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Unlimited Freedom or Everything Data Share? Five reasons our new plan is right for you!

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Community Manager

 Updated as of 10/31:  Sprint Works discount (the old Employee discount plan) only applies to the first line on the account

 

BTS_home_family_3602.jpgMan, you love your plan and I don't blame you. Sure, you flirted with Framily, but you stuck with this old plan and it's served you well. I get you. I am you. Still, I bet you saw the ads about Sprint's new Unlimited Freedom plans yesterday and you're wondering if this is a good deal. Maybe you're at the end of your contract and when you aren't ferrying your children to soccer or working, you've been weighing your options.

Well, my friend, I've got 5 good reasons why our new Unlimited Freedom price plan beats Everything Data share plans for families who really love their cell phones and _really_ love their data. Buckle up because we're going to move fast.

  1. Unlimited.  Everything.  -- Some of us DO still use our phones as, well, phones.   Stop sharing minutes and keep your unlimited data.  BTW, this data is the good stuff **
    • Really into streaming or gaming? HD streaming/Premium resolution is a free opt-in.  Everything else is in 4G LTE
  2. A good customer discount?  Not exactly, but we do offer a discount for Auto Pay -- You take care of your bills on time, every month.  Why not be rewarded for it?
    • Learn more about auto-pay and how to set it up here
  3. 10GB Hot Spot add-on FREE-- Seriously, try adding this to your Everything Data plan for less than $50.  You can't.  Our biggest hot spot add-on is 6GB and it's $50.  At your mother in laws house for the weekend and need to get a little work done?  Make your phone into a wireless hotspot with 10GB of data included. 
    • Use caution before streaming something like Netflix to a TV or tethering to an Xbox.  Data goes surprisingly fast with sources as rich as these.
  4. Priced for the way we buy (or lease) our phones now. I miss those Black Friday-pay-99-cents-for-your-Galaxy-S3 kinds of deals, but these new prices and plans have been designed with Installment Billing and leases in mind.
    • Looking for a good deal? We're serving up some good stuff LG G6 and iPhone 7 on our promo page
    • BYOD:  Buy a used phone from a reputable reseller (or us) and hand down your old phone to your kid.  Just don't hand down a leased device Smiley Wink
    • That HTC A9 still serving you well? Now you'll only pay for your PLAN in your Price Plan. Never pay extra just because you don't upgrade that often. When it does come time to upgrade, you need to do so on Lease or Installments but if you don't need a huge hard drive and a 24k gold finish, you can keep your costs down considerably.
  5. Pay. Less. Money for your price plan! Unlimited Freedom can be cheaper than the Everything Data share plans and Simply Everything plans.
    • Two year purchase phones are subject to an additional $25 subsidized fees until they complete their latest agreement. You're already embracing lease and installment billing on all your lines? You're set! 

I am not so much on creating fancy charts and colorful graphics but even I can make a grid when the occasion calls for it. This occasion calls for it. I've roughly laid out the monthly price plan charge for a family of 4 on Everything Data 1500 and the same family on the new Unlimited Freedom plan.  **Keep in mind, the grid below is the cost of your price plan.  Phone purchase or leases will be added on to either, and will vary according to the MSRP and other factors. Also 'roughly' is an understatement, addons like TEP are not included in either estimate**Unlimitedgrid.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got so excited with my that grid I forgot I had a 6th point! Qualified Sprint Discount programs get $5 off for the first line of the account. Verify your discount through the Sprint Discount Program portal [edited 10/31/17 to update that only 1st line of the account currently qualifies for discount].

 

Don't take my word for it: log into your My Sprint account, pick the Shop tab and Find the Unlimited Freedom link under Plans. Need someone to walk you through? Call or chat. We'll be happy to explain it all.

 

*If it’s been less than 24 months since your 2 yr contract (discounted phone) purchase on one or more of your lines, you may want to consider waiting until the contract runs out to switch. Since we now sell phones separate from service, lines under contract are subject to a $25 subsidized device fee on Unlimited Freedom until the contract runs out. It may still be cheaper to switch now and pay that fee. You best bet is to do the math and decide for yourself. You may also be able to do a comparison by using the Price Plan optimizer.

 

**Network Prioritization does still occur. High data users (over 23GB a month average) may be subject to some throttling during times of network congestion.  Read up about it here

16 Comments
Journeyman

Thanks for this article.  I have some questions that Sprint CS is not answering well:

 

1) Does ED1500 still have the "New Every 2" plan where you can buy subsidized phones?  Getting conflicting info.

2) Does the $5/line AutoPay discount replace the Corporate Discount?  (Is there no longer a Corp Discount) with UF?

3) Does the switch require paying $30 activation fees per line?

4) Can I still keep my Galaxy Forever plan on UF?  Any changes at all to that plan if I switch?

 

Thanks.

Community Manager

Thanks for this article.  I have some questions that Sprint CS is not answering well:

 

1) Does ED1500 still have the "New Every 2" plan where you can buy subsidized phones?  Getting conflicting info.

