Carrier Sprint's 15/mo Plan...?

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  1. Dodgeman macrumors 65816

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    Anyone going to hop on this plan?
    No mobile hotspot.
    Seems you get to use at least 23gb before it gets slowed down.
    All phones have to be purchased full price or come from another carrier....

    For 4 lines $60...
    For 3 lines $45...

    I might have to jump on this and give it a try.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    No.

    I did 16 years on Sprint and left for T-Mobile over two years ago.

    I do not wish to go back. I may pay more for T-Mobile, but at least I've been getting what I pay for.

    Also, I have two lines that are SyncUP Drives (mobile hotspot in your car, plus car monitoring data). Sprint does not offer that.

    Lastly, IF I were to return I would take Sprint's free year wth BYOD offer over this. All you pay are the taxes each month.
     
  3. old mac Suspended

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    No hotspot is a deal breaker. Why should they care how I use my data?
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Because some people like to treat their cellphone carrier as their home internet.

    They are expecting people to use probably 10-50GB or so each month, not 400-500GB or more because somone is using them as their ISP.
     
  5. old mac Suspended

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    Some people don't have a choice. The only other option I have is DSL, and that is as fast as dial up was in the 1990s.
     
  6. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That free year BYOD offer is over. That was over like last summer I think?

    Yeah I the hot spot I do use occasionally but I do not think it is a need for me. That is one of the major downsides.
    That and the fact they slow you down after 23gb vs. T Mobile 50gb...
     
  7. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    The rate jumps back to $60 after a year for the one line, if I am not mistaken.

    I was with Sprint for 15+ years. I gave them the benefit of a doubt far too long. Will never return to a company so poorly run.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Well, I'm not debating the right or wrong of it, just the why of Sprint not offering hotspot.

    There are other plans that Sprint offers that have hotspot that are still cheap. Just not as cheap as this plan.
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    I keep seeing people needing their hands held to get it on the Sprint Reddit sub though.
     
  9. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    It doesn't look like it is enough cheaper for me for a backup phone (I'm currently paying $20/month for a Verizon MVNO in case I'm in an area ATT Prepaid doesn't work).

    And without testing it myself, I don't know whether Sprint would support someone for whom money is more of an object (She currently spends $30+tax for ATT Prepaid 1GB plan, and not using all the supplied data anyway). Also, her iPhone SE is probably the wrong model for Sprint anyway.
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    Also, I'm tired of switching trying to get the "perfect" plan. Ever since I first switched away from my long time ATT postpaid plan nearly 2 years ago in preparation of my first big out of the country trip (T-Mobile for their roaming, then other variations due to either saving money or getting the new iPhone X. I'm only a month into ATT Prepaid so I am not going to switch again at this time.
     
  10. ApplePersonFreak macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like Sprint is trying to buy some business cause they really need it. Crappy service in my area and crappy customer service too.
     
  11. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

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    Fine print for the deal: video streams up to 480p, music up to 500 Kbps, gaming streams up to 2Mbps. Data deprioritization during congestion.

    I had Sprint before jumping to ATT when the iPhone 3G came out. Appears network is better these days, just not anything particularly compelling to jump back. I've been on an ATT prepaid plan for a while now and happy with it: LTE speeds, rollover data for the odd once-a-year traveling usage spike (typical month is 1-2GB for me due to wifi almost everywhere I am, peaks are 5-6GB), hotspot.
     
  12. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    They said they at least let you get your 23gb before they slow you down.
    The streaming stuff is fine. I do not watch videos on my phone. I looked up what speed music streams app and all major apps are under 350kbps, I think Apple music is in the 200s for their streaming speed.
    I may try it, even for a few months to save money. I have been with one carrier for about 10 years for me to save 2 maybe even close to almost 3 times what they are offering that could be worth it, even for a few months. Worse case if you do not like it after 2-3 months there are other carriers out there.
     
  13. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Note…the time period for this offer ends on 6/15/18.

    Further note, if you are on a Sprint MVNO and want this plan you need to port out to a different carrier and then port from that carrier to Sprint. The plan is not being offered for "current" Sprint phone numbers. Since MVNOs such as Ting, Boost and Virgin Mobile use Sprint's network that makes these current Sprint numbers.
     
