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Sprint Starts Marketing Campaign to Encourage You to “Say No to Sharing”

We are not exactly fans of Shared Data plans that AT&T and Verizon have adopted lately, but the other carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile, are not impressed either. Sprint has long been touting they have one of the last true unlimited data plans in the country and to hammer home that fact they are breaking out a new advertising campaign to remind you that you don’t have to share. 


In a press release, Caralene Robinson of Sprint said, “the concept of sharing a monthly data allowance across a family or group of users increases the likelihood for a surprise monthly bill due to data overage charges.”

We’re not entirely sure of the science behind that statement, but sharing data might call for some unnecessary overages down the road. They are softly nudging you away from conforming with these new plans while pointing out the strengths of their unlimited plans. What they don’t mention is how many LTE cities they have up and running right now, which is under 15.

Personally I’m partial to dividing up the data based on most dental work, what do you think?

  • Forward

    I’m not too worried about the phone plans, but the take-home message “say no to sharing” is in step with the Ayn Randian, self-serving ideologies of the extremist holding America hostage right now, and I don’t know if that’s a coincidence or something cooked up in a stink tank.

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    Hilarious commercial, and good for Sprint for not changing to share your money plans. I know this being there unique niche among the major carriers is their motivation not to become greedy [email protected]@rds, relatively speaking. But I’ll gladly champion any company that doesn’t only offer the shared garbage plans. Very appealing for when my contract is up, because I personally know I’ll get more than the one signal bar I currently get with Verizon. And considering I rarely ever see 4G turn on, on my phone, well won’t miss what I rarely get to enjoy and utilize, of course I still pay for all this shoddy service though. Here’s to hoping Sprint doesn’t change their minds at some point, or here’s hoping they don’t get as big as Verizon, and stop caring about customer satisfaction, therefore getting rid of unlimited.

  • I just switched from unlimited to a 6g share plan for the wife and I. Even with picking up a 4G hotspot for the house, I cut our bill by $30 per month. $80 per month if you factor in the additional fact that with the hotspot I was also able to cancel my home internet. We have never used over 5 gigs in any month, so despite all the bitching around here, Verizon’s shared data plan is great for a lot of people.

  • Lane252

    3 years from now new VERIZON COMMERCIAL: Now introducing the ALL NEW! UNLIMITED Data Plans

  • portaltonowhere

    T-Mobile FTW!

  • Popdecool

    Nice commercial, but Sprint was hands down the most god awful carrier. Calls got dropped all the time.


  • Q

    lulz.. too bad sprint is garbage

  • Mike

    If Sprint’s network actually, you know, worked….people might care. Tmobile is so cheap, they’ll always have customers…just like sprint. The difference is TMO actually works.

  • fixxmyhead

    i applaud sprint for this but the network is pathetic.

  • EC8CH

    Best commercial since the original droid does ad… love it

  • frankandsimple

    is sprint the same company that was charging 10 dollars extra per month on a smartphone that they never divulged until the last minute in the signing process?

  • azndan4

    You go girls!

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      Where should they go? And how does a company have gender?

  • Pretty_Droid_Girl

    Sprint has such amazingly SLOW speeds… and little/none LTE.
    Of course they can offer “unlimited”.
    (They don’t tell you all the facts, obviously.)

    I’ll let you rent my car for a week!
    I’ll include totally unlimited mileage!
    Drive anywhere you like!
    Drive as much as you like!
    (Oh, but the top speed of the car is only 5 MPH. So the number of miles you put on it… will be nothing big anyway.)

    • Pastadude

      More accurately, you can only use THESE roadways. Cause if you use other non-designated roads… well you pay overages and can only go 5mph.

    • Or you can rent your friends Ferrari but oh you only get to drive 50 miles on their engine after that use your own engine or I’m gonna charge you overages. The choice is yours

      • fixxmyhead

        tmobile fast and soon to be unlimited. problem solved.

        • is T-Mobile EDGE that fast? Seemed pretty damn slow when I tried out T-Mobile here locally..

