Phone Plan Price Wars: Sprint offers new 1GB 4G LTE Data with Unlimited Talk and Text plan for $40 per month

The price wars are heating up as T-Mobile continues to generate uncarrier waves and Sprint feels left behind. So it is no surprise that Sprint has now announced a new low priced plan – if you only need 1GB 4G LTE of data per month. The plan becomes available on October 30 (2015).

You pay $40 per month. Half of that gets you unlimited talk and text, and the other half gets you 1GB of 4G LTE data. Once you cross over 1GB, there are no overages. Your data speed just crashes down to 2G, and given how slow 2G is, it’s not a shocker that are offering “unlimited 2G” 🙂

Separately, Sprint is trying to triangulate its “real” unlimited (high speed data) plan, the latest incarnation going for $70 per month with 3GB of mobile hotspot included and global roaming. This is nowhere near the 7GB of mobile hotspot you get with the $80/month T-Mobile unlimited plan, but it’s $10 less.

New $30/mo Boost Mobile plan with 2GB high-speed 4G LTE data with Auto Pay (but Video at 3G speeds)

Boost Mobile has a new plan that is user-friendly for data hungry users! You get 2GB of high-speed 4G LTE data, plus unlimited talk and text for $30 per month. There are a couple of catches: if you are big fan of streaming video, this may be a deal killer, their terms state “Video streaming limited to 3G speeds”.

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Credit Union members: 10% off the $100 Sprint Family Share Plan

If you are a credit union member, the Sprint $100 Family Share Plan is 10% cheaper! If you take advantage of your credit union discount, a 10% off discount on your bill (check with your local credit union or see for details on how to do this), this plan becomes a $90 per month for mobile-data data-hungry users. The usual barrage of taxes and fees and nickle dimers is additional (you can only avoid those with prepaid service).

You get 20GB of total data, and unlimited talk and text, on up to ten lines (phones, tablets, mobile broadband). The free “up to ten lines” is good for the whole of 2015. Starting 1/1/16, you will pay $15 per month per device. This requires a two year contract. You must sign up for this offer by 1/29/15.

Optionally, if you are switching from another carrier, you can get up to $350 in a prepaid VISA gift card to cover ETF or Installment Billing balance. This promotion is independent of the Family Share Plan. Details at this Sprint page.