Free Sprint cell service for 1 year

Sprint is offering free unlimited cell phone service for 1 year* (*not entirely free as there is a $1.99 admin fee and some taxes) for customers switching from post-paid AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon service. While Sprint’s coverage map isn’t as strong as its competitors, free is still a great price (and might be worth it for free mobile hotspot service alone). I haven’t dug into the terms of this offer, but thought it was worth making readers aware.

The Deal

  • Free unlimited talk, text, and data for 1 year
  • No contract, no activation fee

Key Terms

  • Hard credit pull required for activation
  • Bring Your Own (compatible) Phone
  • Must buy a SIM card ($2.99 + $10 shipping or pick up in-store for free)
  • Must own your phone
  • Must sign up at sprint.com/1yearfree by 6/30/17

Eligible Phones

Sprint’s service runs on a different technology than AT&T/T-Mobile, so not all phones will work on Sprint’s network. Any Verizon phone should work. In addition, the following phones should all be unlocked and compatible with Sprint:

  • Nexus 5 (Not supported from T-Mobile)
  • Nexus 5x
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 6P
  • Moto X Pure Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Special Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Special Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Special Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ Special Edition
  • Moto G4
  • Moto G4 Play
  • Moto G4 Plus
  • Moto G5 Plus

If you don’t have a Verizon phone or one of the phones above, you will probably need to buy a new phone for this deal.

Quick Thoughts

This might be a particularly good deal if you have a line that you don’t need with Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile. You may even be able to add a line to one of those services just to switch it to Sprint — I don’t see any requirement as to how old the line needs to be to take advantage of this promo. For example, I recently decided to switch to T-Mobile and planned to port over my wife and I and two family members. We ported my number and my wife’s number and found that T-Mobile’s coverage is unfortunately still too limited for us. We’re going to go back to Cricket (or maybe AT&T to take advantage of the Amex Offer there). However, we have 2 T-Mobile lines with new numbers (since we never ported over the other 2 family members). I’m tempted to port one of those lines to Sprint just to use as a hotspot for a year. The hard credit pull kind of turns me off — we’ll see. Check out the fine print as I did not scour it too closely (Sprint’s coverage isn’t solid enough where I live to seriously consider this as our regular service). Best of luck if you make the switch!

Some of the key terms from sprint.com/1yearfree:

What is Sprint’s One Year Free Service Offer?

Bring your eligible phone to Sprint and get FREE Unlimited data, talk and text for one year. There’s no annual contract and you can keep your phone, number, accessories, photos, apps and music. It’s really that simple.

You’ll get Sprint’s fully-featured Unlimited including: 

  • 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

This introductory pricing:

  • Free service for 1 year for new customers who switch to Sprint and sign up on sprint.com/1yearfree between 6/9/17 and 6/30/17. Save until 7/31/18.
    • You’ll save more than $900 (compared to Verizon’s one-line unlimited rate plan) in the first year
    • Switch your whole family and save even more!
    • A standard $1.99 admin fee, $0.40 regulatory fee and other taxes and fees apply
    • Your $30 activation fee is waived as part of this promotion. The fee will appear on your first bill and a credit will appear within 2 bills.
  • Requires a Sprint SIM card, eBill and Sprint AutoPay ($5/mo./line discount applied within two invoices)
    • If AutoPay is cancelled, you’ll pay $5/mo./line
    • If AutoPay and eBill are removed, a $7.99/mo. charge will apply for Account Spending Limit customers
      • Your Spending Limit is the monthly maximum amount of spending per phone on your account based on your credit decision
      • For accounts with multiple phones, the total spending limit is calculated as the number of phones on the account multiplied by the spending limit per phone
  • You must own the phone(s) you’re bringing to Sprint.
  • After 7/31/18, pay:
    • Line 1: $60/mo.
    • Line 2: $40/mo.
    • Lines 3-5: $30/mo/line
    • Pricing shown with AutoPay. Add $5/mo./line without AutoPay

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  1. Verizon phones won’t work on Sprint’s network. While they may both support CDMA, they use different frequencies and as a result, their phones aren’t interoperable. Verizon intentionally cripples theirs. Not sure what Sprint does with theirs, but I know they use some very odd frequencies compared to anyone else.

