Posted by William Charles on October 10, 2017

Published on October 10th, 2017 | by William Charles


Sprint: Free Unlimited Plan For One Year

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Sprint is offering a one year unlimited talk, text and data plan for free (there are some charges, explained below). To be eligible you need to bring across an eligible phone. Eligible phones are as follows:
    • Alcatel IDOL5
    • Apple iPhone 5c (Verizon only)
    • Apple iPhone 5s (Verizon only)
    • Apple iPhone 6
    • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    • Apple iPhone 6s
    • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    • Apple iPhone 7 (Verizon only)
    • Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Verizon only)
    • Apple iPhone 8 (Verizon only)
    • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon only)
    • Apple iPhone SE
    • BLU S1
    • Essential Phone
    • Google Nexus 5 (16 & 32 GB – black/white/red) (Verizon only)
    • Google Nexus 5X (all versions)
    • Google Nexus 6 (32 & 64 GB – black/white)
    • Google Nexus 6P (all versions)
    • Google Pixel
    • Google Pixel XL
    • HTC One A9 (Sprint Version only)
    • moto e4
    • moto e4 plus
    • moto g4
    • moto g4 play
    • moto g4 plus
    • moto g5 plus
    • moto x pure edition
    • moto z2 play
    • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Special Edition
    • Samsung Galaxy S7 Special Edition
    • Samsung Galaxy S8 Special Edition
    • Samsung Galaxy S8+ Special Edition

The Plan

Unlimited plan offers the following:

  • Unlimited data, talk and text
  • HD streaming:
    • Video at speeds up to 1080p
    • Music at up to 1.5mbps
    • Gaming streams at up to 8mbps
    • Unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else. Data deprioritization applies during congestion.
  • 10GB of high-speed data per line to use toward mobile hotspot, VPN and Peer-2-Peer usage. Once your 10GB is used up:
    • Continue at up to 2G speeds (32 Kbps) on our network for no additional cost, or
    • Purchase more on-network high-speed data for $15/1GB to tide you over for the rest of your bill cycle

The Costs

While the plan is “free” for one year there are costs involved as follows:

  • SIM Card: $2.99 per card plus $10 shipping/handling Plus tax. It’s not possible to do this in store to avoid the shipping and handling fee.
  • Savings apply until 10/31/18 and then you’re charged  $60/mo. for line 1, $40/mo. for line 2 & $30/mo./line for lines 3-5
  • You still pay taxes, seem to be $3-$5 per line

The Fine Print

  • You can cancel anytime
  • See above

Our Verdict

I know this deal has been around for some time, but reader Peter asked why we’d never covered it and I realized I didn’t really have a good reason and it seems like it could be very useful for at least some readers. If you’ve already set this up, please share your experiences with other readers. I couldn’t find anyways to stack this deal (e.g no portals?) but I’m very happy to be proven wrong about that as well in the comments.

One thing readers have pointed out that I didn’t originally include is that how good this deal is will likely depend on how coverage is in your area. Jeff H suggests using Sensorly (crowd sourced app) to get a good idea of coverage.

97 Responses to Sprint: Free Unlimited Plan For One Year

  1. Rye says:

    I signed up for this plan back in August I think.

    Sprint is good in my area, bu YMMV.

  2. irshad says:

    I tried sprint when they had a 50% off for two year promotion in 2016. But I cancelled the service before my 24 months were up.
    Horrible coverage. Never had LTE at my work location. Calls drop off frequently. I always try to look for deals. But I dont think sprint is worth the frustration.

    I would suggest checking your area for sprint coverage before trying to get this deal. MAY BE some bigger cities have better coverage.

    • YRK says:

      Same as my case. Signed up for 50% off and got 2 year 0% finance S7 in June 2016. The service was horrible. Signals not coming even at my home sometimes which is literally 5mins walk away from sprint store. Customer service just shrugged it off as like deal with it yourself :/
      Paid off my phone and switched back to metropcs before 1 year even.
      Dont take sprint unless confirm with someone how the service in your usage area

  3. R Johnson says:

    Thanks for publishing this. I looked into with my Google Pixel XL and it says the phone is not compatible…

    • RW says:

      Have you ever used it on Sprint MNVO before? Both my two lines were on Ring plus before, I had to contact Sprint to release the IMEIs from prepaid to postpaid.

