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Sprint Confirms New Prepaid Plans
Pay As You Go Option Comes January 25
by Karl Bode 08:46AM Monday Jan 07 2013
Sprint has confirmed previously leaked plans that the company will be offering new pay-as-you-go prepaid service on January 25. Those leaks stated that Sprint would be offering all you can eat (talk, text and data) for smartphones for $70 per month, or $50 per month for feature phones -- albeit with a limited selection of phones. Sprint has now confirmed those leaks, noting that contrary to early reports at least one of the phones will support LTE. Sprint also says that unlike some of their owned prepaid brands, Sprint will not throttle these prepaid users.

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dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
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Phoenix, AZ
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What are they smoking

These prices might appeal to those with bad credit but c'mon.
prepaid is normally used by those smart consumers wanting to avoid those unfees.
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NotTheMama
What Would Earl Do?

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Re: What are they smoking

I think they don't understand the difference between "prepaid" and "PAYG".
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elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: What are they smoking

Didcha read the press release? Once you are outside of Sprint's robust network, you roam on EDGE. Interestingly enough, that shouldn't be a problem because when I was ON Sprints native network it was getting EDGE speeds This product is definitely targeted toward MetroPCS folks (metro, bad credit)...maybe they can pick up a few subs....

This is no more than Sprint putting a checkbox (me too) to compete with the anemic native prepaid offerings from AT&T and Verizon and more importantly siphon off a few MetroPCS subs while TMO is in the transition. The only twist I see is LTE at this point, which they are going to offer to their MVNO anyways (including Sprint-owned MVNO), so if some poor soul who has bad credit when they roll into the store, the sales guys have a product to sell.

Like I said, fill in the checkbox...

NotTheMama
What Would Earl Do?

join:2012-12-06

Re: What are they smoking

I read the Fierce[category_here] article about the cute-sy 'Sprint As You Go' non-brand. Was there a press release, too? (No, I didn't go to the Sprint site to see.)

(...not sure what that has to do with what I said earlier)
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SteelerRaw

@timet.com
said by elefante72:

Didcha read the press release? Once you are outside of Sprint's robust network, you roam on EDGE. Interestingly enough, that shouldn't be a problem because when I was ON Sprints native network it was getting EDGE speeds

Sprint, nor any of it's domestic roaming partners, does not use EDGE. EDGE is a GSM thing...
Network Guy
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join:2000-08-25
New York
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Re: What are they smoking

I'm sure this person meant 1x GPRS, which is actually natively slower than EDGE. But I see his point. I ditched Sprint for this very reason. It would piss me off to see 3G on my phone but the websites would not load or get anywhere.
whiteyonenh

join:2004-08-09
Keene, NH

Re: What are they smoking

said by Network Guy:

I'm sure this person meant 1x GPRS, which is actually natively slower than EDGE. But I see his point. I ditched Sprint for this very reason. It would piss me off to see 3G on my phone but the websites would not load or get anywhere.

GPRS is also a GSM Tech... you're actually looking for 1xRTT
brianiscool

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Tampa, FL
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I have bad credit 740 rating..

AMDUSER
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The unfees, charged by Verizon is why I went with Pageplus... same network coverage.. none of the fees.

*Sprints coverage locally is bad... I only get 2 bars... with VZ [Pageplus] I get 4 bars... in my house and 3 bars in the basement. Most importantly- no mysteriously dropped calls.
talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH

Throttling

Sprint will not throttle these prepaid users.
Wow, no throttling? So you mean I, too, can get the same 650kbps that the Sprint postpaid users get?

scott2020

join:2008-07-20
MO

Re: Throttling

I'd kill for 650kbps. I'm getting 100kbps on a good day.

I don't see the point in this. Pricing is almost as much as post paid. I guess like others have said, people with bad credit and such.
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TheRogueX

join:2003-03-26
Springfield, MO

Something I've never understood...

Why couldn't I just use my existing Sprint phone? Not that I'm going to do this, but I'm just curious. Why do there have to be special phones for pay as you go?

SprintPR

@sprintlink.net

As You Go is not a prepaid plan

Please note that Sprint As You Go is NOT prepaid. Customers get a bill and pay in arrears. A no contract option but not prepaid!