Earlier this week we reported that there was a leak about Sprint doing their own branded Pay As You Go, and now it has been confirmed by Sprint. It’ll be named “Sprint As You Go” which will offer unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data for $70 for smartphones and the same plan will be available for feature phones for $50 per month.
So why is Sprint’s new Pay As You Go so much more expensive than their MVNO’s like Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile? Well those MVNO’s throttle after about 2.5GB of data, Sprint will not throttle your data, but with their current network, you’re basically already throttled. According to Fierce Wireless there are some disadvantages to Sprint’s new Pay As You Go program:
The plans will support 1xRTT data roaming but not EV-DO data roaming, and they won’t support premium Sprint features like smartphone Wi-Fi hotspots and Sprint Navigation.
So you’ll be able roam, just not on EV-DO networks, which kinda sucks. You can pick up an LG Optimus Elite for $150 or the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G for $250 which has LTE. And from what we understand, these plans do include LTE. So where else can you find a no-contract option with unlimited everything and unlimited LTE for only $70 per month? It’ll be pretty tough, although MetroPCS has it for $55, but they don’t have coverage everywhere.
While Sprint may not be your first choice for a carrier, especially given their aging and slow network. When LTE does finally launch everywhere, or most everywhere, it’s going to be a great deal. At this point I don’t see Verizon or AT&T bringing back unlimited data. Which means you’ll be stuck with T-Mobile or Sprint for unlimited data. And T-Mobile is also charging $70 for their unlimited everything prepaid plan starting January 9th. So it’s going to be a tough competition between the 3rd and 4th largest wireless carriers.
Would you switch to Sprint As You Go? Or would you rather stay with your current provider? Let us know in the comments below.