data passes certain thresholds. The data recording is not in real time - billing lag from carriers. Fpop wants a valid charge so they can get their money before or when you go over your limits - they don't want to be stuck with deadbeat charges for data over the thresholds and limits that they can't collect.

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    6. Dennis, I don't think that is really valid at all for a prepaid carrier. Deadbeat charges? That's not an issue: all they have to do is simply not provide any service if there is no payment or valid card.

      It seems that there is some POSTPAID going on...

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    7. Overage charges on FreedomPop occur after the overage occurs so they are postpaid.

      How is FreedomPop supposed to know if a card is invalid without trying to charge it?

      BTW, I'm not defending FreedomPop's buisiness practices here, just trying to figure out why they do things the way they do.

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    8. Jason in PortlandJune 21, 2018 at 11:57 AM

      Anon on 6-20 at 8:42 AM: As a Tello customer, I'd be surprised if they respond, at least right away. They already offer some less expensive plans (mine is $8/mo. and meets my needs) as well as their pay-as-you-go offering.

      Anon on 6-20 at 5:20 PM: Someone could use a lot of data in that amount of time, and if the card's expired the MVNO would be responsible for the bill from the MNO without a way to collect it from the customer.

      Anon on 6-20 at 5:59 PM: I've experienced "billing lag" on every service I've had with mobile data, even AT&T Prepaid.

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  6. It appears you can't just buy a sim, but you have to buy one of their phones?

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    1. You can bring your own Sprint phone. BYOP sign up is here: Bring Your Own Phone | UNREAL Mobile.

      Sprint SIMs are reusable on all MVNOs so you cam use the SIM that came with your phone. It you have a Sprint phone that's missing its SIM you can buy a SIM from Sprint or another Sprint MVNO.

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    2. Thanks, I completely missed that. I'll have to see if I have a proper sim, as I know Sprint is very odd with which sim you use for which phone.

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    3. Dennis,
      Maybe you can look into why tello doesn't always work with ANY sprint SIM. I've had a number of people with problems, and then forced to wait a week, ordering a specific SIM from Tello for $10, which seems high, as many are $2.99 or less or free (AT&T).

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  7. Yet another Sprint MVNO.

    It seems to be the same company with the same culture targeting the same market with a similar strategy and approach.

    No innovation, no competing with the best, just rolling around in the big yellow muck like they always have been.

    Give me good AT&T or Verizon coverage, or give me a break.

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    1. But when you get good AT&T or Verizon coverage, you complain about the price. Or "true unlimited." Make up your mind.

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    2. He won't shut up until every carrier offers complete coverage and unlimited data for $0.

      Because otherwise, it's so unfair!!!!!

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    3. Verizon? The king of bloatware that can use up to 50% of your factory RAM? And high prices? No thanks.

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  8. The $10 and $15 plans are value for money. The others suck! You can find much cheaper plans, on better networks...

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  9. But redpocket's plan of $17/mo for 5Gb unlimited text and talk is still hard to beat

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    1. It's actually $20 and you have to pay for a whole "year" (360 days) up front. (That is unless you have a discount code on ebay to bring it down to $17, but it is normally $20). Pretty much the best deal you can get in prepaid at the moment.

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    2. For Red pocket plan you have to pay for one year in advance. Same with FreedomPop yearly plan and Mint.. What if a person don't have the money to prepay..??

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    3. If it's from a FreedomPop related company, call it the "robbed pocket" plan. Of course you will find that out when you start getting unwanted charges on your credit card bill that you never signed up for.

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  10. this is really great for us since we have very good sprint coverage. yea!

    but needless to say it sucks for everyone else who are located wherever sprint coverage is nonexistent. so sad.

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    1. Don't believe the coverage bear. Sprint coverage is great everywhere that Americans need to use their phones. No one really needs anything else.

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    2. Sprint native only coverage will be a huge disappointment to anyone coming from postpaid or native only at&t/VZW. If it isn't they will be in the lucky minority.

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    3. "Sprint coverage is great everywhere that Americans need to use their phones"

      Yeah, thanks to Verizon roaming.

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  11. Sprint MVNO=Abysmal coverage.
    Bye-Bye.....................................

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    1. Maybe in your town, but Sprint has gotten a lot better in my area, the past year or so. Pretty satisfied now, as I used to always ask myself 'why be so cheap? another drop call' but haven't dropped a call this year yet.

