The American telecom service provider Sprint just announced they are bolstering their prepaid wireless service Sprint Prepaid. Sprint is reportedly doing this in response to numerous charges previously announced by its competitors such as AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless. They especially hope to appeal to people who have spending limits or would rather not have their credit checked. Much like Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, Sprint Prepaid will permit customers to pay in advance and avoid long-term commitment.
Working off of their “As You Go” no-contract offerings, Sprint’s new Sprint Prepaid has both new prices and new devices including the 3G Moto G, the 4G LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S III, the pre-owned Apple iPhone 4s and the Spark-enabled Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. These smartphones will be available immediately. Additional handsets are expected to be offered through the remainder of the year and feature phones could be introduced as soon as next month.
Chief marketing officer Jeff Hallock said in a formal statement: “”Our goal is to respond to customers’ shifting demands by featuring a variety of wireless plans that meet different needs. This new Sprint Prepaid offer allows us to play more competitively in the monthly prepaid space.”
Customers may choose from two different plans. The Smart plan, priced at $45, includes unlimited talk and text as well as a Wi-Fi-only data plan although it is unavailable on the iPhone 4s. The other option, Smart Plus, priced at $60, features unlimited text, talk and 2.5GB of data although video streaming may be regulated to 3G speeds.
Customers who choose a Sprint Spark-enhanced LTE device will be able to use Sprint’s fastest data speeds in “Spark coverage areas” such as Baltimore, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and several more markets. The current program utilizes an advanced network and cell phone technology that results in up to 60 megabits per second. Over the next three years Sprint hopes to have the program operational in 100 of the largest cities in the US.
Hillock concluded: “Prepaid plans are a viable solution for many consumers, and we’re now making these available to people who have an affinity for the Sprint brand, are looking for savings, and desire no-contract options without compromise.”
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