Monday, October 13, 2014

Sprint $50 unlimited plan. Good Coverage, Decent Deal, but does have limitations in Media

Currently Sprint is running a special that includes unlimited data, texting and voice for $50 a month.  Plus they'll give you an Iphone 6/Plus for signing up.  That to me was an eye-opener which I had to check out first hand a few weeks ago.  I saw the TV ads, maybe you did too.

Now, I know Sprint network is subpar compared to AT&T and Verizon, but to cut my cellular bill in half, I'd be willing to take a chance.  I'd also be willing to trade in my Iphone 5s for a 6, since I'm ineligible to do so currently with AT&T.  I liked AT&T and even praised their coverage and network quality, but this is easy math, savings and a new Iphone!

Here's the real story!
Okay, so here's what really happened!  Customer service was great and they set me up after about an hour.  However, as I expected, the fees add up quickly to the "$50" claim.  First off, I elected to get the Iphone 6, which includes a $20 monthly lease fee.  In addition, I elected for the insurance which runs another $11.  That said, the deal for me is actually $81 dollars a month.  That's about $25 less than what I paid for AT&T's service. What made the deal much better was that they gave me $361 for my Iphone 5s and applied it to my bill. Essentially,  I don't have a cell bill for the rest of the year.
Sprint Network not as good as AT&T's in Media, PA

You may be thinking, "Well, that doesn't sound so bad," but wait, there's more.  The coverage and the performance of the Sprint network, compared to AT&T and I suspect Verizon, is noticeably inferior. Coverage in Media is fair at best, but when you do get full connectivity via Sprint's LTE network, it's awesome!  As for Sprint's LTE It's just not as often as I'd like which adds up to less than 50% of the time.  Sprint does provide decent 3G coverage in Media, which is well, 3G.

I've been using Sprint now for a few weeks and have come to accept the limitations. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not great either.  In the end It's good enough that I don't regret leaving AT&T.


  1. Hey Tedman you should check out for phone insurance. Only $5 per month and typically their deductible,is lower than most carrier plans.

    If you are thinking about upgrading your iPhone and you have AT&T, there are some good deals and there are some not so good deals out there. Let's take a look at AT&T's prices and plans offered for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
    If you are eligible for a standard upgrade, meaning you will be signing a new 2-year contract with AT&T, you will get the best price. That means if you want the 16 GB model of the iPhone 6, you will pay $199. For the iPhone 6 Plus, your price will start at $299.
    AT&T will