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Sprint adds new $20 plan with 1GB of 4G data and unlimited 2G data

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Sprint has added a new $20 'unlimited data' plan that nets you 1GB of high-speed data, and once you exceed that you can continue to use data at 2G speeds. This plan, which the carrier boasts beats all other national carriers pricing, lets customers not worry about overage fees. Once you exceed your 1GB limit, Sprint will automatically drop your data speeds so you can continue what you are doing, without paying more.

Included in the $20 monthly fee is unlimited talk and text, so if you are someone who doesn't use a ton of data each month this may be a great way for you to save some money. For most consumers, this isn't a great deal, but it could be considered a step in the right direction.

Source: Sprint

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
91 Comments
  • Good lord.....that's really all I could think of to say.
  • Wasn't aware 2gs still a thing Posted via the Android Central App
  • Their 2G is faster than their 4G in these parts...if I could figure out a way to burn through that 4G and get to that sweet 2G, it might be worth it! Posted via the Android Central App
  • They just throttle to 2g speeds. Posted via the Android Central App
  • FreedomPop has been bought out by Sprint? This is the Sprint MVNO plan that I've been using forever on my GSIII. Galaxy Note 4 {Sprint 5.1.1}
  • Sprint doesn't have 2G though do they? I go from 3G to 1x and 1x isn't good for anything. And you missed this part which is certainly NOT included in the $20 fee. "Req. purchase of unlimited talk and text for add’l $20." Basically they are falsely advertising(or very shady advertising) that it costs $20 as you cannot get on the plan without paying the $20 talk/text portion. It is still a decent price at $40 if you don't go through 1GB data a month but man Sprint's 2G, whatever that is, isn't hardly good for even checking email.
  • How is 40$ a decent price? In my country we have an offer for 15€ unlimited text/talk and 5GB LTE 4G
  • You answered your own question. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • Apparently I'm missing something. Would you mind explaining?
  • You're missing so much we can't even explain it. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • The point my esteemed posters could be making is the 'in my country' part. In ours it doesn't work that way +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Right... The USA has a land area of 3.8 million square miles (almost 10 million square km). While our 4 nationwide mobile providers don't cover every bit of that area (they probably cover about half to 2/3 in total - Alaska accounts for a lot of uninhabited area!), they do each cover a good bit of it on their own networks without roaming (and each of the 4 nationwide carriers offers coverage on their own networks that cover where more than 200 million people spend most of their time). To augment where the 4 networks don't overlap, they have roaming agreements that are usually free to consumers, but that is often used less and less as they overlap their coverage the majority of the time. Your "great deal" of 15€ (or £40 for another poster here) basically pays for your nationwide network to provide coverage in an area of just one or two of our states. You then roam on separate networks when you visit other countries, which is not at all close to free (until 2017). When you can travel across the entirety of Europe at any time that you want and you can use your phone for no additional fees while still still paying only 15€ across that whole area, then you can compare your monthly mobile bill to US mobile bills.
  • This. I love when Europeans chime in that their rates are so cheap for boatloads of data, saying how the US is ripping it's own people off. Well, that's an unfair comparison when your entire country is the size of one or two US states. There are 48 more states that require thousands of cell towers. It's incredibly expensive to maintain an infrastructure for such a large land mass. Pretty simple concept. We all hope for unlimited everything for $19/month, but the economics of such a thing don't make sense.
  • Uhm, no, actually a couple companies dominate most of Europe, which is as large/larger than the USA, and their rates are vastly superior, their data speeds faster, their allowances higher, their plans cheaper. Sorry, fellow Americans, pull your head from your rectum, there's no such thing as a mom and pop MVNO.
  • Throttled to 2G speeds... be it over LTE or EVDO. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you're a moderate user, RingPlus, which is a Sprint MVNO is another option. You can get 1000 min voice/1000 text/1GB data per month for exactly $0 dollars per month. Free is better than $20, or $40.
  • Nice to know about RingTo. FreedomPop only has 200 mins, 500 texts, and 500 mbs, for free here. LG G2, SD 800 powerhouse.
    (The Sprint Lover)
  • Yes but freedompop doesn't stop you from getting two phones on free plan (as long as it's different email and credit card). Maybe even three or four phones? I haven't tried. So you can get more than 500MB/month free from Freedompop. Only downside is that Freedompop can cut off your phone for no reason given. But it makes sense - if they give out too much free service, they will go bankrupt.
