Review: Sprint Prepaid (Cellular Data Plans)

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Sprint’s biggest advantage is that it tends to have the most affordable options, especially the promotional plans offered to lure new customers.

The vast bulk of Sprint’s usable fast data coverage is pretty much only found in core urban areas and along major interstates. Sprint prepaid plans do not include any data roaming allowance.

If you’re planning to stick to urban areas, Sprint might be worthwhile – and Sprint’s tri-band LTE Plus network shows great promise for the future.

Their weaknesses: Their network is not nearly as large as Verizon or AT&T, and is roaming in most places outside of urban areas or off interstates. In 2016, they are trying to minimize their operating costs and will be moving their equipment to less expensive towers - which may result in service disruptions, and potentially reduced coverage.

Policies & Perks:

  • Domestic Roaming: Sprint prepaid plans include no data roaming.
  • International: No international coverage is included on Sprint's prepaid plans.
  • Mobile Hotspot Use: All Sprint prepaid plans include mobile hotspot use.
  • Data Roll Over: Sprint does not roll over data - you lose what you don't use at the end of your billing period.
  • Overage Charges: Sprint never charges overage fees. Once you hit your high speed data cap, you are just simply slowed down to 2G speeds for the rest of the billing period.
  • Streaming: All streaming counts against data caps on Sprint.
  • Unlimited Data Plans: There is no option for an unlimited prepaid Sprint account.

Testing Status: We do not keep a prepaid Sprint plan in our testing arsenal.

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Sprint's network is consistently ranks last amongst the four major carriers, and isn't an ideal carrier for RVers who venture outside of major urban areas.

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