John Legere goes off on Sprint’s new half off switcher offer

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Yesterday Sprint added a countdown timer to its website, and CEO Marcelo Claure teased that the other US carriers wouldn’t like. Today the timer reached zero and Sprint unveiled an offer that’ll cut the rate plan of switchers in half when they move to Sprint, which is similar to an offer that Sprint launched last year. Unsurprisingly, John Legere took the opportunity to fire a few shots Marcelo’s way.

Following Sprint’s announcement of its new promo, John fired off 10 ways that he thinks T-Mobile is better with Sprint, complete with the #SprintCountdown and #Halfoffthetruth hashtags. Among the criticisms of Sprint that John has are Sprint’s activation fees, its lack of free music and video streaming, and Sprint’s network speeds, which were named the slowest in a recent report from Ookla.

 

Marcelo didn’t stay quiet during John’s tirade, attacking Binge On and its video optimization tech that results in videos shown at 480p resolution. Marcelo even came up with a hashtag of his own: #CringeOn. We’ve seen John and Marcelo spar on Twitter before, with the Sprint CEO going so far as to say that he was “tired of [John’s] Uncarrier bull****.” Today’s exchange was a bit more subdued, but Marcelo and John’s Tweets still made for an interesting Wednesday afternoon. And now John has scheduled a Periscope stream for 4:15 PM ET, so I’m sure that he’s got more to say about Sprint and its latest offer.

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  • 21stNow

    Let the games begin. Maybe one of them will ask me to the prom. #growup

  • cloud strife

    *Grabs popcorn*

  • JLP474

    Sprint stock down almost 10% today…nuff said.

    • Cole

      Yup 9.2% to be exact. I would only use Sprint if they were GSM. Can’t stand CDMA. Sprint and Verizon are the only 2i can think of that use it in the world. Not counting mvno. Cricket used to be CDMA awhile back but no longer.

      • You forgot about US Cellular, which ironically is the other Band 12 carrier.

    • Ascertion

      Since when do we care what the investors think? They don’t care about the consumer, they care about short-term gains and Sprint taking an ARPU hit (good for consumers) makes their stock plummet.

  • TK – Indy

    If you live in Indiana or lots of other places, you can get faster speeds and better coverage for half the cost of your Simple Choice plan with Sprint. Makes it a no -brainer for a lot of people.

    • gmo8492

      If you live in LA and in most parts of the west coast, avoid Sprint like the plague.

      • Fabian Cortez

        Or the rest of the country.

        302 million POPs LTE > 280 million POPs LTE all day, every day. No matter how the Sprint fans spin it.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Advertising for Sprint now?

      Watch out, you may be out of a job soon.

    • J.J.

      Well i would not go that far. I live in northeast indiana and in my city where i am 99 percent of the time, tmo completely destroys my family members sprint service in speeds and there are times i was on lte and they were stuck on 3g in city and part of rural at family functions. But tmo rural coverage is not good in parts of North East Indiana across west to Chicago and some sections south before you get to Indy. It’s just depends where you live and how often you travel.

      • TK – Indy

        They need a new phone. because Indiana is completely lit up with Bands 25,26 and 41 now, with Band 41 CA in places as small as Lafayette and Terre Haute. Sprint is as good as Verizon in Indiana, and far, far better than T-mobile or the deathstar.

        • AT&T’s coverage in Ind. will be better than Verizon and Sprint soon with the deployment of WCS. Hate to burst your bubble.

        • randian

          WCS is high band, not good for coverage. High speed though.

        • AT&T has Band 12 in Indiana, but they have so many people on their low band, it’s congesting the network. Hence, why I mentioned Band 30 LTE.

        • J.J.

          They have iPhone 6 and 6+

      • Fabian Cortez

        Very nice accounting.

        Now with Band 12 the coverage should be better. It doesn’t quite sound like the horrible network TK – Indy makes it out to be.

    • Mike

      Sprint blows in Indiana. Look at all that 3G and roaming on the map. Now take a look at T-Mobiles ACCURATE coverage map which is crowd sourced and verified by user data. Who has more coverage? Hmmmm

      • TK – Indy

        Everybody knows that T-mobile is Edge in 80% of Indiana. They are not just bad, they are so awful as to be totally unreliable and in the places that the have coverage, they are slow because they are spectrum constrained. T-mobile is not a serious player in Indiana.

        • Mike

          Everyone knows Sprint isn’t a serious player anywhere!

        • TK – Indy

          They are tied for #1 in Indiana. Sprint is awesome here.

  • David

    while I don’t necessarily like sprint, but it’s a good thing sprint is trying to compete. That’s what we need in mobile market, maybe by this time next year our phone bill will be $10/month unlimited everything.
    Well, I was really happy with t-mobile until lately they kinda increased their price in a different form. If you were to choose the basic 2GB data, then you don’t get to stream unlimited on Bringe ON, being less than the 3GB data requirement. At the same time, I don’t really wanna pay $15/line extra to get 6GB data, that’s just too much for my usage. I average about 2-3GB data per month.
    I’m sure a lot of people are in the same shoe as me, the free included 2GB isn’t quite enough and doesn’t qualify for Bringe ON unlimited streaming, while paying $15/month extra is just too much, an add on that we’re not willing to pay for.

