They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
If that’s true, major cell phone carriers must really think highly of one another this week. Today, Sprint has added HD video in what has been a wild week in wireless. To recap:
- On Monday, Verizon launched their unlimited plan with HD-quality video.
- On Tuesday, T-Mobile responded by adding HD video streaming to their One plan.
- On Thursday, Sprint buckled, also offering HD video to Unlimited Freedom subscribers.
Sprint is also running a promotion on the plan, offering five unlimited lines for $90 until March 3, 2018.
Previously, the trend among major providers was to restrict video streaming to standard-definition on unlimited plans, or 480p. High definition is 1080p and above.
Sprint calls the Unlimited Freedom promotion the “best unlimited HD plan ever” (you can’t accuse carriers of being modest), and it also includes 10GB of mobile hotspot use per line. Additionally, new Sprint customers who trade in their current flagship phone can lease an iPhone 7 for $0 monthly payments for 18 months.
In the official press release, Sprint is quick to point out that their generous unlimited offerings are made possible by the size of the company’s network, or spectrum.
“Some customers are worried whether their carrier can handle the explosive growth in data consumption as consumers use more and more data to stream, post and tweet,” reads the release. “No worries with Sprint. With more than 160MHz of 2.5GHz spectrum in the top 100 U.S. markets, Sprint has more spectrum than any other carrier across the nation.”
This move leaves AT&T as the only major carrier without an unlimited plan that includes HD video, to say nothing of its relative expense. Take a look at how the major carriers' unlimited plans compare:
Unlimited Data Plan Comparison
Sprint is considered one of the "big four" carriers in the United States. Sprint's many retail locations are scattered throughout the country, and the company is headquartered in Overland Park, KS.
- Network Sprint operates a nationwide 3G/4G CDMA network on the 1900 MHz PCS band. Sprint's LTE band frequency will support bands 25 and 41.
- Coverage: Sprint consistently ranks #4 in national network coverage tests.
- Where to Buy: Sprint sells their plans and phones online and at their over 4,500 stores.
- Bring Your Own Phone to Sprint: To bring your phone to Sprint, it must be unlocked and have previously run on CDMA technology. Find out more about bringing your own phone here.
- Tethering: Customers who purchase Sprint's Unlimited Freedom Plan will get 10 GB/month for tethering purposes. Customers without the Unlimited Freedom Plan can purchase network data for $15/1GB.
- Prepaid: Sprint's prepaid arm is called Sprint Forward.
- Taxes & Fees: Sprint will charge state taxes and fees on top of your monthly cell phone plan cost.
Fact: Sprint's origins stretch all the way back to 1899 (!) with the founding of Brown Telephone Company in rural Kansas. Learn more about Sprint via our carrier review.