Sprint Introduces ‘Unlimited Plus’ and ‘Unlimited Basic’ Plans

14 July, 2018, 10:13 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Sprint pitchman Paul Marcarelli has two new unlimited data plans to talk up.
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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.

Although consumers no longer get cut off or have to pay expensive overage charges when they run through a monthly data allowance, they face an increasing array of restrictions and conditions on all but the most expensive unlimited plans, including slowed download speeds.

The new higher-tier unlimited plan adds some negligible features for $10 more per month. The over 55 plan has fewer features but costs only $50 for one line and $70 for two lines. You get subscriptions to Hulu and Tidal for your troubles as well, which helps sweeten the pot a little. Indeed, it will now restrict video quality to 480p and reduce LTE hotspot usage from a whopping 10GB to 500MB. The carriers have been increasingly stretching the definition of an unlimited data plan - once a single, simple all-you-can-eat option - into something with a myriad of different adds-ons from hot spot capability to freebies like Hulu or AT&T Watch. The military plan is comparable to the unlimited basic plan but costs only $100 for four lines.

However, that promotional price is scheduled to rise in a year's time to $160 per month for four lines.

There's also a weird limited-time promo on Unlimited Plus, with prices working out to $22 per month per line for five lines provided you're not leasing a phone through Sprint. For $70 a month, Unlimited Plus gives you 15GB of mobile hotspot data, "Full HD" video streaming at 1080p, and 10GB of roaming data in Canada or Mexico.

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With the headway the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is making, one wonders why Sprint doesn't just call it a day and coast along until the deal is approved. If you travel overseas to Canada or Mexico, you'll get unlimited talk and text, and 5GB of high-speed data. A second line costs $50 and following lines are $30.

Sprint, like the other carriers, argue that people don't want a one-size-fits-all plan.

Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Basis will become available for subscribers beginning Friday, July 13.

Both Sprint's unlimited service plans include free access to Hulu (with commercials).

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