    • Yeah, they should have had a 4 gb tier too. Or go by the gb or something. I am staying on the old plan and leaving two of my people at 1 gB because the math makes better sense for me. Between the fact that 2 of us are unlimited and one is 3gB and the other two are 1 gB, and that government discounts will no longer apply, switching for me would result in an almost $70 a month rate hike no matter which way I tried to work it.

      • Bklynman

        Hold on,I thought discount still counts,that what others have written on here or they don’t if you switch?

        • I verified in chat, corporate, volume, or government discounts go away if you switch. But only if you switch. If you stay on your plan, and they verify they will not make you switch, then you can keep the discounts.

        • Bklynman

          That sucks!!! I might as well go to Metro,since I can get more from them than Tmobile. I was going to switch over to 6 gb plan since I have $60.00 3 gb plan,really great plan John. I am guessing that this goes for new customers too,or not?

        • Yeah, 3gb was their most popular plan, which makes the gap from 2gb to 6 gb simply baffling.

          And anyone, new or old, who moves to an Uncarrier X plan will be unable to use any discount.

        • Bklynman

          Well at least that something,everytime they have sale on their phones,most of the time it is only for there new customers,at least they not giving this to new customers.(the discount).

        • AJ2

          It’s what Apple did with the 16gb and 64gb plans. Tmobile hopes you’ll upgrade to the 6gb plan but won’t use the data… Thats why they don’t offer Music Freedom or Binge On with the 2gb plan. That would be enough for most people

        • David

          I think music freedom you get it now matter how much data is included in your plan, even the very basic plan has music freedom. It’s Binge On that requires 3GB or higher data in your plan. I have a plan with 2.5GB data, so I don’t get to stream unlimited.

        • AJ2

          Just remember Metro speeds will be slower… And capped

        • Bklynman

          I know that,not if I go with the $60.00 amonth unlimted plan,I never really watch video on my phone,like I really want to watch.
          The Matrix on a 5.7 screen,or any movie,I might watch you tube video every here and there,but that about it,most of the time I check emails and play video games on my phone that need the internet. i can live with Metro.

        • Rob H.

          Nope. Metro speeds are the same as postpaid Tmo in most cases. There is the possibility of lower tower priority IF the tower is under a load. I’ve seen no issues being on Metro vs my friends on postpaid Tmo, other than I’m paying LESS.

        • steveb944

          Since when?

          I’ve read otherwise as recent as the BingeOn articles. If this were to happen I’d consider switching.

        • The video streaming goes to any plan 3gB or over. But, if you switch to an Amped plan you will not be able to take advantage of discounts. Chat was on 11/11/2015.

          Jonathan L : Upon checking, switching to the new plan will render your employee discount ineffective. You want to talk to your family regarding this since you may lose your discounted plan and features. With the new plan however, you will get discounted rates for data plans that are otherwise very costly if partnered with your current rate plan. That’s why your corporate discount will not work with the new Simple Choice Amped plans.

        • steveb944

          Ouch. That’s terrible. Thanks for the heads up. I guess times have changed for the worse.

          The script does say ‘may lose’, but I wouldn’t risk it.

    • AJ2

      That’s where they’ve complicated things do much. They’re advertising all these perks but then they don’t apply to the basic plan. Individual customers keep getting shafted by the major carriers. Most users are like you ;they use 2gb…. If they upgrade to 6gb, they probably don’t need Binge On or Music Freedom. A lot of people are on wifi at home or work or school during the day. Thats why I’ve stick with my prepaid… No fees and $45 for 5gb…i don’t need to pay for heels & whistles I’m not going to use. But competition is good. Even if you’re a Tmobile fan, you should want Sprint to be healthy and competitive. As Tmobile continues to get more customers, prices will continue to rise and the network will get more congested. They’ve raised prices several times since the uncarrier movement started. We should have choice. It would be great if all phones worked on all carriers.

    • Mike Palomba

      I’ll agree it’s unfortunate that BingeOn and the other perks don’t apply to the base plans but the point of these perks is to both make money and make customers happy. If these perks applied to the base plans then T-Mobile wouldn’t make as much money. As much as they are pro-consumer they are still in the business of making money. Think of a car maker, if they put all the cool features on the base model then who would bother to upgrade to the better models?

    • Cole

      $10/month. Not going to happen. We can wish though

    • Mike

      Well keep your current plan and shut up with the complaining. Enjoy unlimited music streaming.

  • matt

    they are supposed to be decommissioning wimax this month. i think its a distraction on sprints part.

