Sprint could be set to undercut T-Mo’s unlimited plans

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Ever since Sprint backed out of its proposed merger with T-Mobile, it’s been all-change at the Kansas City-based telecoms company. Its CEO, Dan Hesse was replaced by Marcelo Claure, who’s set to bring a new competitive edge to Old Yeller. And if WSJ’s inside sources are correct, that could mean launching an unlimited plan costing just $50 per month.

Sprint is allegedly “testing” a $50 plan which would include unlimited data, text and calls. That’s some $30 cheaper than the equivalent plan on T-Mobile. For the same cost on T-Mo you get 1GB on a single line. Of course, there are other benefits to choosing the Magenta-flavored carrier. You get unlimited music streaming from a select group of apps and international data+text roaming in over 120 countries. Both perks that we don’t see Sprint offering. VZW and AT&T’s plans of the same cost offer 250MB and 300MB data respectively.

Wall Street Journal put together a comparison chart.

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For Sprint, aggressive pricing has to happen first, before anything else. Its network is going through a huge transition phase, so it can’t rely on the promise of a fast LTE network to pull in customers. And over the past few quarters, it’s been losing customers at an alarming rate. To the point where it’s soon going to be overtaken as the 3rd biggest carrier by T-Mobile (thanks to T-Mo’s contrasting fortunes).

The other plan it’s allegedly testing is a $160 shared plan, offering 20GB of data to share between four people. To get a similar amount on T-Mobile would cost $180. That’s based on four people getting 5GB each per month.

Breaking it down to a simple matter of data, texts and calls, these price plans are undercutting T-Mobile, and are certainly competitive. If the carrier does launch them, it’ll be interesting to see how the market reacts. Will customers ditch their existing carriers to get a cheaper deal with Sprint? Or is the network a put-off? Would you rather pay a little extra and stay with the faster network offering free roaming and music streaming?

Personally, I think it’s good to see other carriers being competitive. It makes for a better industry, and a better environment for consumers. But unless it persuades the “big two” to drop their plans, it’s only going to have a small impact overall. But it could at least help stop subscribers from jumping ship.

Source: WSJ

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  • Moby

    If Sprint charges me $50 for unlimited everything it’s bye-bye T-Mobile! It sounds like the new CEO isn’t playing around. He’s going to put Legere in his place.

    • Eric

      You do realize that T-Mobile is going to make their plans even cheaper once Sprint does this?

      • Moby

        How do you know?

        • Eric

          If Sprint drops their prices, more people will start coming in. John Legere doesn’t want that lol.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          A lot of them will find out the reason why Sprint has had such high churn and turn right around. Sprint just needs to get their network squared away. And by that I mean their regular network, not just the short-range Spark stuff.

        • Moby

          Yeah but John wants to keep making money too. Son doesn’t care about profits right now. He just wants to gut and destroy T-Mobile since he can’t buy them.

      • JeremyKing28

        That is so true Eric. That right there is so truth. Nice. Tmobile will always be the best standing!!

    • Willie D

      You do realize that Sprint has the worst network in the world, including up and coming economies in 3rd world nations right? I read that in an article…

    • Zacamandapio

      You do realize that, well….I don’t know. I just typed it because the other two realized something you didn’t.

      • Willie D

        You do realize that this comment made me laugh! Kudos to you sir!

    • JB

      You do realize that you don’t realize what others realize, which begs the question, what are you really realizing?

      • Willie D

        *Gasp* YOU SIR!! Yes, FOR THE WIN! Cunning lingust!

    • Jessica

      Well said Moby. Tmobile will be getting put in their freaking place for sure.

    • Adrayven

      tethering.. guaranteed it’s at least an extra $20 just for 2 or 3gb.. NOT included in that $50….

    • jacky

      Theie 3g is 0.14 mb down and their 4 glte is freaking 5 mb down. Sprit sucks 3rd world network. Dropcalls like a mofo. No amount of money will get me to use their nwtwork sprint.

      • Moby

        You’re the kind of customer that T-Mobile wants—one that easily hands over the money.

        • jacky

          Try their network you’ll be running back to t mobile. In fact i double dare you. Drop calls constantly slow 3g and even slow 4g lte over charge customers. Oh and even better on sprint network yoyr text mesage wont get received till 3 hours later. And takes 24 hours to sent your text message. Why do you think sprint is losing customers in the first place and it sure isnt their data plans.

        • kalel33

          It really depends on where you live. In Colorado Springs, and surrounding areas, T-mobile dropped calls left and right. I went down interstate, between Pueblo and Colorado Springs, and dropped the same phone call 6 times. That’s not very reliable.

      • Ashton3002

        Girl quit lying. Because I do recall you said on fiercewireless you haven’t even had sprint only people you know with sprint and that was years ago….

        • jacky

          You think im joking? All he has to do is try sprint and he will know what sprint network is like. He can see how bad sprint is and i dont even need to lie about sprint. Yes im 1000% confident at my sprint statement. No amount of money sprint offers is going to male me switch to sprint. Not even is sprint pays me monthly to be on their network.

        • Ashton3002

          Well like i said you never have sprint..
          Let me break it down
          1 month ago on a fiercewireless article with the title Report:Sprint testing shared data plans In select markets” you commented “my sister had sprint back in 2012, dropped calls everywhere data not reliable. My friends and family have tmobile or verizon wireless and we know sprint network is unreliable. You can’t even call 911 on sprints smartphone without dropping calls. We were told my close associates to avoid sprint back in 2012” and I replied and said it’s not 2012 anymore. You never replied back. So you never had sprint to experience them for yourself so how can you go and make a claim of download speeds when you don’t even have the carrier? People All over the internet as well as almost everyone i know with their service says tmobile service sucks. especially indoors and 2 feet outside of cities. and i experienced that back in july from Tulsa to Dallas. everybody had working signal EXCEPT tmobile which is the case on many trips i take with people with T-mobile. but you say they don’t and get Awsome coverage everywhere indoors and all but if i listened to them and spread all over every tmobile article that they sucked you would question me and ask if i ever had them. Which i didn’t and then you go and say you don’t have them so you can say that it sucks. Same goes for you and sprint. Get a sprint phones do a speedtest yourself and get back to me.

        • MagentaSlaysAll

          Even if she hasn’t experienced it herself, her sister has. That’s pretty much the closest it gets, therefore I would consider her statement credible.

        • Ashton3002

          No. Unless her sister lives with her and goes where she goes in a daily basis then no..and it was 2012 it’s not 2014 and 2015 is approaching..where was tmobile in 2012? So don’t say it hasn’t gotten better.

        • MagentaSlaysAll

          Girl use grammar correctly. It sounds like if you said it’s not 2014. From my experience Sprint’s services haven’t gotten *much better (I said much not any, so calm your tits). And (I’m sorry for my language but) you’re a dumb bitch if you think T-Mo hasn’t gotten any better since 2012. Not sure if you said that but I said that just in case you did b/c your comments are too confusing, *ain’t nobody know what you is sayin. Use your grammar skills for good

        • Ashton3002

          See bitch read next time you simple ass hoe I effin said where was tmobile years ago? Smart ass! And if you had any kind of intelligence you would have caught on when I said where was tmobile back in 2012? You would know the answer would be which is struggling and look at them today one of the best carriers for the money..It just amazes me how people can’t read anymore. And I’ll useeeee my yy grammar how I want….Ok got it???????

      • Mike

        What makes you think this doesn’t happen on the TMO network? I’m out side of Phila and have the very same problem with TMO. I’m a little better on the 4G/LTE TMO network not much though. I on 0.4 Mbps down.

    • Mike Palomba

      Enjoy dropped calls, rude customer service, nonexistent data, and the looks you get when people hear you use Sprint. T-Mobile will be waiting for you when you come back crying

  • Ashton3002

    Too bad their network isn’t that good..atleast in my area. (Oklahoma) i can have full bars an pull 10 down then go 2 steps and be on 3G then go 3 blocks over and have half bars and pull 25 down. But their 3G isn’t so bad anymore. my contract is over in October I’ll be switching to either Tmobile Or AT&T.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      That 4g performance is pretty typical for them, its not just your neighborhood.

  • thepanttherlady

    I don’t want shareable data and I like the option of choosing any phone I want, from any source so long as it works with T-Mobile bands.

    • Zacamandapio

      I agree with you Mrs. Grrrrr

    • Cam Bunton

      I’m with you. I want my own allowance of data. Sharing doesn’t work for me.

      • dm33

        What can be wrong w shareable data as long as it totals as much or more. Best of all worlds in case someone uses more.

        • thepanttherlady

          What can be wrong? Some of us use more than the allotted amount for the plan. :)

        • dm33

          Which is fine. It’s shareable. 20gb is much better than 5 each in case one person in a family is a heavier user.

        • thepanttherlady

          No, it isn’t fine which is why some of us don’t want shareable data. I like my unlimited data as does my daughter. I can use upwards of 40GB in any given month as does she. Shareable doesn’t work for us.

        • dm33

          Of course unlimited is better. That has nothing to do with it being shareable or not.

        • thepanttherlady

          “Unlimited shareable”? I’m not entirely sure why unlimited data would be “shareable” as it doesn’t make sense. Doesn’t matter anyway as that’s not what Sprint is offering so that goes back to our original comments of not wanting shareable data.

        • dm33

          Shareable means that you can share a common pool of data. It doesn’t say anything about how big the pool of data is.

        • Dan Hesse

          This has to be the least thoughtful comment of the year on TMONews. Do you really not get the lack of logic in your comment? Do you know what share means? Do you know what unlimited means? WTF?!?

        • FreeWilly

          This guys next idea is going to be free unlimited shareable data with free home and car wifi lol… Damn these people that want everything for nothing are amusing…

        • Adrayven

          One word.. OVERAGES.. Fairly sure they didn’t do away with those on the 20GB family plan.. T-mobile has none..

          If I go over my 5GB, I can either up it or slide for rest of month on slower speeds until my cap resets..

