Sprint: Fourth-best coverage, more affordable data plans
Sprint’s network is the least reliable of the big four networks, but it’s the most affordable.
What we like
Out of the big four providers, Sprint offers the cheapest data plans. You can pay as little as $35 a month for an unlimited data plan. The Unlimited Kickstart plan only costs $35 a month, which is half of what you would pay for Verizon’s basic unlimited plan. Maybe you can use that leftover cell phone bill money for a new Nintendo Switch game? I mean, I think I will.
If you live in a more populated area where you can count on Sprint service to work, you can get a pretty amazing deal for unlimited data.
What we don’t like
Sprint falls to last place for the best 4G service in the country. In 2020, Sprint covers only 30% of the country (up from 27% in 2019).1 On the plus side, Sprint users say they enjoy reliable coverage 92.5% of the time.2 It feels safe to assume that the Sprint mobile users who participated in the survey live in more populated areas.
Honestly, a Sprint plan only makes sense if you live where you can get a Sprint cell phone signal. If you live back east, you’ve got a nice coverage area that should support you just fine. But if you live anywhere west of Kansas and east of Los Angeles, your coverage area is super unreliable.
Providers on Sprint’s network
Sprint offers such a low price for its Unlimited Kickstart Plan that you would think it was an MVNO. Yes, the coverage is pretty bad, but you at least you don’t need to worry about getting deprioritized over other users. If we were you, we wouldn’t consider any plan other than the Unlimited Kickstart Plan.
Sprint data plans
You can save even more money by going for an MVNO on Sprint’s network. You’re taking a risk by getting an MVNO on the least-reliable big network in the country, but if you live in an area with Sprint coverage, you can get a killer deal.
Other providers on Sprint’s network
What we don’t like about Sprint
The downside is the less-than-great coverage.1 You’ll notice a drop in bars if you plan on venturing basically anywhere out west.
Honestly, a Sprint plan only makes sense if you live where you can get a Sprint cell phone signal. If you live back east, you’ve got a nice coverage area that should support you just fine. Beware to those who live anywhere west of Kansas and east of Los Angeles . . . your coverage area is super unreliable.
Make sure to double check in the coverage map above that Sprint covers your area. And if you want to dig a little deeper, you can read our full Sprint review.
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