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Sprint Cell Phone Plans: Which One is Right for You?

Use this resource to decide which Sprint cell phone plan is best for you

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Whether you’re new to Sprint or if your cell phone plan is already with Sprint and you’re considering switching plans, this guide clearly outlines all plans currently offered by Sprint so you can make the best decision for your needs.

1) Simply Everything for $99.99
2) Everything for $69.99 or $89.99
3) Talk/Message/Direct Connect for $49.99, $69.99 or $89.99
4) Talk for $39.99 or $59.99
5) Basic for $29.99
6) Talk/Message/Data Share for $129.99 or $169.99
7) Talk/Message Share for $99.99 or $149.99
8) Talk Share for $69.99
9) Business Essentials for various prices

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1. Sprint Simply Everything plan for $99.99 (read full plan details)

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Sprint’s Simply Everything plan is exactly what it sounds like: simply everything for one price. The plan’s single strength is its all-inclusive nature with no hidden gimmicks to scrape your pocketbook deeper.

First and foremost, Simply Everything packs unlimited calling. You needn’t worry about if it’s a weekend day or if it’s before or after 7 p.m. during the week. With this plan, it’s all the same and it’s all unlimited. That, though, comes with a price.

Simply Everything also excels if you care about surfing the mobile Web and not paying for costly data usage. Data usage is unlimited. The plan also has unlimited text, picture and video messaging.

As for price, it’s $99.99 for everything. That may be too rich for some.

2. Sprint Everything plan for $69.99 or $89.99 (read full plan details)

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One step down from Sprint’s Simply Everything plan, the main difference with the Everything plan is that it doesn’t come with unlimited minutes.

The Everything plan, though, does still pack power such as unlimited data usage and unlimited text, message and video messaging.

Sprint-to-Sprint (or mobile-to-mobile) calling is again included (as is the case with the Simply Everything plan) and you also won’t be charged for roaming or long-distance fees.

Night calling begins at 7 p.m. and you have the choice between two buckets of minutes: 450 anytime minutes for $69.99 per month or 900 anytime minutes for $89.99 per month.

Though these both pack often-pricey features, the 450-minute plan can be viewed as overpriced.

3. Sprint Talk/Message/Direct Connect plan (read full plan details)

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Two steps down from the top-of-the-line Sprint plan, the Talk/Message/Direct Connect plan differentiates itself because it doesn’t included data usage.

Instead of one or two choices for minute buckets, this plan has three. You can select from 450 anytime minutes for $49.99, 900 anytime minutes for $69.99 or unlimited anytime minutes for $89.99.

Like its two higher-priced plans, this plan also include Direct Connect service if you have a compatible phone with the walkie-talkie service.

Text, picture and video messaging are again unlimited. Remember, though, that this plan doesn’t come with any data allowance.

If you don’t plan to surf the mobile Web and do plan to talk and message regularly, this plan could be your best bet with Sprint.

4. Sprint Talk plan for $39.99 or $59.99 (read full plan details)

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A step down from the Sprint Talk/Message/Direct Connect plan, the Sprint Talk plan does what you’d think when it removes two features from its name: there’s no more messaging or Direct Connect.

This is a voice-only plan. Text, picture and video messaging are not included. Data usage is not included. Direct Connect (for phones compatible with the walkie-talkie feature) is not included.

All the talk of “not included,” though, does have one main perk: a lower price. The Sprint Talk plan runs $59.99 for 900 anytime minutes or a very affordable $39.99 for 450 anytime minutes.

You can also pay $5 more per month to have your night minutes start at 6 p.m. instead of the included 7 p.m.

5. Sprint Basic plan for $29.99 (read full plan details)

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The Sprint Basic plan does exactly what it says: it gets purely to the basics of original cell phone usage.

This plan is for the consumer who wants to save money, doesn’t use many minutes per month, has no need for data usage and has no desire to use messaging of any sort.

It limbos very low on price to $29.99 because it only comes with 200 anytime minutes. Additional minutes cost 45 cents each. You also have two upgrade choices for when you start your night minutes.

6. Sprint Talk/Message/Data Share for $129.99 or $169.99 (read full plan details)

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This is the crème de la crème of the Sprint share plans. It’s also the most expensive.

The Sprint Talk/Message/Data Share plan has two choices and they both come with large buckets of minutes. You can opt for 1,500 shared anytime minutes for $129.99 per month or 3,000 shared anytime minutes for $169.99 per month.

While that may initially sound excessively pricey, this plan is priced as it is because it also comes with two unlimited features: data usage for Web surfing and text, picture and video messaging.

By default, this plan comes with two lines for two people. You can have up to five people total on this plan, though, if you pay $19.99 per month per line for each additional person beyond line two.

7. Sprint Talk/Message Share plan for $99.99 or $149.99 (read full plan details)

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One step down from the crème de la crème of the Sprint share plans, the Sprint Talk/Message Share plan has two main differences: it comes without any data option and it only costs $9.99 per additional line beyond the two included (up to five total) instead of $19.99 per additional line.

While the buckets of minutes are the same, the price is lower because data usage isn’t included for mobile Web surfing. This plan nets you 1,500 shared anytime minutes for $99.99 or 3,000 shared anytime minutes for $149.99.

In comparing the two plans, you can see you’re paying $30 on the 1,500-minute plan and $20 on the 3,000-minute plan for unlimited data usage.

8. Sprint Talk Share plan for $69.99 (read full plan details)

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The Sprint Talk Share plan is the cheapest of the shared plans on Sprint. It runs $69.99 per month for 700 shared anytime minutes with no data or messaging allowance.

Like the middle-of-the-pack shared Sprint plan, this plan also runs you $9.99 per month beyond line two for lines three through five.

Like all the shared plans on Sprint, you can again opt to pay an additional $10 per month to start your night calling at 6 p.m. rather than the included 7 p.m.

This plan is ideal for a couple or two people who don’t use data or messaging. If you do, messaging and data packages can still be added à la carte.

9. Sprint Business Essentials plan for various prices (read full plan details)

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The Business Essentials plan can be viewed as Sprint’s weakest plan. It strangely includes no option for data or messaging. While many business users use these features, these can only be bought separately when selecting this plan.

In addition to the mark against it for no data or messaging, the pricing is unattractive as well. Why pay $99.99 per month for just 2,000 anytime minutes, for example, when Simply Everything has unlimited minutes, unlimited data and unlimited messaging?

Finally, while Sprint invites you to pool your minutes with other office mates, you’re charged its largest fee to do so: $25 per extra line.

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