          NOTE: They also don’t talk about tethering.. Sprint was horrible with tethering as an Add-on.. it’s included in t-mobile plans.. and even with tethering.. again.. NO OVERAGES… I use it up.. get more or let it slide..

        • Roger Sales

          you couldn’t use 20GB in a month in my neighborhood on Sprint amongst even a few lines – Not at the data output they currently have.

      • Roger Sales

        Sharing to me would be very stupid, because it would possibly lead to arguments within the household about who is using “too much” data, etc.

    • Verizonthunder

      Ohh pantherlady I try my damest to tell my parents to switch to tmobile it would only cost them at max $15 bucks a month for unlimited talk, text, 1gb of fast data if I add another line $10 bucks a month for each line plus tax and fees. But they wont budge lol. By the way any new information on the rumor Tmobile Sony Xperia Z2 Ultra or Sony Xperia Z3?

  • MadJoe

    I like it, not because I’m going to switch to Sprint, but because if T-Mobile gets a little competition they might just get even more competitive. I think $80 for 2 lines with no phone subsidies is a little much, honestly. Especially considering that the majority of phones already cost $20 a month and are just getting more expensive, so honestly it’s $120 a month for two lines and that if you opt out of extra data and JUMP, so tack another $40 total onto it for those, bringing your monthly total to $160 for 2 lines with a paltry 3GB of data and insurance for your devices.

    • Roger Sales

      T-Mobile’s prices are perfect as they are – especially for a family. I don’t see why anyone should be upset about their price points when they’re still by far the cheapest carrier and still have unlimited data. I’m paying 180$ a month for 4 lines at the moment, 1 truly unlimited, 3 1 gig plans, and 3 phones currently being subsidized. that works out to about 45$ per line, and I’m not going to complain about that when the norm was 60-70+ minimum a few years back.
      The most anyone would be paying for a single line is about 115$ USD(assuming you got a top of the line phone for 0 down and put PHP on it), which is 35 dollars cheaper than when Verizon and AT&T still had unlimited talk text and data in 2010(and if you had multiple lines, you only saved about 10$ per line IIRC).

      • MadJoe

        Roger, getting something for less is always nice, if you’d like to keep paying more, then by all means, continue paying more. I never said I was upset, but if there’s pressure/competition for them to cut a little more, I’m all for it. Like I said, it isn’t going to get me to switch to Sprint, I would just appreciate saving a few more dollars a month.
        And placing the $ before the amount isn’t so hard, is it? Seriously. Do you also use “your” instead of “you’re” and think no one is going to notice? It’s lazy.

  • CalicoKJ

    Yes, it’s cheap, but if I can’t use it, what’s the point? Sprint’s signal is atrocious here so there’s no way I would ever go back to them.

    • Roger Sales

      In my part of North Jersey my friend has trouble loading web pages on an iPhone 5 on Sprint, forget about even attempting to stream video. She had the netflix app on her phone and it had gone so long without use that the app had updated and needed her to relogin.

  • Willie D

    Let’s compare Apples to Apples here. T-Mobile has a working, widespread HSPA+ 4G and LTE 4G network, something that Sprint lacks. While Sprint may be working on an LTE network, and Sensorly maps show it wider spread than T-Mobile, looking deeper into the maps, you see that not only is the signal less strong, producing a slower, more inconsistent data experience, but you can also see that it is putting heavy leverage on it 2.5Ghz band in major cities, which as we all know does not penetrate anything, sometimes it has a hard time penetrating air itself.
    With that said, it doesn’t matter how large your LTE network is, because on Sprint, you wont get fat with it, have to flip back to over-saturated 3G EVDO technology, which is dying out rapidly, almost pointless for Sprint to have upgraded to EVDO again anyway, should have swapped it out for HSPA+ like all other CDMA carriers outside the USA have successfully done. Sprint still does not include international roaming of any sorts, still charges overages, still charges per MB not per GB fees for data like other companies have moved to – so even at $50 for everything, it makes no sense to sign up for it, when you combine all these issues above together. I live in San Francisco, a city that Sprint GUARANTEED their network in 2007, only to find that it has the worst of all carriers here today. Its customer service is terrible, they contradict their own contracts and statements, they will never assist you, put blame and excuses on their customers rather than take control of the situation and resolve it. Sorry, but with Sprint you really DO get what you pay for. $50 = horrible customer service, worse network, and no international options = me sticking with T-Mobile, gladly paying more just cause I want something that works and people to take care of me when I call them and have an issue.

    • Ashton3002

      Ugh their 3G cmda is pretty good actually..just as good as verizon as far as speed goes.

      • Zacamandapio

        That’s because they piggyback from Verizon.

        • Ashton3002

          No. Their Own 3G network isn’t that bad. You must have misunderstood what i said.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          They have freed up a lot of 3g capacity by switching tons of wholesale subscribers (boost, virgin, tracfone, etc. etc.) Onto their LTE networks by selling LTE phones for such providers at crazy low prices and running aggressive promotions (free LTE smartphone when you port your number, first month free with purchase of LTE smartphone, etc.) Excellent idea in theory, but the end result is they now have a somewhat usable 3g network at the expense of a quality 4g network. Also, there’s no additional value given to postpaid subscribers to incentivize the higher rate plans, which will have a significant negative impact on the postpaid churn rate and ARPU.

        • Willie D

          No they dont. In MOST areas Sprint owns and operates their own network. They piggyback in roaming areas, which is rare now, since Sprint devices no longer connect to roaming, even if the signal is stronger, if there is still a 1 bar Sprint signal. If the signal completely dies, then MAYBE it will roam, unless you are really in an area that the device and PRL says “Yes, no service at all, anywhere, so roam”

        • notyourbusiness

          If they piggybacked off of Verizon, their service would actually be good. Get your facts straight.

      • Willie D

        Considering Verizon in my city sucks, I can only speak from my experience on Sprint, and speak from others experience on Verizon that EVDO 3G, even upgraded still blows. All Sprint did was get their network back to 2004 EVDO Rev 0 Speeds again. It was faster 5 years ago than it is upgraded today.

        • Ashton3002

          So the speeds were faster than this? I dont recall that being the case. I dint really ever get anything below 1 down anynore. And i travel quite often…but everyone has a different experience check out my Ookla Speedtest result. What’s your speed? http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/929114995

        • Ashton3002

          So your saying nobody offers good service in your area except tmobile. Where do you live?

      • Mike Palomba

        Not even close, I did a speed test on a verizon iPhone on 3G and a Sprint iPhone on LTE and verizon still won. As for the 3g network comparison Spriny 3g barely goes past .1 mbs

        • Ashton3002

          ive seen verizons LTE get less than 1 down in many occasions. get on youtube and you will see what i mean. ive also seen sprint and tmobile demolish verizons LTE and even AT&T’s on some occasions. just get on youtube

        • Mike Palomba

          Key words: SOME OCASIONS. But most of the time Sprint sucks and the other 3 blow it away.

        • Ashton3002

          It may blow past them in terms of speed tests however as far as reliability overall sprint still ranks above tmobile and even on sensorly open signal and other sprint has better coverage. It just slow. And not to forget sprint actually has a stable 3G and well as periods of 4G signal outside of cities and on highways where tmobile has Edge. Even then tmobie still has edge in major cities. Not even 10 minutes from downtown it’s edge where every other carrier even cricket has LTE and I don’t want to hear that all edge is going to be Hspa+ or LTE because it’s not. The tower has to qualify to be upgraded. The customer rep told me herself and on facebook it was the same. I thought I was hearing stuff but I confirmed.

        • Mike Palomba

          Well maybe sprint is reliable and Useable where you live but not for me. I live in Staten Island and coverage was terrible, call quality was unacceptable, 4g data in the few places it was was slower then 3G, and 3G data was so unusable that you couldn’t load a simple website like google. And that’s outdoors too. Plus their customer service couldn’t care less about The customer. I’ve called T-Mobile customer Service several times and they’ve been extremely nice, very helpful, and the best part they’re very knowledgeable and do not give me any misinformation like Sprint did

        • Mike Palomba

          Maybe sprint is useable where you live, but where I Live, Staten Island, it was unusable. Coverage was terrible, the “LTE” (in the few places it was) was slower then the 3G, 3G speeds were unusable and couldn’t even load a simple website like google. Their customer service doesn’t care about the customer at all and they’re extremely misinformed on nearly every topic except getting you to spend more. Also, their so called “3G” is slower then Tmobiles Edge so even if there is Edge outside the city it’s practically like havering sprints 3G except it’s faster. All in all I love tmobile and can’t beleive sprint is even still alive considering how bad their service is considering what I have now and for $30 less less per month too.

        • Ashton3002

          Ugh no Idk what kind of device you have because when I was in Staten Island I was consistently on LTE in December. Even when I was on the ferry going back to NY I had LTE the whole time on an Iphone 5s

        • Mike Palomba

          I have had a samsung galaxy s4, an LG G2 and the last phone I had on sprint, and the one I currently have on tmobile it am iPhone 5s and I have had basically no LTE and when I had it it was slow, extremely slow

        • Ashton3002

          well that your experience. I travel kinda often. Im a marketing manager 3 days/36 hours per week and a real estate agent the rest and i get refered to clients from all over NY,GA,FL,NV,OH,LA,NJ,WA and the list goes on and i have an assistant that works with me and travels and while tmobile is faster id say 75% of spots we visited in towns. EX. coming back From Atlanta about 2 weeks ago coming through Chattanooga and Nashville on the Note 3’s we both have mines said no signal 19% of the time while his said no signal 37% or 36% of the time i cant remember which one. and when we did have service on highway id say a good 35% of the time sprint had LTE while tmobile was on Edge and there were spurts of HSPA+. and while sprint was on 3G it wasnt as slow as you make it out to believe i could load facebook,instagram,and twitter as well as post pictures on some of the scenery as well as listen to pandora and there was times where on edge my assistant could access facebook and Twitter bur instagram and pandora was a no go. so as fat as speed OVERALL yeah tmobile is faster but in terms of reliability OVERALL T-mobile laggs a bit.

