While they certainly don’t have the fastest data network, Sprint isn’t a bad choice if you’re considering switching carriers (or activating service for the first time). Their network is a combination of CDMA and LTE, so they offer coverage in more rural locations than GSM + LTE providers like AT&T and T-Mobile. They also offer something no other carrier does: unlimited data, guaranteed for the life of your account.
Sprint has been stepping up their network enhancement plans, as well as their marketing efforts. In their latest deal, they’ve partnered with Best Buy to offer eligible students free phone service for 12 months. Specifically, you’d get unlimited talk, text, and 1 GB of data for free. If 1 GB of data isn’t enough, you can add unlimited for just $10 a month. If you’re a student, $10 a month (plus taxes) for unlimited talk, text, and data will sound pretty enticing.
However, like all good things that sound too good to be true, there is a catch. Taking advantage of this offer doesn’t require you to sign a contract, but you have to purchase a Sprint device from Best Buy. And, because the service doesn’t require a contract, you have to pay full price. Where the water gets murky is what “full price” actually means.
Let’s take a couple devices everybody knows, for example: the iPhone 5S. Apple’s MSRP (aka “full price”) is $649. Best Buy sells it for $50 more. If you’re looking for a high-end Android phone, the Nexus 5, which Google sells unlocked and without a contract for $349 will set you back an extra $100 from Best Buy. It’s unclear if they’ll price match on some of these discrepancies, but I will say I’ve had good success getting them to price match just about anything else.
If this sounds like a deal you’d like to take advantage of, you can get more information about the offer on Best Buy’s website, here.
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