  14. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I just saw where they put up that it ends in 3 days.
    Before they suggested a couple weeks. I don't know I may have to jump on this!
     
  15. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Just be aware that if you try, you won't get much help if any from Sprint. It would seem that due to the fact that Sprint is unlikely to make very much from this promo they have not bothered to train people on signing people up for it. If you run into issues, customer support is likely to be clueless.
     
  16. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Then I will have to switch
     
  17. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Anyone here do the Sprint 1 year free of service?
    How was it?
    What were taxes??
    You can literally have a free year & just pay taxes then move on to another carrier if they are terrible!
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    I don't know which would be a better deal... if you hate take the 1 month free and you find sprint won't meet your needs so you leave them after you year of free service you are head.
    However if you stick with them prices go to 100 a month, so if you did the kick start plan then it is only 15 a month each lines plus taxes so if you stay with them in the long run (2 years or more) then you come out ahead... big decision..
     
  18. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Also if anyone has sprint do they offer the use of voice & data at the same time?
     
  19. joshwithachance macrumors 68000

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    I’m on the free year right now. It’s about $4/month after taxes and fees. Can’t complain really because service is pretty decent in my area.
     
  20. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow that is cheap!
    The lady told me it would be about 20 in taxes for me...
    Do you plan to stick with them after the first year is up?
    My only issue with if I stay with them long term the 15 month kick start deal is great long term, however if they suck I'd rather have a free year...
     
  21. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Sprint uses CDMA for voice and LTE for data.

    So, no. No voice and data at the same time.

    However, VOLTE is supposed to be coming by 2020. And they have a stopgap measure (forget what it's called right now) but you have to be in a market that has it. That isn't true VOLTE though.

    Also, since you're asking questions…you can't switch SIMs easily either. Sprint pairs the serial of your SIM with the ESN (IMEI) of your device. So anytime you want to switch phones you have to call them up and have them pair the SIM to the new phone.
     
  22. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Good info thanks.
    Have you used Sprint? it It honestly horrible??
    I think based on what I hear I may do their free option... for 1 I get the hotspot & 2 if it sucks at least I get some months of free service vs. even paying 30 a month for 2 lines...
     
  23. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Understand that anything I tell you is based on my own personal experience and is not indicative of what you may experience.

    Sprint was our (my wife and I) first carrier. We joined in 1999. Everything was fine up until 2012 when I got my first LTE capable iPhone 5.

    The network was being built out for LTE at the time in our area. Didn't see LTE until 2013, didn't see improved speeds at work or home until 2014. Even then, it was about 3-10mbps down on average.

    Customer service also started to suck around 2007 when Nextel merged with Sprint. Sprint taught me to always verify what a CSR tells you and to never trust them. Dealing with Sprint support is like dealing with threee different companies all at once if you mix the three channels (online, in-store, phone). None of the channels communicate and none of them will honor what the other says.

    Perks for customers started being removed in 2010. Sprint does not give current customers the same perks new customers get - unless you threaten to leave and get in contact with Retentions.

    Overall, the Sprint network pretty much sucked where I lived. It was okay where I worked. But in September 2015 my wife and I could no longer make phone calls at home. So, after 16 years we left.

    I am told Sprint is better in our market now, but I still hear stories about my part of town where that isn't so. They finally got around to adding a tower in my area about a year and a half after we left.

    Sprint is chronically creating new technology but always failing to implement it before they create something better. So, the problems of today never get solved.

    Claure has changed a lot of that and things have gotten better. But here's my last comment that should be telling.

    There are two mindsets on the Sprint reddit sub. "You get what you pay for" and "You can do just about anything on 1mbps down/1-3mbps down is good enough."

    To me that speaks volumes about the carrier when your own customers believe the above.
     
  24. Dodgeman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks appreciate the post, just not sure what the last two sentences mean.
    Either way I may give them a try, not sure if I will do their 15mo a line deal or the free year...
     
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    I used them in the past and thought the service was good. It was spotty in areas, and I eventually moved to an area where they didn't have service at all. But as long as the service is available where you need it they seem to be pretty good value for the money.
     

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