        • Mike Palomba

          Well I don’t live in those areas so I would know you you may be right but for my purposes tmobile works better then sprint did.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      [SprintFanboy]But the .25 GHz band is the future and it’s so wide and TD-LTE makes it even faster and wider and it doesn’t really take all that many more towers and it’s super powerful so it penetrates walls better and John Legere sucks! [/SprintFanboy]

  • MagentaSlaysAll

    As if… No way Sprint can pull around. Their network reception, their network, maintance, customer service, 4G LTE speeds are all freaking garbage. I have friends that still have Sprint only because they don’t want anything to change. The only reason they stay is b/c they feel comfortable with what they already know and have.

    • Willie D

      After being told lie after lie, “Be patient, we are upgrading” I said, “How much longer do I have to be patient, I allowed you to embezzle Premium Data Fees from me for 4 years, if you think Im going to allow you to tell me what to do and how to behave when I demand answers to what it gets me paying month after month for nothing, you got another thing coming” – After that, they stopped communicating with me, a month after I ported out, they contact me multiple times asking why I left Sprint, I told them they ignored me, and could never give me a resolution, and if they wanted me back they had to address the issues, only then they contacted me back asking me to come back and sign up for a Framily plan, but skirted the issue and comments I had. When I asked why they were ignoring me, they stopped talking completely. I have never resolved the issue, closed that chapter, or got my credits as I hoped. Because of this, Sprint will never get my business, even if they offered no deposit, $100 family plans, unlimited data, etc… nothing will EVER make me go back to them. Even after their LTE ever gets to be realistic and lets hypothetically say (because it will never happen) that they do have the fastest most widespread network in America, even then, data hog I am, will NEVER go back. They simply arent worth it.

  • VG

    This proves the FCC’s point … 4 carriers is better for the consumer than 3!

  • dm33

    Useless. Their networkis too bad. Phones have to be sprint phones only. No reasonable two person family plan rumored. What about contract? Doesn’t sound like a player.

  • taron19119

    Sprint suck I don’t care how low of a price thet charged I will never go to Sprint

  • taron19119

    Try again

  • Aurizen

    John Legere took to twitter already addressed the rumored cheaper prices.

    “If the @Sprint network doesn’t work, is there any price that is low enough? #nope #sprintlikehell”

  • UMA_Fan

    Why would anyone do 20 GB for $160 when all of them would get unlimited for $200?

    • Adrayven

      tethering .. I HIGHLY doubt the unlimited allows tethering or it’s very limited.. Sprints tethering plans were always expensive and not included in the base plan..

      I will be interested in seeing how they deal with tethering.. Tethering is why I’m with T-Mobile.. If I end up spending an extra $20-40 just to add that, I’m not moving an inch…

  • StankyChikin

    Ahh price Wars commence!!

  • Mike Coleman

    A couple weeks ago, this site reported that tmobile would be allowing up to 10 lines on family plans starting this coming Sunday the 17th. Ever since that announcement it’s been pretty quiet though. Does anyone know if this is for sure happening or was it just rumor / speculation? We currently have 5 lines from my family, but if it is true… my wife will definitely be joining asap :)

    • FindOut4UrSELF

      Why wouldn’t you just call in Sunday? Seems like a really lazy thing to do what more than the rumor do you want? Time travel lol? I’m half kidding but that’s what I would do. It’s definitely a positive move for T-Mobile…

      • Mike Coleman

        -.- yes, that’s what i plan to do. Most topics have been continued to be discussed though. That one just seemed to have dropped dead for a while even though the tentative date is upcoming. The point of a forum like this is to discuss, otherwise there wouldn’t be much reason for comments now, would there be?

    • steveb944

      Whoops. I called this week, no wonder they said no.

    • Magenta Man

      Yes on the August 17th systems release customers with credit classes A,B or C can add up to 10 lines. :)

  • Adrayven

    Once you add ‘TETHERING’ ($20 for 3GB) all your saving on is data because their network is so damn slow you can use any!

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    What the WSJ chart fails to mention is that T-Mobile’s $50 plan is also unlimited data, just at EDGE speeds after you use up the 1 GB of high speed. Given that Sprint is EVDO-only in my area, I’ll take the $50 T-Mobile plan. :)

    • monkeybutts

      And then theres always the $30 plan for 5 GB with unlimited music streaming. Thats enough for a large majority of phone users.

      Google Voice is still working through iOS Hangounts and on GrooVe IP 1.4.8 for android just need to find an apk not sure if anything still works on windows phone. Point is there are more ways to supplement limited minutes if needed.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        Unlimited music is only on the $50 and up plans, great value nonetheless

        • monkeybutts

          Nope it’s on any plan currently available that includes “unlimited” internet. So any of the prepaid plans as well, the only plans available that are excluded are pay by the day, pay per minute, and simple starter.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Hmm… Its listed as a feature of “no credit check simple choice plans” only, which it is not… But there’s always been confusion regarding features on this plan; I remember when hotspot was added to all prepaid plans except this one, but it worked for everyone anyway

        • jj

          It’s available for the $30 100 minute 5 GB pre-paid plan. Good deal.

  • Mike

    Yes indeed let the competition begin. While Sprint is say to have poor coverages (in general) they are very robust in the Philadelphia Metro area. While TMO is said to have more comprehensive service (in general) it’s not so hot in my area often leading to dropped calls, poor call reception and very slow date coverage. It really is a matter of which carrier provides the best coverage for your specific area or alternatively how much poor coverage you can tolerate. Lower price is of very little value (regardless of network provider) if you can’t consistently use the service in you home and work areas. Obviously each carrier has its warts and bumps in coverage that works for some pop and not others. I’m a loyal TMO customer but have been less that happy with some crazy coverage issues over the past several months…

    • Hello

      Who told you tmobile service isn’t good in the philly suburbs? I don’t even go below 5mbps not matter were I go!

  • Sectime

    The poor coverage of Sprint and Tmobile would not be such a large issue if they both offered reasonable roaming options for voice and data. The current roaming options are just silly. Yeah roaming costs money but it has to be cheaper than building infrastructure. Is this how AT&T and Verizon are trying to gut them?

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Remember, the main roaming possibility is AT&T. Once VoLTE gets going Verizon becomes an LTE roaming option. You think either one wants to help T-Mobile with their coverage?

      • Roger Sales

        with voLTE on the horizon, Verizon and AT&T are now going to have to compete with one another for roaming contracts, and probably agree to more fair rates to try and undercut each other – its part of the reason why the US has the most expensive rates in the world – one half of the cell towers are incompatible with the other.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          Even then it’s tricky, the only truly shared bands are AWS and PCS. Bands 12 and 13 are close to each other, and will probably end up being combined into a single superset band eventually, but for now they’re two distinct bands. And actually, AT&T is still using Band 17, not 12. :)

        • Roger Sales

          Verizon would only have to add band 12 support to their phones, and T-Mobile would only have to add band 13 for them to be able to strike a potential deal…..and since Verizon is doing LTE only phones anyway in 2016, it would be very cheap for them to add on. (Bands 2,4,5,12,13, and 17 pretty much cover every carrier in the nation – and the iPhone already covers all those minus 12.)

          I don’t see this being much of an issue when the advantage is more revenue partners for roaming, and better coverage for consumers to convince them to stay who they’re with.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          AWS operates on 1700 for uplink and 2100 for downlink, PCS is 1900 on both ends. There is nothing shared between the 2 bands in terms of spectrum

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          We know that. But those are the bands that AT&T, T-mobile, and Verizon share. You may now facepalm yourself. Doh!

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Verizon and AT&T don’t view the revenue from competitor roaming agreements as a valuable or significant source of income. Most of these arrangements exist only because of legal requirements (ex, tmo/att roaming agreement in place as a mandate of the failed acquisition, mandated wholesale of unused network capacity to MVNOs at a regulated price, etc.) Point is, there are a lot of checkpoints in between the big 2 carriers begrudgingly offering roaming service and them fighting over potential customers of such service

    • fentonr

      A few years ago when T-Mobile started limiting the amount of roaming data that you could use in a month they said that the change would save them $400 million a year. It was part of their plan to reduce costs by $2B a year around the same time they were switching towers over to Ethernet from T1 lines. Now, its worth pointing out that was in the REALLY dark days of their network and I’m sure it would cost less now. Roaming is cheaper and they have a better network.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        Before they enacted roaming caps customers could (and often did) get plans with T-Mobile even if they mostly were within roaming areas, because they were essentially getting AT&T service at T-Mobile prices. Since there was no cap on roaming services, why not? You could pay AT&T x amount per month, or pay T T-Mobile x minus y amount per month, and roam on AT&T for a lower price. Carriers buy bandwidth from their roaming partners just like customers do, the difference is they resell it for profit so margins must be present for that to make sense for them.

        • fentonr

          Exactly. That was expensive. It was a while ago so I don’t remember the exact number but I believe that at the time T-Mobile said it was less than 50,000 customers affected. Seems like a good trade off to save that money so that it can be reinvested in the network.

      • Sectime

        Yup that’s when I left Tmobile when entire states went dark, Sprint went the same way.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      “Yeah roaming costs money but it has to be cheaper than building infrastructure” cheaper in what sense? Quickly blanketing an area with coverage via roaming agreements would be a cheaper project in terms of upfront cost than building a network in that area, but in the long run building a network would save them money.

      • Sectime

        I doubt that’s true in rual areas, tmobile has made it clear their focus is in metro areas, so rual buildout is unlikely near term, plus they know what the roaming practices are of their customers.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          You doubt what’s true in rural areas? I understand tmobiles focus is on densely populated metro areas and there is little to no expansion occurring in rural areas; I never claimed anything different. what I’m trying to explain is that if at some point T-Mobile decided to actively serve and made an attempt to convert the potential customers in this kind of area, they would be better off financially if they invested in building a network of their own in said area than they would be buying and reselling roaming space from a carrier with an established network

  • Anon

    Unlimited data at 1/100 the speed of tmobile. Still not worth it.

  • Guest

    How is this cheaper? lol Where is the unlimited plan undercutting?

