Switching to Sprint
Are you considering switching to Sprint for your mobile phone service? You aren't alone in rethinking about your carrier. According to Statista, over 25 million people planned to switch carriers in 2016. And it's easier to do so now than ever, given that most major providers will help you make the move by buying out your current contract.
It's no wonder so many customers get the itch to switch. The cellular industry seems to turn on a dime, changing right before our very eyes. Just when you think you've found the perfect carrier and plan for you, cell phone companies up and offer an all new and improved plan that's even better than what you're getting. For example, in fall of 2016 several carriers released unlimited data plans, a feature that had been a topic of consumer demand since companies dropped them several years prior.
If you're thinking of making a switch to Sprint, this guide will give you the information you need to simplify the process. I'll even give you tips on deals for switching to Sprint so that you can be sure to get the best possible rate on your new plan.
Switch to Sprint and Save
Sprint's cell phone plans make it easier and cheaper for you to make the switch via two incentive programs. They will buy out your contract, and they will give you a 50% discount on eligible rate plans until January 31, 2018. Both of these are marketed as a "limited time offer", so be sure to check current promotions before signing up.
If you're stuck in a contract with your current carrier, Sprint will pay up to $650 in early-termination fees per line that you port over to their service. It's important to keep in mind that this fee is not paid directly to your carrier. You'll need to take care of the fees upfront, and Sprint will reimburse you via a Visa prepaid card once your account is active.
Discounted Rate Plan
The other promotion the carrier is currently offering is 50% off of whatever you're paying for your current plan, through the end of January 2018. This offer only applies to certain plans, these include:
- Verizon Plan 8, 16, 24, 30, 40, and 50GBs
- AT&T Mobile Share Advantage 6, 10, 16, 25, 30, 40, and 50GBs
- T-Mobile Simple Choice 6 and 10GBs
The beauty of the switch to Sprint 50% off promotion is that the offer also applies to your network access fees. For instance, if you're paying $20 per line, you'll only pay $10 with Sprint. The company has not released an end date for this promotion.
Switching from Verizon to Sprint
If you're wondering how to switch from Verizon to Sprint, you'll be happy to know that it's quite simple. Verizon and Sprint both operate on the CDMA network. This means that many Verizon phones are compatible with Sprint, allowing you to bring your own device and keep your own number.
Another great thing about making the switch from Verizon to Sprint is that Verizon does not lock its phones to the carrier. Most of the company's LTE devices are ready as-is to program to a different carrier. You will pay a $30 activation fee and you'll have to bring your device into a Sprint store as they don't do online activation for BYOD.
Switching from AT&T to Sprint
If you want to switch to Sprint from AT&T you'll still get the benefit of the current switch to Sprint deals, however, you may not be able to bring your own device. Some newer LTE smartphones and iPhones are compatible but it depends.
Say, for example, you're switching to Sprint because you find they have the cheapest iPhone plans. AT&T iPhone 6 and 6s have both GSM and CDMA capability, making it possible to bring your AT&T iPhone to Sprint. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, however, are network specific. If you own one of these, you'll have to get a new Sprint device.
Other Sprint-compatible AT&T phones include:
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 5s
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Nexus 6 (32 & 64 GB – black/white)
- Nexus 5 (16 & 32 GB – black/white/red)
- Nexus 5X (all versions)
- Nexus 6P (all versions)
- Motorola X Pure Edition (16, 32 & 64 GB – all colors)
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Special Edition
- Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Special Edition
- Moto G4
- Moto G4 Plus
How to Switch from AT&T to Sprint
- Unlock your device. If you are bringing one of the above devices to Sprint, first you will have to request an unlock code from AT&T (this can be done from their website). This is because AT&T phones are locked to that carrier and can only be used on another carrier if AT&T gives you approval. Generally speaking, your phone will be eligible if it's not under a service contract or subject to remaining installment payments. Our handy guide on how to unlock a phone can walk you through the steps.
- Get a SIM kit. Next, you can either order a Sprint SIM kit from their website or wait until you get to a Sprint location and purchase it there. Either way, you will have to bring your phone to a store for activation.
- Choose your device and plan. If you're buying a Sprint phone, you will need to choose a device and compare cell phone plans to find the best one for you. You will pay a monthly device fee (unless you purchase your phone outright) in addition to a one-time $30 activation fee.
Switching from T-Mobile to Sprint
T-Mobile phones run on the AT&T network, which means they are GSM capable, but not necessarily CDMA capable.
How to Switch from T-Mobile to Sprint
If you have one of the devices I listed above in the AT&T section, you may be able to bring your own device to Sprint. If not, you will need to buy a new phone from Sprint (or look into ways to buy used cell phones compatible with Sprint).
You will also need to choose from among the best cell phone plans offered by Sprint. Keep in mind, as I pointed out earlier, that only two Simple Choice plans are eligible for the 50% off promotion. The T-Mobile One plans don't qualify for this switch to Sprint deal.
Questions to Ask Before Switching to Sprint
It's important to understand all of the details before making a decision. Below I've answered some of the most common questions about switching to Sprint.
How Do You Activate a Sprint SIM Card?
You take your device to a local Sprint store to have your SIM card activated.
Can You Take Your Existing Phone to Sprint?
As I outlined above, it depends. You are more likely to be able to bring your phone to Sprint if you are currently on the Verizon network, although some AT&T and T-Mobile devices will work as well.
Will Sprint Buy Out My Contract?
At the time of this writing, Sprint is offering $650 to new customers as reimbursement for their contract early termination fees. You will need to pay the fees first, and file for your reimbursement after your Sprint account is activated.
Can I Transfer My Phone Number to Sprint?
Yes, you can. The important thing to remember is not to cancel your current service until the transfer is complete. If you cancel your current cell phone service before Sprint brings your number over, your number will no longer be available.
Does Sprint Have Coverage in My Area?
While Sprint service does cover the vast majority of the United States, no carrier has coverage everywhere. You'll want to check the coverage map to be sure you can get service at your location.
How Do You Port a Phone Number?
Sprint will port (transfer) your current phone number for you. They request authorization from your current provider. Once that approval is received, Sprint can ship your device. Porting will be completed after you receive your phone. If you buy your device in-store, porting should be able to be completed within a day.