America has four national carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless. Of these four, AT&T and Verizon Wireless are the larger duo leaving Sprint and T-Mobile US as the smaller carriers in the market. The larger two carriers have a reputation for costing somewhat more than the smaller two and each benefits from a mature network. Sprint and T-Mobile US are reinvesting money into their networks in order to roll out LTE coverage as quickly as possible. There appears to be no love lost between these carriers, with each taking it in turns to troll the others: last weekend's Super Bowl 50 event in the San Francisco Bay Area gave the carriers the opportunity to compare their network speeds against one another. So far, it's the customers that appear to be the ultimate beneficiaries of this competition as even if prices are not reducing, the carriers are offering more for the money. Furthermore, the competition to provide the best network experience possible is good news for customers.
One of the ways that the carriers induce customers to join their network is via special offers and to this end, Sprint have made available a 50% off deal for customers switching to their network. This scheme, which runs until the end of March 2018, means that eligible customers can pick a competitor plan but only pay half of the standard rate for this. Sprint have today released a blog post on the subject explaining that owing to high customer demand, they are extending their 50% saving offer. The blog details how not only do Sprint's new customers enjoy Sprint's LTE Plus Network, which Sprint's analysis shows is quicker than the competition, but also benefit from less expensive prices. Sprint's Chief Executive Officer, Marcelo Claure, said this on the matter: "Customer demand for our 50 percent offer continues to be strong. More and more customers are switching to Sprint to take advantage of our award-winning LTE Plus Network."
In the detail, customers can either bring their own compatible device to the Sprint network or may buy or lease one outright through their local Sprint store, Sprint Store at RadioShack, through the Sprint website or telephone sales. Customers must port at least one line to the account and may add up to fourteen additional lines, and must then pick from the 50% off plans from their current carrier. One caveat here is that Cricket and MetroPCS customers do still save but 50% off their parent company's postpaid plans. Furthermore, qualifying customers bringing a number to Sprint can continue to benefit from up to $650 worth of switching fees (via an American Express Reward Card) after the online registration and handing the device over.