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  12. hmmm, I wonder what the trick is to get a SIM if I have been running an AT&T one in my phone (that also supports CDMA)?

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  13. i wanted to jump on this beta but then Sprint released the unlimited Kickstart plan.

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  14. Unreal was born as an opportunity of the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint Merger.

    “Sprint’s standalone future will not be one that allows it to be an effective competitor to Verizon and AT&T on a nationwide basis,” the company wrote in a filing with the FCC.
    “And though Sprint’s massive cost reductions have stabilized the company’s finances and yielded positive free cash flow for the first time in many years, the company achieved that result only by shrinking the company and reducing network investment to historically low levels. Put simply, Sprint lacks the scale and resources to expand its network capital spending (as required to avoid falling further behind in network quality and to begin deploying 5G network technologies) and continue its aggressive spending (in the form of promotional pricing and other incentives) on customer acquisition.”

    “T-Mobile, as a standalone company, has had some success but will not be able to continue competing as well without the merger.”

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  15. “Sprint Faces Serious Challenges for the Future.”

    Partial list of Sprint’s challenges:

    "- Sprint continues to lose customers “despite Sprint’s aggressive attempts to add subscribers and thereby gain...
    - Scale,” which is “exacerbating its scale disadvantages compared to larger competitors.”
    Sprint’s LTE network is smaller than those of its rivals, forcing it to engage in “costly” roaming agreements.
    Within Sprint’s network footprint, “the propagation limitations of its 2.5 GHz spectrum, coupled with an inadequate density of cell sites equipped with 2.5 GHz radios, result in significant coverage gaps in the 2.5 GHz layer.”
    Sprint is only going to deploy 5G on its 2.5 GHz spectrum, and only in dense urban areas, because it doesn’t have enough low-band spectrum for 5G and because it will be too expensive to deploy 5G on its 2.5 GHz spectrum nationwide. Moreover, Sprint is going to deploy massive MIMO—the carrier’s stepping stone to 5G—in areas that are currently congested, meaning that its 5G network “will not be contiguous.”
    Sprint continues to suffer from a “negative perception” of its network among Americans—“in fact, Sprint is the only major carrier with a rising churn rate.”
    Sprint’s finances are challenged, to say the least. “Sprint’s service revenue and ARPU have been declining for at least five years, with total service revenue falling around 25 percent from 2013 to 2018, and postpaid ARPU falling approximately 30 percent. Sprint also has a current net debt of approximately $32 billion and is the most highly leveraged company in the S&P 500,” the carrier wrote.
    S: Fierce Wireless

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    1. That smarmy huckster on the TV keeps saying that Sprint is 99% as good as Verizon. This is true and it trumps everything that you say.

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    2. If you compare their native coverage maps, you'll notice just how big that 1% really is.

      It's at least a quarter of the country's geography, with abundant congestion and holes even (and especially) in dense urban areas where every low income person and their four grandmothers is bogging down the network.

      Giving everyone free service without upgrading the network only ever succeeded in destroying coverage quality without any real profit to show for it.

      And when everyone sees how much worse Sprint's become thanks to those promos (the same way Ringplus' popularity dropped speeds in my area from 50mbps to 5mbps) they all Leap right on back to Gophone, Cricket and Metro anyway (which all became equally slow once the RP bubble burst).

      Personally, now I only use anything most other people aren't in order to avoid getting thrown off the fast lane like a doctor on United Airlines, or slowly and agonizingly suffocated for bandwidth like a beloved family pet shoved into an overhead compartment by a United Airlines flight attendant who never even suffered a justly deserved public flogging.

      The point is, until Sprint stops overbooking their network and failing to guarantee a minimum speed of at least 16mbps both outside and in, they're just too trash tier for real world usage.

      But since they can't actually afford to make those upgrades, a merger is their only way out of certain both irrelevancy and (even worse) bankruptcy.

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    3. NO. Listen. The claim in the ad is 99% as "reliable", NOT as "good".

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    4. AnonymousJune 20, 2018 at 3:33 PM: They get away with it because they don't say coverage they say RELIABILITY, which means dropped calls and call quality.

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    5. Sprint's 'reliability' claim is backed up by recent independent studies. If it was false, Verizon would complain and the ad council would insist that they stop running that ad.

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    6. $32B debt at Sprint? That's small compared to AT&T. Their debt load will increase 12% to $181 billion as it closes its Time Warner purchase.

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    7. Sprint native signal is reliably 0 for me 99% of the time.

