If you've been looking to jump ship from the carrier juggernauts and get in on Sprint's promised "truly unlimited data", may we suggest now might be a good time to do so? From now until March 26th, all of Sprint's 4G phones (read: Sprint's best phones) are available for a penny with a new activation. Sorry upgraders.

Update 4/20/12: All Sprint Android phones are free again thanks to the Sprint Through Spring promotion... well, at least until the Galaxy Nexus shows up. Remember, offer ends April 30th and midnight PDT.


Amazon is even waiving the activation fee, so you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal on a shiny new Epic 4G Touch right now. The deal also covers the Evo 3D, and the Nexus S, so whatever your tastes are, you can get a high-end phone on Sprint right now for pretty cheap.

Of course, all these "4G" phones are WiMax. While Sprint's future with LTE is a little muddy right now with Lightsquared's various woes, Sprint is still pushing heavily into the LTE ring. Your WiMax phone won't suddenly cease to work, but the informed consumer should still know that Sprint isn't planning much more development in WiMax networks. If you don't have WiMax coverage now, don't hold your breath on getting it in the future.

If you'd prefer your LTE now rather than in a couple of years, Verizon is also offering deals on anything with a LucasFilm trademarked name on it. No Nexus devices and not all for a penny, mind you, but several DROID-branded phones are also on sale.

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Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Tristan

    If you live anywhere in Indiana, I would jump carriers. Any carrier is currently better than Sprint is here. Zero hints at WiMax & even less with LTE so far. Everyone I know with the a 4G phone is pissed because they're paying premium data rates for 3G & have been since June of 2010.

    • Tristan

      That should say "wouldn't jump carriers".

      My bad.

    • Ryan S

      I noticed that. I haven't been in Indiana before but even in downtown Indianapolis the service was par at best (and no WiMax).

      Im already on sprint so I am really just hoping this is the sign of the coming Galaxy Nexus.

    • Chris Webster

      I roamed the whole time I win in Indiana last December. No WiMax either. Now, of course, I'm on Verizon's PRL and its all good in the hood :P

  • http://www.mybullfrog.com Kevin

    "Truly unlimited data"? Yeah right, read the fine print before you jump ship and regret it.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's unlimited data on phones, it just sucks balls, but you won't find it in the fine print.

  • jon

    Is Sprint's LTE situation muddy because of Lightsquared? Oh, that's right..... it isn't. Lightsquared is just on partner that would have helped further expand Sprint's new LTE network. Especially since Sprint already plans to use existing towers and frequency bands it already owns to upgrade their network.

    But I'm glad you did your research before posting a pretty uninformed statement on the state of sprint's LTE future. Maybe you can just post that the current Wimax network will not be further expanded, but will be supported through 2015, and will still operate past that in the areas which currently have the coverage. That would be called "giving an informed opinion".

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      I like the part where you ignore the latter half of the sentence you're quoting where I say Sprint is "pushing [LTE] heavily." But for fun, let's take a look at just how important Lightsquared is to Sprint:

      When the deal was first announced back in July, it was announced that Lightsquared would pay Sprint about $9bn over the course of 15 years for the privilege of using Sprint's infrastructure to build out its LTE network. Sprint would also get about $4.5bn in credits towards LTE and satellite services, meaning that Sprint would be able to save about $13bn on its LTE rollout.

      This is a big deal for Sprint. Considering that at their Q4 earnings call, Sprint reported a $1.3bn loss for the quarter, thank in large part to the huge subsidies that it pays on its shiny new iPhone. While it's true that this will pay off for Sprint in the long run (hopefully), it also means that Sprint is bleeding cash at a time when its competitors are blazing ahead.

      Then again, there's always Clearwire, right? Yet another of Sprint's biggest LTE partners. Also the subject of a class-action lawsuit regarding bandwidth throttling. Also a company that has considered defaulting on loan payments to conserve cash. This is the same company that helped Sprint get into this WiMax mess to begin with. While both companies may now see that LTE is the way to go, it's doubtful that is going to be enough to magically fix all of these financial problems.

