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Sprint, Best Buy Team Up For 1 Year Free Student Service
by Karl Bode 04:23PM Monday Nov 18 2013 Tipped by Technicholas See Profile
Sprint and Best Buy are coming together to offer students 12 months of free talk, text, and data on Sprint’s Unlimited, My Way plan -- if customers buy a new smartphone from Best Buy. Any student can apparently qualify for the plan, whether they're enrolled in elementary school or college (you have to verify your student status online within 14 days of activation). According to Sprint, the promotion runs from November 11, 2013 through January 4, 2014, and more detail is available over at this FAQ.

According to the FAQ, users can get another 12 months of free service if they refer another student to the promotion under the same account. The catch? The prices students have to pay for devices are effectively unsubsidized.

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SysOp

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free taste to get 'em hooked

Does not require a 2 year.
Nexus 5 cost $100 more than actual retail cost.
Solid marketing strategy.

»www.bestbuy.com/site/mobile-phon···00050016

acadiel
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Re: 12 months free on 24 month contract?

No agreement. You pay full price.

Promo: »www.bestbuy.com/site/mobile-phon···00050015

Pricing: »www.bestbuy.com/site/mobile-phon···00050016
kmcmurtrie

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Unlimited 8 kbps

That should solve Sprint's congestion issues.

RWSI

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Free?

There is no such thing as free anymore. Somewhere somehow they are going to get ya.

OUCH
xenophon

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Re: Free?

One year free but two year contract. There doesn't seem to be anything 'hidden' but between paying full price on phone and 2nd year normal price, it's just a good way to boost user base, especially since students are likely to be more heavier users and Sprint has the capacity.

Anyone doing this should only go for triband/Spark phones (800/1900/2500mhz) like Nexus 5, LG G2 or phones coming out. All the other phones only 1900 LTE and already outdated.
ncbill
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Re: Free?

No term agreement on Student Line.

Just be sure to add a regular line or cancel the student line withing 12 months, otherwise you pay full price.

grandboricua

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Not unlimited data

Interesting, I just received an email with this promotion, and it's specific that it is 1gb of Data, not unlimited. Could this be the beginning of something more?

Here's the "Web" link from in the email.
»view.emailinfo2.bestbuy.com/?j=f···7010&r=0

acadiel
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Re: Not unlimited data

Yep, $10 extra to get unlimited.
Joe12345678

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Re: Not unlimited data

Other monthly charges apply including up to $2.50 Admin. & .40 Reg. fee per line.**

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Re: Not unlimited data

taxes, fees, and surcharges are about 15.6% of the bill. more charges apply than these listed below.

said by Joe12345678:

Other monthly charges apply including up to $2.50 Admin. & .40 Reg. fee per line.**


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Re: Not unlimited data

said by compuguybna:

taxes, fees, and surcharges are about 15.6% of the bill. more charges apply than these listed below.

said by Joe12345678:

Other monthly charges apply including up to $2.50 Admin. & .40 Reg. fee per line.**

So, do they tax the whole $70, or just the $10 unlimited data add on plus the fees?

n2jtx

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It isn't really usable anyhow so 1GB is nothing to worry about. At 1xRTT speeds or perhaps double, you'll be lucky to use half that allotment in a month. I have used somewhere around 500MB TOTAL since October 2011. Not monthly, total. I rarely turn on cellular data on my iPhone 4S. It kills the battery for nothing. Plus I am often roaming on Verizon which Sprint throttles to 1xRTT only (unless you jailbreak the phone and hack the PRL).

I am 15 miles from NYC on the north shore of Long Island and I have to roam on Verizon. Also there is no Network Vision activity in the area so my 3G speeds will continue to be pathetic, if I use them, for the foreseeable future.
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xenophon

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Re: Not unlimited data

But it is a good deal for those who get good Sprint LTE and coverage is growing monthly. 800Mhz boosts coverage significantly in a given area.

