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At only $15 per month, this is a great budget plan for new Sprint customers with eligible phones.
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Sprint's latest effort to get people to switch to their network might actually work. For a limited time, the national carrier is offering a plan called Unlimited Kickstart, which includes unlimited data, talk, and text for $15 per month without an annual contract. That's only $180 (plus taxes and fees) for one year of cell service!

Of course, with every seemingly too-good-to-be-true deal, there are always a few caveats and intricacies, which we address below.

What is Sprint Unlimited Kickstart?

Starting June 8th, 2018, when you switch from another carrier to Sprint, you can get unlimited data, talk, and text for $15 per month when you use AutoPay, for up to five lines of smartphone service. It's unknown when this promotion will end.

Can I Lease/Finance a Phone Through Sprint While on the Unlimited Kickstart Plan?

No, you must buy a new phone outright, or bring your own phone. If you are currently leasing a phone from another carrier, Sprint will not help you pay off that lease. You can check to see if your phone is eligible/compatible here. You'll also need to buy a Sprint SIM kit if you don't already have one.

Will the Monthly Price Increase After One Year?

According to Allan Samson, Sprint's senior vice president of acquisition marketing, there are currently no plans to increase the monthly price for those who sign up during this promotion.

Can I Sign Up for Unlimited Kickstart if I'm Already a Sprint Customer?

No, this limited-time promotion is only for those who port over a number from another non-Sprint carrier. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers are not eligible because these are Sprint subsidiaries.

Does Unlimited Kickstart Include Mobile Hotspot?

No, device tethering via mobile hotspot is not available on the Unlimited Kickstart plan.

Are there Data Speed Caps with Kickstart Unlimited?

Yes. Since you're only paying $15 per month for unlimited data, there are obviously going to be speed restrictions. Videos will only stream up to 480p resolution, music up to 500 kbps, and gaming streams up to 2 mbps. While this all sounds bad, in reality, it's completely acceptable. We tested 480p video and it looks just fine because of the smartphone's small screen size. CD quality music is 320 kbps, and most podcasts use 128 kbps. During peak usage times, data for Kickstart Unlimited users will be deprioritized.

Any Other Caveats with Sprint's Unlimited Kickstart Plan?

Free Hulu will not be included with Unlimited Kickstart, and you'll need to sign up for AutoPay. You also won't be able to take advantage of new phone discounts or device trade-in offers.



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What's best way to port out of Sprint and back in for this promo? And will Sprint allow that with a # that has previously been on their network?
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What's a pretty decent smartphone i can use with this for around $100 from ebay anybody have a link? I cant find one. Apparently, my att unlocked galaxy s5 active will not work.
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My question: Why couldn't I port the number over (with the phone I currently own) to take advantage of the kickstart deal, then purchase new phones on the payment plan maybe 90 days later? BTW, I called the number because I am a BOOST mobile customer (for about 6 years) and I can port the numbers of our two phones should I wish to do so.
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What's best way to port out of Sprint and back in for this promo? And will Sprint allow that with a # that has previously been on their network?
I was told that I COULD move our Boost phones over to the promo ... for what that's worth.
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You can port out a FreedomPop number. Also you can get a Google Voice number and port it out, but that cost you $15 or $20.
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Has anyone tried to port in a TING number?
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What's a pretty decent smartphone i can use with this for around $100 from ebay anybody have a link? I cant find one. Apparently, my att unlocked galaxy s5 active will not work.
You can try Samsung s6 preowned from sprint website for $145. I don't know if we can use any unlocked phones from ebay, so I just S6 from their site.
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Will this $15 plan work in Canada?
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Has anyone tried to port in a TING number?
I tried tonight, and after spending an hour on the hold they couldn't.
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I must say this deal has been a nightmare. I had to speak to at least 5 representatives, go to a Sprint store (no help here whatsoever), and still do not have a functional device. None of this had to do with porting my number, it had to do with severely under trained philipino workers. Get it together Sprint, the things we do to save a buck.

Do not use a FreedomPop number as it can take upward of 48 hours to know if it actually works, if it doesn't good luck.

I would update in 48 hours but the deal will be gone by then, I hope this ported number works....
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Can we port a landline # to the $15/month deal?
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Just an FYI, if you are a Project FI customer, you can't take advantage of the offer either. I was told anyone that is on a plan using their towers can't do it, and that includes Boost. I also can't take advantage of new customers only offers on T-Mobile either, I'm probably going to have go to AT&T for a month or two before i can come back. I have some spare Google numbers, but I want to keep them for a while
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Just an FYI, if you are a Project FI customer, you can't take advantage of the offer either. I was told anyone that is on a plan using their towers can't do it, and that includes Boost. I also can't take advantage of new customers only offers on T-Mobile either, I'm probably going to have go to AT&T for a month or two before i can come back. I have some spare Google numbers, but I want to keep them for a while
I just spoke with a Sprint representative. She looked up my IMEI number, then told me I can switch from Project Fi to Sprint for this plan.
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Just an FYI, if you are a Project FI customer, you can't take advantage of the offer either. I was told anyone that is on a plan using their towers can't do it, and that includes Boost. I also can't take advantage of new customers only offers on T-Mobile either, I'm probably going to have go to AT&T for a month or two before i can come back. I have some spare Google numbers, but I want to keep them for a while
If it counts for anything, I transferred from project fi last year for the free year of service promotion. Wasn't an issue at all.
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