          • fixxmyhead

            Yea it’s faster than sprints 3g (swoosh) lol

            U probably live in a small town. Good out here in so cal

    • fixxmyhead

      what about tmobile. there network is pretty good and soon to get REAL unlimited data oh and dont forget u can use UNLOCKED phones. win win if u ask me. not tied to the ankle like verizon where u can only use there phones and also who gives it up the asses of its customers too on top of all the other BS

      • And T-Mobile is cheaper than Sprint!

        • fixxmyhead

          yeah forgot that too

        • yarrellray

          Tmobile speeds just shits all over Verizon and it’s overrated LTE cdma network. Sprint is SOFT too.

          • First of all T-mobile doesn’t have sh*t on Verizon Wireless. VZW’s speeds blows T-mobile’s speeds out of the water. Also Verizon uses TRUE 4G LTE speeds. T-Mobile uses an advanced form of 3G called “HSAPA+”. WhenT-mobile gets their LTE network up and running, then we can see who’s better. Until then enjoy using your pathetic 3.5G network!

          • David

            I would much rather have HSPA+ 42 on my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 than the battery draining LTE on Verizon’s very expensive network. Once T-Mobile releases LTE next year it will have fall back to HSPA+ 42 mbps or 21 mbps, better than falling back to EVDO 1.5 mbps (which Verizon uses). I’ll have high data speeds even if I’m out of LTE coverage. All that good stuff plus a cheaper bill and soon to have truly unlimited data. I plan to remain a loyal T-Mobile customer. Good luck paying $200/ month with Verizon.

          • Core Rooted

            I remember last year (here in Phoenix), where we were all sorts of excited for TMO to release the HSPA+ upgrades… the days came and went and barely any boost in speed. Then, they released it and guess what? Again, barely any boost in speed. Went from 2.5/mbps to around 5~6/mbps. In fact, things got worse than that. Drops got more frequent and they actually introduced more dead spots than there were previously.

            Now, it’s more than a year later and TMO still has yet to really improve speed here. Yeah, I may pay more for VZW, but my speeds are around 35/mbps down and 14~16/mbps a sec up. I seriously couldn’t wait any longer for TMO to drag their feet on getting a true 4g network up when VZW did just that AND then eclipsed them.

            Granted, I abhor VZW and their crap business policies and general screwing of the customer, but when I’m getting good speed along with very few network drops, I find that a service I am willing to pay for. Now, I do tend to drive I-8 quite a bit. On my VZW phone, I get zero drops (occasionally I might drop to 1x in spots, but I have never completely dropped service). Same drive using TMO, over half the drive, I had no service. Same thing driving up the I-17 to Flagstaff. TMO drops constantly whereas VZW is strong signal the whole way.
            As for battery draining? Huh… don’t know what device you have been playing with, but both my gNex and my Spectrum do just fine battery-wise when using LTE.

          • CDavisUnlimited

            Couldn’t have said it any better. Who cares about 30 Meg downloads in Phoenix if I only get 50 K downloads on the rest of Verizon’s 3G network (which is most places). And if I really need 30 Meg downloads I’ll just use WiFi like EVERY other smartphone user on the planet, and with T-Mobile I can make free calls overs WiFi. I’ll let the sheep like masses get grossly overcharged by Verizon and I’ll live with speed in more places for a lot less money.

  • DuongVu

    Good for Sprint. Wasn’t it a Verizon or ATT executive who admitted that share plans were created in order to “monetize the exponential growth of data consumption”?… greedy…

    • New_Guy

      Ohhhh VZW…Don’t we all just love them so much =)?…

      • CrackerJack

        Hey companies are in the business of making money. We can live without data. Mankind lived without data for thousands of years. Yes it’s a B*tch having to pay more for stuff but if we decide we have paid enough the prices will go down. The only reason they shifted to a shared data and unlimited voice/text model is because everyone wants data. It’s the market that drives the prices and if Sprint and T-Mobile can successfully pull customers from AT&T or Verizon you can bet they’ll create new unlimited plans. It’s all about the market place.