2) Does the $5/line AutoPay discount replace the Corporate Discount?  (Is there no longer a Corp Discount) with UF?

3) Does the switch require paying $30 activation fees per line?

4) Can I still keep my Galaxy Forever plan on UF?  Any changes at all to that plan if I switch?

 

Thanks.

 

You are more than welcome @cephraim, these are great questions!

 

1)  Sprint as a company no longer offers the two year subsidy agreement to purchase your phone.

  • For a very short time, you might be able to purchase an iPhone directly through Apple itself with the 2 yr subsidized price but that program is ending in the very near future (I believe the end date is this month, April, 2017).  If you are even considering switching to the new Unlimited Freedom plan, I would recommend against purchasing a device this way as that line would be subject to a $25 per month subsidized device fee until the agreement is completed. 

2)  The $5 auto pay discount does not replace the Corporate discount.  Qualifiying corporate plans would get an additional $5 per line making it $10 per line total if you are on AutoPay and have a qualifying Corporate discount.  Check with the Sprint Discount portal to be sure your corporate package qualifies.

3)  No activation fee unless you are upgrading or adding a new line. However, there may be some proration meaning that your first bill after switching to the Unlimited Freedom plan may be different than normal.

4)  Galaxy Forever works BEST with the Unlimited Freedom plan, actually.  You can absolutely keep it.  Please be aware, though that the "Loyalty Lease" credit you may be receiving on the ED1500 plan does not apply to the Unlimited Freedom plan.  If you switch, you'll lose that lease credit (but likely still save money in the long run).

Journeyman

Thanks for the clarification.

 

Not sure I understand your answer on 2).  Right now, I receive a 20% Corp Discount on the base ED1500 $110 amount.  Will I get that 20% still, plus the addition of $5/line for AutoPay?  If so, is the 20% applied to the $130 base amount for 3 lines on the UF plan?

 

Also, it appears I have one subsidized phone remaining on my account.  The contract summary page says "4 months left" on a "2 yr agreement".  Does this mean I will pay the $25/mo fee for 4 months?

Journeyman

Also, why do you say that Galaxy Forever works best with UF?  Can you please elaborate?

Community Manager

Not sure I understand your answer on 2).  Right now, I receive a 20% Corp Discount on the base ED1500 $110 amount.  Will I get that 20% still, plus the addition of $5/line for AutoPay?  If so, is the 20% applied to the $130 base amount for 3 lines on the UF plan?

 

Under Unlimited Freedom, the Sprint Discount program provides flat $5 per line discount instead of a percentage.  A 4 line plan with a qualifying employee discount, would save $20.  The AutoPay discount then provides another $5 per line so another $20 for a 4 line plan.  This would bring your total discounts on the plan to $40.  

 

Also, it appears I have one subsidized phone remaining on my account.  The contract summary page says "4 months left" on a "2 yr agreement".  Does this mean I will pay the $25/mo fee for 4 months? 

 

Yes, you would pay the $25 per month fee until the contract runs out for any lines still under 2 yr agreements.  Without looking at your account, specifically, I can't guarantee how much longer you have. 

 

Also, why do you say that Galaxy Forever works best with UF?  Can you please elaborate?

 

Galaxy Forever and Installment billing device plans are charged separate from your monthly service plan.  If you're on the ED1500, that means your lease is charged in addition to that 'built-in' amount previously used to cover subsidized devices. Because we no longer sell phones with subsidies, your plan is almost definitely going to go up if you upgrade.

 

If you're on Unlimited Freedom, you pay for your service + your device in two clear packages.  If you choose not to renew your lease and pay it out, your monthly bill drops as you no longer have that charge.  If you bought on installments and you want to hold on to your older phone once it's paid for, again, your bill drops a bit because your installment is paid off.  I paid off my Galaxy S5 and gave it to one of my kiddos.  Therefore I don't hav a device charge on that line.

 

Additionally, you have some nice flexibility in your monthly bill, depending on the cost of the phone you choose.  More conservative phone stats cost less, high end phones with larger hard drives will drive your monthly bill up a bit more.  

 

While I do know my stuff, I do _not_ have access to view or make changes to accounts.  I know you had some questions pertaining specifically to your account.  Thus, I've assigned your private message to a Sprint Care specialist who'll be following up with you to assist.

Journeyman

Thanks for this thread.  I am going to do the math on my 5-line ED1500 plan.  I currently have the AAA discount and get 10% (-$11) off the base cost of ED1500.  Does the AAA discount work on Unlimited Freedom and if so, how much is it?

Community Manager

Greetings @PEKnapp!  As I'm not an agent, I don't have access to check out indiviual discount plans.  I can either move your comment to an area where a Sprint Care employee can answer or you can start your own discussion in one of those places (My suggestion would be Plans).  Let me know what you'd like to do.

Journeyman

Yes, if you could move it where they can see it, that would be great.  Thanks for your help!!

