Sprint MVNO Comparison

 

Wireless Provider
Talk
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Data
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Tello

Special Features:
  • International calling to Mexico, China and Canada included at no extra charge.
  • Upgrade or downgrade at anytime with no extra fees. The change is instant, and your remaining balance will roll over for the next 30 days.
Unlimited
Unlimited
0 GB
Promoted
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Tello

Special Features:
  • Mobile hotspot is included
  • Unlimited data at 2G speeds
  • International calling to Mexico, China and Canada at no extra cost!
  • Upgrade or downgrade anytime with no extra fees. The change is instant, and your remaining balance will roll over for the next 30 days.
Unlimited
Unlimited
1 GB

 

A Sprint MVNO is any wireless provider that doesn’t have its own wireless network or towers and instead uses Sprint’s network to provide you with cellular service.  Without having to build and maintain its own cellular towers, a Sprint MVNO can save you a lot of money on your phone bill.  In fact, a Sprint MVNO may even be able to cut your cell phone bill in half, if not more!

 

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The Sprint MVNO Business Model

You can think of Sprint MVNO’s as retailers and Sprint as being like both a wholesaler and product producer for the MVNO’s.

Sprint MVNO’s typically buy talk, text, and data in bulk from Sprint.  Each Sprint MVNO then resells the talk, text and data back to you, the consumer, at prices that the Sprint MVNO believes it can turn a profit with.  The service is generally resold at a much cheaper rate compared to what Sprint would sell it for directly to consumers.

Sprint MVNOs Pros And Cons

Pros

Compared to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, Sprint has the largest selection of MVNO partners.  Having such a big selection of providers for you to choose from means that companies will compete hard among each other to try and win you over as a customer.  Competition of course means cheaper prices for you!

Competition has also led to some innovation in the industry as different companies have had to rethink the traditional cell phone service model to try and get your attention.

Tello, and Ting for instance allow you to custom build your own cell phone plan. You don’t have to choose from pre-built plans like you would have to if you signed up with Sprint.  Instead you get to pick the number of minutes that you want your plan to have, separate from the amount of text messages and data that you want the plan to have.  You can even build a data only plan if you want!

Republic Wireless is another MVNO that can be considered an innovator.  The company’s cell phone service is actually available over Wi-Fi.  In fact it is a Wi-Fi first MVNO.  That means, whenever it’s available, your text messages and phone calls will be preferentially routed over Wi-Fi as opposed to Sprint’s cellular network.  A big advantage here is that you’ll have service in places that other Sprint MVNO’s do not!

Cons

Most Sprint MVNOs do not get to roam and use other network’s such as Verizon’s in areas where Sprint’s coverage is poor.  However, Sprint postpaid customers do get to roam on those other networks for better coverage.

Sprint’s 4G LTE network is rather small, and most Sprint MVNO’s will get LTE coverage that corresponds with Sprint’s Prepaid LTE coverage map which is depicted below.

Sprint 4G LTE Coverage Map As Of 10-17-2017
Sprint 4G LTE Coverage Map As Of 10/17/2017. 4G LTE Areas In Yellow, No LTE Coverage In White. Map Corresponds To Sprint’s Prepaid Network Which Is What Most Sprint MVNO’s Use

Another con, and this is for MVNO’s in general not just for Sprint MVNO’s, is that service with an MVNO is prioritized below service directly obtained from the parent network. As an example, this means that if you are subscribed to a Sprint MVNO and Sprint’s network is busy, you may end up trying to send a text message that gets stuck in sending and won’t send until the network is less busy.  Not everyone experiences something like this though.  It all depends on where you live and the network’s capacity in your area.

Customer Support

Customer support is neither a pro or a con.  Some Sprint MVNO’s actually provide the same or better support than Sprint does for its customers, while others fair far worse.  Sometimes an MVNO keeps a small customer support staff to cut down on costs which is one way that service can be made cheaper for you.  It is a bit of a trade off.

Buying A Phone From A Sprint MVNO

Not all Sprint MVNO’s sell phones. Quite a few are BYOD only.  This is one area where Sprint MVNO’s and MVNO’s in general are weak.  You don’t often see Sprint MVNO’s offer BOGO’s and other great deals that Sprint may offer for flagship phones.

For those that are in the market for a new phone, more and more MVNO’s are at least beginning to offer device financing like their parent networks offer.

Sprint MVNO BYOD Options

Most Sprint MVNO’s allow you to bring your own phone to their virtual networks.  Any out of contract Sprint phone that is in good standing, meaning it hasn’t been reported lost or stolen can be used.

Unlocked CDMA compatible phones such as most Motorola devices can also be used.

Sprint compatible phones must have support for LTE bands 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (850 MHz) and 41 (2500 MHz) to work.  You can check online to see if your phone meets all of the requirements by doing what’s called an IMEI check. Sprint MVNO Tello will explain to you for free how to find your phones IMEI number. They will also do an instantaneous check on it to see if it is eligible for use with a Sprint MVNO or even Sprint.