This is just user reported but gives a good indication how rapidly LTE is growing, 800 will boost it more...
»sensorly.com/map/4G/US/USA/Sprin···10sprint

I get great LTE between home and work and it improves every month, 6-20Mbps up to 30 and that is before triband.

n2jtx

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Re: Not unlimited data

I've been following that map. I am located in the Glen Cove area. The north shore between Manhasset Bay, Huntington and the LIE to the south is terrible. Even a friend who has Verizon cannot get LTE service in Sea Cliff. But the problem is not limited to the lack of Network Vision upgrades. Before that, Sprint was actively adding backhaul support in many areas for improved 3G (Farmingdale, Bethpage, Hicksville, etc.) The north shore was not included in those pre-Network Vision upgrades. Add to that, my church is a cell site for the four major carriers and Sprint has said nothing about upgrading the site. They will need to get a building permit for the necessary antenna work and that does not happen overnight. So even if they applied tomorrow, it would be months before we saw any service improvement. I just wish there was an honest report from them on when one would see improvements. Of course my iPhone 4S cannot take advantage of 800MHz or LTE but 3G at least getting close to 2MB/sec would be nice. I have no plans to get a new iPhone from Sprint due to their policy of never fully unlocking a paid off iPhone (but that is another story entirely).
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xenophon

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Re: Not unlimited data

Yeah, the bottom line is if you're not in a strong Sprint area don't bother going with them until they get 800LTE in your area. But it is still a good deal for those who get decent Sprint LTE. When LTE works for most in an area, 3G tends to work better too since more users are on LTE, less on 3G.

tommyanon

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BYOD

if i already have a sprint phone can i bring it?

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OH MY..

... iPhone, LG and HTC too.
BB thinks very highly of you.

The iPhone 4S 8G emerged in 2009/10 as AT&T had it long before Verizon or Sprint. I bought mine in 10/10. Neither Sprint or Verizon iPhones have the same cool features the AT&T iPhone does.

Beware the wolf: Even $500, and an unopened box, does does not guarantee a free upgrade to iPhone 5. Plus, some of the newer features built into the iPhone 5 will not work on the iPhone 4 series The 4S does work well in 3G/WiFi, and probably in 4G areas but I would not bet the farm it will ride on LTE.

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dib22

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Re: OH MY..

said by linicx:

The iPhone 4S 8G emerged in 2009/10 as AT&T had it long before Verizon or Sprint.

I think you might be thinking of the Iphone 4... the GSM (att) version of the Iphone 4 was released June 24, 2010, while the CDMA (sprint/verizon) version was released February 10, 2011.

The 4S was relased on October 14, 2011 and both the GSM and CDMA versions were released.

said by linicx:

The 4S does work well in 3G/WiFi, and probably in 4G areas but I would not bet the farm it will ride on LTE.

The first Iphone to support LTE was the Iphone 5, which was released September 21, 2012... so the Iphone 4S does not support LTE... only GSM/CDMA.

Features in ios7 by device are listed here for reference:
»www.everymac.com/systems/apple/i···ort.html

The only carrier service difference is that the at&t iphones can do simultaneous voice and data, while the sprint/verizon ones can't.

The Iphone 5S was released September 20, 2013 and does support LTE.

Cheers!

tbc518

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curious about the taxes

I always read this site to be up on things, I work for a different carrier and think this is an interesting promotion.

I would be curious about the technical part of the billing. If it's free for 12mo how are they to collect tax if the itemization of service charges is zero? In my opinion I think they will bill at the regular rate for the system to generate taxes appropriate for the value of the service,and put in an auto recurring credit of the MRC (price before tax).

I hope it goes off without issue I know sprint has done a lot of work trying to get their billing system in check since their Nextel acquisition, what a headache it would be if there was issues with this promo.

Interesting deal nonetheless

anon_anon

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Re: curious about the taxes

Per FAQ

Do I have to pay any taxes or fees?

Yes. Sprint surcharges (including USF charge of up to 15.6% of your charges, up to $2.50 Admin and .40 Reg./line/month) and any taxes and local fees that apply. See www.sprint.com/taxesandfees for details.