Sprint Launches New 'Unlimited Plus' and 'Unlimited Basic' Phone Plans

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Sprint today announced an update to its lineup of unlimited cellular plans, with four tiers that offer unlimited data, talk, and text, HD streaming, global roaming, and more.

    At the top, Unlimited Plus offers unlimited data, talk, and text nationwide with a 15GB LTE mobile hotspot, Hulu (Limited Commercials) and Tidal Premium (not HiFi) subscriptions, 1080p video streaming, and text and data in over 185 worldwide destinations. Under this plan, when roaming in Canada and Mexico you can also get unlimited talk and text and 10GB of 4G LTE data.


    Unlimited Plus starts at $70/month for one line, or is available for $22 per month per line for five lines, if you bring your own phone or buy a new phone outright from Sprint. Those that decide to lease a phone will get Unlimited Plus at the regular price of $42 per month per line for five lines.

    The next tier is Unlimited Basic, which includes unlimited data, talk, and text nationwide with a 500MB LTE mobile hotspot, a Hulu subscription, 480p video streaming, and text and data in over 185 worldwide destinations. Roaming data in Canada and Mexico is slightly lowered in this plan with 5GB of 4G LTE data.

    Unlimited Basic starts at $60/month for one line, or is available for $32 per month per line for five lines.

    The last two plans are geared at military and older users, called Unlimited Military and Unlimited 55+:
    When the plans kick off this Friday, July 13, most Sprint stores nationwide will open one hour early and offer a suite of promotions for customers:
    The two main new plans -- Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Basic -- are evolutions of Sprint's previous Unlimited Freedom plan, now split into two so that customers "can get the best choice for them," according to the company.

    Earlier in the summer, Verizon updated its plan lineup with a new unlimited plan, and over the years AT&T and T-Mobile have also introduced new unlimited plans, some of which limit the data allotted to customers each month.

    Article Link: Sprint Launches New 'Unlimited Plus' and 'Unlimited Basic' Phone Plans
  2. theheadguy macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2005
    Wait... $22/mo forever? I don’t like Sprint but that price is very enticing...
  3. Zoboomafoo macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2002
  4. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    If they merge then the price will be gone I bet
  5. Rayban macrumors 6502


    Sep 5, 2008
    Isn’t “unlimited” an oxymoron by now? There’s obviously limits with all these plans.
  6. Glavin macrumors member


    May 7, 2014
    Sounds like a sane deal:
    Unlimited Plus for $22/mo per line for 5 lines, or the lesser Unlimited Basic for $32/mo per line for 5 lines.
  7. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Even at $22/month, I still wouldn't leave T-Mobile. Unless Sprint service has somehow gotten miraculously better.
  8. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    DO NOT BUY! No matter how good it sounds the service is horrific
  9. Order_66 macrumors member


    May 18, 2016
    Last year they had a promotion, one year of free unlimited service if you switch from Verizon, I took them up on the offer but the service was so bad that I went back to Verizon after the second month.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 12, 2018 ---
    They have got better in some areas but only because so many customers have left the service.
  10. democracyrules macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2016
    Like old saying: you get what you pay for. Do not expect the best coverage and services Verizon offers from lower price carriers.
  11. SoundJudgment macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2017
    Sprint knows they are 'going away soon' when the T-Mo merger takes place. By adjusting the prices now... they will have less splash-back from their existing-clients since the new Unlimited Prices will already be in place.
  12. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    I'm still confused why all of these carriers are using the word unlimited then giving you 500mb of data.
  13. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    Our plan is still under the grandfather unlimited. It would cost us more to upgrade to this limited plan.
  14. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    The article states (and correctly so) that Sprint offers unlimited data, not unlimited bandwidth. That means that Sprint customers may not receive LTE speeds all the time, especially if they have exceeded 22GB during the cycle and are trying to access a tower that is experiencing heavy usage at that point in time.

    If people would read what is actually stated, instead of injecting personal expectations in the legalese, the common retort around here about 'this isn't unlimited' would be a lot less common.
  15. Nueve macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2014
    Los Angeles
    I have Sprint service on my iPad Pro it's 'unlimited' costs $18 a month, service is so horribly bad, I go out of my way not to use it. Haven't gotten around to cancelling it. Will probably keep it since it looks like the T-Mobile deal might go through.
  16. BiggAW macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Are they trying to torpedo the merger? If the DOJ wants to make a case that having two smaller carriers encourages competition on price and features, then this is perfect proof of that argument.
  17. frumpy16 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2008
    Found the guy that works for Sprint!
  18. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I stated fact which doesn’t require one to work at Sprint to convey.

    Very poor logical fallacy retort on your part.
  19. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    Yeah, better hurry before they downgrade the plan to include Apple Music instead :p
  20. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
  21. macaddiict macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    I had Sprint for a while and it worked fine with my iPhone because I was usually on Wifi which meant calls and iMessage were over Wifi. I switched to Android, which did not support Wifi calling or data text services, and BAM - Sprint service was unusable. I liked Android much more than I liked the cheap service from Sprint, so I moved to T-mobile. They worked a little bit better, but not good enough. Switched to AT&T and finally have reliable service.
  22. Rayban macrumors 6502


    Sep 5, 2008
    Your first paragraph details a limitation of the service. It’s marketed as an “unlimited” plan. Not an “unlimited data” plan. And why are there different tiers of “unlimited”? What’s next? An unlimited infinity plan?
    I still believe that service providers need to drop the unlimited marketing strategy since unlimited doesn’t really exist. Home internet isn’t marketed as “unlimited” packages. The only limit there is the speed. (For my options anyways)
  23. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    The different tiers have to do with marketing. Make different different tiers to try and justify a higher price, as well as trying to reach a larger segment of customers.

    It would be nice if plans were simple, straight-forward without numerous caveats. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world any more.

    Sprint's plan is unlimited data for normal phone usage. Using your phone as a constant hotspot expecting endless LTE speed is not normal usage, at least at this point in time.

    I believe my point still stands. Unlimited data is not the same thing as unlimited bandwidth, which many people here expect.
  24. mthomas184 macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2016
    People really can’t comprehend this. That’s the problem.
  25. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Based on my past experience with that company, I wouldn't sign up for that service even if it were free. No way.

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