Sprint may be feeling a bit stressed out despite still being considered one of the big four wireless carriers in the U.S. Although they are a top carrier, in recent years they did see their position slip down to the fourth spot and where they used to be the potential buyer of T-Mobile, the roles have reversed. Sprint has taken to employing many of the same tactics as T-Mobile with unlimited data plans and aggressive pricing to try to overcome their relatively weaker network coverage. Their latest move though may be the most aggressive one yet as they target Verizon customers with free unlimited data for one year for customers who switch.
The offer from Sprint has not been getting a big push from Sprint, although that may change now that people have gotten wind of it, although retail associates likely use it as a selling point. In order to take advantage of the deal, users first have to ensure they have an eligible phone that will work on the Sprint network. This basically means unlocked phones, which some have noted includes all Verizon phones. However, consumers on other carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T may have the appropriate hardware as well.
Once that hurdle is crossed, users just need to order a SIM card for $2.99 plus a $10 shipping fee and then activate a ported number once the SIM arrives and is installed. Sprint does add one other requirement for any devices brought over have to be owned by the consumer. So users who have leases in place will have to pay those off first.
Although Sprint says the unlimited plan will be free, there are some minor fees and other steps that have to be taken. There will be a $1.99 admin fee, a $0.40 regulatory fee and some other taxes. Users also have to sign up for autopay and paperless billing. Otherwise, they will get hit with a $5.00/month and $7.99/month fee respectively.
At the end of the first year, the plan will revert to normal pricing of $60 per month for line 1, $40 per month for a second line and $30 per month for lines 3 through 5. Since Sprint does not require a contract, users could walk away after the first year.
Is a year of free service enough to get you to give Sprint a try?