Sprint has the least amount of nationwide 4G coverage but offers cell phone plans at competitive prices. Sprint’s unlimited plans are appealing due to the benefits they offer like free streaming subscriptions and mobile hotspots. This guide will walk you through what their plans look like, Sprint perks, and which plans are best for you.
Postpaid Sprint Plans
Throttling happens when the network is busy and Sprint slows down your data speeds.
If you have a postpaid plan, Sprint will charge you for service at the end of the month. Most of Sprint’s postpaid plans come with unlimited everything (data, talk, and text) with variations in data throttling. In addition, some of Sprint’s postpaid plans offer streaming subscriptions to platforms like Hulu and Tidal.
Unlimited Sprint Plans Compared
|Sprint Unlimited Basic||Sprint Unlimited Plus||Unlimited Plus Premium|
|Talk and Text||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Entertainment and Extras||Hulu||Hulu and Tidal||Hulu, Lookout, Prime, Tidal, and Uber|
|Streaming Quality||DVD-quality (480p)||HD (720p)||HD (720p)|
|Unlimited talk and text; 10GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada||Unlimited talk and text; 10GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada||Unlimited talk and text; 10GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada|
|Global Text and Data||Free text and basic data in 200+ destinations.||Free text and basic data in 200+ destinations.||Free text and basic data in 200+ destinations.|
|Full Details||Unlimited Sprint Plans|
Most Sprint plans allow you to bring your own phone, but you can also buy or lease a phone as well
Before you settle on a specific plan, you should check out Sprint’s coverage map. Because they have the least amount of coverage in the United States (compared to other major carriers), Sprint may not offer the best service in your area.
Prepaid Sprint Plans
Sprint used to have prepaid plans known as the “Sprint Forward” program; however, they no longer offer this to new customers. This may change so we recommend checking back with Let’s Talk to stay updated on Sprint’s prepaid options.
Sprint Family Plans
Sprint family plans are some of the best-priced in wireless. Sprint only offers unlimited family plans so you won’t ever run out of data, texts or calls. Family plans are a great option because each additional line added to your account is discounted, so you’ll be paying less than if each family member had their own separate account. For instance, when you view the details of this plan, you’ll see the first line is full price, the second line has a slight discount, and the last two lines have significant discounts. Most Sprint family plans also come with free perks like Hulu and Tidal subscriptions.
Family Plans with 4 Lines
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Some of Sprint’s unlimited plans come with free high-speed data, texting, and calling in Canada and Mexico. You can also text and call to and from these countries for free.
Most Sprint plans also come with Sprint Global Roaming which allows you to use your plan in 200 hundred countries without having to pay extra for texts and 2G data. If you want high-speed data in countries besides Canada and Mexico, you’ll have to pay $5 or $10 per day.
Buy a Sprint Phone
There are three ways to buy or use a cell phone with Sprint. You can lease or rent your phone with Sprint Flex Lease, you can buy a Sprint phone outright, and you can bring your own phone. Sprint used to have a two-year monthly installment upgrade program, but it is no longer running.
Sprint Flex Lease
Sprint ‘s Flex Lease is basically a rent-to-own program for a cell phone. You will pay monthly fees to lease the phone for 18 months. After that, you can choose to buy the phone, upgrade, or continue leasing. If you want to upgrade sooner than 18 months, you can choose to pay $5 more each month to upgrade after 12 months (unless you’re in the iPhone and Galaxy Forever program). Some phones require money down which will depend on your credit.
If you ever want to upgrade early, you’ll have to pay the rest of your monthly installments in one lump sum
iPhone and Galaxy Forever
Sprint’s iPhone Forever and Galaxy Forever programs allow you to upgrade to the newest model each year. After 12 monthly payments, you can automatically upgrade without any fees. Whenever you lease an iPhone or Galaxy phone, you’re automatically enrolled in this program. This Forever program is great if you love to have the newest and best technology, but isn’t your best option if you ever want to own your phone.
Let’s Talk Tip: Buying your phone outright will make your monthly payments cheaper
Sprint does allow you to buy a phone from them at full retail price. When you buy outright you own the phone from the get-go, which means you can unlock it and take it to other carriers or stay with Sprint. You’re not locked into a Sprint plan like you are with a Sprint Flex Lease. When buying outright, you can choose to buy online and pick-up in store, or have it shipped straight to you. Once you’re checking out, look for the delivery options and choose which works best for you. You can also go to a Sprint store and buy your phone outright there.
Bring Your Own Phone/Device
If you already have a phone from another carrier, you can switch carriers and use it with Sprint. However, not all phones are compatible across all carriers. To be sure your phone is compatible, check your IMEI on Sprint’s Website.
Sprint’s CDMA network is continually ranked as one of the lowest by RootMetrics behind Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile for reliability, speed, data connections, calling, and texting. It has the least nationwide coverage in the United States.
Sprint Coverage by State
|State||Percentage Covered||Mile Covered (mi²)|
|New Hampshire||31.94%||3,083 mi²|
|New Jersey||95.96%||7,419 mi²|
|New Mexico||15.52%||18,627 mi²|
|New York||50.86%||24,904 mi²|
|North Carolina||58.18%||29,442 mi²|
|North Dakota||5.99%||4,193 mi²|
|Rhode Island||92.96%||1,092 mi²|
|South Carolina||61.27%||19,126 mi²|
|South Dakota||3.25%||2,499 mi²|
|West Virginia||58.99%||14,286 mi²|
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