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    8. "Sprint's 'reliability' claim is backed up by recent independent studies."

      BS-free transalation: Sprint got the study it paid for.

      "If it was false, Verizon would complain and the ad council would insist that they stop running that ad."

      Of course it's false, but Sprint is no threat to Verizon, and it can simply ignore this whopper while Americans laugh at it

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    9. "The point is, until Sprint stops overbooking their network"

      that's a pretty bad place to be in... People are leaving in droves, and still Sprint is bogged down by having way too many customers for it's fragile threadbare infrastructure.

      Sprint sounds like an opposite version of the TARDIS. It's smaller on the inside than it looks on the outside.

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    10. Fake claim re Sprint: "People are leaving in droves,"
      The Truth is very different:
      Sprint reported adding net 168,000 postpaid, 95,000 prepaid and 115,000 wholesale customers during Q3 2017
      They added net 256,000 postpaid, 63,000 prepaid and 66,000 wholesale subscribers during Q4 2017
      Sprint added net 39,000 postpaid and 170,000 prepaid subscribers during Q1 2018. They lost 165,000 wholesale customers.
      S: PPPN

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  16. Ok can the ATT GSM iPhone work with this ?

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    1. If it's unlocked and a 6, 6 plus, 6s or 6s Plus or SE it might. Those are the only AT&T iPhone models that are compatible with Sprint.

      Check the IMEI in UNREAL's BYOP page to be sure; Bring Your Own Phone | UNREAL Mobile

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  17. My iPhone SE (ATT model unlocked) doesn't work when I entered my IMEI.

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    1. A Sprint repair center activated mine. It does not have Band 41.

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  18. I have an unlocked Verizon phone that also supports GSM and Sprint bands. So it at least works on AT&T and T-Mobile. Will it also work on Unreal if I pop a Sprint sim into it?

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    1. The answer is always the same: A phone has to be on Sprint's list of compatible, eligible phones, and its MEID must be 'whitelisted' in Sprint's 'DNA database' before you can activate the phone. You must also have a correct Sprint SIM for your phone model - if you just insert an active SIM, the account will be blocked until you put the SIM back in the phone it came from, or Sprint swaps the SIM in its database to the new phone MEID.

      Certain phones can be "re-sku'd" if they are not whitelisted but are otherwise eligible. Ting and some other MVNOs can also request this from Sprint.
      Rarely, a phone may be compatible, eligible and not on a stolen list but the DNA software will block the addition of the MEID. There are a couple of things a store can do to try to overcome this. If they fail, the Sprint store or repair center can put in a ticket for a higher-level Sprint tech to investigate.

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    2. Anonymous 5:49 AM is correct. BYOP on Sprint and Sprint MVNOs is a huge PITA. Very few devices are supported and even supported ones often fail to be accepted for activation.

      The only way to be sure if your phone will work on UNREAL is to enter its MEID on UNREAL's BYOP page Bring Your Own Phone | UNREAL Mobile.

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    3. Who do I talk to about getting my phone added to Sprint's whitelist?

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    4. First, make sure your phone is on the Sprint or Boost eligible phone list (online) if your MEID fails the online check.

      For Sprint or Boost plans, contact a Sprint or Boost store. Sprint Repair Centers have more skills and tools. If no nearby Repair Center, visit a Sprint Corporate Store, not an authorized dealer. For Virgin Mobile, call CS.

      If you want to use a MVNO, contact them. If your MVNO cannot or won't request a 're-sku' from Sprint, ask Ting. If Ting can't do it, probably no MVNO can.

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  19. I have an unlocked Google Pixel, will it work with their service?

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  20. Ok it appears we won’t get screwed by misc charges likeFreedompop. With that said this is great for many that barely use data. Even for voice and text is there a better deal for true talk and text not over data?

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    1. The best deal for just talk and text only is through Xfinity (Comcast). You can get a free line of talk/text with BYOD on Verizon coverage, then just pay for any data you use.