Sprint Social Care

Good Morning! Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, the following discounts are not eligible for the Unlimited Freedom:

 

  • Credit Union Members
  • Credit Union Solutions Group - Individual Members
  • American Airline AAdvantage members
  • Target RedCARD customers
  • Costco Member Program (expired

Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

 

Jeffrey

Sprint Social Care

Community Manager

Thanks @Sprint_Jeffrey.  @PEKnapp  I apologize for the delay but Jeffery's got your back Smiley Happy

Journeyman

I asked specifically about the AAA discount on Unlimited Freedom, not the ones Jeffrey listed.

Sprint Social Care

PEKnapp, Hello!

 

In this case with the Unlimited Freedom Plan, AAA members will qualify for $5.00 discount monthly, per each line.

 

Kryshna

Sprint Social Care Team

Journeyman

The article is 100 percent accurate. The unlimited plan is a better choice. I switched. The only problem I'm having is how I'm going to pay for five new phones. I really can't afford it. I don't want to leaseSmiley Sad. I need some reasonably priced IPHONE 6 Plus. No refurbished phones.

Journeyman

I also have a legacy ED1500 Share plan with 4 lines - 2 still under contract and 2 'upgrade eligible'.  Like some other posters I currently have a corp discount on line 1.  It's time for a new phone so I'm trying to compare options.  Is this correct:

1. Current cost for 4 lines on new plan is 60+40+30+30=160/mo.  with autopay, minus  corp 5$/line/month so 140/month?

2. Data is potentially reprioritized on either plan;  is that at 23 gigs per line or per account?

3. Isn't Early Term Fee $20/month?  So why is subsidized device fee $25/month?

4. Am I eligible for $10/mo.  service credit on lines not under contract if I stay on ED1500 ?

 

Thanks.

Community Manager

Hi @lmb3 The plan offering changed since this article was published, I apologize as I should have updated it.  The Sprint Works (aka employee) discount only apply to the first line on the account, so total price would be $155/mo for the 4 lines with auto pay and a qualifying discount.  

 

Data prioritization is per line, not per account and lasts only through the end of the applicable bill cycle. 

 

The subsidized device charge works out as the the average monthly charge for a leased phone.  Some, obviously are more than $25 a month, some less.  Early Termination fees have not been adjusted to account for the increased MSRPs of today's devices.  That can mean that waiting out the contracts will  be cheaper for now.  

 

If you stay on ED1500, only lines currently attached to a lease are eligible for a loyalty discount.  We now have a tiered discount depending on the SRP of the phone:

- SRP $299 or less gets a $5/mo discount

- SRP $300 or more gets a $10/mo discount

[edited for clarity]

 

Every situation is slightly different and you have to weigh the options for your individual case.  For most people who plan to lease their devices, the Unlimited Freedom plan would be the best option over time.  Even moreso if you're eligible for and take advantage of something like a LOGO (lease one get one) for your upgrades. 

Journeyman

HELP, thank you for your article it does help to understand the plan better but have some questions..I also have been getting conflicting information from account services, besides twice they have said they would call back with more information (once was informed it would be a manager) and no return calls. I have the ED1500 and have 4 lines and have been a customer since '98 with employee discount on 1st line. ED1500 vs Freedom Unlimited Plan. Plus upgrading phones: 

 

I first called to find the best offer on iPhones. A good friend had advised me of the awesome deal Sprint gave them on 2 iPhones on a installment plan. Apparently to certain targeted customers of which one rep told me our account should have been targeted, really..but it was not. ugh.  So the best deal was $350 off which would result in to 19.45 credit for 18 mos. Then a onetime payment to buy phone or turn it in to upgrade. Two lines marked for that deal with of course a trade in. The other two lines, one is a lease that has completed and I am trying to decide if I should buy it or return. The other is paid for, but a 5s and they do not want that as a trade in so I am being offered a $10 loyalty credit on an upgrade for iPhone on that one, but it looks like I can not change plan if I take the loyalty credit on two lines. Does not make sense, I have 4 lines on one plan.

 

Because I called in for the above the rep tells me about this new plan that I should switch too that he states is better than ED1500 and I would save money. 4 lines would be $120 a month, I ask what is the catch, he says, none. There has to be a catch, what is the fine print? I asked if he could send me some material so I can read over it, why would I agree to something unless it is in writing? He stated it is only in account services and he could not send me info to read over. So the plan on the Sprint website sounds like the same one he was bringing up?? Also, in a previous call to account services this past Oct. I was told as advice, that I do not change my plan for any reason no matter what, and they do not have anything better than that. So of course, I am confused and tired of the run around or switch and bait whatever you want to call it. Are they really looking out for the customer?

 

 I have recently upgraded one of the phones to receive the discount of 350 off which is a lease for 18 mos etc... What does that do if I were to change to the Freedom Unlimited, would I have an additional charge of $25 susidized fee each month additionally? Should I even change the plan?

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