    • I’m not saying you’re wrong — but are you sure you’re right? I know that used to be the case, but thought that these days most manufacturers are only making one CDMA version of their phones (or one version period that works with both CDMA and GSM as is the case with the iPhones and several others).

      This is from Sprint’s FAQ’s about how to get your phone ready for Sprint:
      Make sure your phone is unlocked
      If you’re with Verizon it’s already unlocked

      What you’re saying about differing frequencies may well be right — I’m wondering if you’re working off of current information though.

      Their list of compatible phones includes a few Verizon models….

      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 SE
      Google Nexus 5 (Verizon only)
      Google Nexus 5X
      Google Nexus 6
      Google Nexus 6P
      Google Pixel
      Google Pixel XL
      Motorola E4
      Motorola Z2 Play
      Motorola G4
      Motorola G4 Play
      Motorola G4 Plus
      Motorola G5 Plus
      Motorola X Pure Edition
      Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Special Edition
      Samsung Galaxy S7 Special Edition
      Samsung Galaxy S8 Special Edition
      Samsung Galaxy S8+ Special Edition

      • iPhones and Galaxy 7 and beyond work on all networks, probably Nexus 6 and beyond as well. Thats becoming the trend now

  2. Not sure why my comment from yesterday wasn’t approved but I just signed up for this offer and also registered for the AA 20,000 bonus for new sprint accounts. Did that for my fiance as well, so hoping to score an additional 40,000 AA miles on top of this already incredible deal.

    • Sorry about your comment from yesterday. Any comment that includes a link requires manual approval to post. We get a bunch of those every day — most of which are spam and a few of which are legitimate like yours. I must have overlooked the email with your comment. I just approved it so it’s in there. Sorry about that!

      In response, I would doubt that you’d get the miles since you’re not paying for the service, but I hope I’m wrong. Let us know how it works out!

  3. Is there a 2 year locked in contract once you switch? I’m looking to expatriate Summer of 2018, so this would be perfect for the year I have left in the States, but wouldn’t want to ruin my credit or pay another year worth of monthly fees if I was locked in to a contract.

  4. Estimated $13/month in Texas after fees + taxes. Great deal for unlimited if you have Sprint LTE coverage. It’d be $60 normally.

    Definitely use that AA 20,000 miles link if trying out Sprint for a few months before jumping back to Verizon,etc. “Members can earn one 20,000 miles award with a new Sprint acct with 1 new phone–line activ. when line remains active for 30 days.”

    Remember though Sprint network can’t do voice & data at the same time. No WebEx or looking up Google Maps, Yelp, Waze while talking.

    • Good info. I already initiated the switch and pre-registered for the 20,000 promo.

      Lets see if it works. I don’t see anything in the terms that would disallow it.

  5. Why aren’t iphones listed in the “Eligible phones” list?

    Also are AT&T or other carriers making any retention offers to prevent people from jumping ship to Sprint?

    • I wouldn’t go based off the eligible phones list. Just use your IMEI to check if eligible. My iPhone 6s was eligible.

      Good question with the retention offers. I honestly don’t think the other big 3 carriers are worried about Sprint and they aren’t really marketing this heavily as far as I can see. If I didn’t follow all these blogs, I wouldn’t have known about this myself.

  6. Only online now, no pick up at store option. Chatted with a representative – looks like they have quite a bit of folks transferring over.

    • I went in to Sprint today and they gave me a sim card for my iPhone for free. I didn’t mention this offer, I just wanted to purchase a sim card. The first card she tried to get me was 10 bucks and I balked… so she went and got a sim card dedicated for my type of phone and didn’t even charge me. She had a stack of them behind the counter and each one was for a type of phone.

  7. If I have a iPhone 5S with T-Mobile then it won’t work? T-Mobile uses GSM technology so can a T-Mobile phone work with CDMA technology even if my phone is unlocked?

  8. Except it’s a hard pull which I don’t want if there is no possibility of it not working. I am going to call them tomorrow. Thanks for all your insight.

  9. The company is $40 billion dollars in debt. And it’s a hard pull. And there’s rumors of a possible merger with T-Mobile. No thanks. This is the look of complete desperation.

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