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    2. Depending on your location, the Sprint Unlimited Bring Your Phone is free for one year and may be better for some. You get unlimited data, unlimited hot spot with 10GB fast mobile data, and other postpaid benefits like low cost overseas use. My wife and I enjoyed this plan for one year. You just pay monthly taxes ($3.81/line for us), just like you pay on the Xfinity mobile plan. Unlike Xfinity, you can use any ISP and/or cable service you want (Xfinity charges $10/month/line plus tax if you don't use their ISP or cable service).
      If you normally use more than the meager 100MB included with Xfinity or 1 MB over the $12 Xfinity charges for 1GB mobile data, the new Sprint Kickstart plan might be best. Unlike, Unlimited BYP, Kickstart has no expiration date. $15/month plus tax for Unlimited TnT and mobile data. No hotspot with this plan, and video and streaming music are slower too.
      All three of these alternatives require you to pass a credit check.

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    3. Best feature of Sprint BYOD free year besides free year is Sprint postpaid roaming coverage.

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    4. Sprint postpaid, good, and roaming coverage don't belong in the same sentence.

      it's only good for data in the Sprint tiny native footprint. Most people want to be able to use data wherever they go, Sprint Roman doesn't allow this.

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    5. "it's only good for data in the Sprint tiny native footprint."
      FALSE. WRONG. Sprint postpaid includes unlimited use of the Extended Network, Sprint's coverage partner networks. It also includes limited use of Roaming Coverage, which includes Verizon. Everybody can see these areas on the Sprint coverage map for themselves. They don't need any Sprint demagogue who spreads FALSE information.

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    6. Corrections of fact: the Sprint "extended" area is actually very small, and Sprint considers providing data there to be entirely optional and often just doesn't bother. It's not anything that anyone can rely on.

      As for the limited data roaming from Sprint onto Verizon. It is so limited and as such of tiny amount that hardly any MVNO even sells an amount of data that small. They would be embarrassed to...It's so small as to be accurately called nothing but with an asterisk after it.

      The facts remain. Except for a tiny whiff of data which is of no use to anyone, Sprint does NOT do data roaming outside of its small native footprint.

      If Sprint actually did provide such data roaming as you are falsely claiming they are, they would be buying out T-Mobile instead of the other way around.

      But this really boils down to one basic indisputable fact: no matter which carrier it is, if you want to use data, you will use it on the native footprint and roaming doesn't really count. This is true of the Native Footprints of Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.

      And this is inescapable. Don't mislead people by claiming otherwise because it just doesn't hold up.

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    7. "the Sprint "extended" area is actually very small, and Sprint considers providing data there to be entirely optional.."
      We corrected one big falsehood, which is now compounded by 2 more whoppers.
      Everybody can see on the Sprint coverage map that the Extended Coverage areas are not "tiny." That is just your opinion, spinning, not a fact.
      Next we read one more time the myth that Sprint "Sprint considers providing data there to be entirely optional and often just doesn't bother."
      Everyone knows that NO carrier guarantees that every user can have coverage everywhere, every time with every device, despite the coverage maps. This is written in every carrier's TOS. There is noting unique about Sprint Extended Coverage provided by their partners that makes it less accessible, 'entirely optional' or 'nothing anyone can rely on.' The coverage is there, its real, and all Sprint postpaid customers can use it as much as they want.
      Quoting a few posts on blogs where users claim they could not access Extended Coverage and were told x or y by Sprint CS does not prove anything. It certainly can't negate all the Sprint Extended Coverage provided by Sprint partners. Arguing that doesn't even pass any common sense test.

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    8. you weren't fooling anyone. Native footprint coverage is the only real and reliable coverage where Sprint customers can expect to get data.

      The data coverage of Sprint is there, it is real, and it is very tiny compared to all three of the other networks.

      No shell game about bogus data off of the Native footprint is going to fool anyone. In fact, it's not fooling anyone now, which is why Sprint has such a miserable numbers.

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    9. If the Extended Coverage was bogus, you can take it to the bank that woke customers and their greedy lawyers would have filed multiple class-action lawsuits by now, and Sprint would have cut off any partner who refused network access from letting their customers roam on Sprint network.
      Not a whimper on this count.
      Because this 'vast conspiracy' is just another big whopper, spread repeatedly by our infamous Sprint coverage bear.

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    10. No conspiracy: Sprint just provides extremely lousy service all around. Sprint's false promises on "extended" non-coverage are just one of many reasons the company is dead last. Rather than bother with lawsuits, people just leave and go with a competitors that actually works.

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    11. "There is noting unique about Sprint Extended Coverage provided by their partners that makes it less accessible..."

      Other than the fact that Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile let you use data in every place they claim to cover. They don't even have to "guarantee" it: except for rare service outages, they just DO it.

      It's a huge difference from the Sprint "extended" claim areas, where they advertise data coverage, but they either provide a tiny 0.2 MB much of the time or nothing at all.

