Sprint has announced a new low-cost unlimited plan for just $20. Before you go rushing off to your nearest Sprint store you’re going to want to keep reading, because this plan is very bad.
Sprint calls the plan “Starter Unlimited Data.” Take note that the word “unlimited” is included in the name, we’ll come back to that later. For $20 per month, you get unlimited LTE data…for the first 1GB. After that you’re slowed all the way down to 2G for the remainder of your billing cycle. Sound unlimited to you?
If you compare this plan to other carriers it’s actually pretty good. It’s cheaper than AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon’s unlimited plans, but there’s one big difference: none of those carriers actually call their plans “unlimited.” That’s what makes this plan so bad. You think you’re getting unlimited LTE data, but if you start streaming Netflix or Pandora on the go you will be stuck on horrendous 2G in a heartbeat.
Sprint is bound to run into some very upset customers. Sprint’s 2G network is extremely slow. You’re looking at speeds of 300Kbps, compared to the 13Mbps on LTE. That’s a difference everyone will notice. What do you think about this new plan from Sprint?