  • 1X = 2G. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dafuq someone in this age is gonna do with 2G??? Move around with that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • T-Mobile uses 2G data when A persons data cap is maxed Posted via the Android Central App on my HTC Desire 610
  • Do they still? I remember seeing a reduction to 8Mbps a few months back being the new standard. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nevermind. That's what their MAX speed on their $40 1GB LTE plan. Posted via the Android Central App
  • the data protocol stays the same; the bandwidth is just capped. so for most people, it's 4G LTE throttled to 128kbps. terrible bandwidth, but at least low latency for most, so it's somewhat usable.
  • Still faster than Sprint 2G. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They could offer free service and I wouldn't be interested. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agreed. ASUS ZenFone 2 (4GB RAM)
  • It's $40 not $20. The talk and text is an additional $20, according to the link.
  • It's 20$ for unlimited talk + text + 1gb of data. Then 20$ per device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Big deal 323hp owns you Posted via the Android Central App
  • AC needs to retract this story or correct it to $40 including talk and text. It's right there in the quoted source. Sheesh! Note 4 vs Note 5 Speed Comparison: http://youtu.be/MYkTxA7dcEY
  • I looked at the official Sprint notice and it says $20 for unlimited talk and text and 1gb of data. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Read above. 20$ for talk text and 1gb of data. 20$ per device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The press release states an additional $20, not included in the $20. "Customers can choose a 1GB high-speed data option for $20 per month, then 2G speeds after that. Plus get unlimited talk and text for an additional $20 per month" Note 4 vs Note 5 Speed Comparison: http://youtu.be/MYkTxA7dcEY
  • It's $40 per month. See comparison chart that Sprint provided. http://bizwire.tekgroup.com/media/86/Starter_Unlimited_Data_Highres.jpg Posted via the Android Central App
  • I pay £40 per month. I get unlimited calls/texts. I get 10gb of data at whatever speed I can connect to (4G most of the time). This cost also includes the monthly payment for my phone, as I didn't buy it upfront. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is that a good price ? I live in Denmark, and have a familyplan with 5 subscriptions for 100$ a month. With each subscription comes: free talk sms/mms 30 GB 4G data music streaming,
    i can stream 320kbps all day, and it won't count in the 30 GB. You can share your 30gb with another, or all 5 can share 150 gb. And for 60$ a month i have fiber Internet 75/75 mbit/s.
  • 320kbps. You must really enjoy watching progress bars that don't move and wheels that spin indefinitely. Watching paint dry is faster than that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 320 kbps is the quality of the mp3, of course i stream 4G music...
  • That's the bitrate of the audio, not the download speed. 320 kbps is considered CD quality audio.
  • This fail hit me hard Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dear oh dear, if you're gonna try be a smart ass then please smarten up first... What a fail! Posted via the Android Central App
  • And he thought he was winning the argument
  • Did you really just say that? OMG. Moto X 2013 (U.S. Cellular)
  • "so you can continue what you are doing," and by continue what your doing you mean stop what your doing, because streaming video from 4g to 2g is not continuing anything. Waiting 5-6x as long for a web page to load is not continuing anything, it's stopping and waiting till you get to wifi... good job Sprint, you should be back on the map in no time with this type of thinking!
  • What is the point Sprint? This is a pathetic attempt at growing the customer base. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Isn't that what they are suppose to do? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does Sprint even have a network?? The last time I checked then tin can network got faster speeds than Sprint. Posted via The Next Big Thing. My Samsung Galaxy Note 5!
  • This isn't tmo. Sprint builds out their network so that you can use it more that three feet from the tower +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • that's not how any of this works... T-Mobile covers many more people than Sprint... Nexus 5 | AT&T
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Sprint is better where most people need to go. This is certainly changing on both sides but a dig on sprint deserves a tmo dig. There is a reason they are 3 and 4 despite the lower prices and the gimmicks from each. They have huge holes. And I honestly do not think that tmo covers more than sprint. Coverage maps lie so I don't buy them. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Sensorly and other open source maps don't though. In the past 6 months T-Mobile has grown by a huge amount. Nexus 5 | AT&T
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Shady advertising!! All that bs crap 1gb data for $20,.. Btw ➡ plus an additional $20 for unlimited talk/text
  • No you're wrong. Read above. Talk text 1gb of data 20$ then 20$ per device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm still shocked at the amount of rabid, foaming at the mouth, hatred for Sprint and anything that is does. and AC does nothing to help that.
    of course Tmo can do no wrong, ever.