      Face it, you are trying to sell a dead horse rotting in the field, while the swift "3 year old thoroughbreds" of AT&T and Verizon, followed by T-Mobile, are racing away over the horizon.

      In the Kentucky Derby of the US cell carrier business, Sprint is trying to get people to believe a dead horse can run!

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    12. Ah yes, the narrative always morphs ∆∆ when exposed.

      The Sprint Extended Network works very well for subscribers because it greatly benefits both Sprint and its rural carrier partners.
      Sprint Rural Alliance (SRA) members (Sprint Partners) are carriers which use their own equipment and also sell their own service under their own name while using Sprint spectrum. Sprint is given access to the SRA network in return for allowing use of Sprint licensed spectrum in SRA areas and providing SRA subscriber roaming on Sprint's network. This allows Sprint to keep the spectrum licenses for the geographic area being served by the SRA member without $$fielding the spectrum itself. It's a Win-Win-Win for everyone involved, especially subscribers.
      If it didn't work well, we would all know about it from CREDIBLE sources.

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    13. IT is well-known to work badly (or not work at all) but since it is on Sprint, where users expect their phones to be dead most of the time, no one cares.

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  21. Ok it appears we won’t get screwed by misc charges likeFreedompop. With that said this is great for many that barely use data. Even for voice and text is there a better deal for true talk and text not over data?

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  22. The lower plans look too good to be true without a catch. I'll wait 6 months to see whether 'Unreal' has any surprises in store for subscribers.

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  23. FreedomPop just introduced 2 new plans:
    1. Unlimited TnT with 5GB/month for $132/year ($13/mo.)
    2. 7GB/month with free hotspot, $17/month.

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  24. This is interesting so I called in. There are taxes on top of the monthly fee (not inclusive) and you can run additional 15-20% on top of the amount. The $10 plan is close to $14, which puts it in close range to Mint's 2GB/12month plan. There is an app you can download to use VoIP if you want to if you have bad coverage. Those encryption/security things they talk about are only available via the app but you do get circuit switch voice calls and SMS if you dont use the app. Unused data are rolled over, which is great. I am connected via wifi 80% of the times, so even with heavy usage, I only go through about 600-700MB a month, so it's good to be able to roll over the unused data for those times I am on a trip or something. I got lucky and enrolled in the Sprint's Unlimited Kickstart promo, so this isn't great in comparison... Anyways, if FP starts clean with this business and don't do anything shady, this could be a good alternative to Mint and Red Pocket.

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    1. Unreal charged me a flat $10 and said that it included taxes and fees.

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    2. Interesting... can I ask what state you are in... I was incorrect to say the 20% tax would result in $14... it's $12 but with 12-month Mint and occasional discount, it's very close to $144/year of Unreal.

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    3. Which city/states in the USA have 0% state and federal sales tax collected?

      Don't all states have if nothing else the 911 emergency fee tax?

      Just curious about all this as both Los Angeles & NYC are VERY high in prepaid & post paid taxes that have be collected unless your with T-Mobile or MetroPCS w Cricket and I think that about covers it for free taxes in so if other states just don't collect any at all on prepaid would love know which?

      Much appreciated.

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    4. There is no Federal sales tax. The Federal e911 fee is a business tax collected from mobile operators. A loophole allows, but does not require mobile operators to pass it on to consumers. Most prepaid operators don't.

      Five states (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire
      Oregon) have no state sales tax although Montana and Alaska allow local sales taxes. Some states have e911 or other taxes on prepaid airtime, I don't have any data on those taxes, you'll have to do your own research.

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    5. I just want to add that even though a state has a sales tax, it may exempt prepaid airtime. VA is one example.

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    6. "roaming that allows for text and talk minutes but essentially no data can't ever be called "good"

      This whopper has been debunked before. Sprint subscribers get unlimited data on the Extended Network via Sprint Rural Alliance (SRA) member networks. These networks use Sprint licensed spectrum, and their customers can also use the Sprint network.
      Go ahead, quote the "many" (handful) of anonymous blog posts where 'people' claim they were "cut off" after using only a little Extended Network data. That's not credible evidence that the Extended Network is fake data coverage. Sounds like they were cut off from Verizon Roaming Data to me (if the posts are even accurate). Millions of Sprint customers prove them wrong every week, so it's a tiny drop in the ocean.

