With the recent moneymaking trends that Sprint is enforcing, the 3rd largest carrier in the US is quickly losing its edge as the best deal around among post-paid carriers. With AT&T and Verizon Wireless offering up some amazing prepaid deals – AT&T offering the $70 all you can eat package and Verizon offering the same for $50 (albeit not on Smartphones yet) the $80 Sprint plan is losing some of it’s luster.
We haven’t even touched on the amazing “Pre-Paid” deals that Sprint’s partners, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are offering at the moment, but upstarts like SIMPLEMobile and PagePlus are making a dent in the lower end smartphone market as well. In fact, we recently have upgraded SIMPLEMobile to our favorite deal with their $40 unlimited 3G data plan on the T-Mobile network. Unlocked phones, cheap rates, and upgradable to 4G for another $20 a month? Sounds like a winner to us.
The real downfall is Sprint’s continuing efforts to pare down expenses and eliminate programs like the Premier Program, the yearly upgrades, unlimited tethered data, plus the raising of insurance costs and fees. Overall, since our last comparison effort, Sprint has slipped behind T-Mobile in pricing, the quality of network has slid behind AT&T and Verizon will only set you back an extra $10 a line after adding in the “Premium” fee.
While Sprint is still taking care of us personally, we have seen our bill rise $10 in the last 60 days (without making any changes to our plan) and the service level has dropped off quite heavily. Hopefully, this is just a glitch in the system and Sprint will return to the top of the value heap soon.