Sprint Service Plans and Coverage Review

Sprint Dead Zones USA MapCoverage: Sprint has coverage in every state, but coverage in Alaska is limited to analog roaming only. They have also been rolling out their Sprint 4G which speeds rank near the top.  Nextel's iDEN network has coverage in every state except Alaska and Montana. As with all carriers, individual coverage will vary by location and we recommend searching  our consumer generated Sprint coverage map for coverage complaints on the right. For international coverage CDMA roaming is available in 26 countries while Nextel iDEN roaming is available in 11 countries. Their coverage is spotty in a few areas around the United States and roaming charges do apply to some areas. However, if you live in a major metropolitan area it is likely you will have comparable coverage to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in most areas. One benefit of being a customer of a smaller carrier means you are likely competing against less users for network capacity. This usually results in less data and voice congestion problems when you are at a stadium or on a crowded freeway. Sprint and Clearwire Communications announced plans to launch their respective 4G mobile Internet services in 2009 and is rolling out in many large cities. Sprint offers in-building home coverage with their Airwave enhanced coverage microcell tower for 2G and 3G.  

Plans: Sprint is beginning to attract more customers with the a compelling device line-up like the and the clarity and simplicity of unlimited plans. Plans are typically less expensive, particularly for unlimited internet access, text and messaging services. They offer several plans pre-paid, family and individual plans.  Nextel offers plans with unlimited incoming calls and a strong set of business-friendly features, including adding a second line to a handset. Nextel pioneered push-to-talk technology with its Direct Connect (now called Walkie-Talkie) service.

Other features:
  • Sprint offers a 3G (EV-DO) network but coverage limited to urban areas.
  • Rolling out 4G services in major cities in partnership with Clearwire. 
  • Sprint Airave femtocell or mini cell tower for enhanced in-building coverage. 
  • Push-to-talk technology with Direct Connect (now called Walkie-Talkie)
  • Sprint's CDMA network and Nextel's iDEN network are distinct technologies that use separate networks with different coverage areas.
  • International CDMA and iDEN coverage has a smaller footprint than GSM, though the carrier now offers dual-mode CDMA/GSM handsets and a dualmode iDEN/GSM device.
  • We recommended you monitor your text messaging usage closely and get on an unlimited plan so you don't get charged the outrageous .25 cents per message if you go over.
  • Sprint has many Android phones with unlimited data plans. We highly recommend them! 
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