    • Verizonthunder

      Sprint recently lost a case against a local school over Wimax. Sprint has to keep old network running for at least 90 days.

  • Joe

    I wonder how many people (average non tech consumer) will know what the difference is between 480p video and 720p video. I can easily tell the difference but that does not mean its bad quality. Also yes the prices of plans are more expensive now but remember t-mobile wants to compete with the big 2 on network coverage and to do that you need lots of money to make better network.

  • matt

    i have a 6s+, after 69 days of telling me it wasn’t a sprint device, sprint finally whitelisted it.
    what if i just want a cheaper rate and a reward card without having to go through the hassle of giving them my 2 month old iPhone and being forced to buy a new iPhone ?
    owners of iPhone 6 and 6s and nexus phones do not have to lose their phones, to switch to sprint!!!

    • Bklynman

      I have not kept up with what Sprint is doing with their phones,just a little with there network,they finnaly gave up cma,went gsm phones?

      • No, they’re still on CDMA/EVDO, just like US Cellular and Verizon.

        • Mike

          Verizon phones that have sim slot’s can be used with GSM carriers unlike Sprint who blocks you from using it with GSM in the USA.

        • Ascertion

          Sprints phones supports the most frequencies of any of the carriers. It’s just the matter of getting it unlocked from Sprint that makes it a tedious endeavor.

        • Mike

          Sprint will not unlock it for domestic use only international usage. One of my closest friends worked for Sprint as a manager for 6 years until this past summer.

  • NardVa

    Sprint and T-Mobile need to keep the jabs at AT&T and Verizon.

    • matt

      att denies older android phons from software updates. they make you buy a new one if you want 5.1.1 or 6.0, but the minute t-mobile does anything positive, people stick up for at&t’s crap.. trading in your android phone for the exact same model at t-mobile is probably the only way your going to get android 6.0

      • ThatsMrtoyou

        No they don’t……lol. That’s beyond stupid to say and I hate ATT

      • SFBayAreaWaitingForBand12

        I’m happy I left ATT for Tmob. No looking back.

      • steveb944

        Stop buying carrier devices if you care about updates.

        • AJ2

          Or get an iPhone….

        • steveb944

          Or Windows Phone allegedly… But I don’t give bad advice to people on both those counts.

      • AJ2

        My Nexus on Straight Talk got updated right away. Carrier bloat needs to go away. Tmobile and Google still don’t even have Band 12 working on the 6P so you probably have people buying the well reviewed phone and then being disappointed with Tmobile service

      • The reverse is true when you look at Windows phones. Right now, the only three phones from T-Mobile that will get the Windows 10 update are the Lumia 521, 640 and 925. If you want Windows 10 and you have the Lumia 530, 630, 635, 810 or an HTC phone from T-Mobile, you’re SOL.

        Meanwhile, out of all of AT&T’s Windows phones, only one won’t get Windows 10: The HTC Windows Phone 8x.

  • AJ2

    Legere is the Trump of mobile. Really off-putting. Make your points without being a jerk. Sprints gonna have different pricing for every customer? That’s not gonna sit well with many. I doubt many Tmobile customers would switch for this. Sprint needs a Test Drive type program to let people try the network before porting number.
    Sprints main website also has a comparison chart comparing carriers basic plans and hasn’t updated it to show Tmobile upping their $50 plan to 2gb

    • TK – Indy

      Sprint has a test drive, 28 days to return with no charge at all, including no restocking fee.

      • Richard Roma

        Ha. MY friend spend weeks getting a BYOD cancellation sorted out, because Sprint was like, um, we need the sim card.

        They then played the go to the store, who then turned around and told him to call CS game.

      • AJ2

        But you have to port your number or get a new one.. Not same. Tmobile canceled its Test Drive too and since they’re more expensive than my current plan, I’m not considering them. I used to be on Tmobile but service was horrendous. Sounds like coverage is better but my dealings with customer service have still been poor… Their plans are so convoluted now that can’t even get 2 consecutive reps to give same answer. I know a lot of people who would try Tmobile or Sprint if there was a test drive ; porting a number is too much of a hassle –

      • NOMERCY

        No charge at all? You must pay for usage and you must also pay the $36 activation fee which you may get refunded if you cancel within 3 days of activation.

        • Ascertion

          IIRC, the new Test Drive Sprint announced was yesterday. This does not have fees.

        • NOMERCY

          What do you mean by “fees?” ” You must pay for usage and you must also pay the $36 activation fee which you may get refunded if you cancel within 3 days of activation.” My point was/is that, contrary to TK – Indy’s claim, there are charges involved.

    • Sprint needs a lot more than just test drives. They also need some real phones. Their selection of phones is garbage.

      At least with T-Mobile, you can use an unlocked phone in case if the phone you want isn’t carried by them.

      • Ascertion

        Sort of. With unlocked phones, you’re dealing with lack of B12, no WiFi calling, or other VoLTE technical limitations. It’s my main gripe, although they do have a LOT better BYOD policy than Sprint does.