  4. Jeff H says:

    A good third party coverage map is Sensorly crowd sourced coverage maps. It is dependent on sevearal people having the app open and functioning while moving around. It can be a drain on the cell phone battery and cause heat. I tend to turn it off at home.

    I trust it more than the Sprint coverage maps. It is NOT restricted to Sprint, so you can compare it to most cell phone competitors.


  5. Benjamin says:

    It’s been fine for my wife and I, but not great. That being said, it’s nearly free and having phones that are universal carrier models (a G4 plus and G5 Plus) means we can always just dump them for Total (rides on Verizon) if things get bad enough.

  6. joanne says:

    I enrolled a couple months ago from AT&T. The service has been subpar however, my monthly bills are $4.00. Can’t complain for cheap service for 12 months!!

  7. Fork says:

    Hard pull? I seem to recall reading that it sometimes has been a hard pull since it’s considered postpay service.

    • irshad says:

      That is correct. I had a hard inquiry on my Experian and Equifax.

    • RW says:

      No hard pull for me. Not sure why.

      • John says:

        Did you apply online or walk-in a store?
        Last year I went to a store and they ran my credit, turned out a hard pull 🙁

        • AD says:

          This is my key question, as well. Definitely interested, but this makes it a harder call…

          • John says:

            Asked their rep through online live chat.
            Rep replied “Online it would be a soft pull on the credit as the Stores helps to pull the exact credit to start the service”.
            Also asked about the 20k AA signup bonus. If you pre-register with the link in AA portal, they’ll give you a “Sprint Offer code”. Rep said “You can reach our dedicated Customer Care once your account is created to apply the code on the account”.
            Wondered if that’s what Alex did in the comments below.

          • AD says:

            Just chatted with Sprint and heard different than John, below. Was told it’s always a hard credit check. Was also told that you HAVE to buy a SIM through Sprint’s site. Even if you have another SIM, this promo requires you to buy/ship a new one to proceed.

            The rep did confirm that the AA miles offer will work with this Free Year promo.

          • John says:

            Thanks for the follow up, AD.
            Much appreciated.
            I’ll just let the deal pass.

  8. Mark P says:

    I’ve had the service for a few months now in the DC area. Can’t be upset with a $3.41 monthly bill. There are a few downsides. Coverage is definitely not as good as AT&T. I get LTE just fine most of the time, but there are spots where I drop to 3G or switch to a roaming network. The biggest impact for me has been the loss of simultaneous data/voice, which I had grown accustomed to after 5 years with AT&T. Unless that gets fixed by the time my 1 year of free service is up, I’ll be switching carriers.

  9. AS says:

    It is possible to waive the shipping and SIM fees. I just walked into an Apple store and got two SIM cards. Got them activated over the phone with Sprint. $0 cost.
    No complaints over the coverage in and around Boston.

  10. Justin says:

    I enrolled into their BYOD One Year free plan in July after getting the Pixel XL. Overall, the coverage here in South Carolina sucks (My area avgs around 5 mbps) but hey at least its technically free. The fastest speeds I’ve discovered was in North Atlanta around Marietta (received 110 mbps down). You do pay taxes and fees monthly but it shouldn’t be that much. I am paying $3.26 each month.

    One other big con is that you won’t receive any portal or referral benefits. I tried Ebates, Sprint American Airlines promo and their $50 referral program. I received no compensation from any of them.

    This deal is great if you live in an area that has great Sprint coverage and speeds or if you just want a second line as a backup.

  11. Brian C says:

    WOW! I really wish i wasn’t under contract with verizon. If my new Moto z2 Force was compatible, i would break my contract and switch. but its not…

    But my fiance and her parents are switching to this. Thanks Doc!!!

  12. Rakesh says:

    Does this offer stack with American Airlines AAdvantage 25k offer for Sprint(20k for new sprint account + 5k/per year of active connection) ?

  13. Patrick says:

    “Bring across an eligible phone” is somewhat misleading. Not only do you need an eligible phone to “bring across”, but you must also port-in your number from another existing wireless carrier (ie, Verizon, AT&T) to qualify for this offer.

    You CAN’T just use the spare iPhone 5s sitting in the drawer at home and sign up for the free year.

  14. Mike L says:

    As a Sprint customer I hate when they do this. It’s going to clog up the network, just like it did when they did the 50% off last year, except probably more so, since this is a much better deal.