  • I know, right? You'd think Sprint was going around raping their mothers and killing their dogs. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL..... Splint, fraction up-fraction down. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If Sprint offered free service, some people still will talk trash and publicly spew out hate towards Sprint. In addition to their foolishness, they would rather pay premium prices to other carriers. It is what it is! They are never satisfied with choices! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Freedompop and RingPlus do offer free service on Sprint's network. It's crazy how many MVNO's operate on Sprint Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would not bother getting out of bed for that offer Posted via the Android Central App
  • if you only need 1GB (I'm not counting the throttling b/c that sounds unusable), just go with Project Fi for $30 since it combines T-Mobile and Sprint (I use too much data for Fi to be feasible) https://fi.google.com/about/plan/#sign-up-for-our-one-simple-plan
  • Maybe when the phone selection gets better/more diverse. A nexus phone would not work for my needs +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • "This is not a good deal for most consumers..."
    Seriously? You've gone ahead and decided that for me I presume. T-Mobile does the same thing: drop coverage to 2G, and in my large metro area (Charlotte,NC), Sprint and T-Mobile are neck and neck with not enough difference to justify the latter's $50 postpaid plan plus device payments. Sorry, but while this is in no way revolutionary, it certainly does not qualify as a "bad" deal given the alternatives. Most consumers do not fit the Android Central power user profile needing the absolute best of everything.
  • So 1GB of "high speed" speed spotty data and then 2G speeds...useless... Posted via the Android Central App
  • One word..... Sprint lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 29, 2015 - Beginning Oct. 30, Sprint (NYSE: S) is launching unlimited data starting at $20 per month. Customers can choose a 1GB high-speed data option for $20 per month, then 2G speeds after that. Plus get unlimited talk and text for an additional $20 per month while on the Sprint network (excludes taxes and surcharges).Sprint Global Roaming also is included with the plan. It’s the best price for data among all national carriers. It's 20 for data and 20 for the talk and text. Not for a device. It says it right there. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's misleading. I work at sprint. I promise it's 20$ for talk text and data. I just got the "phamplet" last night. Posted via the Android Central App
  • it's worded as. 1gb of data for 20$ then 20$ for talk and text which is the "access fee". Posted via the Android Central App
  • Misleading is an understatement. It says additional as in more, not included, doesn't come with. That's either very bad wording or the memo is wrong Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah I resolved the conflict above. I was even wording it wrong haha. Long day sorry about that Posted via the Android Central App
  • I read it as well and it reads as $20 + $20. That means $40 where I'm from. Note 4 vs Note 5 Speed Comparison: http://youtu.be/MYkTxA7dcEY
  • I don't think most people understand where this plan is priced for. Most people here are power users including myself. My dad uses 200MB of data each month. This plan makes sense for him while getting a top tier phone on a lease. People pls. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My dad is 65 and I wouldn't put him through this torture (Sprint sorry ass network) . I rather keep him on T-mobile it only cost me another extra $10. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anytime I see 2G, I'm pissed. Lol. I'll keep my unlimited LTE from T-Mobile. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why not just go back to 56k modem speeds while we are at it. Posted via The Next Big Thing. My Samsung Galaxy Note 5!
  • Because that would be faster data speeds than this offer ;) Posted via the Android Central App on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • It isn't tmo I keep telling ya +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • The base T-Mobile data plan includes 1GB of 4G LTE and throttled data after that (2G). It's no cost above the line fee.
  • 40.00 plus fees, etc i'm sure.. get more with CRICKET and get better service Posted via Android Central App
  • This is a great move by sprint. 20$ a month a excellent value plan.!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • So, it's not expensive than Google Fi, and you only get crappy Sprint.
  • Who in the hell cares. Use the network that works best in your area. Simple as that . crazy how you guys defend your Carrier. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • Crazier that you think the word "carrier" should be capitalized.
  • wHo CARes, MovE aLoNg. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • You used a comma where a period should go along with your extraneous punctuation. Go Buckeyes and/or Wolverines!
  • +1 +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Ha! It's the guy who defends Sprint at every turn.
  • I don't want a carrier that works in my area. I want a carrier that works all over. Sprint might be amazing in my area but horrible everywhere else. Same with the others. Choose based on where you are going to be most of your time. Mine is all over New Jersey. Att has worked the best for me after going through all of them. There is no best just the best for your situation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unlimited 2G? What does that mean, they send you an AOL CD?
  • Is this Edge speed? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sprint is trash, should be 3g not 2g. Who the fuck even thinks about 2g anymore. Can't wait to get off of sprint in few days when i get the Priv Posted via the Android Central App