  • Android_God

    WOW!!! Cutting remarks about people losing their jobs? Just when I start to like him he proves what a gutter dwelling creep he can be.

    • gmo8492

      The truth hurts. So what of it?

    • PC_Tool

      Ouch. Yeah. That should be a secret…right? :rollseyes:

  • Android_God

    Who SERIOUSLY binge watches on a smart phone?

    • Nate

      Well, I know a bunch of folks around me that do.

    • SirStephenH

      I do occasionally. There are many cases where there is no other way. Unless you know of a TV that I can fold up and carry around with me in my pocket…

    • Verizonthunder

      My brothers monthly data usage was 68.7gbs just on Netflix(my shared account). My data usage is between 12-15gbs.

  • patt

    Did he just said full speed at sprint which is what 2G?:D

    • TK – Indy

      Sprint is 70mbps at my house. All I can eat for $43/mo.

      • Bradley Karas

        I’m getting 100 down and 30 up…all day no throttling after 1 GB off usage…for 70 bucks

        • Frankwhitess

          You must live rite next to a sprint tower I take it..

        • Bradley Karas

          Nope. 20 mhz wide band

        • Richard Roma

          ok, now close your window and try the speed test or simply go into another room.

        • Bradley Karas

          Haha I’m on T mobile not Sprint LOL

        • Bradley Karas

          On T mobile?

      • Frankwhitess

        Where do you live ?? Judging by those speeds you mentioned I take it you live across the street from the cell tower sprint owns…… I think if sprint can achieve 70mbps there network would crash and have a melt down.

        • I read Claure boasting about getting 127 mbps on Sprint. He and TK – Indy should join SNL because they make top rate comedy.

        • SPRDAGOD spearman

          Here in Los Angeles I get 120 mbps when downloading on sprint spark on note 4 all day it even has signal in the subway I think the people that get crappy coverage live in crappy places move to a real city !

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Who cares..

      • I guess the more important question is. Why are you on a T-Mobile site if you love sprint so much?

        • 412VC on Twitter

          Sprint doesnt have blogs haha

        • TK – Indy

          Someone has to refute propaganda and lies. This article has Sprint as the main topic, so fair game. Come away from the dark magenta side, and save some money, too. It is foolish to keep spending more than you need to, especially now, around the holidays. $30/mo in savings can get you that new obscenely large screen TV you have been wanting.

        • JMccovery

          Sprint could pay me to take their service, and I’d still spit in their face. Garbage will always be garbage, even if you spread flower petals and drown it in perfume.

          I’d rather deal with the abomination that is At&t, than to ever use Sprint again.

        • Mike

          Sprint CEO is so desperate he’s posting on tmonews forum. Sprint doesn’t have data rollover, LTE coverage sucks, slower network, no unlimited music or video streaming, and once you realize Sprint sucks and you cancel your service Sprint phone’s can only be used as a coaster for your drinking glasses.

      • Trevnerdio

        T-Mobile here. 113…I win >:)

        • Cam Fas

          117 on my iPhone yesterday and 119 on my iPad Las Vegas the Henderson Area enjoying wide band 20+20 and band 12 is on the way as soon as the fcc approves the sale.

        • Trevnerdio

          Sh*t…you win.

      • patt

        That’s great. There is few people just like you ;)

      • Frankwhitess

        Wait… Are you sure you are not connected to wifi in your house?? I doubt Sprint can reach 70mbps… Check your phone… You might have the wifi on and are assuming your on the Sprint network.. Unless your getting 70k(dial up speeds) and confused it with 70mbps…

        • DStudio

          I get 50mbps+ on Sprint routinely in some spots, and I was between 64 and 73mbps at a local Starbucks last month. Sprint’s problem is there still aren’t enough spots.

      • I got 73 mbps on T-Mobile’s PCS this past March while I was in Augusta, Ga.!

      • Mike

        I seen Sprint LTE hit 50+ mbps b4 if you’re stand under a tower and if you walk across the street it goes to 3G or 1x

    • Bradley Karas

      After your 1 GB of data LOL

    • KOLIO

      No doubt.
      They need a HUGE Asterisk:
      *NOW Network Speeds measured outdoors,indoor use is virtually useless……………

      • TK – Indy

        No, that would be T-mobile, who is so bad that they give away amplifiers to keep customers.

        • KOLIO
        • KOLIO

          Posted from your AIRAVE-Supported Sprint device,no doubt……..
          I posted an AIRAVE Link,but,I suppose the powers-that-be found it to be redundant…………

        • Richard Roma

          If AWS is bad, which is something all the major carriers spent billions buying, their 2.6Ghz is absolutely useless indoors.

