Here's a deal that's about to save some of you much more than twenty bucks. Best Buy and Sprint have come together to offer students activating a new line an entire year of free talk, text, and data. You still have to pay for the phone itself and all applicable monthly taxes, but in the grand scheme of things, that's a small price when you're looking at potentially over $800 in savings. The plan is available now and will last until January 4th.


To make things even better, this deal isn't limited to college students. In one of the few cases where reading the small print reveals good news, Sprint will also offer service to any US-based active student currently enrolled in elementary, middle, or high school. Smartphone users will get an Unlimited, My Way plan with 1GB of data, but they can add unlimited data for just $10 a month. Customers are then free to cancel at the end of the 12-month period.


Now, here's the catch. To qualify for this offer, students must purchase their phone at the Student Activated Price. Not every phone that Sprint offers is on this list, and those that are present aren't exactly priced competitively. Also, you can't bring your own device, and there's a $36 activation fee.


A student may not be the type of person most able to pay for a high-end phone upfront, but for anyone who makes it over that hurdle, an entire year of mostly free service awaits. This offer is available in-store only, so prepare to make the trek to the nearest Best Buy to get started.

Source: Best Buy

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • jamesfuston

    $100 extra for a Nexus 5 and a year of service, not bad. Not bad at all.

    • brnpttmn

      Problem is that if you plan on owning the phone/service for more about 18 months, then getting a Nexus 5 though Google and getting the T-mobile $30/plan is still a better deal.

      • jonathan3579

        You could easily just port your number at the end of the 12 months and save $20 a month if you went with their $10 addition for unlimited data. This is a no-brainer to me.

        • unhappybirthday

          Yeah, but do the Sprint versions work on other networks?

          • jonathan3579

            If you're getting the Nexus 5, yes.

          • modplan

            There is no "Sprint Version" The US Nexus 5 model works on Sprint, TMo, and ATT.

          • Tommy Miller

            Never mind, misunderstood the question.

            Sprint roams to Verizon when Sprint does not have service. For free.

        • brnpttmn

          Oh yeah, I forgot that Nexus 5 has CDMA and GSM. I wonder if the phone you have to purchase with this plan is locked?

          • jonathan3579

            They're unlocked. I've verified it myself. ;) I just need to sell or return my Play Store 32GB now.

          • brnpttmn

            Just saw this, which makes is not quite "free" but still a good deal:

            "Customers are responsible for the cost of the phone at the Student Activated Price, a one-time $36 activation fee and monthly taxes and surcharges."

          • jonathan3579

            Yeah, I just saw the same but I think it *should* still be under $20 a month. It's up to you whether Sprint's network is worth it. I, for one, will take advantage of "free" service where possible. Haha.

  • Brett Livingston

    Can you BYOPhone?

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Nope. Therein lies the rub.

      • raazman

        Sprint has to make money somehow, right?

        • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

          That they do. And as far as efforts to attract new customers go, this is one I can easily get behind.

          • Brett Livingston

            Agreed. This is an amazing deal but I just don't have the money to put up front on a phone (nor enough motivation to leave my verizon unlimited data...). Thanks!

          • thakrisp

            right thats the deal breaker for me, i just bought the nexus 5 from google. can't bring my 32gb no deal

          • jamesfuston

            Grab one of the best buy branded credit cards. It's 0% interest over 18 months on purchases $429+
            If you're already making a deal with the devil, it couldn't hurt more to make a second one, right?

  • Sam Wiggans

    That's unreal, wish I lived in the States right now haha.

  • Tim242

    Deal with the devil...

  • earth

    The new triband/Spark phones are way to go like Nexus 5 or LG G2 and most new ones coming out. You get better coverage with 800mhz LTE and performance from 2500 LTE. Dont bother with older phones, they only do 1900 LTE.

  • Sorian

    The high upfront cost may make this a bit of a non-starter. This is also Best Buy, and I see this as pushing another credit card on college kids (0% for 18 months).

  • Sorian

    Hello... Just found this at Sprint.

    What devices are eligible for Unlimited, My Way Student Promotion?

    All Sprint smartphones and basic phones are eligible for this offer.
    Source: http://support.sprint.com/support/article/learn_more_about_sprint_student_program/5600ef1d-a21f-4de9-bfed-28a3258f154b#faq2

  • motoridersd

    Beware of data overages "Add’l data above 1GB: 1.5¢/MB" which comes to $15 per extra GB. At this point you're better off adding that $10 add on to get unlimited data.

    Republic Wireless could be a better deal for low data usage, with a much cheaper phone (albeit they only have the Moto X for $299) and runs on the same network (without the Verizon roaming I think). And Republic lets you change plans up to twice a month, so you can pay as little as $5 for WiFi only, or as much as $40 for unlimited everything (with LTE and of course some throttling).

    The way to make this deal even better is to refer a friend, for every referral that signs up, you get an extra 12 months of free service.