    • CM says:

      Look at the comments. Noone wants Sprint service even when the price is free! Sprint has the most gimmicks of any carrier, too; which is ironic, cause their newer motto is exactly about no-gimmicks.

      Why are you with Sprint if not for a promotion anyways? Pretty much anyone else has better service at comparable prices, especially after you remove all the gimmicks. Switching should be the best choice.

    • CM says:

      Look at the comments. Noone wants Sprint service even when the price is free! Sprint has the most gimmicks of any postpaid or prepaid carrier, too; which is ironic, cause their newer motto is exactly about no-gimmicks.

      Why are you with Sprint if not for a promotion anyways? Pretty much anyone else has better service at comparable prices, especially after you remove all the gimmicks. Switching should be the best choice.

    • It’s been around for a few months so if you haven’t noticed a difference yet I suspect you won’t, but I agree with what your saying.

  15. Flame says:

    Doc – I would add the sprint 25k AA promo + 5k/year that they give to even existing customers to this post

    • Thomas says:

      25K AA Promo doesnt work , you can try but I am telling you it doesnt work with the free 1 year plan.

      I open the free line in June with AA promotion, but never got the 20K.
      Then in July I open a pay Sprint line for my wife to get a Bestbuy $30 iPhone SE deal. The line open on July 5th and her AA account get credit in 5 days (July 8th)

      • AD says:

        Weird, I’m literally chatting with them right now. She put me on hold to check, came back and confirmed that it does combine.

    • It’s actually 30k AA miles now but AFAIK it doesn’t stack

      • AD says:

        Rep I chatted with said it does stack (and I have the chat transcript as backup in case the renege on it later). But as we all know, what a rep says and what a company will do…don’t always align.

  16. R Johnson says:

    I have been with Project Fi, but am interested in this offer. So, you’re not allowed to bring a phone and just start a new deal with them? You have to port a number?

    • Thomas says:

      @RJohnson You have to transfer a number and for any phone that currently use Sprint network (Sprint MVNOs, ex. Project Fi, Tello, Virgin Mobile ……..) you need to port the number to a third party before your phone will be eligible. The best place to look for discussion on vary ways to get it to work is probably a thread on slickdeals

    • RW says:

      Yes, a number porting is required. However, most prepaid sim cards comes with a number. Just port the number in.

    • AS says:

      Just don’t buy a phone with Sprint if you want to be eligible for this deal. Having a phone from any other source would make you eligible for this offer.

    • Eugene says:

      @R Johnson: I’m in the same boat with Project FI and a Pixel XL. Regarding your comment to port my Google Fi. I’m totally a newbie on how and where to port a number out in order to get this Sprint deal. Help?

      • R Johnson says:

        I hope what I’m doing will work…I’ve got a T-Mo SIM on the way with a phone number. I’m going to use the number to port it to Sprint. I know Sprint will send me a Sprint SIM which I’ll use in my Pixel…We shall see.

  17. PMartinez says:

    Data Service is horrendous in NYC. Paying $8.50 a month in taxes but to be honest not even worth that. Not sure how this company gets actual paying customers (in NYC at least). Saving $100 a month which Ive been putting aside to purchase iPhone X so dealing with the crappy service for couple more months.

    • Thomas says:

      I never have problem in NYC and comment like that doesn’t help since NYC is such a big city, I live north of city and some spot I am actually getting 99 MBPS, and I never have problem at my work place in midtown area, if you should specific which area you live instead of generalize comment like “Data Service is horrendous in NYC”

    • jess says:

      I had Sprint for almost 2 decades in the city and never had a problem. Was on Sero. just moved to MetroPCS for the Tmo network, but now i’m going back to sprint for a year for the deal.

  18. Debt Hater says:

    Does anyone have any experience doing this deal when already on Sprint? Like a workaround?

    • Thomas says:

      Port to third party non Sprint operator. ex. H20, ATT, Tmobile prepaid…. etc, then port it back to sprint.

    • L T says:

      If you care about the number(s) you have, you have to port out to a carrier (T-mobile prepaid, SIM for example), then port that same number back in. Alternativetely, you can port out to Google Voice, leave the number there and use the Google Voice app to send txts and make calls from your ported number. That’s what I do.

      If you don’t care about the numbers, then just sign up any number w/ a T-mobile or etc prepaid SIM and port that to Sprint.

