More than a year ago, Sprint began offering this incentive as a limited-time offer. But it's still available, and it really is as good as it sounds. There are no hidden catches. To help you understand how it works, we've combed through the details and explained it all below.
How to get a free year of unlimited service with Sprint
Is your phone compatible?
Check to make sure your current phone is unlocked and supports Sprint's CDMA bands. Find your devices's IMEI or MEID and enter it on Sprint's site here to see if it's eligible.
Do you love your current number?
With Sprint's BYOD deal, you get to keep you current phone number.
Actually, it's a requirement. You can't set up a new line of service. You must port your number from an active service elsewhere -- like AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon. Chances are, you can port from a smaller carrier, too (like Cricket Wireless, even though it's an AT&T MVNO). Again, just plug in your device's IMEI number here to confirm it is eligible.
If you don't have an existing number, CNET noted there may be a workaround if you get a Google Voice number, and then unlock the number by following the steps here so it can be ported to Virgin Mobile. After that, you have to call Sprint and ask for the free Unlimited Plan.
What's included in the deal?
With Sprint's BYOD deal, you get one full year of Sprint Unlimited, which means you get unlimited calls, texts, and 4G LTE data, including DVD video streaming. This offer comes with a CPA of $100 per new contract with Sprint, too.
What's not included in the deal?
Unlike Unlimited Basic or Sprint's more expensive plans, you won't get a subscription to Hulu. This deal also doesn't include the Mobile Hotspot feature.
How much does it actually cost?
Initially, when you sign up, you'll pay $2.99 for a SIM card, $10 for overnight shipping, and a $30 activation fee (but you'll get that back after two months).
Sprint also charges a "standard $1.99 admin fee," "$0.40 regulatory fee," and "other taxes and fees," which total around $3 to $4 extra per month to keep your "free" line active.
After the first year, you'll be moved to the Unlimited Basic plan that costs $60 per month. (It's $40 for the second line, and $20 for the third through fifth lines, if you add additional ones.)
All set? Sign up now!
Now that we've answered all your questions, go here to switch to Sprint with your current device and get a free year of unlimited service -- no strings attached.
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