        • patt

          I don’t have T-Mobile but can’t imagine it being worse then Sprint

        • Mike

          http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/1424165533 Here is something Sprint will never see around me 70 miles from Chicago. No Spark, No LTE Plus, No beam forming, none of the gimmick names, just wideband. What does Sprint have here? 3G that is Slower than EDGE on T-Mobile. Sprints “spark” network is spotty and laughable at best once you are 25-30 miles away from Chicago.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Lmao

    • 1x

    • Mike

      unlimited optimized 480p video streaming is still better then Spint’s 240p that stills buffer.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Wow a new low for Sprint

    • David

      Not really. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a tmobile customer and a fan, but I still think competition from Sprint is good.
      With the latest Bringe On move, tmobile kinda gone bad. I have 2.5GB data in my plan, below the 3GB requirement to be able to stream unlimited for free. BUT I’m unwilling to pay extra $15 to bump my data to 6GBs. On wifi most of the time and normally use 2.5-3GB/month only.

      • Mike Palomba

        If what you currently have is working for you then you have no reason to upgrade and no reason to take advantage of BingeOn. It’s meant to a. Make people upgrade to the more expensive plans because they think they will need this feature or b. Help the people that already have the upgraded plan and are still going over their allotted data

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Tmobile has more coverage then Sprint period….

        • TK – Indy

          Says the guy who has been pleading for Band 12 for how long?

        • Jay J. Blanco

          And your sprint customer on tmobile blog……

        • Band 12 doesn’t matter to Jay. He’s in SC, where T-Mobile’s Band 2 LTE is literally killing Sprint’s Band 25 LTE, both in speed and reliability.

        • Mike

          What about the so called revolution called WiMax and Spark which failed horribly ?

  • I love flamewars between companies.

  • Apple

    Oh now you are jut being a BULLY!

    #iPhoneRocks

  • heh

    S4gru people don’t even like teh silly plans lol

  • Fabian Cortez

    Nothing but gimmicks and asterisks from this company.

    Overhyped plan that selectively has overages for AT&T and Verizon subs. who port over.

    Oh and the plan expires in two years.

  • steveb944

    10 (BingeOn), 6(Mexico/Canada), and 1 coincide into a lie for Legere. “TMobile customers get access to whatever plan they want.”

    That’s not true with the recent BingeOn increasing pricing on plans and further convoluting the rate plans for older customers. And Mexico/Canada also required switching.

    On topic tho, Sprint is getting desperate.

    • Fabian Cortez

      It’s not really a lie.

      T-Mobile customers can get that. He say at X price though.

      Sprint is getting desperate. Instead of innovating they’re lowering prices.

      Beam forming is tech. they’ve been touting since 2012/2013. And only now it just started showing up?

      • Rob H.

        Nah, with Sprint beam forming is still “2 years out”. If they survive the next 2 years.

  • Mike Thaler

    What percent of users even watch video streaming on a phone – especially when they aren’t within reach of wifi and have to use a tower?
    My guess is that a majority of users are (like us) on the basic 1G (soon to be 2G) plan.

  • Acdc1a

    If it weren’t for the $36 activation fee it wouldn’t be a bad idea to spin off my 3rd line.

    I had Sprint a long time ago. The phone service was fine, billing and customer service was another story all together.

    • TK – Indy

      Use a credit union member discount and activation will be waived.

      • Acdc1a

        I will investigate. If they use my Progressive Insurance discount in addition to the $25 plan it’s a no brainer. Right now line 3 is on a $0 MRC with talk/text/no data loyalty plan. Still runs $5 per month in the end.

      • Fabian Cortez

        That doesn’t solve the problem.

        The problem is the activation fee. This is something that they need to remove altogether. Overages as well.

      • NOMERCY

        Yet another hoop to jump through? At what point does the waiver apply? Is it removed upon creation of a line or will there be a wait period (e.g, 2-3 billing cycles)?

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    I will believe it when I see this new way of Sprint connection. They have had spark in San Jose and most of the people I know who are Sprint customers have never seen LTE or spark on their phones. I have seen it while on Fi connection but it was horrible speeds, actually worse than their 3G speed if thats even possible. Sprint just shows signs of more and more desperation more than anything else. I had Sprint for years and defended their network but switched in March 2013 and haven’t looked back. T-Mobile is way better. Don’t forget the ability to fall back on WiFi at home or wherever there is no signal.

    • Mike

      Sprint said the same thing about WiMax and Spark which both sucked

  • David

    With the latest Bringe On uncarrier move, T-Mobile has gone bad on us. It’s either 2GB data free or 6GB data for $15/extra. You either cough up the extra charge to get data you don’t need and unlimited streaming, or don’t get unlimited streaming and have 2GB data.
    T-Mobile gone bad.

    • Acdc1a

      Should have left a 3 for $10, you are right.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      with the option to TURN BING ON OFF!

      • But from what I recall, turning it off isn’t going to make the plan cheaper. You’ll just have it turned off. The only current/new plans are with Binge On, and the price increase.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Metropcs?

        • Frankwhitess

          And more data!!!! $5 more gets you 3 extra gig… How cheap can you be?