Sprint MVNO List

If you’re ready to begin your journey into the world of Sprint MVNO’s here is a list of providers that operate on the Sprint Network.

Each provider listed above offers several different cell phone plans.  I sorted through them and in the table below I picked out what I think is the best plan offered by each provider.  In order to make it into the price comparison table, plans were picked that contained unlimited talk and text with at least 1 GB of 4G LTE data.  An exception to this rule was made for Ting, which does not offer an unlimited talk or text option.


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The Best Sprint MVNO Phone Plans




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FreedomPop Free Talk Text and 4G LTE Data

See a review of Freedompop

Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Requires the purchase of 3 months of service in advance to get it at the listed rate
  • Requires the purchase of a phone from Huawei costing $29.99
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $13.99
Red Pocket Mobile Logo

See a review of Red Pocket Mobile

  • Available exclusively through eBay
  • Price includes unlimited international calling to over 70 countries.
  • Annual plan, requires purchase of 1 year of service in advance
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $20
Tello Logo

See a review of Tello

Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we cut down our prices!  Build your own plan and get more of what you like for less!
  • All plans now include Unlimited Texting!
  • You can upgrade or downgrade anytime with no extra fees. The change is instant, and your remaining balance will roll over for the next 30 days.
  • International calling to Mexico, China and Canada included!

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Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $24
TPO Mobile Logo

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Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $25
TextNow Wireless Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • International texting and calling is to Canada
  • Mobile hotspot is available if you ask TextNow to enable it on your account and phone if your phone supports it
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $27.99
Ting
Includes WiFi Calling!

Many options available. Build and customize your own plan with a la carte pricing. Cost for international calls varies by location.

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  100
  100
  1GB
  $28
Twigby Logo
  • Talk and text roaming on Verizon’s network
  • Customers can custom build their own phone plans
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $30
Google Project Fi Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Unused data refunded at end of month.  Use only 500MB get a refund of $5 at the end of your billing cycle
  • International Calls cost extra, rates vary
  • Extra data available at cost of $10/GB
  • Data roaming and texting available in over 170 countries at no extra charge
  • International data speeds at up to LTE data speeds
  • Phone automatically switches between Wi-Fi, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Sprint for calls and texts
  • Group discounts available.  Additional lines can be added for $15/month
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $30
Red Pocket Mobile Logo

See a review of Red Pocket Mobile

  • Available exclusively through eBay
  • Price includes unlimited international calling to over 70 countries.
  • Annual plan, requires purchase of 1 year of service in advance for $399
  • MMS and group texting will not work on AT&T GSMA plans with iPhones
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  10GB
  $33.25
Wing Mobile Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Any unused data that you have in your account at the end of a billing cycle gets fully refunded.
  • International data add on available priced at $13/GB.  International data speeds limited to 3G.
  • Supports BYOD
  • Sells devices with financing options available
  • Includes HD voice and Wi-Fi calling
  • Includes visual voicemail
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $34
Scratch Wireless
Includes WiFi Calling! Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $34.98
Republic Wireless Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Does not support iPhones.
  • Limited selection of Android phones available, limited support for BYOD.
  • Supports Wi-Fi calling and texting
  • Extra data available priced at $5/GB
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  4GB
  $35
Net10 Wireless Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • price with autopay discount applied
  • WiFi calling and texting is not available on all devices
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  4GB
  $36
Tello Logo

See a review of Tello

Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Includes Mobile hotspot!
  • When your high speed data runs out you get unlimited 2G data.
  • Custom build your own plan and get more of what you like for less!
  • You can upgrade or downgrade anytime with no extra fees. The change is instant, and your remaining balance will roll over for the next 30 days.
  • International calling to Mexico, China and Canada included!
  • WiFi calling requires the use of the Tello app

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Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  10GB
  $39
Boom Mobile Logo
  • All taxes and fees included in price shown.
  • Extra data can be purchased with 90 day rollover.
  • If used on the Verizon network, Boom! Mobile will include extended digital coverage.
  • If used on the Verizon network, plans will include VoLTE HD Voice calling, and mobile hotspot.
  • NEW! Use your gift card from Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Target and many more places to fund your Boom Mobile account and pay your bill!
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $39.99
ECO Mobile Logo

Includes talk and text to over 80 countries

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  4GB
  $40
Pix Wireless

a la carte pricing options available

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $44
Straight Talk Wireless Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • $44/month if you enable auto refill. Pay 3 months in advance, save $5. Pay 6 months in advance save $15. Pay one year in advance save $45
  • WiFi calling and texting is not available for all devices
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  10GB
  $45
Boost Mobile Logo
  • 8 GB 4G mobile hotspot included
  • Video streaming limited to 480p
  • Music streaming limited to 500 Kbps
  • Gaming limited to 2 Mbps
  • Data prioritization after 23 GB
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  UnlimitedGB
  $50
Best Cellular (PCS) Logo
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $60
Ideal Mobile Logo
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $60

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Sorry. Here is the missing info from my previous comment: Go to thomasremely … stream … com, and click on Get Services.