  • tomn1ce

    That’s the truth about sharing your data. You have to keep a keen eye on your data before you get hit with the overage charges. I still have unlimited data on vzw and I’m planning on keeping it for as long as I can. Even if I have to buy a phone at full price, but I tell you one thing I won’t be getting it from vzw. I’ll get it from amazon, or wirefly or where ever I can get the best price without a contract. LTE is good in my area, its pretty fast and I don’t have to stare at my screen waiting for the browser to open. The other day I was using 3G and I got tired of how long it takes to do anything and gave up on it. Besides, it’s too good to use about 10-15GB a month for only $30 and lose that just for buying a phone at $200-$300.

    • I plan to switch to T-Mobile when my contract is up and I’ll buy an unlocked phone. I love Verizon’s network. But I HATE them as a company. I have unlimited data, but I do not want to reward a company for their bad behavior. Verizon has made some horrible decisions recently, and it’s the last straw for me.

      • yarrellray

        Verizon is the WORST CARRIER in the update game and has the WORST reception/signal strength out of all carriers.

        • chris125

          worst reception of all carriers? What are you smoking? They have the most coverage out of all the carriers and pretty sure that being able to use the phone is more important than how fast their data speeds are which even their lte smokes tmo speeds. You have no clue what you are talking about you spout the same ignorance on every site. 3 months ago it was how great verizon was and 3 months before that sprint, now it is tmo you claim is so great…

    • juanmph

      I agree with you I am available for an upgrade but I am not going to do it because I love having unlimited data I also average around 10 to 15 gigabytes of memory every month because I like tethering my DROID RAZR and I plan on buying the RAZR HD soon even if its at retail price.

  • Br_d

    I am liking Sprint’s philosophy more and more. If they can get the network to back it up, they will earn my business.

    • New_Guy

      Haha! If they get the network to back it up…they’ll go tiered like everyone else =).

    • Trevalyon

      If they can get the network to back it up, they’ll exploit you just as much as AT&T and Big Red… Don’t delude yourself. They make you promises of unlimited data on a network they can’t promise you a reliable connection on. I don’t regret leaving Sprint for Verizon, even with the extra BS I have to deal with, not being able to get an unlocked boot-loader or no longer being able to subsidize new phone upgrades unless I surrender my unlimited data. At least I can connect to the services I pay for….

  • Twilight Sparkle

    Is it really that easy to squash 2 GB in a month? I don’t even think I hit 200 MB in one month, seeing as any large transfers or streaming are only fast on wifi or 4G. I get 4G some places, but I just don’t see what I could do on my phone to need that much data, since I usually connect to wifi when I want to update/download apps or stream video anyway.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      I stream Pandora, YouTube, etc and can easily kill 2GB a month. 200MB seems like you don’t even use the device except on WiFi. If that’s the case, why not just get a tablet and a “dumb” phone?

      • JoshGroff

        Because, some of us use the mobile data for updating social networks, using IM, or just general out and about web browsing. Plus, the G-nex is way faster than a dumb phone. 🙂

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Dumb phone is assuming no data plan. Dumb phone just texts and calls.

          • JoshGroff

            I was under the impression that Verizon didn’t allow that, even if you brought your own smartphone.

        • Get a smartphone and “fix” the MEID so that it won’t require a data plan..

          • Southrncomfortjm

            How do you do that? Is that like what the guy in the movie “The Core” does with the guy’s cell phone? Nevermind if you have no idea what I’m talking about.

          • CDMA Workshop.
            I “fixed” a Sprint HTC Touch Pro to have the ESN of an LG flip phone for Verizon I have. I added the ESN to the line I want to activate it on, flashed a Verizon ROM, and dialed *228 and it activated as normal. You might not be able to do this with the most cutting edge phones, but you can certainly get something better than a dumbphone without paying stupid data fees for something you don’t really use.

      • Twilight Sparkle

        I browse the web, stream the occasional video, update social networks, IM, get emails, etc. I wouldn’t give up my GNex for a dumb phone if someone paid me.

    • moelsen8

      I’m a wifi nazi, on it at home and at work and wherever else I can be, but when I’m out I surf the web here and there on my phone and usually average around 1 gig a month. I’m sure if you start putting families in buckets and letting the little ones run rampant on facebook, watching movies etc, you could easily blow through your data caps each month.