        • I’m a college student, so please don’t start. We all have our own opinions and financial situations. If my preferences, don’t fit yours, then fine. It’s not hurting you, so don’t try to insult me.

          It’s just the point that they’ve raised the plans for individual plans. Thank God my best friend joined my family promo plan because her bill was already through the roof,and $15 more for unlimited everything @ $95 not including tax is a bit much. So don’t assume that, particular plans are just $5 more. 10GB is $80. Don’t remember how much it was before, but that’s pretty up there.

        • Mike

          Well get T-Mobile’s prepaid plan or MetroPCS.

        • We’ll see. I’m not worried about it now, I’m looked into the family unlimited plan. I just wonder what happens once their promise is over with, and they try to kick me off of that plan, what will the rates be. I don’t use BingeOn on my phone (Hulu, Netflix, etc), so 6GB with BingeOn isn’t helpful or relevant to me. I rather just have the more GBs.

        • Mike

          I have 2 unlimited lines for $100 so I can care less about Binge but for ppl on a GB plan it’s great and optional.

    • Frankwhitess

      Really?? How about if t mobile just gives free service and free phone…. Dude it’s disturbing that you can be so cheap… Did you just read what you wrote? Unlimited music, unlimited data and 6 gig of data that rolls over what you don’t use… All for $5 more than what you was paying you cheap mortal!

      • Jrunner

        Between binge-on, music freedom, and just the fact that most people on lower end plan may have wi-fi, the low end 2 GB plan is pretty hard to beat if you’re really going to be that cheap, and with the freebies, it’s pretty hard to use 2 GB unless you’re constantly refreshing facebook every 2 minutes. Still hilarious that there are people concerned about 480p when it’s such a small screen to begin with where you can’t even notice!

  • Paul

    Unlimited on T-Mobile is by fast the better deal than Sprint.

    • TK – Indy

      $80 vs $40? You gotta be kiddin me.

      • guest

        It’s not going to be exactly half the rates.

        Little letters say: Requires new-line activation on non-discounted phone. Other monthly charges apply.**

        • Acdc1a

          $36 activation fee, no unlimited plan, NO TETHERING, no thanks.

        • Fabian Cortez

          And overages for AT&T and Verizon subs. who port over as well.

          Not to mention that the CYBIH 2.0 promotion expires in 2 years…

        • I just posted above about this. I am always looking for new deals on our cell service. I love T-Mo, but I am not above switching. Without exception, EVERY new Sprint deal has been full of loopholes, fine print, to the point where it seems like it’s a scam. Every damn time.

      • KOLIO

        It is if it’s better coverage.
        YMMV,apparently you’re good w/Sprint & if that works for you,that’s cool.
        I started out w/Sprint & unlimited,but,unlimited doesn’t cure bad/non-existent coverage.

      • just2reply

        If you dig a little deeper into the fine print, the 50% off deal excludes T-Mobile’s unlimited 4glte data plans.

      • Frankwhitess

        $80 vs $40??? Do you mean sprint dial up Internet speeds vs 70mbps on average with T mobile?? What you are saying is Net Zero vs high speed cable Internet…. You pay for what you get… If you want dial up speed… Stay with sprint… And may the gods be with you!

      • Paul

        They aren’t offering the unlimited plan at half the price. Plus, as stated, the slowest network of the top 4 carriers. SLOWEST. Worst coverage of the top 4.

        PASS

        • Fabian Cortez

          Yup, still lingering at 280 million POPs of LTE versus T-Mobile’s 302+ million POPs of LTE.

      • Mike

        Lol Sprint will not honor T-Mobie’s unlimited plan for the cut your bill in half promo.

  • guest

    I think many people are gonna switch to Sprint. (Not me personally, I like T-Mobile’s service, GSM phones, tethering, no contract, etc. I may move to Metro though, because I don’t like the new Simple Choice Amped plans.)

    The winds are/were blowing in the other direction. Instead of Binge On, T-Mobile should’ve either lowered the rates or give us more Gigs.

    Now they are going to be stuck with higher rates and “free” features like Binge On.

    One thing they can still do is update Simply Prepaid in a good way.

    But I may be wrong.

    • Gavriel Ostrow

      i like the way you think. your on to something. why raise the rates? its a scam! and sprint ceo is on to something with that last comment. don’t get me wrong i love t-mobile all the way until the part of raising their prices. its absolutely ridiculous and i hope its temporary.

    • dtam

      or you just keep your existing plan and pay the same?

      • guest

        Yes, but when you want or need to change plans you have to chose from the new ones.

        • dtam

          in that situation, doesn’t that man your current plan doesn’t suit your needs? you can always add data to your current lines without changing your plan. for me, the only thing I’m missing out on is LTE in Canada and Mexico, not enticing enough for me to give up my 2.5 gb per line plan

        • guest

          I’ll look into that. Thank’s.