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I use Stream. It’s BYOD or buy a phone through them. $35 for unlimited/unlimited/4GB. and click on Get Services.

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Some of the cheapest plans listed have no Phone customer service if you have a problem. Everythng is done text style and can be a pain, I had problems with Freedom Pop and after 2 days of trying to get them to understand the problem I dropped them and went to Ting. Ting has some of the best customer service I have ever talked to , short hold times and they really seem to want to keep you as a client.

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I was browsing the nocontract sub Reddit earlier and noticed someone mentioned tello. It has payg and build your own plan like ting. The best part is that it is cheaper than ting. I haven’t tried it out myself but it has great pricing for low data users. They mention it runs off the sprint network btw. Just a suggestion for the list.

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Does anyone know if any U. S. version of the Motorola Nexus 6 will work on freedom pop? I’m getting the impression that where you bought the Nexus 6 matters. I know it’s technically capable but I’ve read that Sprint and some Sprint MVNOs, such as FreedomPop, are picky with which BYOP will work or not. Just because it’s capable of working on Sprints network doesn’t mean you’ll be able to activate it on their network. It’s really driving me nuts trying to get a clear answer. In a freedompop forum, freedompop stated that the “Sprint Motorola nexus 6” will… Read more »

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I use freedompop now. and have been fine for a year. Starting 1 month ago. i was not able to make any phone calls. I can receive calls, but could not call out. I’ve been trying to have them fix this for two weeks now to no avail. So… when it works its great (cheap/free). when it’s not working you’ve better have another spare phone available, or you wil not be using a cell phone.

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Did you wipe data for their app?

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TPO (http://store.tpo.com) just launched few weeks ago as newest Sprint MVNO. Any thoughts of them? Thanks.

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Freedompop is absolutely horrible, do not use this service for any reason under any circumstances. their service is misleading and the call quality is the worst i’ve ever seen. They use VoIP with their own dialer which is difficult to use, and nearly impossible to end a call, having to power the phone off in order to end a call. But that usually isnt not a problem because nearly all calls drop well before you have the chance to end it yourself. They claim unlimited talk and text along with 2Gb of data, however if you use all of your… Read more »

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My experience was different, and using a Nexus S 4G (wimax) version. It’s an old phone and only ever had 3G access as there was never wimax in my area. The call quality was great to me, even on 3G but only after audio codec settings were adjusted in FreedomPops dialer app. Did you ever adjust your audio codec settings as advised by FreedomPop’s website on their FAQ page? My only real issues with the service was the dialer app caused a battery drain, and the phone never received text messages that were sent to it while the phone was… Read more »

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I’m sure everyone’s experience is different, We are, not were, but are currently using Freedompop with a sprint branded Galaxy note 2. I bought the phone and set it up for a friend who was travel to the great lakes area for her fathers funeral. After some difficulty and several calls to Freedompop customer service, I finally got the phone working the morning she left. Ha

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I don’t exactly get your point. A new customer brings an eligible phone, pays $19.95/activation, then gets up to 1.5 gb free plus 200 minutes using the FreedomPop voip application (ios and android) which in my opinion still needs some work. Myself, I use MagicJack’s app called MagicApp and don’t really use their voice app. If I do ever use the FP voice app, it is to make test calls. In order to get the full 1.5 GB’s every month you need to 1) connect to ten FreedomPop friends (adds 500 MB’s every month and 2) (this takes a bit… Read more »

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That is a good price. I recommend everyone to check out eBay for phone deals. I’ve purchased myself or helped others purchase several phones that looked like new.

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I guess for the sake of not missing cincoming calls(?).

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Johnny Helmsteadt

YEP, that’s what they charge for “Tethering” of a phone/handset… unless you jailbreak an ios device and install “TetherMe”.

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By the way, I only paid $160 for the iPhone Five with 64 gigs of memory, looks like new, Go eBay!!

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Perhaps you would consider adding a section to your site addressing “Annual MVNO Plans”. I like to carry more than one network in my pocket, and If I were able to use FreedomPop more reliably for voice calls, (ain’t happening yet, unless I am stationary, not the best if on the move), I would probably just get the PagePlus (Verizon) annual plan, which lists for $80, but if you buy it at a discounter like I do it is only $77 and change. That plan gives 2000 minutes for the year. You can check the rates for messaging and data,… Read more »

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I forgot all about Obihai. I even found that I already setup an account, now to figure out how to use it.

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Yeah, altering the codecs can make a huge difference in voice quality. I think there are a few other things you can change too that are on FreedomPops support page that I previously referenced.
The battery drain problem was specific to the FreedomPop app. I used another app that detects what’s draining your battery and it showed FreedomPops app was constantly pinging the network and not letting the phone go to sleep.

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Thanks. I did download that app on Android, and so yes that must be where the 200 MB of data came from then. The Android version was stable when I was using it.