    If sprint was any good in my area and places I frequent Id still be with them

  • UglyPete

    WSJ, I’m looking at you….Why not research the carrier plans before writing articles? I’m sure AT&T has a better plan than that for individuals….. The verizon plan you are quoting is the More Everything plan…. An individual on Verizon these days gets 2gb data unlimited talk and text for $60 with a 2 year contract or $50 with EDGE.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Might want to read. The comparison was by the Wall Street Journal. Go complain to them. Assuming you can get through their paywall.

    • Roger Sales

      I think they were trying to make a comparison based on a pricepoint even or less expensive than Sprint’s offer(which is what carriers themselves do) so Verizon’s plan is not eligible to be compared with because it costs more money.

  • sushimane

    I don’t care T-Mobile is the deal. T-Mobile has the speed,and more bang for the dollar. Sprint can cut the price but they still have a bad network at the end of the day.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Dang if sprint were better than tmobile in my area and areas I frequent I would still be with them

  • Fritz

    People are missing the point, TMO must assume Customers are idiots and wont know how slow sprints speed currently is. Most people will see the $50 pricetag and sign up, esp parent looking for a phone for MS,HS or even some college students tight on money. If this pricing is real i think tmo should up the data on plans once more. Something like this i think would work. (walmart special) $35 = 100 Min talk/5GB data. $40 Unl talk/ 4GB data, $50 Unl talk/ 5GB data $60 Unl talk/ 6GB, $70 Unl/ 8GB, $80 Unlimited everything. The term unlimited is hard to beat, but i think when most people think of unlimited they think of a solid number like “ohh i can use 10GB of data if i need to one month” so if TMO wants to combat that mentality without going cheap, theyll have to offer half of that at a “convincing mental number”, and i think that number is 5GB. After all most people don’t go past that, so to them its still a good deal even without “unlimited” marketing tacked on.

    • magicMike

      Cool story bro… See my reply above.

    • TechHog

      You do realize that you just suggested killing Simple Choice, right?

  • magicMike

    Haha, T-Mobile consumers are a little bit smarter than you think. Nice fantasy plans… Keep dreaming. Let us know when you leave T-Mobile for their “better” plans. Sprint consumers are the dumb ones, this if anything will steal customers potentially from Verizon or AT&T now that the gap is huge. About only thing T-Mobile might want to introduce are talk only or talk and text plans only plans to pick off the low hanging fruit. Let the data hogs leave to Sprint, the top 3% abuser should leave…

    • monkeybutts

      They have talk and text only on prepaid. $35 a month. Postpaid $40 with simple starter, cheapest with family plans you can disable the option on the lines that don’t want it. Doesn’t really make sense though cause its $10 for lines 3-5. No monthly charges for having a smart phone instead of a dumb phone like on ATT and Verizon.

    • jeremyvbk

      Sprint has data optimization that’ll kill any constant abuser.

  • Alex Zapata

    How curious, let the battle begin!

  • J.R. Vasquez

    I am getting data speeds in Long Beach, CA that are just about on par with Verizon! Only the widespread coverage is lacking. Since I don’t do much travelling outside of the Long Beach/Los Angeles area, TMo Rocks!

    Have fun on Sprints “Hi speed” network…

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      “I am getting data speeds in Long Beach, CA that are just about on par with Verizon!”

      Verizon isn’t the gold standard when it comes to data speed, T-Mobile is :)

      • archerian

        “Verizon isn’t the gold standard when it comes to data speed, T-Mobile is :)” that is a bit of a stretch isn’t it, Gold standard?

      • J.R. Vasquez

        Stefan, I am going to have to respectfully beg to differ. As far as LTE speeds go, Verizon is the Standard in the greater Los Angeles area. I work all over the area, from Belmont Shores to Westlake Village. I am constanly badgering (in a nice way) clients, associates and friends to do speed tests. Usually with Ookla, sometimes with Sensorly.

        T-Mobile has made GREAT progress this year! In coverage and speeds. BUT, Verizon still outright beats TMo in coverage and edges out TMo in speed.

        Believe me Stefan, I loves me my T-Mobile… ;)

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          That’s very strange. In my area T-Mobile significantly outperforms Verizon in speeds. In real world results, I typically get between 20-30mbps while friends with Verizon get 10-15. And considering T-Mobile has been named the fastest carrier in the nation by several independent sources (ookla, sensorly, etc.) I think its safe to say your experience is an exception, not the rule

  • I still wouldn’t go with sprint if they had lower pricing than TMo. I enjoy using multiple devices, and popping my SIM in when I want to. With them, you have to go online and update it in the system, or call them. Also, their network is not nearly as good as TMo, Verizon, or AT&T. But I do applaud them for trying if they do, because some people will go with them just for pricing and a not so great network.

  • notyourbusiness

    Oh, whooptee doo… Sprint would be better off improving its network and then offering dirt cheap plans. I don’t see many, if any, T-Mobile customers switching over to Sprint just to save a few bucks.

    • monkeybutts

      A lot of T-mobile users left Sprint with a bad taste in their mouth, I don’t see them switching anytime soon, especially if they still need to pay for their device.

      • IamTwone

        Exactly I was with sprint for 10 yrs and now been with tmobile over a yr right in central NJ and sprint LTE is still slow compared to T-mobile They have to be down to $30 a month before I even consider switching back. This is the same plan they use to have with sero $50 unlimited everything. But after awhile they forced customers off it you couldn’t upgrade to certain phones unless you changed your plan. The only thing thats bothering my right now is t-mobile and there phone replacement I am on my third note 3. About to be the forth everyone they send has issues.

        • redman12

          Go to their twitter account. T-Mobilehelp, tell them your situation or email John Legere. One of his representative will contact within 24 hours. I’ve done it before, it’s great. Make sure you leave your phone number at the end of your email.

        • What issues are you having with your note 3? I’ve haven’t bad any issues with mine.

        • IamTwone

          The 1st one after the last update it would take me 4 or 5 times to make a call or disconnect from the net. I either had to restart my phone or put it in airplane mode. The 2nd one i got last week I cant use usb 3.0 it connects n disconnects have to use usb 2.0 took it to the store yesterday and the rep showed me a printout that samsung knows about the charger jack issue and that i could send it to them or since i got jump they just overnight me another. The 1 i got today the phone back is messedup since they only send u the phone alone. I went to put my back cover on it that works with all the other note 3 1 side won’t snap all the way it there a gap. They keep sending me back refurbs honestly i wish they could of fixed the issue with my 1st one because everything was phone until i did that last update because even at the store the rep tried to make a call on my phone it would just say dialing then call ended.

    • jacky

      Would you pay full price for half ass service?
      thats what sprint network is.

      • jdubtrey

        Exactly.

        Sprint changed their ad campaigns from “Unlimited” to “Framily.” They can’t sell “speed”…or “coverage”…or “unlimited”. Everyone else bests them on those (even TMo doesn’t throttle video like Sprint does). They HAVE to compete on price, hope to gain SOME subs and then hope they can EVENTUALLY fix their network.

      • notyourbusiness

        Of course not! I’m a happy T-Mobile customer. If I were to ever switch, it certainly wouldn’t be to Sprint. I think you misunderstood my previous comment. Sprint is going to fail if it thinks offering lower prices is going to lure people from T-Mo to its crappy network.

  • Gerald Reed

    After 16 yeas with tmobile i would prob try it out edge dont work idc about price but att and verizon are greedy tmobile been edge while sprint does have decent lte in my area.sprint lte here is faster then tmobile edge

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Sprint doesn’t have EDGE… Its a gsm technology. “sprint does have decent lte in my area.” How do you know that? You don’t have sprint now, so I’m assuming its either online coverage maps, or word of mouth. Sprint’s coverage map for my area shows blanket LTE coverage, but in the real world you have to tape a metal hanger to your phone, strap on a tin foil hat, and climb a telephone pole to actually get it. Word of mouth can be off too. I once asked a friend with sprint how their LTE was and he was like “omg awesome so fast blah blah blah, want to see it?” I said sure why not, and he goes, “OK let’s go outside, I *SHOULD* be able to pick it up out there.”

      • Gerald Reed

        Edge was a typo that i fixed and i seen there lte work at home daughter and son in law both have it and its better then edge and the 2 bars of coverage tmobile has.I used have great coverage but went down hill even had enginner from tmobile talk to me about area said for one they took spectrum from my area and towers are overloaded.Any speed is better then my .01 download at best and .00 up ping 1500 thats not even useable.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          I would hope their LTE is better than edge lol. Your story doesn’t make sense, if an engineer said they repurposed some of the spectrum in your area, but you only get edge, what could they have repurposed it for? Sprint’s LTE ? Lol

        • Gerald Reed

          Well he did not say were they moved spec to my guess is a majior city they have not refarmed my area.Not sire why they did it because edge used to work some now its useless not even connection anymore.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Spectrum can’t be “moved”. Its licensed to a certain area. If your going to make things up you should make it at least plausible.

        • Gerald Reed

          Thats what enginner told me when my coverage went from good to sht but not asking for or care what u belive.And My guess is the moved it 15 miles to town near that got lte when my service went down hill

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Again, spectrum can’t be moved. Maybe you’re trying to say they moved tower equipment from one area to another? That would explain what you’re trying to say. But I can’t think of a good reason they would do that

  • Woochifer

    Aside from Sprint’s lousy coverage in the Bay Area (so bad that they ranked behind MetroPCS before the merger with T-Mobile), I’m not going to buy a new phone just to move over to Sprint. And if I purchase a new phone from Sprint, they won’t unlock it for reuse on another domestic network. Even if the plan is contract-free, a Sprint phone becomes a paperweight if you ever choose to leave.

    Sprint’s draconian device lockdown policies were the main reason I eliminated them first when weighing smartphone carriers last year. With T-Mobile, I have no contract and I have an unlocked phone that I can take to another GSM carrier at any time.

    • izick

      Get your own Nexus 5 and take it with you wherever you go… Except VZW

    • Jeff

      IMHO this is an even larger competitive disadvantage than poor coverage. If someone with a shiny new iPhone from either AT&T or Verizon wants to try out T-Mobile, he can bring his phone with him. No hassle! But by refusing to accept the other carrier’s iPhone, Sprint makes switching to their service a royal pain. Sprint needs to change that.

