Sprint MVNOs Compared

 

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A Sprint MVNO is any wireless provider that doesn’t have its own wireless network 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 MVNO’s Pro’s And Con’s

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 MVNO’s 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 Prepaid And MVNO 4G LTE Coverage Map As Of 10-17-2017
Sprint Prepaid And MVNO 4G LTE Coverage Map As Of 10/17/2017. 4G LTE Areas In Yellow, No LTE Coverage In White

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

Most Sprint MVNO’s allow you to bring your own device 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.


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 offers several different cell phone plans.  In the table below I picked out what I think is the best plan offered from 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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List Of The Best Sprint MVNO Phone Plans




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FreedomPop Free Talk Text and 4G LTE Data

Freedompop Annual


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Hotspot cost $3.99, pay for year in advance for unlimited talk text and 1 GB of data for just $79/year!

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $20
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Tello Unlimited 1GB

Custom build your own plan! You can upgrade or downgrade your plan anytime during the month with no fees. The change is instant, and your remaining balance will rollover for the next 30 days.  International calling to Mexico and Canada included!Advertisement

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $22
TPO Mobile Logo

TPO Mobile Noble

10% of your monthly plan goes to a cause of your choice, price with autopay $30 without

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $25
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TextNow Grande

International texting and calling is to Canada

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1.5GB
  $26.99
Ting

Ting

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
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Red Pocket Mobile $30 Unlimited Plan

Unlimited International calling to over 70. Price shown is with auto pay billing enabled, price is $35 without auto pay billing.

Bonus! Buy the annual plan at Amazon and get 3 GB of data at an average cost of just $21.25/month!

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $30.00
Zing Wireless Logo

Zing PCS Mini 1GB 30

Taxes and fees are included in the price shown.  International long distance available as an add on.

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $30
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Twigby

  • Talk and text roaming on Verizon’s network
  • Customers can custom build their own phone plans
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $30
Republic Wireless Logo

Republic Wireless 30

Does not support iPhones. Limited selection of Android phones available, limited support for BYOD. Supports Wi-Fi calling and texting

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $30
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Project Fi Basic

Unused data refunded at end of month, Data speeds 3G 256 kbps outside of USA, International Calls cost extra, rates vary, Extra data available at cost of $10/GB, Data roaming and texting available in over 135 countries, Phone automatically switches between Wi-Fi, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Sprint for calls and texts, Group discounts available

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $30
Scratch Wireless

Scratch Wireless 35

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $34.98
ROK Mobile

ROK Mobile 4 GB Unlimited

  • Includes 24/7/365 roadside assistance
  • Includes international calling
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  4GB
  $35
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Net10 40 Essential Data User


Limited Time Special Offer! 

Subscribe by 11/26/17 and get double the data at no extra cost, 8 GB/month for life!

price with autopay

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  4GB
  $36
Boom Mobile Logo

Boom Mobile Unlimited Sprint 40

All taxes and fees included in price shown. Extra data can be purchased with 90 day rollover.

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $39.99
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EcoMobile 4 GB

Includes talk and text to over 80 countries

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  4GB
  $40
Pix Wireless

Pix Wireless Monthly 44

a la carte pricing options available

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $44
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Straight Talk Unlimited Nationwide 45

$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

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  10GB
  $45
ROK Mobile

ROK Mobile Sprint Unlimited

  • Includes roadside assistance 24/7/365
  • Data speeds may be temporarily slowed down during times of heavy network traffic once more than 20 GB of high speed data has been consumed in a month
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  UnlimitedGB
  $45
Good 2Go Mobile

Good 2Go Mobile 2 GB

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $50
Boost Mobile Logo

Boost Mobile Unlimited

  • 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
Chit Chat Mobile Logo

ChitChat Mobile 3 GB

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $54.99
Best Cellular (PCS) Logo

Best Cellular $60 (PCS)

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $60
Ideal Mobile Logo

Ideal Mobile No Way

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $60

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

Tom
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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.

J King
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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.

Zeebop
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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.

Ben
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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 »
BostonJohn
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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.

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

Wallyb132
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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 »
Johnny Helmsteadt
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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 »
Johnny Helmsteadt
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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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