Sprint to launch As You Go service with prepaid phones: LG Optimus Elite, Samsung Galaxy Victory and Array
The rumors about Sprint launching a prepaid service turned out to be true. Sprint spokeswoman Jayne Wallach confirmed this week, that on January 25 the carrier will launch a prepaid cellular service, called Sprint As You Go, as an alternative to traditional postpaid service. The new service is directed at customers who prefer not to sign lengthy contracts and want more control over their mobile expenses. This way they could avoid paying additional deposits and fees and by paying for services beforehand, reduce possible overages.
The idea sounds great, but there are a few downsides. First of all, customers will not have too many phones to choose from, as Sprint will offer only four device for full retail price: two smartphones – LG Optimus Elite for $149.99 and Samsung Galaxy Victory for $249.99, and two feature phones – Samsung M400 for $49.99 and Samsung Array for $79.99. The prepaid plans, which will include unlimited talk, text and data, cost $70 for smartphones and $50 for feature phones. They will be available for purchase from Sprint’s existing retail stores.
Another catch is that users cannot simply switch over their postpaid phones to prepaid, and will not be able to roam onto other carriers’ 3G EVDO networks. Standard Sprint phones, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, the LG Optimus G and HTC EVO 4G LTE won’t be compatible with Sprint As You Go. Unfortunately Sprint-branded services, such as Navigation, will not work either.
Well, would you pick Sprint As You Go over Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile prepaid services, which use Sprint network anyway and offer cheaper plans?
source: Android Police