How does the Sprint prepaid program work?

In today's world where unforgiving multi-year phone contracts run rampant and wireless plans that cost more than first-class planes tickets are everywhere, it's no surprise that people are turning to prepaid phone plans. Sprint isn't where you'd think to go at first, but the carrier does offer a no-contract prepaid option.

What is a Prepaid Plan?

A prepaid plan is a plan that doesn't require you to sign a contract, and as the name suggests, you pay for the phone service in advance. This means if you don't pay each month, you don't get service, simple as that.

Prepaid plans — like all phone plans — have their pros and cons. Here are some of the pros and cons of Sprint's prepaid plans.


  • No Contract: No need to worry about being stuck in a multi-year contract.
  • No Credit Check: This can be especially helpful if you need a cell phone but have bad credit.
  • Often cheaper: Since you aren't paying for the device itself the plan is often cheaper.


  • A la carte features: Some features are completely separate from the standard Sprint plans
  • Less data available: Even on the most expensive prepaid plan from Sprint, you only get 6GB of high-speed data a month.
  • Have to re-fill account: Unlike a normal plan you won't get billed each month, you pay in advance, and if you forget, you will be left without service.

What prepaid plans does Sprint have?

There are three main prepaid Sprint plans and the only difference between them all — other than the price — is how much high speed data you have access to. The cheapest plan is $35/month and comes with 1GB of high-speed data each month. The middle tier plan is $45/month and offers 3GB of high-speed data a month. Finally, the most expensive plan is $55/month and offers 6GB of high speed data.

All the plans above come with unlimited talk and text within the U.S, plus unlimited 2G data. So when you run out of your high-speed data you still have access to data, but only at the slowest data speed Sprint offers. It will probably make you feel like you have dial-up again.