Sprint Responds to Verizon & T-Mobile – Also Adding 10GB Tethering and HD Video

With Verizon's surprise announcement that they are once again offering an 'unlimited' plan, and T-Mobile's speedy retort in 'one upping' that offer, we've been waiting patiently to see the response from the other two major carriers.

Sprint's current "Buy Two, Get Three Free" offer is a great value, but it also reeks of desperation.

Sprint has now responded, and their response is a basic 'matching' of what Verizon & T-Mobile have decided to offer.

Yep, you guessed it: 10GB of hotspot/tethered data, and HD video streaming (which counts towards network management limits - 23GB) is now included with the basic unlimited plan too.

This is up from the previously offered 5GB of hotspot/tethered data offered on Sprint's 'Unlimited Freedom' plans.

These offers are in addition to Sprint's recent limited time offering of 5 unlimited plan lines for $90. Those who enter into plans during this promotion will see the promotion end on 3/31/18, at which time the plan's pricing will increase to $60/month for line 1 and $30/month lines 2-5 with auto pay.

Comparing Unlimited Data Plans

All of the major carriers now have an unlimited data option offered directly to new customers. Here's our quick grid (that will be kept up to date as the carriers continue to compete with each other), comparing the options:

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Check the 'Alternative Unlimited Plans' for unlimited data plans we're tracking available from resellers or via obtaining grandfathered in older style plans. For RVers needing to replace a home internet connection, these new smartphone unlimited data plans offered by the carriers will rarely fit the bill. But some of the alternatives may play a strong role at the center of a mobile internet arsenal.

For more: Understanding Unlimited Cellular Data Plans: Network Management, Throttling & Mobile Hotspot Usage

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Confused by all of the Options?

Join us for our next live member webinar - where we'll be addressing how to put together different cellular data plans to best met your RVing traveling style. The webinar will be archived, and available exclusively to our premium members who fund everything we do here at RVMobileInternet.com.

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Broadcast Time: Thursday, April 26 - 8pm EDT
Topic: Smartphone Selection Tips

Description:  For many a smartphone is not just for making phone calls - but also a primary or secondary conduit to the internet – both directly and as a hotspot serving other devices.

Choosing a smartphone is a personal decision – and there is no universal best pick. In this webinar we'll share some tips on choosing between Android or Apple, hardware considerations, carrier specific traits, buying used and other features that can impact your internet access.

The produced video will be part of the Smartphone Selection Tips guide. Q&A to be held after the replay of the video, which will NOT be archived.

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"Second Sunday" Monthly Q&A Session: Every month we endeavor to host a member exclusive live and casual Q&A. These are perfect for those in their research phase, going through our Mobile Internet University or just have questions on refreshing their setup. We are happy to field whatever questions you have; a device or plan you're considering, optimizing your setup or on recent new items.  We aim to host these the second Sunday of every month at 8pm EDT - so put it on your calendar!

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