Switch to Sprint, Get One Year of Free Cell Service (Unlimited Talk, Text, Data Plan)


Offer appears to still be live, but may end at any time. I decided to jump on this deal. We will save several hundred dollars and we get unlimited data which we didn’t have before. Some quick notes:

  • Offer now expires 7/30. The original offer was extended by a month. If you order by 2pm EST, they will send the SIM cards that same day by UPS Next Day Air.
  • Activation was quick and easy. The activation process was done 100% online, and it took under 20 minutes to swap SIM cards and port the existing numbers over.
  • Some people have been successful switching from prepaid service, especially Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile Prepaid. Use the checker tool at sprint.com/1yearfree. Another tactic is to first move to T-Mobile’s cheapest prepaid $3/month plan ($10 minimum load) and then immediately port over to Sprint.
  • The total cost for two SIMs was $2.99 each + $10 flat shipping = $15.98 + sales tax.
  • To complete activation after you get the SIM cards, you will need your SIM card #, phone IMEI/MEID #, and current carrier’s account number and PIN.
  • I created a Sprint account but no bill has been generated, so I don’t know the exact monthly bill amount yet. Various online reports I’ve seen are $3 to $4 total monthly bill per line including taxes.
  • A big promo like this was smart as this was the only way I would switch to Sprint. In my area, they have the worst relative coverage and the slowest data speeds. I don’t stream a lot of 1080p video or download huge files on my phone, so the ~3 Mbps that I am getting is fine.
  • This plan also comes with Sprint Global Roaming, which includes “data up to 2G speeds and text messaging in any of our 165+ Global Roaming countries at no charge, plus calling for just $0.20 a minute.”

Original post:

Sprint has a limited-time promotion aimed at existing postpaid customers of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Sprint will give a free year of service to new customers who switch to Sprint and sign up on sprint.com/1yearfree by 7/30/17. Your free unlimited talk, text, and data service will run until 7/31/18. There is no requirement to continue service past that. Offer is valid for 1-5 lines. For example, if you currently pay $100 a month, this promotion is worth $1,200. If you pay $150 a month now, that’s $1,800 value.

The current promotion for Sprint Unlimited is $50 1st line, $40 2nd line, and $0 for lines 3-5. That’s $90 a year for 5 lines until 6/30/18. This new offer is for a free year of service, so even at that number it’s worth $1,080.

Important requirements and fine print:

  • You must bring over a phone that is already unlocked and compatible with Sprint (so that you just need to switch SIM cards). If you have AT&T or T-Mobile you may need to call them up and ask to unlock your phone. See list below, but enter your MEID and phone number to check eligibility.
  • You must own the phone(s) you’re bringing to Sprint. (Not on a lease plan.)
  • You must still pay a small monthly fee: “standard $1.99 admin fee, $0.40 regulatory fee and other taxes and fees apply.”
  • The $30 activation fee is waived as part of this promotion. The fee will appear on your first bill and a credit will appear within 2 bills.
  • Requires a Sprint SIM card ($2.99 each + $10 shipping), paperless statements and Sprint AutoPay ($5/mo./line discount applied within two invoices). If AutoPay and eBill are removed, a $7.99/mo. charge will apply.
  • This deal is not available in any stores, you must sign up online through the special website above.
  • According to the terms, you must port-in from another postpaid carrier. Sprint requires a hard credit check on all new postpaid customers, including this offer.
  • If you keep the service past 7/31/18, you will then start to pay $60/mo. for line 1, $40/mo. for line 2 & $30/mo./line for lines 3-5.

Details about the Sprint Unlimited Plan:

  • Unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data subject to the following limits below. Data deprioritization applies during congestion after 23 GB.
  • Stream video at up to HD 1080p, music at up to 1.5mbps, gaming at up to 8mbps.
  • 10GB of high-speed mobile hotspot data per line. Once your 10GB is used up, continue at up to 2G speeds (32 Kbps) for no additional cost, or purchase more on-network high-speed data for $15/1GB until the monthly billing cycle resets.

The following phones are eligible:

  • Apple iPhone 5C (Verizon only)
  • Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon only)
  • Apple iPhone 6
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 6S
  • Apple iPhone 6S Plus
  • Apple iPhone 7 (Verizon only)
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Verizon only)
  • Apple iPhone SE
  • Google Nexus 5 (Verizon only)
  • Google Nexus 5X
  • Google Nexus 6
  • Google Nexus 6P
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Motorola E4
  • Motorola Z2 Play
  • Motorola G4
  • Motorola G4 Play
  • Motorola G4 Plus
  • Motorola G5 Plus
  • Motorola X Pure Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Special Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Special Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Special Edition
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ Special Edition

I’m definitely tempted by free (or at least somewhat close to it). Too bad they don’t allow switching in from a prepaid carrier. I would try their online website to check eligibility, even if you are on a prepaid carrier some people are getting approval.