    • I looked at Sprint when they offered “free” service to DirecTV customers. The whole thing was a scam. You had to get new phones with the deal (ok, I get that), and the only phones available IIRC were two Samsung devices (the 6 plus and 6 edge plus or whatever they are — I don’t follow Samsung devices) and two iPhones. They didn’t offer ANY OTHER phones than those. No inexpensive options (three of our five lines on T-Mo have cheap Samsung Galaxy Prime phones that T-Mobile let us have for free — the fourth is my stepson’s G4 which he bought, and the fifth was my Nexus 6 on an EIP). With five lines, that was $30×5 per month. Then there was a $36 activation fee per device. Then the deal was only good for a year, so in year two I’m not only paying for all those phones, but the inflated Sprint pricing as well. Plus, the 10GB/month rate I have with T-Mo was going to be crazy expensive with Sprint.

      So much for free service for a year.

      Every Sprint deal seems to be a scam. Meanwhile, every T-Mo deal I get just keeps adding value.

      • guest

        I agree.

        Sprint is just like V and ATT, if they are offering these promotions is out of necessity not because they want to do business in a different way.

        T-Mobile on the other hand, since the days of VoiceStream, because that’s as far I can remember, was always different. I don’t know way. 1 year contract instead of two; less overages; and many more we have probably forgotten.

  • Chewie

    No one has mentioned about the Family Match for data. If you have 2 lines and both add 6GB of data, then they get a $5 discount each line which makes it $10 instead of $15.

  • johnnyfromtmobile

    If you look at the new simple choice amped plans they are more value and cheaper per gigabyte now. Yes it does cost more but not if families are matching their data plans…then the price goes back down to what it was before. Tmobile needs to earn more revenue so we can accommodate all of the growth we are encountering right now. at least we are getting more for the higher prices than the other way around.

  • Ted Cruz Truth

    Isn’t it worrisome to any of you T-Mo zealots out there that the Chief Executive Officer (yes Fabian, that’s what CEO stands for) of your 20 billion dollar company spends his day trading infantile barbs on Twitter? Doesn’t the routine get old? Isn’t there a time where you feel as if you should step out of your own little propaganda protective shield, and be willing to call a spade a spade, so to speak?

    Let me know when those original thoughts may be available — I would love to hear them.

    • Acdc1a

      I’d say it’s working…

    • skywalkr2

      I agree. Legere is a man child.

    • dtam

      you’d have a point if their network wasn’t improving but since it is improving, who cares if he delegates?

    • AS118

      I think he goes overboard sometimes, but Legere’s uncarrier is the main reason everyone else is competing better. That said, I wish he’d be more mature sometimes though. Sprint is the other carrier that still offers stuff like unlimited Data, and at least they keep AT&T and Verizon honest.

    • As long as he keeps disrupting the industry and my T-Mo service improves month after month, it never gets old. More power to him.

  • Cole

    Ooh no only unlimited 480p streaming that doesn’t count against your data.

    • AS118

      480p’s surprisingly good on smaller phones at least. Looks worse on tablets, sure, but on 5″ phones or less, it’s pretty decent.

      • Mike Mac

        Yikes it’s fine would it be beter in 720 or 1080 p of course but it’s not awful it totally useable and free people freak out a bit to much over details sometimes I can understand it but they had to do something to make it free

  • mingkee

    Hey, Binge On is also available on $10 5GB Data Match Tablet Data (selected video service in 480p does not eat your quota).
    Can Sprint do that?
    I can use unlocked Sony phone on ATT and T-Mobile. Does Sprint support unlocked Sony phones?

    • No. Sprint doesn’t support any unlocked phones at all.

      • Mike

        Plus you can’t use Sprint phones on any other carrier so your Sprint phone is useless if you leave them. At least with Verizon you can unlock the sim for domestic use with any GSM carrier.

        • Ascertion

          Sprint’s LG G4 (and a large number of their newer devices) support all of the bands of T-Mobile, and a good chunk of LTE bands of AT&T/Verizon. I wouldn’t necessarily say they’re useless. Just gotta get them unlocked.

        • skywalkr2

          I wasn’t aware that Spring had GSM phones.

        • Fabian Cortez

          They do, It’s just still a pain to get them to allow them on their network and/or to get them to unlock them.

          With Sprint lacking VoLTE, unlocked phones need to support CDMA.

        • Ascertion

          They’ve always had GSM support for international roaming purposes.

        • JLV90

          Any phone released after February 2015 can be unlocked from Sprint for domestic use.

        • Mike

          Sprint will give u an unlock code if your lucky but it will not work in the USA the software on Sprint phones are not fully compatible with GSM technology. Go look on forums and YouTube ppl who put in ATT and T-mobile only were able to send text messages at the most.

      • randian

        No BYOD? iPhones are all-carrier these days.

    • JLV90

      Sprint has terrible tablet data plans, also the $10 5 GB data match is gone now.