      So where does that leave the nation's number three carrier? Between a rock and a distant, blurry hard place. Sprint's not dead, nor are its plans for LTE. However, it is unclear for consumers just when and where they might expect LTE coverage. It's not just a matter of "hey, we've got towers and frequencies, we can do this." What Sprint is planning—and very aggressively, mind you—is an operation that will cost billions of dollars. Billions of dollars that Lightsquared and Clearwire could've helped with, but likely will not be able to as much as Sprint would like. Billions of dollars that Sprint is bleeding every three months just to keep up their payments to Apple. A smart, informed consumer would not assume that Sprint is going to be able to deploy a high-powered LTE network with a competitive coverage map in the next year or so. Especially if they don't live in a major market, like folks in, say, Akron, Ohio.

      More importantly, though, the entire context of that one word that you're getting hung up was part of a larger paragraph that was actually saying that people should keep in mind that the LTE network is coming. It's not a question of "if", but "when". The answer to that question is just...well...a little muddy.

  • jeff donuts

    ur guys fault for signing up with a joke carrrier that has dial up speeds

    do some research first

    • squiddy20

      You sir, are the one who needs to do the research. Theoretical "dial-up speeds", as defined by Wikipedia, are 56 kbps uncompressed, and unmodified. Now, you can attain speeds of up to 1000 kbps, but that's only if it's server side compressed and a crystal clear signal (no noise). I don't know about you, but I've never seen speeds as low as 56 kbps, let alone even 200 kbps, on Sprint's 3G.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        I sure as hell did. Sprint 3G is the worst 3G network in the States in a lot of areas. It's utter shit in the Bay Area, for example. Utter. Shit. 50-100kbps shit.

        • Conan

          Lol, tell us how you really feel!

          But yea, Sprint has been fine to great for me, but each carrier has its good areas and its bad areas, so I always find statements of whose better in general to be pretty meaningless (not yours, Artem, as it was specific)

          Is there some sort of database that catalogs users' real world experience? Pretty sure I remember there being an app or two for that.

          • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

            I use CarrierCoverage for that. I know there's another one, I just don't know what it's called. I'm sure if you do a search for CarrierCoverage the name of the other app is sure to pop up as well.

        • squiddy20

          I'd imagine that's simply due to the sheer number of people trying to access the network at any given time in that area. Sure, Sprint could've done/is doing better, but I suspect there's only so many towers/signal boosters you can put up before you get signal interference/confusion or something like that.
          I'm just south of DC, btw.

      • eman

        I have hit 30kbs consistently on Sprint's 3G and I know plenty others who have also. 200kbs on Sprints 3G would be considered a good day. I jumped ship to Verizon a few weeks back and couldn't be happier.

        I do not know why anyone would sign up with Sprint now and buy a 4G phone based on technology they are not expanding...

        Sprint seems to be pushing unlimited data and trying to get people to resign for another 2 really hard. I am thinking they are trying to lock everyone in before they roll out LTE with tiered data. Of course people will be grandfathered in for their 2 years on Wimax and then when they jump to an LTE phone they will need to change their plan.

        It is the only thing left that Sprint hasn't taken away from their customers and the fact is Sprint needs to stop losing money. I cannot see how a company that is losing money qtr after qtr will be able to keep offering unlimited data. Let's face it, business are there to make money not lose it and they are trying everything to bring in more money from their customers without straight up saying it.

  • Kari

    I was going to come here and say how much my Sprint Service sucks. Dropped calls, slow data speeds, dead spots etc. But i think you all done already did this for me.

  • Dan

    So, existing customers can get a Galaxy S II for $350. Sign up for a new line, pay your penny, cancel the new account 15 days later, pay the $350 early termination fee, and then activate the S II on your existing line. Nice... except for the part where you're still stuck on the Sprint network.

  • Iyfugv

    I can sign away 2 years for orphaned 4g and 3g with sub-EDGE speed?


  • Davidknox6010

    I did this last time. Switched from verizon. Gsii. Couldn't get wimax signal in Costco, mall, or any where else and I'm in the market. Sad, I own sprint stock and now I understand why the went from 75 dollars to 2 dollars a share. I went back to verizon after 5 terrible days. Don't do sprint until LTE is out.

  • cashd00d

    No problems with Sprint in Wisconsin. The Hwy 41 corridor from the Illinois border up to the Bay has great 3G and occasional WiMax coverage.

  • petrochemicals

    Worthless 4G tech is worthless 4G tech.