  19. Johnny Apple Seed says:

    You can get a free Sprint sim card if you walk into the apple store and ask?

    “Yesterday my iPhone 6S Plus SIM stopped working with an Invalid SIM error. I did the network reboot etc. and nothing worked, but my other AT&T and TMobile SIMs still worked. So based on feedback here and on SlickDeals about SIMs I drove to the Apple Store nearby, walked in and waited to talk to a greeter. I told her my Sprint SIM when bad and I head they could give me a new one, she paused to start to look at her computer, then said stay here I’ll go get you one (without looking it up on the computer). In a few minutes she came out, scanned the $0 SIM and gave it to me. I took it home and everything worked after I switched my account to another phone and back again (paying $1.99 twice). If I had more time I’d have asked member+ support to help but at this point I was happy paying the $ to do it myself.”

  20. Andre says:

    The service is ok for me. Had ATT for 3 years (2 lines with shared 2GB data) with $86/month. Now $4 each line per month. Speed is acceptable in Philly (downs 5mbps / up 1mbps), since the service is almost free, can’t complain. Coverage is not a problem in Philly.
    I think one possible reason why Sprint has incentive to provide free lunch is to increase the bargain chip in T-Mobile merger case.

  21. mcafeeee says:

    Switched over from TMO in June and it’s been great so far. We pay $7 a month in taxes and fees for two lines in Minnesota. Coverage has been as good or better than TMO.

  22. Jason says:

    Switched from AT&T and did this deal back in June. I must say, the process was SUPER easy, and the total fee for the SIM card with expedited shipping was $14.05. Took my AT&T iPhone 6 and put the new SIM card in, and was up and running super quickly.

    Oddly enough, I get better reception at my house (I’m in a hilly area in San Diego) than AT&T and you can’t beat $2.39 per month!! I also haven’t noticed too much of a difference between Sprint and AT&T’s coverage, but I don’t really care, as I’m not on my cellphone making stock trades. Great deal!!

    • Superchurn says:

      this is gonna sound weird, but how do you open the iphone6 to put the SIM card in? my verizon iphone 6S doesn’t seem to have any place to open it…am i fucked?

      • Chris says:

        There should be a slot on the right side of the phone (below the lock button) with a small hole. You can push the end of a paper clip in there and the SIM tray should pop out.

  23. Davezilla says:

    If you travel at all anywhere outside of a city I’d truly avoid Sprint. If you typically just don’t travel outside your city it should be fine.

    I’ve carried Verizon (personal) ATT (business) and they’re both comparable everywhere I’ve gone in the US. Verizon does have the edge in the midwest though as they’re really strongly rooted there with their early acquisitions.

    I got the Sprint sim because it was essentially free and I wanted to try the international piece. In many places in the US I was struggling with reception as well as many times left with zero reception. Overseas it wasn’t bad. Texting and maps for Sprint were fine in S Africa, SE Asia, Middle East, but however, don’t expect anything at all beyond that. Meaning no twitter or Facebook. You may be able to squeak a google search through but highly unlikely

  24. Evan says:

    Excellent deal! Sprint’s service has been quite good for me.

  25. Skaner says:

    I’m currently with Virgin but was already looking at switching to AT&T. Simply purchasing a Verizon phone on ebay won’t work since the phone has no number to port over so I would have to switch service from Virgin to Verizon and then on to Sprint for this deal to work correct?

  26. DJ says:

    Has been working great for me in Seattle metro area. 2G global roaming and free international texts are really good for international travelers. Can’t beat this for such a low price.

  27. Michael says:

    If I port a prepaid number from AT&T, does this mean I’ll have a sprint account? I’m asking because I was interested in getting an iPhone with apple’s payment plan but it requires an account with one of the major carries

  28. Sparky says:

    I just used a SIM I had for ringplus. I ported a global/free plan number from freedompop. I called the 800 number to do the transfer. Experian hard pull-they used a pin to access the report. I also did the 25k AA mileage promo and plan to also do the $100 credit union bonus as well. It took 30 minutes on the phone. I plan to do two player mode later, but I am just going to go through the online login and order a SIM.

  29. Dan says:

    Any idea where to get a cheap T-Mo prepaid SIM?

  30. J says:

    Ok, this is probably a real noob question (looked at the slickdeals thread but soo much info/comments):

    Currently I’m using an old Tracfone phone with prepaid minutes/coverage running out soon.