  1. Ok… I know that it’s early but this sounds way too good to be true.

    Why do I get the feeling I’m missing something major here? I’m an existing Verizon customer who is just coming out of a 2 yr contract this month & with 4 eligible iPhones.

    I am concerned that their network is going to be saturated with new customers.

  2. I have use Sprint through a prepaid system (I like $7 a month) the network has a lot of spots where there is NO cell service.

  3. What if I am transferring from Page Plus? How would they know I am not a postpaid Verizon customer?

    • I don’t know how they would tell or if they ask for proof. It does say “postpaid customers only” in their fine print. Maybe if you have a prepaid provider then it shouldn’t be a big deal to try and if it fails just go back?

  4. Anthony says:

    It doesn’t seem like it has the be Verizon. I use TING, and it says I am eligible.

  5. Richard says:

    Jonathan, Can you pls tell how us you knew that you are not eligible. Are you saying from the fine prints or you attempted to join using your IMEI and number and had a screen saying you cannot join? I am not from VZ/ATT or T-mobile. It allows me to. So wondering if I should go ahead and order the SIM.
    Also on the SIM it doesn’t give an option to pick from the store. It only shows delivery with $10 shipping. Any trick to choosing pick from the store.


    • The fine print says “Port-in from postpaid carrier” is required.

      If the online website says you are good to go, I would give it a try. It doesn’t appear that Sprint can tell the difference between Verizon Prepaid and Verizon Postpaid. I’m not sure about every Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile MVNO though.

      I think I was wrong as I know you can buy a SIM from a store and they just send you two generic SIM card in the mail, but online it appears to make you buy the SIM to process. I went ahead and paid $10 flat next-day air shipping for 2 SIM cards.

  6. A quick 48-hour update. I turned off WiFi completely for 48 hours (I now have unlimited data!) and things went pretty well on Sprint’s LTE network. Calls, e-mail, web browsing fine. I usually only have 1-3 bars of signal but I was never without coverage. Speed is definitely slower and YouTube was a bit blurry at times, but so far quite acceptable for $4 a month.

  7. Sprint’s site shows the deadline as July 30 now, not sure if that was a change, but I’m happy because I thought I would have to rush to get this done today. BTW, I love this blog, I appreciate the knowledge you share.

    • Yes, it appears the deadline has been extended from 6/30 to 7/30. My conspiracy theory is that Sprint is quietly racking up new subscribers to that they look better when they sell themselves to Comcast or whomever.

  8. steve schruefer says:

    What a hassle. Tried to order on line and would not let me check out after pulling my credit report. Chat was useless and I am not sure exactly what happened by phone as the rep could barely speak english. They are sending me sim cards but also said I would need to go to a sprint store to activate. I am guessing that I will need to have my credit report pulled again.

  9. I went ahead and took the plunge after reading this article. Ordered a SIM card for my unlocked Verizon iPhone 6s Plus. I could not get the SIM card to activate via the web tool. This called for a field trip to the nearest Sprint store. They were helpful and activated the phone, but not without charging me an activation fee. They told me to call Sprint to get that fee reversed. Annoying, but not deal-breaking. After a half-hour on the phone with two different reps and departments I was able to get the fee waived.

    Not a tremendous first impression, but I am really looking forward to an almost non-existent cell phone bill for a year. Confident it will be worth it. Now to try and get the auto-pay working…

  10. Immigrant in CA says:

    If any one still tracking it the deal is still on. I just activated Amazon version of MOTO X4 as an additional line (this has to be done over the phone) They could not order a sim for X4 over the phone (ay be because it’s not a listed device) and sent me to Sprint store. Sprint if supposed to be really picky about what SIM card goes to which phone so when the Sprint store guy wanted to sell me $35 sim with no questions about the phone I said no thanks and moved on. I then went to Best Buy and they asked the phone details, checked and gave me a Sim for free. The Sim works and now my phone bill is $4 instead of $60 and instead of 8 Gb I have unlimited data (it’s Sprint but still). I am thinking of getting rid of home cable too with 10*2 Gb of tethering but need to figure out how to do Chromecast with out Home Internet.

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