One of the most brilliant marketing plays I’ve seen in a long time was Sprint building an ad campaign around bringing on the actor from Verizon’s ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ commercials?
- Can you hear me now was a successful and memorable campaign It underscored Verizon’s strength in coverage.
- Having Verizon’s ‘spokesperson’ switch means you should give a second look not really, but if the guy who cared about coverage more than anything else stands up for Sprint (come on, he’s being paid) that’s really noticeable and gets the message across Sprint wants to send about its own network.
I anchor to past experience. I was a Sprint customer until 2006. They had a tower right next to my office, and while their network wasn’t the greatest they had the best service where I was most of the time. I went off their network when I moved and service at home was poor. I wouldn’t normally even think of going back even though I’ve moved since then.
However they’re offering what looks like an amazing deal. New customers who port their number over from another carrier get unlimited data, talk and text for $15 per line per month. This even includes international roaming.
Data speeds do appear to be throttled for streaming video and music although I don’t much care myself about streaming on my phone. I use it for email, calls, travel provider apps, light web browsing and real time directions. Still I’m not sure I want to sign up for Sprint’s network and throttled internet. I can’t tether other devices with this plan, so I’d need to pay for a wireless hotspot separately since I do use that feature.
This is a bring your own device plan, you can buy a phoen from them or use your existing unlocked phone — but older phones tend not to be compatible across all networks. Your device needs to work with Sprint, which you can look up here.
This isn’t quite a fit for me, but I suspect there are many folks reading this would be hard pressed to find better value.