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Sprint jacks up the price for two new unlimited data plans

14 July 2018

Sprint's current single unlimited plan is becoming two new plans, Unlimited Basic or Unlimited Plus because the word unlimited no longer has any meaning or value.

The renamed Unlimited Basic plan is still $60 a month. This still nets you unlimited data, talk, and text, but mobile hotspot usage is capped at 500MB of LTE per month. This plan also includes subscriptions to Hulu and TIDAL at no additional cost. There's 50 percent more tethering data in a new top-tier plan, and the TIDAL music streaming service has been added. Sign up today to get wireless news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

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The one simple all-you-can-eat Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan is now phased out and Sprint is replacing it with two new unlimited plans that are more complicated and a bit more expensive. Instead, Sprint is running a promo for 5-lines and is doing an average price-per-line of $42.

Although subscribers have no limit on how much data they can download and upload, Sprint warns "those who have used more than 23 GB in their current bill cycle may experience slower data speeds during times or in places where the network is more congested".

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To be clear, Sprint's pricing now largely lines up with T-Mobile's Unlimited One plan, which provides one line of service for $70 per month and four lines of service for $160 per month. This is similar to its rivals' unlimited plans. You'll get 10GB of LTE data when you travel to Canada and Mexico, plus 15GB of LTE hotspot data. However, if customers bring in their own phone or buy a phone outright from Sprint, they can take a $20 per month discount. However, if you bring in your own devices, you can get the per-line cost down to just $22 per month. If you travel overseas to Canada or Mexico, you'll get unlimited talk and text, and 5GB of high-speed data.

For both plans, Sprint is doing something nice: it's raising its limit on unlimited data (it pains me to write that) from 23GB per month to 50GB per month, which is the same limit as T-Mobile. And Sprint's 4G LTE network is the most improved in the USA with national average download speeds up 30.9 percent year-over-year, more than any other national carrier.6 Sprint is making its largest network investment in years and its Next-Gen Network build is well underway. The new plans will be available starting tomorrow, July 13.

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Sprint jacks up the price for two new unlimited data plans