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  25. Games. Another nuisance MVNO playing games and on top of that “powered” by Sprint and their own games of the “mother may I” mentality of phone and SIM combinations.

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  26. Sprint is very reliable at being unreliable.

    Sort of like those abominable Chrysler K-Cars that Lee Iacocca kept saying were so reliable.

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    1. I guess you forgot that the K-car saved Chrysler from bankruptcy. Lee got the Federal loan guarantees. 'Forgot' may be too strong. Perhaps you weren't even born then.
      Sprint IS very reliable. Period.

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    2. To me reliable means "always works when you need it". By that definition no mobile operator is reliable. For me, of the 4 national operators, Sprint has been the one least likely to work. Your experience may be different.

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    3. you have forgotten that while they did sell some, the Chrysler K cars were of terrible quality, especially compared to almost all the Imports.

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    4. Sprint is either going to go bankrupt soon, or have its resources chopped up by T-Mobile. Either way putting your eggs in the Sprint basket is a very risky proposition.

      It would be very foolish to go postpaid considering the certainty that Sprint's future is uncertain. Prepaid might be the way to go as the most you'll risk will be one month's payment.

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    5. So, Sprint is reliable like the K-Car??

      While reviews from such authorities as Consumer Reports and Car and Driver Magazine were especially scathing, this review from the Toronto Globe and Mail is quite telling:

      "Of all the lousy cars I've ever driven, the Aries [K-Car] took the cake. It handled like a shopping cart, the brakes had the grip of an arthritic 90-year-old, and the engine sounded (and performed) like a worn-out vacuum cleaner. But that's not what made it the worst car I ever drove. The Aries' defining quality was its sheer, all-encompassing dullness. It had the ambience of a dentist's waiting room. Its engineering was subpar. Its styling was so stupendously mediocre that I imagined the designers tossing 1000 rental cars into a giant Cuisinart, then shaping the Aries from the beige paste that flowed out. The car sucked, but not in an interesting way."

      By equating the Sprint product with the Chrysler K-car, I think you are going to have an entirely opposite connotation in people's minds than you intend. At least from anyone who knows about this abysmalnproduct from the Chrysler Motor Co.

      And the fact that Iacocca used it to get a massive amount of corporate welfare is not anything to call great either.

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    6. "It would be very foolish to go postpaid.."
      WRONG; you don't know postpaid. Sprint eliminated service contracts. As long as you don't lease a phone, there is no more risk than prepaid. And, of course the postpaid service is either 'free' for only $15/month for Unlimited TnT and data, which is much less expensive than prepaid.
      You would have to have very bad credit or be ignorant of your choices to choose prepaid service instead.

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    7. OK, correction: you'd be foolish to go with Sprint.

      "You would have to have very bad credit or be ignorant of your choices to choose prepaid service instead."

      The ignorance is typically the fault of Sprint advertising and in-store clerks. The advertising that it's 99% as good as Verizon, and the flat-out lies about both the network AND pricing I've gotten from going into Sprint stores.

      Thank God there is "PrePaidPhoneNews" where you can find out the truth about Sprint and other carriers... and often about postpaid as well as prepaid.

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    8. "you'd be foolish to go with Sprint."
      "ignorance is typically the fault of Sprint advertising and in-store clerks."

      Ignorance here on PPPN is spread by a few Sprint haters and coverage deniers. Don't "thank God" for their false and misleading misinformation.
      For some weird reason these folks don't want you to consider the two best service deals in wireless: the FREE year of Sprint Unlimited BYD plan, or the $15/month Kickstart Unlimited TnT and data plans (you pay a few dollars/month tax on both of these). They don't want you to enjoy the included, very good postpaid roaming either.

      Yes, if you are reading-challenged, don't listen carefully or pay attention to details you can be fooled by ANY carrier's ads and claims. There are plenty of examples to go around.

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    9. " They don't want you to enjoy the included, very good postpaid roaming either."

      Sorry, that is good for 1998, but in 2018 , roaming that allows for text and talk minutes but essentially no data can't ever be called "good"

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    10. "For some weird reason these folks don't want you to consider the two best service deals in wireless: the FREE year of Sprint Unlimited BYD plan, or the $15/month Kickstart Unlimited TnT and data plans (you pay a few dollars/month tax on both of these)."

      By all means I want people to consider these, and then find out that they are overpriced. $15 for a service where your phone is dead in most of the country is overpriced. There's a reason why Sprint is dead-last.

