Sprint is making big changes to its unlimited wireless data plans

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After Verizon and AT&T tweaked their unlimited wireless data plans, Sprint is also making it more complicated to choose a cell phone plan.

Sprint previously had one main unlimited plan, Unlimited Freedom, but now it’s introducing Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Basic.

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Sprint’s new unlimited wireless data plans: What you need to know

You would think that there should be just one unlimited data plan per carrier, but now Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have multiple options — so it’s important to read through the fine print.

Both of Sprint’s new plans include Hulu, but Unlimited Plus also comes with a Tidal music streaming subscription. Here are some of the key differences between the two plans:

Unlimited Basic 

  • Price: 1 line = $60, 2 lines = $100, 3 lines = $120, 4 lines = $140, 5 lines = $160; prices are with AutoPay discount and exclude taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, which may be slowed during times of congestion
  • Mobile hotspot: 500MB LTE, followed by unlimited data at 3G speeds
  • One Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint account
  • DVD-quality SD Streaming (480p)
  • Unlimited talk, text and 5GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada
  • Global roaming in over 185 worldwide destinations

Unlimited Plus

  • Price: 1 line = $70, 2 lines = $120, 3 lines = $150, 4 lines = $180, 5 lines = $210; prices are with AutoPay discount and exclude taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, which may be slowed after 50GB/line during times of congestion
  • Mobile hotspot: 15GB LTE, followed by unlimited data at 3G speeds
  • One Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint account
  • Includes Tidal Premium music streaming
  • Unlimited video in high-definition: Streaming video (up to 1080p), streaming gaming (up to 8mbps) and streaming music (up to 1.5mbps)
  • Unlimited talk, text and 10GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada
  • Global roaming in over 185 worldwide destinations

In addition to these two new plans, Sprint has unlimited plans for members of the military and those 55 and older.

DEAL ALERT: At launch, Sprint is offering a deal for Unlimited Plus. If you bring your own phone or buy a new one, Unlimited Plus is available for $22 per month per line for five lines.

In a news release, Sprint said the unlimited plans are available to new and existing customers.

With multiple unlimited plans for each of the Big 4 wireless providers, it can be hard to keep up with the changes! Here’s our comparison of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint’s unlimited plans.

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