Sprint is offering huge discounts to switch from its mobile carrier rivals

By Scorpus ยท 12 replies
Nov 19, 2015
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  1. Sprint, the fourth-place mobile carrier in the United States, is struggling big time to convince customers to switch from its rivals. In an attempt to attract more people to their network, the company is offering huge discounts on their mobile plans, undercutting Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile by 50 percent in most circumstances.

    The promotion is specifically targeting the plans of its rivals: customers who switch to Sprint can get the same type of plan they're currently on, but at half the cost. For example, if you're currently getting 6 GB of data through Verizon for $80 per month, Sprint will offer you the same data allowance for just $40 per month if you switch to their network.

    Sprint is running the promotion from this Friday until January 7th, 2016, and every rival plan – except for T-Mobile's $95 per month unlimited data plan – is eligible for the half-price deal. For those on T-Mobile's unlimited plan, Sprint already has a $70 unlimited offering that might tempt you across.

    While the discounts do sound quite good at first, there are some limitations to the way Sprint is matching the plans of its competitors. The company is not offering any sort of data rollover, which you currently get on AT&T and T-Mobile, and they're also not matching T-Mobile's unlimited video and music streaming offering.

    Unfortunately the discounts do not apply to existing Sprint customers: you'll need to be switching from Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile to get a half-off deal. Customers that do switch will have the discounted pricing locked in until January 8, 2018, although you don't need to sign a two-year contract to get a half-off plan.

    And if you're thinking of switching but don't want to pay the typically-expensive switching fees, Sprint is willing to pay them for you (up to $650) provided you turn in your current phone. Of course you will have to use Sprint's network, which might not have great coverage or the fastest speeds in your area, but the pricing of the promotional plans is certainly very attractive.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    What's not to like?
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,318

    I want to so badly but they have no coverage where I'm home for holidays. Literally none.
  4. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 253   +126

    Their crappy network is what not to like.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    They're the 4th largest carrier in the States as far as I know so there's no pressure on them to perform if they're happy where they are.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,699

    I doubt they would be giving this discount if they were happy where they are.
  7. Rbeckv

    Rbeckv TS Rookie

    Depends. If their network can handle many more customers and it's not being used. Why not at least bring in people for half the cost if all you have to do is provide tech support/ customer service.

    If they are hurting for cash and their network is at capacity then this will most likely hurt their existing customer base.

    I'd be interested to see how Sprint stands with regard to network capacity.
  8. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Sprint works OK for me. I've been using them for the last 8 years consecutively. But they do have a crappy network as others suggest. They're slow to upgrade, and late when they do (as compared to other carriers.) Not a trouble today, there are enough wifi hotspots around the city that it's not as much of an issue for data. And their voice network has always been acceptable for me without any dropped calls.
  9. Joe 5mith

    Joe 5mith TS Rookie Posts: 16   +11

    This could be a very good deal for some people. If:
    You spend most of your time in an area with Sprint coverage (home, office), and
    You don't take road trips very often (rural/intercity coverage is awful), and
    You don't need reliable service (network has difficulties often),
    This could work out. Otherwise, remember Sprint is in 4th place for a reason.
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  10. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Booster Posts: 152   +46

    In NYC, I had sprint and switched to Verizon.... the difference is negligible.

    but I think all four carriers are at top in the city... question is when I leave here and hit the sticks will I still have a signal.
  11. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 253   +126

    They can be happy where they are, their coverage/customer service is still crap. TMobile is currently the best option IMO.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I wouldn't know, I'm not in the USA but if I was I'd also plump for T-Mobile, just because I like it's colour.
  13. Luurch

    Luurch TS Enthusiast Posts: 30

    I worked for sprint for a few years, and although the job paid the bills the constant hate for the company was really the reason why I didn't stay there, $10 dollar charge for data service didn't matter because you were lucky to have calls, messages, notifications anything come through on the already overloaded systems here, they did nothing in lieu of upgrading it or even compensating people except to let them out of contracts because of the poor service. Never again.

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