Sprint and Verizon are both trying to market these changes as a way to give their customers more choice over what they want in their plan, and while that's fine, continuing to call them "unlimited" is a flat-out lie at this point.
The company has announced two new unlimited data plans: Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Basic priced at $70 and $60 per month respectively. In addition to unlimited data, talk and text at a great price, wireless users are looking for additional features like HD streaming and entertainment services, all on a reliable network. With five, the cost per line for the more expensive option is $42, and the other is $32. However, if customers bring in their own phone or buy a phone outright from Sprint, they can take a $20 per month discount. It offers just 500MB of full-speed tethering data before throttling kicks in, not 10GB as this plan used to offer.
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These two new plans will become your only options for unlimited data starting this Friday, July 13th. Sprint charges $70 for a single line of Unlimited Plus, with a second line costing $50, and lines three, four and five costing $30 each.
If you want an experience similar to the old Unlimited Freedom plan, you're going to have to shell out some more money.
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Rather than simply raising the prices of their plans, though (as AT&T did in June), Sprint's approach is a bit more nuanced.
Credit: BravoKiloVideo/ShutterstockSprint has essentially split its unlimited plans in two, with the less expensive Unlimited Basic offering a lot of the same features as Sprint's outgoing Unlimited Freedom plan at a lower rate for families of four. At that price, you're obviously better off choosing Unlimited Plus if you need a bunch of unlimited lines and you already own the phones. The same restrictions on streaming video quality (480p), streaming music, and gaming speeds all still apply.
Unlimited Plus includes: TV you love, with Hulu.
The new higher-tier unlimited plan adds some negligible features for $10 more per month.
The plan starts at $60 per month for the first line. And Sprint's 4G LTE network is the most improved in the USA with national average download speeds up 30.9 percent year-over-year, more than any other national carrier.6 Sprint is making its largest network investment in years and its Next-Gen Network build is well underway. Global roaming for text and data is free for 185 destinations - travelers to Canada and Mexico will get unlimited talk, text and data with up to 5GB of LTE speeds. That's also true when roaming in Canada and Mexico. You can add a second line for $40 and third, fourth and fifth lines for $20 each.