    Looking at upcoming Black Friday deals, would I be able to
    – just buy a phone from the list of eligble phones for this deal,
    – then get a Sprint sim card,
    – and lastly port my old Tracfone number over to Sprint?

    If not, what other steps would be needed…?

  31. Edward says:

    I took the Virgin Mobile 1 year “free” plan last month,
    Pros: No hard pull, $1 for the whole year, DIY activation, no need to call
    Cons: iphones only…no free hotspot

  32. DL says:

    I’m not seeing how it is possible to stack the 25k AA offer with the BYOD “free” plan. Here is what I did:
    1) Pre-registered for AA offer (code e-mailed to me)
    2) Contacted family member and received Sprint referral (“unlocked” the offer)
    3) Click DoC’s sticky link at top
    4) Signed up for service, used current cell number (I plan to port it)
    5) Called various 800 numbers attempting to attach my offer code from step 1 onto my account and was bounced around a bit. I think I technically don’t have an account to attach it to yet, so once my SIM card comes in the mail I will try this step again. At least if I can score 5k AA miles along with the pre-paid card and the dirt cheap service, I’ll call this a win. I’m currently using Republic Wireless which uses Sprint for cell / LTE (when Wi-Fi is not available) so the savings won’t be tremendous, but it was worth a shot for 25k. If I happen to be successful on the 25k points, I will post again.

  33. Vipul says:

    I am thinking of using my iphone 6 to sign up and then give the SIM card to my mom who will use it in her LG phone. Will this work or is the SIM card somehow locked to the phone you used to sign up.

  34. DD says:

    I’ve never heard of anything like this. Lol I need to find out if my phone is tethered to Boost

    • DD says:

      I just chatted. The rep said, “Your phone is attached to Boost, the free 1 year service is only for Verizon, AT&T and Tmobile customers.”

  35. Raymond says:

    Dont trust Sprint please! I did a phone trade in for an iphone 7 last year. They did not honor afterwards!

  36. Alex says:

    We just moved overseas and I think this is an incredible deal! We get to maintain our US numbers at almost no charge and get free 3G data and texts almost anywhere we go. Calls are $0.20 per minute which is crazy low if you look at what most US carriers charge you when abroad.

  37. gary says:

    can this free plan be combined with this? if says if you activate in store you’ll get a $200 gc and a free sim. it says all accounts apply to the offer and reqs. 60 day grace period after opening

  38. Joanne says:

    I was told this free offer was online only. In fact when I went to a Sprint store many associates were clueless.

  39. Aahz says:

    I forwarded this post to my daughter and just had to come back and share her response with y’all-

    “Thank you for sending me this! My phone screen shattered really badly a few months ago but it hasn’t been a priority to fix it. Today it completely pooped out on me so I have to buy a new phone now but it’s not as big of a bummer because the $140 phone I already chose and am excited about is now going to go on a network with better coverage, faster speeds, unlimited data and more importantly it is going to save me $600 in the next year. Woot woot! Happy dance! Party time! Excellenceeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!”

  40. Al says:

    Now I see first hand what I have read about Sprint being awful. Sprint web site said my device was eligible for the 1 year free BYOD. So I ported my number from TM. But phone would not work on the Sprint network! Absolutely horrible customer service. All telephone agents are offshore at all hours. I went to 2 different Sprint stores yet no one was interested in helping. Told me to call tech support. They said my phone must be broken. Right. Finally, they put in a new SIM card but that made no difference. So I wasted 5 hours and was without phone service for 16 hours until my number successfully ported back to TM. What a waste of time and a credit inquiry to boot.

  41. Mark Zhang says:

    Report on this deal:

    Walked in store. Was told that they do not do it in store and I have to do it online.

    Chatted online about porting my old number. Was told that one is supposed to use the old number till the Sprint one got activated. Seems not really possible to avoid the shipping etc.

    Having been on not-so-cheap T-Mobile with not-so-good coverage [spotty or even no LTE in certain places in the city center], I don’t really see Sprint as too much more inferior.

    • Himo says:

      I asked for 2 sprint sim when I walked in an Apple store. They handed out like candys. Didn’t even check my iPhone serial number

  42. Raju says:

    Thanks Doc. I got my wife account converted to Sprint. It seems around $3.XX per month… Amazing deal….

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