Best Sprint Unlimited Plans 2019

Best Sprint Unlimited Plans 2019


With more and more people relying on mobile devices and mobile connections, an unlimited phone plan certainly seems the way to go. You can expect the basics such as unlimited talk, text, and data, however, not all unlimited plans are created equal. Carriers, Sprint included, will often include extra perks such as a streaming video or streaming music service. And in some cases, you may also find some limitations.

We’re taking a look at Sprint here in this post, and on the top-level — Sprint has three unlimited plans: Unlimited Basic, Unlimited Plus, and Unlimited Premium. Sprint also a few other unlimited plan options available including the Unlimited Kickstart plan, which is good if you already have a Sprint compatible phone to use, or the more specialized plans: Unlimited Military and Unlimited 55+.

The Sprint unlimited plans range in price from $35 to $80 per month, but as you’ll soon see — the quoted prices assume some discounts and other fine print that may not be immediately obvious. With all these different unlimited plan options, one may wonder, how do you choose the best unlimited plan? Continue on as we explore the features that are, and are not included, with each of Sprint’s 2019 unlimited plans.

 

Is a Sprint unlimited plan really unlimited?

The short answer here is, yes, Sprint offers plans with unlimited talk, text, and data. This means users will not have to worry about any overage charges if they reach or go over a certain level. However, users may see a slowdown of speeds if they go over a certain level, and depending on the plan you are using — you will find different levels of service for things such as video and music streaming.

Slowing down your speeds at a certain level is what is referred to as a soft cap. Sprint officially states that “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.” Essentially, this just means that your connection speeds may drop if you cross the 50GB soft cap limit. This slowdown may not be ideal, but on the flip side, you will not have to worry about paying any overage fees, which were once common and often came in at $10 per GB.

The 50GB soft cap on data is the same across all the unlimited plans, but the limits on music streaming, video streaming, and gaming vary slightly from plan to plan. For example, the Sprint Unlimited Basic plan limits music streaming to 500Kbps, video streaming to 480p, and gaming is capped at 2Mbps. We’ll cover these limits in more detail as we break down each of the Sprint Unlimited plan options.

 

What Sprint unlimited plan is best for you?

Sprint currently has a variety of unlimited plan options. The options include Unlimited Basic, Unlimited Plus, and Unlimited Premium, as well as the Unlimited Kickstart, Unlimited Military, and Unlimited 55+ plans. Each of these plans include unlimited talk, text, and data and they range in price from $35 to $80 per month. 

This brings the first of the catches with pricing. The prices quoted on the Sprint website assume a $5 per line/per month discount for autopay. This means that if you choose not to have autopay, you can expect to pay $40 to $85 per month. Moving forward through this post, we’ll be showing the prices with the assumed (but not required) autopay discount. 

You may be wondering — why the wide range in monthly price if these plans are all offering unlimited talk, text, and data? The price differences come in with the plan extras, and in some instances, the plan limitations. You will also want to consider whether you already have a Sprint compatible device, or whether you need to buy or lease a new phone from Sprint.

For many, the Unlimited Basic plan should be a good offering. This plan, as the name suggests, includes the basics such as unlimited talk, text, and data. The Unlimited Basic plan also includes Hulu as an added perk, and allows users to bring their existing Sprint compatible device, or buy or lease a new device from Sprint. 

Alternatively, if you know for sure you plan to use the Sprint compatible device you already have — the Unlimited Kickstart plan could be your best option. This plan doesn’t include any added perks such as Hulu but it does have a lower starting price.  

Continue on for a more in-depth look at each of these plans:

Unlimited Basic $60

  • DVD-quality SD video streaming (480p)
  • Streaming music at capped at 500Kbps and gaming capped at 2Mbps
  • 500MB LTE Mobile Hotspot
  • Hulu (ad-supported)
  • No 5G compatibility
  • Unlimited talk and text, and 5GB of 4G LTE data while roaming in Mexico and Canada 
  • 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
  • Allows users to bring their own phone, buy a new phone outright, or lease a phone

Who should get the Unlimited Basic plan: People who are price conscious, and not as concerned with the extras such as mobile hotspot and 5G compatibility.

Unlimited Plus $70

  • HD video streaming (1080p)
  • Streaming music at capped at 1.5Mbps and gaming capped at 8Mbps
  • 50GB LTE Mobile Hotspot
  • Hulu (ad-supported)
  • Tidal Premium
  • 5G phone compatibility
  • Unlimited talk and text, and 10GB of 4G LTE data while roaming in Mexico and Canada 
  • 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
  • Allows users to bring their own phone, buy a new phone outright, or lease a phone

Who should get the Unlimited Plus plan: People who are looking for a little extra in terms of streaming quality for music and video. Along with higher-quality streaming, this plan also includes a bundled television and music streaming service. This plan is also a good option if you regularly use a mobile hotspot to connect other devices. 

