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Pizzabrewer

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SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« on: June 15, 2017, 08:53:37 AM »
https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15792628/sprint-free-year-unlimited-service-deal-promo


This deal looks like it was designed for us. My wife and I have paid-off and unlocked iPhone 6s. Together with our son we are paying ATT $120 per month for service. Seems like a no-brainer.

Anyone else looking at this?

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 10:28:11 AM »
Looks pretty awesome. Put me as a referral and we would both get gift cards worth $100 or $150 I think :) (or anyone you know who is on Sprint)

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 12:49:27 PM »
https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15792628/sprint-free-year-unlimited-service-deal-promo


This deal looks like it was designed for us. My wife and I have paid-off and unlocked iPhone 6s. Together with our son we are paying ATT $120 per month for service. Seems like a no-brainer.

Anyone else looking at this?
There are cheaper deals than AT&T for $120, if you look into MVNOs.
This Sprint deal sounds interesting, but I'm sure it isn't totally free (I think there is an account fee plus taxes) and some people don't like Sprint coverage (or lack thereof). Depends on where you live I suppose. If you do sign up, please share the details.
I just wonder why Sprint is doing this. A years worth of "unlimited" service is a pretty expensive thing to give away for free...

Pizzabrewer

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 07:23:06 PM »
So I went to 2 different Sprint stores.  The folks at both insisted there is no such deal even after I showed them the offer on Sprint's webpage.

Now I'm really curious...

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 07:34:47 PM »
https://www.sprint.com/content/sprint/sprint_com/us/en/shop/offers/free-unlimited.html

It is an online only deal.  They can't offer it to you in the store.

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2017, 02:50:48 PM »
I just jumped on this last night.  Awaiting sim cards for my wife and I to make the switch official.  All the research I did led me to believe it's legit.  I'm in a huge urban area so not too concerned about sprint's reliability. 

Only downsides were that we had to buy a new phone for my wife because her iphone 5 was too old and not compatible for whatever reason.  So had to drop $400 on a new phone, but she needed a new one anyway.  The other issue was that something didn't go through correctly when I tried to switch due to some issue when they ran my credit (not a credit score issue I don't imagine since mine is near 800).  Had to call in the Sprint to get the credit check done manually and oh boy, based on my experience I'm hoping I never have to deal with their customer service department...

On the plus side there's no contract so if anything goes awry we can switch back to verizon or whoever. 

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2017, 02:55:28 PM »
I tried really hard to like Sprint when I had it, but it was just awful. Got awful service a lot of the time even when in metro areas that their service map says should be solid.

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2017, 08:02:03 PM »
To quote IP Daley on the Communications thread (whole Sprint thread starts about the 4th post down):

Anyone else heard of Sprint's "free unlimited for a year" offer?
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Anything I'm missing here?

Read the fine print at the bottom of the page. Relevant below quoted under fair use:

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Req. AutoPay, eBill, and port-in from postpaid carrier.
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Excl. ports made between Sprint or related entities.

Can't be 100% certain, but I suspect the second part excludes all Sprint MVNOs, postpaid or not. That said, I suspect Sprint might view Ting as a prepaid MVNO given even Ting views itself as somewhat nebulous on the subject depending on where you draw the lines, roaming or not. Businesses aren't in the business of losing money. You can try, but color me skeptical.

That's the benefits of being an optimistic pessimist. When you're proven wrong, it's usually good news. That said...

The first thing that jumps out at me is the complete lack of clarification on whether you're obligated under contract to a hard length of service time even if you bring your own device, and the current general terms and conditions don't help appease that concern.

Always read the contract before you sign. ALWAYS.

As for why the offer, it's likely happening due to the possibility of a T-Mobile merger and Softbank trying to pump up their Sprint subscription numbers at the last minute to improve their sale price to either T-Mobile or another potential buyer. Sprint's postpaid terms and stealth fees are treacherous in general these days. Why anyone would willingly go under those, even for the promise of a year's worth of "free" service is beyond me, but I'm one of those crazy nutjobs who checks the teeth on a gift horse before taking it. Finally, if the merger talks prove out, I'm not sure I'd personally want to be on the absorbed network end of a merger due to the inevitable technical issues of combining two massively disparate networks and billing systems.

My gut says this is a bad idea, and "free" anything should immediately send up red flags with any semi-rational person, but there are days it doesn't seem like many people care too much for my my more measured and cautious methodologies anymore. If you're brave enough to go back to a postpaid contract with Sprint even despite current circumstances, I wish you well.

Pizzabrewer

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2017, 08:17:46 PM »
I got in under the wire.  Both my wife's and my phones are compatible so all we need are the SIM cards.  Our son will have to set up his own phone service as his phone wasn't eligible.  He's off in the world on his own so it's probably time anyway.

Only odd thing is on the final confirmation page.  It says my PIN number is displayed, which I will need for setting up online access or account service help.  There is no PIN displayed.  I'm on hold with their customer service to get it sorted out.




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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2017, 10:47:14 AM »
Mine was in this box on the right not in the text of the confirmation.  I missed it at first too.  Mine was 6 digits long.

Pizzabrewer

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2017, 06:35:54 PM »
ALL RIGHT!  After weeks of wondering what the catch would be, I just got our SIM cards installed and we are now on the Sprint network.  FREE service until 7/31/2018!

This is the most Mustachian thing we've done.  Woo hoo!

Pizzabrewer

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2017, 08:27:59 PM »
...and for those interested it looks like Sprint has extended the signup deadline to July 31.   So you can still get you some free service.

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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2017, 05:35:05 AM »
Free service doesn't mean the bill is $0.00.  It looks like our first bill will be for $8.32.  They do charge $1.99 per line for a maintenance fee, then there are a few taxes and regulatory charges.

I think I'll take $8.32 for 2 phones.  8)

BTW we've found the service to be pretty much equal to ATT.  It's marginally worse at our house but both of us get slightly better reception at work.

The promo ends July 31, so grab it while you can.

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Re: SPRINT offering one year FREE service
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2017, 06:11:04 AM »
I tried really hard to like Sprint when I had it, but it was just awful. Got awful service a lot of the time even when in metro areas that their service map says should be solid.

Sadly that's my experience, too.  I don't live in a remote area.