Sprint’s New International Plan Isn’t For Everyone

Sprint has always been the only carrier out of the four major carriers in the US (Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile being the others) not to have a viable international roaming plan (and not that the other’s are a great value to begin with). In the past, the only travelers who would chose to roam with Sprint would be business travelers who simply don’t care what the rates are or tourist who were unaware of the rates. So, while the new Sprint roaming plan is certainly not for everyone, it is a step in the right direction. The deal is this – free texts and 2G data roaming and calls are just $0.20 per minute. First, let’s start by saying what is wrong with it. Only eight countries, including, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom are even effected by the new plan. If you are traveling elsewhere, you are out of luck. This is inevitably going to cause a ton of issues. Here is a scenario. Your daughter is going to Spain so she is good, right? Only as long as she stays in Spain and remembers not to use is if she happens to go elsewhere. If she decides to change her plans and go to Portugal for a day or two, she will be paying – get this – $1900.00 for 100mb of data. In addition, while in Spain, her data speed would be 2G which is virtually useless for anything but checking emails.

Having said this, if you are clear on the offering and are a disciplined traveler, the new plan has its advantages. Texting is included and the calls are affordable. However, if you want to use the internet, you should upgrade to one of the 3 data plans (at 3G speeds). In particular, the 500mb data plan for 2 weeks is not a bad offer.
In sum, if you are traveling to the above listed countries and ONLY to the above listed countries, Sprint’s plan could be the way to go

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About Sebastian Harrison

Founder and President of Cellular Abroad and travel writer.
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