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    11. Sprint is indeed a dead horse. They killed themselves by providing nothing but bad deals (Face it, $15 on a network that is hardly to be found isn't a "Good deal"). Thankfully, the vast spectrum and other resources that Sprint held and couldn't be bothered to deploy in order to give their customers a good experience will be taken over by T-Mobile.

      T-Mobile has reputation for improving its service during the many years when Sprint stood totally still, and things should be a lot better from now on for T-Mobile customers taking advantage of Sprint resources, and for existing Sprint customers being pulled into a growing, living network.

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    12. "AnonymousJune 22, 2018 at 9:44 AM
      "For some weird reason these folks don't want you to consider the two best service deals in wireless: the FREE year of Sprint Unlimited BYD plan, or the $15/month Kickstart Unlimited TnT and data plans (you pay a few dollars/month tax on both of these)."

      "Best" and "service" do not belong in the same sentence with Sprint. A company that comes in distant 4th in its service can't offer the best service in anything.

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    13. Sprint has the slowest average network speeds, a PITA activation procedure and the smallest native coverage area. Data speeds are more variable - Screaming Fast over 120, slow around 2, averaging 12. But for $0 or $15/month for unlimited Talk, Text and mobile Data, They are by FAR the best service deal. We saved about $1,000 this year, and NEVER lacked service coverage despite many trips outside metro areas. That included data coverage.
      I'm going to get Kickstart next; NO other carrier can beat it. And we don't have to have the most hated company in America for our ISP or cable (to get the Xfinity deal).

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    14. I tried to order Kickstart yesterday but it ended. Sprint charges $60 for Unlimited TNT and data now if you can’t get the free plan again.

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  27. Ah, the memories of riding in my parent's Kcar...

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  28. I recently changed Sprint's network for T-Mobile . The result was a disaster.Seven times out of ten I got missed calls,and the only way someone to reach me is to leave a voicemail. I haven't experienced something like that on Sprint network. I knew that Sprint's LTE network was weak at the area where I live. During that time my phone was on 3G (CDMA)mode , no miss calls What is the point to be on the "fastest network " as T-Mobile claims,if you are not able to receive any simple calls?

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    1. I wonder if the problem was that your phone didn't have T-Mobile Band 12. Without it, T-Mobile is about as bad as Sprint: pretty much unusable.

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    2. This happens to me at my daughter's house. A Band 12 phone works fine, but there is NO 2G GSM service.

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  29. Same problem I have with Samsung SM-J320. The Phone is capable to work with T-Mobile Band 12.
    This device has an Enhanced LTE Service(HD Voice). I am not sure if that thing is same as Volte.
    Should I turn it on ?
    I'll appreciate any suggestions.

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    1. The Enhanced LTE Service and HD Voice setting does turn on VoLTE. Turn it on and see if it solves the problem. It may not do anything if you are using a non-T-Mobile phone but there's no harm in trying.

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    2. This phone is an unlocked ATT phone. My current carrier is RedPocket. Two sim cards have been replaced. RedPocket customer service wasn't able to help me.ATT sim always shows UMTS , on the other hand T-Mobile sim shows LTE,go and figure.

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    3. Could be there's no AT&T LTE signal available at your location. I've been in places where I got LTE on T-Mobile but not AT&T.

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    4. The Coverage? app lets me toggle among LTE, 4G, 3G and 2G coverage for each carrier. It shows that AT&T still has a significant number of areas where they have not deployed LTE, and are relying on HSPA service. T-Mobile has LTE almost everywhere on its network now. BTW, the HR maps option for this app is worth the upgrade fee if you want detailed maps.

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  30. According to this article, GSM is coming: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/07/11/can-you-survive-10-month-cell-phone-plan-tried-freedompop-find-out/772097002/

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  31. Geez. All of this bickering about who has the best coverage. Isn't the bottom line "what service works for me where I need it and at a price I'm willing to pay?" I've had the same cell phone number since 1996 and have run the gamut of carriers both pre and post paid. I've had to change carriers after changing residences a couple of times. It's all about what works for the person using their phone.

    I just moved my family's phones from Metro PCS to Sprint to take advantage of their free year offer. I put my son's phone on first for a few months to try it out. Sprint's service has worked perfectly wherever he was so we made the switch with all of our phones. Sure. We may go back to Metro PCS after the year is up for better pricing, but for now, we're putting money in the bank without sacrifice.

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