  • jj

    $50 bucks unlimited. I certainly would be switching over to Sprint. I have Republic Wireless 3G speed plan which operates off of Sprints network. The 3G rarely crests 1 Mbps but I haven’t run into any limitations Hulu, Netflix, Google Play Music Streaming, Youtube, downloading podcast (audio), and surfing with Chrome all work just fine. I’m not downloading movies or streaming HD video or uploading photos so I don’t see any difference for my needs compared to when I had a Nexus 4 that averaged 6 Mbps on T-mobile. Where Sprint has T-mobile beat for my needs is that it has better indoor building penetration and better access in rural areas.

    • pbxtech

      WOW! “3G rarely crest 1Mbps but i haven’t run into any limitations Hulu, Netflix,…”

      I guest you don’t mind seeing the constant buffering.

      • jj

        That’s the thing. It doesn’t buffer, at least not after it begins. It might take as much as 15 to 20 seconds to start, but once it starts it never buffers. I do put it on the lowest quality for video.

        The other thing is, I do wonder how reliable Ookla Speed Test app is on Sprint’s 3G, because Ookla might report me at .6 Mbps yet I can still stream Hulu and Youtube. I do wonder that I might be over 1 Mbps since I don’t have any problems.

        • redman12

          Knock yourself out :D

        • jj

          I always bet on the turtle :)

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          15 – 20 seconds to buffer a low quality video is abysmal, even for 3g. Speedtest is very accurate as long as it pings for best server right before the test, and I know sprint, so the results of .6 you’re getting sound accurate. Video streaming is highly variable based on quality and codec, and getting that kind of performance on a sub 1mbps connection is nothing out of the ordinary

        • jj

          Lol, and I thought it was pretty good. Thanks for the educating me. :)
          I should edit my post above because I had forgotten that I didn’t have that initial delay or worry about video quality when I had Nexus 4 on Tmo HSPA+.

        • Austin

          Dude. I get .6 on tmobile edge.

        • archerian

          how is that possible? EDGE speeds are theoretically max at around 0.384 Mbps

        • jj

          I don’t think Austin can and .6 is the lower end of the spectrum what my 3G tests at. What all these people making fun of me aren’t factoring in is that currently I’m on a 3G plan (not 4G or 4G LTE) and I would have 4G LTE with Sprint. That aside, my 3G speeds are more functional than throttled speeds on other carriers when they use up their high speed data cap, Tmo included. So for instance, if Sprint offers unlimited 4G LTE at $50 — true unlimited along the lines of Tmo’s $80 plan — it would be a far better deal than anything else. In a non-Spark city, Sprint 4G LTE might be more akin to Tmo HSPA+ speeds, but it will be far superior to throttled speeds on anybody else.

        • Austin

          I don’t know! I’ve run speed tests on several tmobile devices. All about .6 in my house. My upload is around .25 or .30 sometimes.

        • Austin

          My bad. I download at .06 but I do upload at .25-.30 and I’ve hit 1 Megabit upload on edge. (I have a screenshot)

  • vinnyjr

    GREAT, Now tell the customers where they have to go to get any workable data speeds. Try streaming a Netflix Movie, Not going to happen, bufferrrrrrrrrrr. Try watching a YouTube Video, Not going to happen, bufferrrrrrrrrrr. Sprint can lower their prices but the same dead network is still there. Don’t know why anyone would want to be on Sprint, their phones are worth crap, you can not resell them, their data speeds are dead and customer service constantly lies to you. Nope, I am a very happy T-Mobiloe customer, Thank You T-Mobile.

    • ” J.D. “

      ” THIS IS TRUE ” ,,/(òÓ,),,/

  • redman12

    Cheap price with unreliable network, who wants that crap.

    • archerian

      This was the slogan for T-Mobile a while ago too…

      • no2apple

        Yo Sprint troll. Go away…

        • archerian

          Can’t take facts? Yeah, call it trolling

  • Scot

    Tmobile is 4 for 100 tard!!!! 2.5 plus unl music

  • When I “test drove” Sprint’s network via Republic Wireless and their 4G was comparable to their on 3G speeds and network in other cities (in another state), I was done. The peak speed I got on their 3G was about 2Mbps, and average of around 1.1Mbps, that was in Indiana, PA. When I got back home to Detroit, MI. I got under 1Mbps average (about 400kbps to be exact) and 1Mbps peak (every blue moon). NEVER AGAIN! T-Mobile really has no competition as far as value, variety, and network. The only other thing that’s a competition is AT&T’s Cricket, which I’ve been using temporarily till I get a Moto X2 (X + 1).

    • izick

      Yeah… But my HSPA+ In PA got 25 Mbps but in CT it’s 1-2 Mbps… It all depends.

      • patt

        I was with friends in PA last week T-MO had 0 service AT&T some 4G and my VZW had 3-4 bars of LTE and speed tests showed a round 30-40 mbps.

        Bushkill

      • Yeah, I get that. But I’m really referring more to Sprint. Even 1-2Mbps on T-Mobile is wayy better than my experience of Sprint’s which is 1mbps on their LTE. My couin has them too and in surrounding cities in Michigan (Southfieild, Troy) he gets those same speeds.

    • archerian

      Testing a native operator’s speeds via an MVNO isn’t a true test of the native network – dirt cheap MVNO’s are sometimes prioritized lower against native network traffic. If you wanted a better but incomplete comparison, you should run Republic Wireless against GoSmart.

  • ” J.D. “

    My Question is this , with all the complaints , The worst network ever & losing customers rapidly, plus the fact of being the lowest of the 4 carriers on the NYSE @ 5.69 and sinking ( everyone else 30.00 to 40.00 per share ) why pro long the Agony just find a buyer. I myself have nothing but dislike for sprint as well as all my friends and neighbors. They killed everything they touched especially Nextel. Now your going to slash prices on plans so your profit is 0 ? – Time to take the orient express out of town fast ! –

    • archerian

      T-Mobile was in a similar position in 2011, things can change for Sprint, they have more potential to make a comeback than T-Mobile.

      • no2apple

        Keep dreaming. Or resign from sprint and join t-mobile..

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          To be fair, sprint really does have potential for a comeback. Remember, Softbank has virtually unlimited access to capital, and bought sprint purely to get an easy entry into a dominant market position (#3 carrier of a globally dominant market) and spectrum holdings. Sprint’s incompetency and failures up until this point are completely irrelevant

        • archerian

          Yes, there will be a total change in how things work in Sprint, and possibly changes in sub-contractors and vendors too. I would not under estimate Son, he has been the underdog and written off several times, but some of his riskiest bets have made him several dozens of billions of dollars.

        • archerian

          I’m pretty sure I’ve been a customer of T-mobile far longer than you have. Just because I state something that doesn’t picture T-mobile in the greatest light doesn’t mean I work for Sprint. And yes, people said ‘Keep dreaming’ when some people mentioned T-mobile could make a comeback after Phil the Hunn.

  • archerian

    Free music streaming on T-Mobile isn’t really an advantage against Sprint’s unlimited data, the latter provides for unlimited streaming as well. If this pricing is correct and Sprint upgrades their data capacity, T-Mobile will have to counter.

    • no2apple

      The disadvantage Sprint has is

      Screwed up brand name
      crap network
      shitty CDMA phones
      ugly logo
      and
      supporters like you..

      • archerian

        The Sprint brand name is till more valuable that T-mobile’s, the network can be upgraded with enough capital and spectrum (both of which Sprint/Softbank now has) and the will to change. Son is definitely in charge, and if anything (unless you are a T-mobile stockholder) you should welcome more competition. If you are, I’d say now would be the time to buy Sprint stock as it will only go up.

        • Derrick Ford

          Take it from a CEO… Sprint will crumble without any acquisitions!

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      “And sprint upgrades their data capacity”

      Do you realize how big of a project this is? You just suggest it as if your asking sprint to take the garbage out. “Hey when you get a sec, can you upgrade your network capacity?” Lol

      • archerian

        Upgrading data capacity depends needs spectrum, capital, good devices and a solid plan, all of which Sprint can get together in a year or two.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Right, so your pointing out how current T-Mobile strategies may be ineffective against sprint in a year or two? Good thing T-Mobile will be doing something completely different by then too otherwise that would be a problem!! I was giving you the benefit of the doubt, but at this point it is pretty obvious you’re a sprint loving troll.

  • TechHog

    This is really going to hurt T-Mobile. They probably won’t overtake Sprint now.

    • mingkee

      However, T-Mobile data pricing (Nationwide Unlimited) has sharing (aka tethering) included while Sprint doesn’t.
      T-Mobile has unique advantage like other GSM/UMTS carriers: you can BYOP as long as band supports. You can try to activate Sprint with Sony Xperia Z1 and see what happens.

    • sushimane

      Its really uncertain even if they do it they still have a crappy network and no one would jump ship. Coming from a data strong network to a crappy network. Its gonna take a while for sprint to put all their high band into play. T-Mobile had their act together buying 700mhz to counter balance their current 1700/2100 building penetration. Plus side T-Mobile offer a lot better stuff then sprint unlimited roaming around the world unlimited music sprint doesn’t have that. I still say T-Mobile would take the number 3 spot end of the year.