      Only unlocked phones Sprint supports are iPhones, Nexus, and Moto X pure edition (2015)

    • Mike Mac

      Wait… They offer it on tablets too?! OK I may have to see if I can afford adding a tablet to my service due to me useing my old ass samsung for watching movies and such anyways…

  • Joshua Wood

    Sprints’ “cut your rate in half” pricing means nothing to me when they don’t have the features and LTE coverage T-Mobile has, I feel mostly the same way about their $70 unlimited everything plan, because you’re limited with only 3gigs (and no option to add to it except pay the extra $15/1gb) of tethering data whereas T-mo serves up 14gb. Not only that, when you go with the tiered data plans, the prices makes Verizon look great with the stellar coverage they’ve had for years! I’m a current single line Verizon customer with a bill total of a hair over $100/month with the old $80/10gb + $15 line access that they had as a special just before introducing what they offer currently. I’m patiently waiting for T-Mo to improve the coverage in northeastern NC area before switching to them. According to the 700mhz map, looks like that may be happening soon :)

    In the end, Sprint is doing these things because they have customers walking away. They even haggled my brother over the phone for a while trying to keep him from leaving.

  • Croq

    So, “Plans exclude unlimited music and video streaming, data carryover, tethering and cloud options that other carrier plans may offer.” And, “T-Mobile plan: Discount offer limited to T-Mobile’s advertised Simple Choice rate plan prices as of 11/16/15 for 2GB, 6GB and 10GB for non-discounted handsets only; tablet and MBB rate plans excluded. T-Mobile unlimited data rate plan excluded.”

    I guess I’m gonna have to just live with my 2-line unlimited everything plan (including unlimited LTE) for $100 a month. Drat. ;-)

    • Mike Mac

      I was going to however when I was paying 6 bucks in taxes compared to 24 plus what I was paying on my phones it went wayyyyyyyy up switched over to Metro and unfortunately I have to buy unlocked since they only offer low end phones I play 50 bucks unlimited everything more affordable for me right now but I do wish I could lease a flagship…

  • AS118

    Well at least Sprint is trying. If it goes down, we’re left with only 3 competing carriers. Although to be fair, I wish T-mobile would buy out US Cellular.

    • Fabian Cortez

      We need 4 strong carries in this country.

      Sprint has the subs., the equipment, the money (somewhat), the spectrum, etc.

      They clearly lack the drive execution to get this done, which is a shame.

    • dtam

      I doubt it will go down because they have the backing night softbank. the overall assets are too valuable to just give up

  • Gary Benoit

    I know so many people the were on sprint and the left cause it sucked, they switched to T-Mobile have not had any problems at all. All in all sprint sucks

  • ssjchaseutley

    I had Sprint once….worst year of my life.

    • TK – Indy

      You know that we are talking about cell phone service, right? Worst year of your life? Even worse than the year where your dog died? Or you lost your job, or someone close to you? For this purpose, go with who gets the job done for the least amount of money and don’t sweat the small stuff.

      • ssjchaseutley

        You know that it’s a joke right? You do, but since you’re having a bad day, you chose to set your sights on a 9 word comment instead.

      • GinaDee

        Nice to see the Sprint employees join the discussion.

  • Mike

    I almost bit on this promo, but realized that the switching would cost about the same or more. I have 4 lines with TMO each with 2.5 gb for 100$ (128$ with tax) If I switched Sprint would be 50$ for same service, however, there’s the matter of 20$ per line monthly line access fee (50$ plus line access of 80$=130$) plus tax plus I would need all new phones and lose music and vid streaming. Expensive proposition even at 50% off.

    • guest

      From what i understand only Simple Choice plans ( sans unlimited) qualify, I think yours is not called Simple Choice. Am i right?

  • mIke

    I have one of the first simple choice plans that started as a promo which was said to be ending 1/2015, but was extended. Since it’s a promo plan Sprint will not honor their 50% off deal. Guess they want to cherry pick the more profitable plan holders. Changing is not in my future, so sayeth Sprint.

  • SPRDAGOD spearman

    I will never give up my sprint plan for some prepaid crap one you have to buy phones not on my plan you don’t get up grades you have to buy new phone , anything wrong with your phone after the return period your stuck, and fuck rollover my shit is TRULY UNLIMITED ON SPRINT hell before breakfast I have downloaded and streamed all there pre paid plans 10gigs ain’t shit for a hole month that is just ten movie downloads I watch ten movies in a couple of days and every month I drag about 200 to 300 gigs of data I constantly put new rooms on my phone and need to be able to put back 472,apps which take up 39 gigs so if I was on t mobile I couldn’t reset my phone and it would take three months on there 10 gig plan to restore my apps that sounds stupid but on sprint I don’t even know what a data limit is and it never allowed down and as far as signal I live in Los Angeles my shit flies I downloaded asphult the other day 1.5 gigs 30 seconds so I have no problem with the speed and if I ever can’t pay I can call them and extend with t mobile if you can’t pay you can’t talk that shit is going off