Earlier today, T-Mobile announced Uncarrier 12, which brings truly unlimited data back to customers. Not to be outdone, Sprint has unveiled its own unlimited data plan, which actually is $20 cheaper than what’s being offered by T-Mobile. In fact, this new plan makes it the best option out of all four major carriers in the United States when looking at the chart below.
Looking at the plan breakdowns, Sprint’s new Unlimited Freedom plan will offer two lines of unlimited data per month for just $100. Broken down, the first line will cost $60 per month, with the second line costing only $40 per month. Included in Unlimited Freedom is unlimited text, talk and “high speed data”, with “unlimited optimized streaming videos, gaming & music.”
Here are some highlights of the new Unlimited Freedom plan from Sprint which begins tomorrow, August 19th:
- Unlimited talk, text and optimized streaming video, gaming and music
- Unlimited nationwide 4G LTE data for most everything else
- Just $60 a month for one line
- $40 a month for a second line
- $30 a month each for lines 3-10
When we dive a bit deeper, the “optimized streaming” is the biggest question mark here. With T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 12, the company will be limiting video quality to just 480p but subscribers can unlock 4K streaming for an extra $25 per month. In the press release from Sprint, the carrier will also be offering 480p resolution streaming, but don’t offer a way to unlock higher resolution video streaming off the bat.
It’s not surprising that Sprint is following suit so quickly after T-Mobile, as it tries to climb its way out of the #4 hole, but that may not matter in the future. Rumblings and rumors started kicking up in regards to a Sprint and T-Mobile merger, which has already been attempted but failed due to complaints from the FCC and Justice Department.