Best Sprint unlimited family plans 2020

Best Sprint unlimited family plans 2020



Wireless users often look towards an unlimited plan. Going with an unlimited plan takes away the worry about paying overage fees, and also removes the worry of running out of data and having your service grind to a halt. However, this isn’t always as simple as choosing a carrier and signing up with their unlimited plan.

As we’ve seen — carriers often have more than one unlimited plan available. We’ve been focusing on the different carriers here on the Swappa Blog lately, and most recently we have been taking a look at what they each offer in terms of unlimited family plans. The latest post in this series covers the unlimited family plans offered by Sprint.

Is a Sprint unlimited family plan really unlimited?

Sprint does offer some unlimited options. In fact, the carrier has four unlimited plan options available at this time; Unlimited Basic, Unlimited Plus, Unlimited Premium, and Unlimited Kickstart. These plans all offer unlimited talk and text, as well as unlimited data. However, while they each have unlimited data — Sprint does make use of a soft-data cap, which means your speeds may be slowed after a certain level.

The soft-data cap is set at 50 GB with Sprint, and this is the same across all four of the unlimited plans. Essentially, this means you will not have to worry about going over your limit and paying extra, and you will not have to worry about going over your limit and getting cut off. 

Of course, as we’ve seen with other carriers — your speeds will not be instantly slowed once you cross the 50 GB mark. According to Sprint: “customers who use more than 50GB of data during a billing cycle will be deprioritized during times and places where the Sprint network is constrained.”

How much is a Sprint unlimited family plan?

Sprint currently has four unlimited plan options, and all are available for single-line and multi-line accounts. The family aspect basically comes in when you have multiple lines on your account, and the discounts vary based on the plan and the number of lines.

Unlimited Basic

  • 2 Lines: $100 per month ($50 per month per line)
  • 3 Lines: $120 per month ($40 per month per line)
  • 4 Lines: $140 per month ($35 per month per line)
  • 5 Lines: $160 per month ($32 per month per line)

*Plus taxes and fees. Prices shown include an Auto-Pay/Paperless Billing discount of $5 per line, per month.

Unlimited Plus

  • 2 Lines: $120 per month ($60 per month per line)
  • 3 Lines: $150 per month ($50 per month per line)
  • 4 Lines: $180 per month ($45 per month per line)
  • 5 Lines: $210 per month ($42 per month per line)

*Plus taxes and fees. Prices shown include an Auto-Pay/Paperless Billing discount of $5 per line, per month.

Unlimited Premium

  • 2 Lines: $140 per month ($70 per month per line)
  • 3 Lines: $180 per month ($60 per month per line)
  • 4 Lines: $220 per month ($55 per month per line)
  • 5 Lines: $260 per month ($52 per month per line)

*Plus taxes and fees. Prices shown include an Auto-Pay/Paperless Billing discount of $5 per line, per month.

Unlimited Kickstart

  • 2 Lines: $70 per month ($35 per month per line)
  • 3 Lines: $105 per month ($35 per month per line)
  • 4 Lines: $140 per month ($35 per month per line)
  • 5 Lines: $175 per month ($35 per month per line)

*Plus taxes and fees. Prices shown include an Auto-Pay/Paperless Billing discount of $5 per line, per month.

Sprint unlimited family plan features

Unlimited Basic Unlimited Plus Unlimited Premium Unlimited Kickstart
Unlimited Talk & Text Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Yes Yes Yes Yes
5G Data Access No Yes Yes No
Mobile Hotspot 500 MB LTE 50 GB LTE 100 GB LTE No
Video Streaming 480p streaming 1080p streaming Full HD streaming 480p streaming
Unlimited Talk, Text & Data in Mexico & Canada Yes (Data speeds may be slowed after 5 GB during congestion) Yes (Data speeds may be slowed after 10 GB during congestion) Yes No
Extra Perks Hulu Hulu, Tidal Amazon Prime, Hulu, Tidal, Lookout No

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Sprint unlimited family plan discounts

Along with the multi-line (family) discounts, Sprint also has a few additional options for discounts. These options begin with the fairly standard auto-pay and paperless billing discount. Users will also find that Sprint has discounted rates available for military and veterans, and those 55 years of age and older.

Auto-Pay & Paperless Billing

This is the most basic of the available discounts, and one that is available for all Sprint users. The auto-pay and paperless billing discount is $5 per month, per line. It is also important to note, Sprint assumes this discount and all prices you see on the Sprint website reflect the auto-pay discount. All pricing is shown here in this post also reflects the discount.

Unlimited Military

Sprint offers a discount for active-duty military, reserve duty military and honorably discharged veterans. The discount is available on a special plan created for members of the military and is called Unlimited Military. Pricing for this plan begins at $60 per month for the first line. Additional lines are priced as follows:

  • Line 2 – $20 per month 
  • Line 3-6 – $10 each per month 

The military member or veteran must be the primary account holder to qualify for this discount. Features of the Unlimited Military plan include:

  • Unlimited talk, text & data
  • Unlimited talk, text & data while roaming in Mexico and Canada
  • 100 GB LTE Mobile Hotspot
  • Hulu (ad-supported)
  • Tidal HiFi
  • Amazon Prime
  • DVD-quality SD video streaming (480p)
  • Streaming music capped at 500 Kbps
  • Game streaming capped at 2 Mbps
  • Users can bring their own phone, buy a new phone outright from Sprint, or lease a phone from Sprint

Unlimited 55+

Similar to the discount for military and veterans — the offer for those 55 and over includes a discount based on the number of lines on your account (limited to two lines), and a special plan called Unlimited 55+. The Unlimited 55+ plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data, as well as the following features:

  • Unlimited Mobile Hotspot (at 3G speeds)
  • Sprint Global Roaming (in 200 worldwide locations) which includes SMS texting, basic data (speeds up to 2G), and voice calling from $0.20 per minute
  • DVD-quality SD video streaming (480p)
  • Music streaming capped at 500 Kbps
  • Game streaming capped at 2 Mbps
  • Users can bring their own phone, buy a new phone outright, buy a new phone with monthly payments, or lease a phone

Looking to buy a Sprint phone?

As with other carriers, Sprint has shifted away from device subsidies and long-term agreements. It is good that a multi-year agreement is no longer required, however, with device subsidies no longer being an option — users are getting a better understanding of the true cost of phones. 

As many are already aware — a brand new current-generation phone can be expensive. And this is only made a little worse if you are looking to outfit a family. The good news is that you can save some money by shopping for a newish phone here on Swappa.

Shopping on Swappa brings the potential of saving hundreds on each device, and that will really add up when buying new phones for each family member. If you are looking to go the newish route you just want to ensure you buy a compatible unlocked device or a Sprint compatible device.

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