Sprint to bring PAYG service starting January 25th?

For many years now, Sprint has pushed customers looking to get affordable PAYG rates to one of its subsidiaries, Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile USA. While that strategy has worked out fine enough in the past, it looks like the Now Network will look to keep more PAYG fans under its own banner as new rumors suggest Sprint will look to launch the flexible, more affordable plans sometime this year.

Android Police gathered early training materials which suggest a PAYG service will launch under Sprint starting January 25th, and of the four phones that will be available to start we should expect at least two Android phones. One will be the $150 LG Optimus Elite, while Samsung’s Galaxy Victory will come in as the most expensive offering at $250.

Smartphone plans will begin at $70 per month, and will include unlimited voice, unlimited texting and unlimited data. Voice roaming and 1XTT data roaming are available as well, but 3G data roaming will not be offered for PAYG customers. All smartphones will be eligible for total equipment protection, and those who want extra services like mobile hotspot, international roaming and more will need to put those charges on separate credit cards as they cannot be tied in with the monthly bill.

Oh, and if you’re thinking about gaming the system with a “bring your own phone” mentality, guess again: Sprint will be creating brand new SKUs for its PAYG-eligible devices, so if you want in on this service then you’re going to have to buy one that’s branded “Sprint As You Go.” That’s not too surprising, but worth noting anyway.

Also, as you’d expect, the plans will not be eligible for any sort of corporate discounts or rebates.  ‘Tis the cost of wanting to be freed from the tight chains of the wireless industry, though. The beauty is that you can leave whenever you want at no cost, so if you try it out and decide it’s not right for you the you can just pick up shop and give it a go with the many other options available to you. We’ll see if Sprint has anything to say about this come CES week.

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  • Alex Sherer

    Hooray for these phones, said no one ever

  • Aaron Peromsik

    This is not pay-as-you-go, it’s prepaid plans. Reminds me of Verizon prepaid… which is to say, the pricing is not competitive. They do offer a lot of service for the price, but many (especially low-to-medium-volume users who don’t need roaming) are better served by MVNOs with “real” pay-as-you-go.

  • http://twitter.com/1huckabuck Remo J Gutierrez

    Off Contract with At&T Nexus 4 at $106 monthly bill for 3GB seems outrageous to me. I have a. contract with Sprint, E4GT

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Only good thing I saw is Samsung Victory which is a LTE phone if I am not mistaken. There is no LTE in San Jose so its no good Amigos….I will keep my 4-9 Mbps Virgin Mobile EVO V for now

  • Jayshmay

    Umm, what the heck is the difference between pay-as-you-go & prepaid???

  • chuckles87

    When reading the title I thought they were doing something right and doing the T-Mobile thing thinking when they get their lte rolled out they will be a powerhouse. But after reading the article its just a terrible move.

  • kris

    Still doesn’t beat boost mobile and virgin mobile and they’re soon to get lte

    • HotInEER

      Which is owned by Sprint.

      • No_Nickname90

        Which makes it kinda useless for Sprint to do this. In a way.

    • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

      Boost and Virgin won’t get LTE before Sprint As You Go does.

  • kris

    Yes boost mobile and virgin mobile uses sprint network/coverage but still seems the way to go.

  • kris

    I just know that virgin and boost are supposed to be getting lte early Q1 2013