      • 1RealityCheck

        I dont get people angry that another carrier is lowering prices. Maybe you’re all Tmobile stockholders. Let there be choice. Network quality differs on your location too. Most people don’t travel internationally so features like that don’t matter. Not everyone pays for streaming music. Everyone says they want more competition so let them stir up the market just like Tmobile. It can only help everyone. Couldn’t care less who’s #3 or #4…Im sure Tmobile will have a huge marketing campaign if they get to 3 but otherwise it ain’t gonna affect your service

        • sushimane

          I’m not a stockholder I’m just guessing. There’s always going to be a network comparisons from difference location no matter what. Some places T-Mobile out preformed Verizon and att not mention sprint. The ability to have the unlimited roaming around the world is a nice feature to have. It kinda promote traveling and saying we got you covered no matter where you are 120+ countries well to me it did when they launch that I wanted to go to canada. My friend he went to Amsterdam and he got 3g that’s nice. Yes there will be some people that say I don’t need that feature because im not traveling outside of the US but there are people that travel for business or pleasure. Streaming music I don’t pay I use Spotify the free one but there’s plenty of people that listen to music. So the music freedom is nice that streaming music and it doesn’t count against ur data that if u got the cap ones for free. Yeah competition is good for everyone I just see T-Mobile as the maverick the innovator and it wouldn’t hurt to see T-Mobile be in the number 3 spot for a change. Service wise when T-Mobile flip the switch for the 700mhz yeah my phone wouldn’t be able to use since it doesn’t support it nexus 5 so it wouldn’t change my service quality. Sorry for my rant

    • Jeff

      I disagree; you’re assuming that all of T-Mobile’s growth has to come from disgruntled Sprint customers. But T-Mobile and Sprint have the same basic problem, which is getting AT&T and Verizon customers to consider other options. Any time either Sprint or T-Mobile makes a disruptive move that causes captive AT&T and Verizon customers to reconsider their existing plan, that benefits *both* Sprint and T-Mobile, because they’re both suddenly viable options. A newly vibrant Sprint could actually benefit T-Mobile too.

      • Ben

        I’m afraid your comment may be a little misguided, Jeff. “Any time either Sprint or T-Mobile makes a disruptive move that causes captive AT&T and Verizon customers to reconsider their existing plan…” Please refer to graphs 2 and 3 in this article for assistance with your analysis.

        http://www.tmonews.com/2014/08/q2-2014/

        We’re still a threat but a distant threat to the big two. How did you arrive at the conclusion that a vibrant Sprint could benefit T-Mobile?

      • TechHog

        T-Mobile’s success has a lot to do with unlimited data at a resonable price. Losing that advantage means slower growth for T-Mobile and increased growth for Sprint. The gap will, as a result, either stay the same or widen.

        • 1RealityCheck

          What percentage of new Tmobile customers sign up for the most expensive unlimited plans vs the others. I think most consumers, in all reports Ive read, use about 1gb

        • protect ur neck

          People that choose the 1gb would most likely be people that are light users or elderly. You know adult now would get the unlimited data or 5gb in a heart beat once u get a taste of unlimited data there’s no turning back.

    • Derrick Ford

      Nope… Sprint is “Shared Data” You’d have to be a Simpleton or something to choose that. There are uninformed usrs of AT&T and Verizon as well – they have Shared Data Plans too.

  • mingkee

    Sprint is getting pretty desperate now. Unfortunately, the bad reputation still hurts, and the massive job kill hurts more.
    Moreover, even the two sub-brands (Boost and Virgin) still don’t gain much, and T-Mobile sub-brands (MetroPCS and GoSmart) are still “stealing” customers from Sprint.

    • 1RealityCheck

      No dog in fight but why is Sprint desperate for competing on price & Tmobile cheered for it? Competition and choice is good for everyone. No one forces you to switch carriers if you don’t want to.

  • Mike

    I have both Sprint and T-MO . I stay in a major city and T-MO LTE speeds trump Sprint’s.. The reason I have Sprint is when I’m traveling in different state’s Sprint keeps a steady 3G or LTE signal when T-MO is on Edge or Roaming. IMO T-MO is the best to go with if your in a major city or metro major city.

  • Charlie

    Don’t forget wifi calling for those of us who live in marginal coverage, wifi calling works internationally as well. A lot of data use is not dependent on high speeds, think navigation, email and social updates etc. In the end coverage is king, if my phone does not work at home or at work it is a no sale.

  • Jose

    I still see this doing nothing for them. T-Mobile has done so well at setting the bar in value, the price has little to do in this match of tug-a-war anymore.
    Meanwhile T-Mobile has actively has and remains working in their network, Sprint has yet to show much improvement.

    I don’t see anybody jumping ship just for cause of price. Besides, what marginal profits would/could they make if they go lower.. they’re chances of improving will be less likely with lower chances of revenue.

    They basically are accepting the fact they will be cast as the #4 carrier soon, are facing they must compete with like-rate plans of cricKet.

    If any “competitive edge” plans are to come of this it’ll likely only be promotional and for a very limited time as all the plans have been.
    Face it, John Legere worked a business plan well and is still going at it — and is ready to serve checkmate if and when need be.
    Masayoshi should have just bought DT’s stake in T-Mobile.
    He realizes he’s bought a dud

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      This is a desperation move. Sprint is going ham trying to prevent becoming the 4th carrier, and is scrambling for quick strategies to reverse or at least stall their customer churn while they formulate a long term strategy. Although the official switch of the 3rd and 4th place carriers is a fiscally meaningless stat on its own, in the internet age of today that would become a worldwide headline within an hour of the first report, and would create a domino effect down the roadway of Sprint’s demise

      • 1RealityCheck

        That’s the same thing people said about Tmobile

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          What’s the same thing people said about T-Mobile, and in regards to what action?

    • Jeff

      Very few normal normal consumers have any awareness of T-Mobile’s network improvements. The general public perception is that T-Mobile’s network stinks, but in spite of that people are switching because of the lower price point and lack of contracts, overages, etc. I wouldn’t write off Sprint just yet. Disruptive pricing could be a path to success, even with their lousy network.

      • Mike Palomba

        Yes but a lot of people left Sprint with a bad taste and would never go back, me being one of them. I know a lot of people with T-Mobile now and very few with Sprint. Maybe the lower prices would draw some people back but once they realize the quality of service they will come back.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        These prices are too disruptive, so much that will never be able to turn a profit unless they stop all network upgrades. The amount of data being used on a true unlimited plan that only costs $50 would be detrimental to performance, and the low margins will leave them with no capital to bolster their capacity. Sprint looks to be resigning themselves to a cheap carrier with crappy service

  • S. Ali

    I don’t get this chart, its comparing the two best plans (unlimited) on Sprint and Tmobile the two worst plans on VZW and ATT. There are cheaper $40 plans on both carriers. It also doesn’t include the value of TMO perks (music freedom, free international data, no contract, no overages)

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      It looks like they are comparing their $50 plan to tmobiles $80 because the offer on paper looks similar and at a way lower price, and they are comparing to the $45 Verizon and at&t plans to show how much more you get in the same price range

      • Mike Palomba

        Yea but if they wanted the offer to look similar then they could’ve used T-Mobile’s $40 plan with unl. talk and text and 500mb data.

    • Mike Palomba

      I don’t think its right either, maybe the maker of it was a little biased

  • 1RealityCheck

    Confirms government position to keep 4 carriers to stimulate competition for consumers’ benefit

    • maximus1901

      Unless sprint and TMO drive themselves into the ground with NO effect on duo

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        If they both start failing miserably I’m sure the doj will reconsider their stance on a merger. The problem now is that even though Sprint’s dieing in slow motion with no end in sight, T-Mobile is providing enough competition to the big 2 for both of them, and then some. They wouldn’t allow T-Mobile to merge with a shoebox right now.

        • More likely that T-Mobile gobbles up Sprint, but only if Sprint is totally floundering and in dire straights. FCC and DoJ aren’t going to allow a merger before that point though.

        • calvin200

          DT wants out. With what money are they going to buy them with? With good will? Not enough of a history to get that much money considering recent improvements.

  • 1RealityCheck

    If they do $50 and KEPT their subsidies, people would perk up

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      But that would require a commitment on their end. Sprint loves running promotions and doing test offers so they can pull back at anytime.

    • jdubtrey

      No effing way will that last part happen.

  • alex

    T-mobile 4 line 10gb $100 looks lot better then sprint 4 lines 20gb $160

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Yeah… I had sprint for exactly 1 week and I couldn’t use data most of the time I tried to

    • Mike Palomba

      Especially when you actually have data service to use

    • calvin200

      Good luck sharing those minutes and just wait until the introductory data period expires on that plan. I hope nobody uses a lot of data.

      • PHL

        The TMO plan is perfect for my family. We never had a problem with the 1GB limit, particularly because music streaming was free. Heck, I’ve got one user that doesn’t even have a smartphone, so her usage is basically zero every month. At 2.5 GB per line, it’s a no-brainer for me. I suspect that many other families would be similarly happy.

        • calvin200

          You are not an average TMobile user. Heck you use less data than people on Verizon. Good for you if it works.

      • Derrick Ford

        You don’t share anything with Tmobile… That would be Sprint where you share data! Sharing Data is never a smart thing.

        • calvin200

          If I were in a family plan and barely touched my data and my kids burned through it, it just wouldn’t seem right to me.

        • Derrick Ford

          Exactly you just described what Sprint, AT&T and Verizon does. Not Tmobile. Everyone has their Own Data to burn or not. And, Even if you have an 4g LTE data tier (3, 5, 7 or Unlimited gig of highspeed data) – if you go over you never are charged an overage like Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. You will only be throttled down to 2g speed thus, is why Tmobile is still the only carrier to offer “Unlimited Data”.

          Other than possible coverage issues (where you live and work)… It simply doesn’t make since to choose any carrier by Tmobile right now.

        • calvin200

          What are you talking about? I have unlimited data and there is no sharing. They exist you know?

        • Derrick Ford

          Yeah… but it’s not 4g lte that you get. It is pretty much as slow as 2g with Sprint. Sprint’s Infrastructure is the worst, thus they do not have the capacity to give the majority of it’s users the LTE that everyone on Tmobile, Verizon and even AT&T enjoys. For example right now in my home using Tmobile 4g LTE I get 40 mbps download speeds. What are you getting with Sprint?

          Softbank has bought a sinking ship!!!

        • calvin200

          Oh I don’t get 4G LTE??!! At my house I get 31 down and 9 up. Are those 2G speeds? If those are 2G speeds I’ll be glad when I have 4G. What are your 2G speeds? I guess I should use the word “Edge” if I want to talk about 2G speeds when talking to a TMobile person. Sprint’s network was a mess, but it’s not done being updated and 31 down is good enough for me and it only gets better. Don’t tell me what I get.