Unlimited Premium $80

  • Full HD video streaming
  • 100GB LTE Mobile Hotspot
  • Hulu (ad-supported)
  • Tidal HiFi
  • Lookout Premium Plus
  • Amazon Prime
  • 5G phone compatibility
  • Unlimited talk and text, and unlimited 4G LTE data while roaming in Mexico and Canada
  • 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
  • Allows users to bring their own phone, buy a new phone outright, or lease a phone

Who should get the Unlimited Premium plan: People who are less concerned with price and more concerned with getting all the goodies. This plan includes higher quality for streaming video and also includes a bundled television and music streaming service, as well as Amazon Prime.

Unlimited Kickstart $35

Along with the Basic, Plus, and Premium Unlimited options, Sprint offers the Unlimited Kickstart plan. The Unlimited Kickstart plan does away with some of the bundled extras, and is not available for those looking to lease a device with Sprint — however, the Unlimited Kickstart plan does include unlimited talk, text, and data for just $35 per month. 

  • DVD-quality SD video streaming (480p)
  • Streaming music at capped at 500Kbps and gaming capped at 2Mbps
  • No mobile hotspot
  • No bundled extras such as Hulu or Tidal
  • 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
  • Requires users to bring their own phone or buy a new phone outright

Who should get the Unlimited Kickstart plan: People who already have a Sprint compatible device, who are not concerned with the bundled extras, and are looking to pay the lowest monthly price for their mobile service.

 

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Sprint unlimited multi-line pricing

The Unlimited Basic, Unlimited Plus, Unlimited Premium, and Unlimited Kickstart plans all allow for multiple lines. The added lines include a discounted rate for line 2 and a slightly deeper discounted rate for lines 3-5. The per-line price varies from plan to plan and breaks down as follows;

Unlimited Basic

  • Line 1: $60
  • Line 2: $40
  • Lines 3-5: $20 

Unlimited Plus

  • Line 1: $70
  • Line 2: $50
  • Lines 3-5: $30 

Unlimited Premium

  • Line 1: $80
  • Line 2: $60
  • Lines 3-5: $ 40

Unlimited Kickstart

  • Line 1: $35
  • Line 2: $70 (including line 1)
  • Line 3: $105 (including lines 1, 2)
  • Line 4: $140 (including lines 1, 2, 3)
  • Line 5: $175 (including lines 1, 2, 3, 4)

 

Sprint unlimited plan specials 

Unlimited Military $60

The Unlimited Military plan is available for active duty service members, reserve duty service members, and veterans. This plan is a mix of features from the Unlimited Premium plan and some of the streaming limitations from the Unlimited Basic plan — with some discounts on pricing.

The pricing for the Unlimited Military plan begins at $60 per month for the first line. Additional lines for the family come in at: 

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

The Unlimited Military plan features include:

  • DVD-quality SD video streaming (480p)
  • Streaming music at capped at 500Kbps and gaming capped at 2Mbps
  • 100GB LTE Mobile Hotspot
  • Hulu (ad-supported)
  • Tidal HiFi
  • Amazon Prime
  • Unlimited talk and text, and unlimited 4G LTE data while roaming in Mexico and Canada
  • Allows users to bring their own phone, buy a new phone outright, or lease a phone

Unlimited 55+ $50 

The Unlimited 55+ plan is available if you are 55 (or older) and switching to Sprint. This plan offers unlimited talk, text, and data. Users can get 2 lines of service for $70 per month, with that breaking down to $50 per month for line one and $20 per month for line two. Features for the Unlimited 55+ plan include:

  • DVD-quality SD video streaming (480p)
  • Streaming music capped at 500Kbps and gaming capped at 2Mbps
  • 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
  • Allows users to bring their own phone, buy a new phone outright, buy a new phone with monthly payments, or lease a phone

Also important to note is the Unlimited 55+ plan is only available in-store. Users will need to provide age verification and must visit a Sprint retail location to get started with this plan.

 

Sprint unlimited plan fees

Sprint customers can also expect to pay taxes, surcharges, and fees in addition to the plan prices noted throughout this post. Naturally, you can expect to pay your regular taxes. Sprint also mentions that you can expect a “Sprint Surcharge” that varies quarterly, as well as an Administrative charge ($2.50) and Regulatory charge ($0.99) per line / per month. Also, “fees by area” which are approximately 5-20 percent. Sprint customers may also be required to pay an activation fee of up to $30 per line.

 

Shopping for a Sprint phone?

Sprint has followed along with the other major U.S. carriers and moved away from device subsidies and monthly contracts. This means you will not be able to get a highly discounted phone in exchange for signing a two-year agreement with Sprint. Instead, if you opt to get a phone with Sprint you can expect to pay full retail, which can easily mean paying $700 or more depending on the model phone you choose. Of course, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars when you buy a new-to-you phone here on Swappa.

 

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Updated on December 4, 2019 • On Sprint