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        Exactly. And if you switched to share your money plans and you are saving a little money now (and you are not an undercover Verizon shill posting lies on the Internet), well good for you. Me personally, well I’d rather pay a little extra for the freedom of not having to watch my data consumption like a hawk, divvy it up between other people on my plan, and rest easy knowing that whether I use 500mb a month or 5GB a month, it doesn’t matter one iota because I pay the same price either way. The same cannot be said for if you are on share your money data plans. So for me, in the long run, well I will still be saving money and have the peace of mind of not having to ration out my data, or pay ridiculous fees if I ever go over my allotment.
        Plus, to me, it’s not as much about how much data I consume or how much I don’t. It’s about the very real fact that it’s not just about me and my data use or needs on a shared plan. It’s the fact that I have SHARE data now! So you may personally just use WIFI all the time, or just consume a small amount of monthly data. But you are now sharing a pool of data between at least one other person if not many more, and you may be fine with a couple of megabytes a month. But if your kids or wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend, decides to go bat sh!t crazy with your collective data that month, well they could easily eat your few megabytes along with the rest of your monthly allotment. I’m a very giving and generous person in life, but I personally don’t want to have to watch my data constantly, and make sure that the other people on my plan, are just using the agreed upon chunk of data they get each month and not cutting into mine. These share plans only benefit Verizon I believe, and if they benefit you, well you are the minority in the equation. I’m never coming off of unlimited, and if I’m forced to at some point, well Verizon better have their lawyers ready over me not paying my ETF, because mine are family, all three of them.

    • JoshGroff

      I think my average use gets ~ 100MB, but then again I’m on WiFi almost all day. I have WiFi at work and home, but I guess if you use your mobile data instead of a home connection, which I know a few people that do, it would kill them to lose unlimited.

      • I’ve used 3.12 gb this month on an unlimited Verizon plan. I tend to stream audio in my car during my commute every day though. I don’t use wifi usually as I am in a LTE area, and my wifi is just plain slower. I usually am at about 4gb a month.

        • JoshGroff

          I just use the radio or my mp3s, but I can see how that’d eat through a decent chunk of data.

    • I kill 4GB a month easy.. I use Spotify Radio at least 3 hours a day, then netflix on the go. And for A week I had to tether my computer and Tablel to my Gnex before my Internet was hooked up, I killed 12GB, but thats using it as a Home internet for a week.. I would never do that for a long term.. And I hate using WIfi just like others because it is just slower..

      • Dain Laguna

        You must have epic 4g coverage. Ive seen my 4g register faster than my 15mbps up/down fiber connection at home but never consistently.

    • Dain Laguna

      I stream google music to and from work (20min each way) and every month im at about 3.5 gigs. It adds up.

  • I am good with using dental work, as long as past dental work counts! Personally, I would go for a sharing plan if they weren’t so dang expensive. I still have unlimited data under Verizon and have no plan to loosing it. Looks like my next phone will come from ebay!

    • Nick S

      “Let’s just do it by hair.” lol that one was below the belt, but funny =)

      “…and stop liking EVERYTHING!” also awesome.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    No, T-Mobile and Sprint would LOVE to do the same but it would give people even less reason to jump to or stick with those carriers. They would love to stick it to customers but they realize that they don’t have the resources that Verizon and AT&T have. Big business is not your friend, they are there to be as profitable as they can be, in whatever way they can be. Props to their PR firm though, they would be stupid to let Verizon and AT&T get away without at least some jabs at them.

    • New_Guy

      Exactly. If you can’t join’em, kick’em in the groin.

    • 4n1m4L

      verizon doesn’t provide cellular service to people, cellular service is how verizon makes money.

  • red014

    Brian O’Brian!

  • What they need to also say is how much more it will cost! that is the “surprise!” un-selling point

  • mmoreimi

    I guess that’s kind of funny.

    I had to ditch unlimited so my wife could start enjoying a data plan. It does suck to have to watch my data now.

    • Nick S

      It would be sweet if they would fix the widget to auto-update again.

    • Jim McClain

      Just got my wife the s3 put her on a sub account so it didn’t mess with my unlimited data plan,so she has 3gig and I have unlimited dataData