        • Derrick Ford

          Care to post some Ookla proof from Speedtest.net? I doubt heavily simply because it is not possible with the non-mimo tech that Sprint uses.

        • calvin200

          http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/919834332
          How do I have this if it’s not possible?

        • Derrick Ford

          Oh yea… Please Excuse Me Tmobile Uses. I am fishing out Sprint Trolls. He forgot this was a Tmobile Forum.

        • calvin200

          Is that what you say when you are wrong. Ya ya ya- I’m a troll. Whatever! Sharing data can be a difference of opinion, I get that and I hope you do too. Saying that I have 2G speeds is wrong. Or you can live in your ignorant world and assume I don’t have 4G, unlimited data, and am pulling down decent speeds. Your last comment was a textbook response for being called out as being wrong. Bye Felicia.

        • Derrick Ford

          I know what Sprint is capable of simple because I have subcontracts that build out there infrastructure. You may get 9 – 14 mbps at best.. Trust me. Or our you going to send the Ookla post to prove me wrong? Be Gone Troll!!

          Once again Tmobile Users…. I use good leads on my fishing poles!!!

        • calvin200

          Where should I send it?

        • Derrick Ford

          No need… we all know what you have.

        • calvin200

          Come on I’ll be happy to. In the mean time watch this. Would you like more? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3GipKxby08

        • calvin200

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGUrTvzpkDY Need more? PS I don’t even have band 41 (2.5) to get 31 down.

        • calvin200

          I put up links that you can see speeds faster than 14 but they are gone. Do a search yourself, if you can handle it.

        • Derrick Ford

          Where’s the link showing your claimed 31 mbps. Because again Sprint does not use Mimo, thus impossible

        • Bryann Pena

          I get 40-50 in my house, -Tmobile tho <3

        • Derrick Ford

          I am talking CDMA LTE Data Speeds…Not, WiFi to hour home network

        • Bryann Pena
        • Bryann Pena

          Well it’s not wifi tho

          http://i.imgur.com/pubOUTq.png

        • Bryann Pena

          It’s not even wifi though, i did a speed test and i got easily 47.

        • Derrick Ford

          Ok..can you share the Olla Speedtest.net results?

          Wait a minute. ..do you have Sprint or Tmobile. I already know you can reach that on Tmobile. Tmobile uses the latest LTE tech and Mimo tech. Unlike Sprints crappie network

        • calvin200

          http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/I Did you see my test scores? I am not a tech junkie but I know how to read a test result. Why am I not suppose to get that speed and why am I getting it?

        • calvin200

          There are faster tests all you have to do is Google them. I put up three links of other test that were not from me until I remembered I could share my actual results from my phone, but they disappeared. Hmmmmmmm? So why don’t you think this is possible? http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/919834332

        • Bryann Pena

          I have t-mobile x.x my friend has SPRINT, i will go meet her later and i will do a speed test in manhattan.

          This is my speed in my house

          http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/931069715

    • DirkDigg1er

      T-Mobile’s plan is 2.5gb per line, not shared data.

    • dealbreaker

      better then sprint’s slow 4 glte data, drop calls like widereceiver dropping balls with wet hands, sending text through sprint takes 3 to 6 hours, receiving text message on spritnt network takes 8 hours maybe longer sometimes all that headache for low low price of $50.LOL sprint is a joke

  • shadlom

    Then tmo will also lower their rates, and we customers win! Lol

    • archerian

      And the company will sink.. T-Mobile shareholders will absolutely love uncarrier then. Pricing alone is not enough to survive for long. Legere mentioned they were looking at around 5-7% profit margin, I don’t think thats what his shareholders want…

      • no2apple

        Go away you Troll…

      • Singleweird

        i think his shareholders want millions in subscriber growth every quarter (check.)

        • no2apple

          You think this dodo head sprint troll will get it..

        • archerian

          No point increasing subscriber growth if it doesn’t lead to long term profits. How long do you think T-Mobile can produce million net add quarters? The market is getting saturated if not already and new adds are poaching, only so much before the others react.

        • Baxter DeBerry

          Att and Verizon won’t act.. what we see now is about it from them.. they don’t care.. unless they start magically loosing alot of customers then they will..

        • archerian

          True, their core high value contract customers, business and govt users will never migrate and are safe. The pricing wars are fought by theit mvnos like Cricket for lower arpu consumers.

        • no2apple

          Sprint will die as soon as they publish new lower rates. They don’t know how to execute. So sad for you

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          The other carriers have reacted. Each carrier has lowered rates significantly since before uncarrier. Each carrier offers a no contract postpaid + EIP plan, enacted after the creation of simple choice. Each carrier includes features that were either unavailable or extra money when T-Mobile started doing so (hotspot, international packages, etc.) Every carrier now offers LTE on prepaid. The only thing left for them to do is to pay T-Mobile customers to switch, and even at&t was doing that for awhile. And considering tmobiles ambitious rollout strategy, their service will become more and more viable for more and more people in the years to come. There’s no reason the train will stop now.

        • Singleweird

          why wouldnt it mean long term profits? all of our additions are NET additions – so people who ARENT leaving any time soon. there was strategy in UNcarrier and im willing to bet it doesnt end with “stop trying and fail.” (have you seen our network improvement?…)

    • mingkee

      Actually, T-Mobile pricing is still better when:
      If you have to share data connection with laptop or tablet.
      Average users on family usually do not use more than 1GB.
      A user on family plan uses massive amount of data and/or use the phone as modem.

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    Softbank’s to do list:
    1) destroy the small profit margins we sustained by lowering prices to the point of ridiculousness, ending this price war everyone’s talking about before it even begins. BooYahh!
    2) somehow earn a profit despite the retarded all in $50 unlimited everything plan.
    3) improve service quality until we move from worst to best, using the money earned from steps 1 and 2
    4) when customers complain about network performance, tell them we are in the middle of upgrading their area. This should keep them occupied until 2025 when our 3g network vision plan is completed.

    • Baxter DeBerry

      At this rare sprint won’t have many customers left.. sprint is loosing them quite a bit every quarter.. and now more than ever.. I for one never have been a customer of them.. I was with Cingular then att.. but dropped that back in 2012 when tmo started kicking but

      • jacky

        Baxter your lucky you didnt have sprint. $80 unlimited plan with drop calls slow data speeds and sending a text message takes 6 hours if your lucky some days 3 hours to send a text message. Receiving text message takes from 6 to 8 hours.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          While I agree sprint sucks, those facts are definitely an exaggeration lol

  • monkeybutts

    A lot of people are leaving Sprint for T-mobile they aren’t just gonna switch back for a lower price, especially when they are on a network that can at least make calls.

    • archerian

      most of the people who switched from Sprint to T-mobile didn’t make the change to get the better network, it was more of a pricing call. If Sprint can get their act together in time before T-mobile deploys lower band spectrum,Sprint will still have service that works inside buildings – however great T-mobile’s data/voice service is, it typically drops to nothing or really bad inside buildings, inside a supermaket etc.

      • no2apple

        So what is your problem… No matter how many posts you posts, sprint is going down.. You are manufacturing facts that is embarrassing. So go back to your mom’s basement and keep playing pacman..

        • peeka

          I do not like sprint, but no reason to be a terribly rude person.
          you defeat you own case

      • Captain (African) America-n

        I disagree with that. Just about every customer I’ve switched from Sprint complained about reception and coverage (I work for T-Mobile).

        • archerian

          Do you get great coverage with T-Mobile indoors like inside buildings and large supermarkets? I don’t mean LTE data or anything, just signal strength to make a call.

        • Baxter DeBerry

          I sure do in my town anyways.. sprint it’s spotty in town like no other.. one of my bros have sprint and when he comes over to the house only has 1 bar.. tmo has 5 constantly in town.. not saying this is for every town in the usa.. just the one I live in.. sprint here drops out with a calls left and right.. 1 bar usually LTE if your lucky.. while I get 5 constantly with tmo lte.. and my town isn’t huge at all.. we only have 16000 people and the next biggest town is 20 miles away.. sprint has the potential to be a great company with all its spectrum but for many it’s taken to long for sprint to do what they’ve been saying for the last 7 years

        • no2apple

          Go away Sprint Troll. You have been trying to put holes in every single +ve thing about t-mobile..

        • jacky

          Yes sprint is shit t mobile network works great in my apartment.

        • Captain (African) America-n

          this may sound like I’m just saying this, but I’ve actually never had a problem with it… T-Mobile penetrates my old home’s basement better than AT&T did

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          A lot of tmobiles stigma regarding indoor coverage is old news, based on generalizations made about the typical performance of high band signals but disregarding the capability of advanced technology in overcoming these limitations. I too have excellentexcellent LTE signal where I live, work, and play, and rarely have an issue when I travel. I had sprint previously, and got slightly better service at my house, but got 1 bar or so of 3g or sometimes even 1x at work, and only LTE inside of maybe half of the places around town i visit, compared to about 75% with tmobile. Also, travelling was hit or miss. The most important difference is that when you lose LTE and drop to h+ with T-Mobile you wouldn’t even notice if it weren’t for the different symbol, where dropping from LTE to 3g on sprint your phone might as well be a flip phone.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        That can’t be accurate, T-Mobile simple choice + eip is generally more than a comparable sprint contract. Let’s take 2 lines on true unlimited as an example; 80 (line 1) + 60 (line 2) + 25 for each line’s EIP: $190/month. Sprint: $80 line 1, $70 line 2: $150. People with large families (since tmobiles share plans are discounted more heavily) or people that were paying extra for service with sprint that T-Mobile includes (hotspot) are the only people that would be saving money, and even in those cases its a pretty small amount.

        The #1 complaint about sprint is network quality. I think its safe to say that was a big factor in people’s decision to switch to T-Mobile.

  • Me

    A lot of good unlimited would do when I get 0.2-0.5 Mb/down. A lot of times any sort of upload times out so forget Dropbox, Instagram or anything of the sort. This is like offering unlimited mileage on a 1/2 price car lease but you can only go 2 MPH due to road conditions.

    • calvin200

      Sprint user here, my favorite analogy is all you can beer but through a super tiny straw. I said that for years while I was stuck on my contract when my market wasn’t fixed.

      • jacky

        Sprint unlimited data is where at 0.21 mbs on speedtest you wont ever reach you will never reach your data cap. Lol

        • calvin200

          That’s ancient history to me and millions of others. I’m not saying that didn’t happen or that things are completely updated.

        • jacky

          Oh by the way one of the guy i know got hit$410 when he traveled to france with sprint. T mobile is free international roaming. Cant beat that.

        • calvin200

          That sucks, off the subject, but still sucks. I’m not saying Sprint is the cheapest at everything or the best – – not even the second best. Well, at least you’re factual.

        • DirkDigg1er

          ? I thought everyone you know switched to Verizon?

        • jacky

          Most are on verizon im on 5 lines with t mobile i converted 7 families to t mobile 2 months ago. One guy tried sprint and left verizon then switched back to verizon. Then another person went on a week vocation to france coming back with $410 from sprint for international roaming lol.

  • honestabe

    Didn’t Sprint have to have an ad campaign a while back guaranteeing that their unlimited plan would be for life? I wonder if they’re going to have to try that again.

    • calvin200

      That’s still in effect.

  • Matt

    Competition is good. Sprint may have a golden opportunity to reinvent itself. If they can find a way to get over the snail’s pace Network Vision and keep the 50.00 unlimited everything and make it accessible to prepaid, the other three might have some real competition.

  • Iphoneuser

    It’s going to take a while for Sprint to get back in the right direction, but this is a good start for them. I have faith that Sprint will return in the right direction a couple years down the road. If you look at T-mobile, they were a struggling company a couple years ago until John Legere stepped in and turned things around for T-mobile. That’s all it takes for Sprint if they take the right steps. I wish Sprint the best!

    • archerian

      Finally a balanced opinion.. Better watch out or you’ll be called ‘troll’ by the T-boys

      • no2apple

        How much Sprint pay you to come post here …
        Also dump your sprint stocks now. You aint making $$$ by posing these $hitty posts to raise sprint stock..

        • archerian

          If you think a few comments in the discussion forum of an article would impact stock prices you are seriously delusional.

    • Mike Palomba

      Well the problem is a lot of people here, including me, left sprint for a reason. I had several reasons which consisted of an extremely high bill for unacceptable coverage, misinformed rude customer support agents, and lack of any useable internet anywhere. Plus call quality was terrible. So a lot of people here just hate sprint and want to see them fail. I personally don’t like the guy who owns SoftBank. Oh and sprint won’t start gaining customers until they allow you to bring any device and start unlocking their phones when your contract is over. Those 2 reasons alone make any other carrier better then sprint

  • calvin200

    The charts and plans used are cherry picked and do not accurately depict the best plans available. Extremely biased!

    • mingkee

      As I mentioned above, T-Mobile $80 unlimited everything includes 5GB mobile hotspot/tethering.

      • Mike Palomba

        Yea and sprint doesn’t include tethering, I’m sure, and tmobile has unradio as well as music freedom so all in all tmobile beats sprint hands down

        • calvin200

          TMobile has Sprint beat in tethering costs. My unlimited plan with taxes is 53. For 6GB of data it would be 50 more. Glad you have that.

        • jdubtrey

          I can’t see tethering costing more than $20 though (if it isn’t included) so my bet is that the Sprint plan will be still be slightly cheaper.

        • Mike Palomba

          But it’s still an add on cost which isn’t shown in the chart. Plus sprint will find a way to make it cost more.

  • UMA_Fan

    Would have been better if Sprint just built an hspa+ network instead of spending all this money and time to rip and replace their evdo network. They would have added revenues from international roaming.

  • HalfnHalfCoffeeJelly

    All these plans they are discussing is like the iPhone renders, something to talk about but might not be real. Theses are limited market trial pricing. Sprint isn’t losing as much money when in order to get the $50 plan you have to pay your phone upfront. Monday is when National plans are revealed.

  • mingkee

    Be aware of the picture. T-Mobile $80 unlimited includes 5GB of sharing/tethering.
    Does Sprint $50 include sharing? Highly doubted.

    • mingkee

      Moreover, if you get T-Mobile 4 lines with 5+5+5+5GB is $180, but all 4 lines have mobile hotspot/tethering included.

      • mingkee

        If you get all 4 lines with unlimited will be $220, but all these lines are unlimited plus 5GB mobile hotspot/tethering included for each line.

    • jdubtrey

      It may..it probably does not. However, I doubt that it will cost $30 if it doesn’t. Plus, if you don’t want tethering, you aren’t paying for it. That sounds good to me.

  • Singleweird

    while undercutting our footprint, speeds, customer service and features. cool!

  • Singleweird

    why are they comparing tmo pricing for unlimited vs verizon pricing for 250MB? whoever wrote this graph needs to be fired

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Sprint sucks for the most part. I left them after years. Been on TMobile since last May and love TMobile. Sprint/Virgin Mobile was working fine until they started 2.5 GB limit. I pay double for TMobile but i get better service and unlimited data. Sprint launched LTE in San Jose recently and everyone i know who has sprint can’t get LTE signal on LTE enabled device. $50 is good price but service is way below par.

    • no2apple

      Agreed. Just wait for Sprint paid Troll, Archerian to come up with some ridiculous way to counter argue.. On this forum..

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        I agree with you on Apple. I don’t care if someone disagrees with me, I base my buying decisions based on my experiences. I would never get service from a company that doesn’t value it’s customers even if they are cheaper. Next thing I would change is home service internet and tv when Google Fiber launches. Can’t wait to tell AT&T to beat it.

      • archerian

        Trolling by definition is polluting a discussion with name calling and noise that doesnt add to the conversation. Looking at your past disqus comments, you are a perfect troll, not only in tmonews but other sites as well. A quick look at your past posts show one liner name calling quips, interestingly the same quips used across several websites. In your past 20 disqus comments you have not made a single statement devoid of fiction. The proof is in the pudding.

        • no2apple

          Exactly. Troll patrol.. To keep folks like you on the watch..
          Anyway, dump your Sprint stock now instead of wasting your time here.

        • jacky

          If you like drop calls constantly slow data speeds text messages dont get received till 5 hours later sending a text message takes 8 hours. Sprint network is for you

        • jacky

          Guess how long it takes to text yourself on sprint network? 2 hours.

  • UralBas

    From personal experience, I can state the following, having used these services recently across the US and internationally.

    T-Mobile offers 10gb for 70 with unlimited everything including land lines (Sprint does not include landlines) . Very fast speed in metro areas, and it always works when your are within a covered area at 30Gbs. The building coverage can be bad at times. They offer international coverage at reasonable prices. Their support service is better than average. You can easily multi-task your phone with them as a hot spot and multi line call with very low impact on your data bandwidth, Android excels at this over IOs.

    Sprint through old Clearwire runs for 40 for unlimited data at 3.5Gbs. Clearwire coverage is spotty at best. Though the benefit to stream over 40GB a month for 40 is worth it. The Sprint phone service has decent coverage across the US, though very slow data bandwidth speed compared to T-Mobile or ATT. Though it’s better and faster than T-Mobile in rural areas. Their price is high. No international coverage, phones themselves are useless internationally. Their support service is better than ATT, but it’s not even adequate. You can’t multi-task your phone as a Hotspot, you can only use voice or data at any given time, but not both. The problem Sprint has, are their towers, they go down and can be out for up to a week, specially if you use Clearwire. The regular phone service excels at dropped calls.

    ATT offers 1Gb of data at fast speeds after that they throttle you. Their interstate and rural coverage is a lot better than TMobile, though T-Mobile has drastically improved lately. They do have a reasonable international coverage at unreasonable prices. Their support service is nothing short of horrendous. Forget about multitasking your phone effectively if you use Android, and IOs is crude at best.

    Verizon is not a company I use, as their cost is unreasonable at all levels. And their international prices are laughable. Their business model fits the past not the future.

  • Bryann Pena

    I would never join SPRINT, my bestfriend has sprint and she tells me whenever her contract is gone she’s going to be switching to another carrier, their speed sucks, i’m going to meet her later and i will do a speed test, sprint vs tmobile in manhattan.

    • Luis Espinal

      Ha÷Tmo will win surely! The only place I’ve ever had fast speeds with my sprint work phone has been in Boston…approx 20mbps. …While my Tmo phone did 40mbps lol….too bad I live in CT and work in the city….otherwise Sprint is useless even on their so called LTE. ..mind u this is on a note 3 for both networks not some old phone.

  • Jay

    Sprint is going to have to do alot. There are practically in the same boat tmobile was years ago. If it wasnt for the money ATT gave them for the merger we wouldnt have the tmobile we have today. I dont think sprint has money to number 1 fix or build their network and number 2 do it as fast as tmobile has. But only time will tell.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      They are an entirely different company now, don’t underestimate them. New upper management, new board, and new owners with an incredible amount of financial resources

      • Jay

        I guess we will wait and see

  • IamTwone

    I wonder why they haven’t posted sprints new plans here yet there all over android central & macrumors
    http://www.androidcentral.com/sprints-reworked-framily-plans-bring-more-data-less-through-2015
    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/18/sprint-family-share-pack/

  • ChrisKringle

    All this mumbo jumbo about Sprint versus Tmobile is all a bunch of crap. Each carrier has its perks. Each customer experience is different on both carriers. I personally had Tmobile and recently switched to Sprint about a month ago. Speeds with Sprint and Tmobile are consistent in my area. Im in a Tmo 5×5 area and a Sprint Band 26 area which is Sprint’s LTE carrying on the 800 freq band. No complaints over here.

    http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/932942462

    • RedGeminiPA

      T-Mobile doesn’t even exist in my area (unless you only want spotty EDGE coverage). I went with Sprint. At least I get LTE in many places that T-Mo is only EDGE.

  • StankyChikin

    Love to see this force T-Mo down to $50-$60 a month for Unlimited.