As of this morning on Sprint’s website, you can find the details of the $60 a month unlimited talk/text/data plan.
$60 excludes state/local taxes and Sprint surcharges, which can be up to 15.7%, admin charges of up to $2.50 a month, and something listed a “Reg./line/mo” fees of 5-20% (guessing this is federally-mandated regulatory line monthly fees). There’s a $36 per line activation fee also, although whether that covers people who are going from off contract to the new plan, I’m not sure.
So, your first month’s bill (not including local/state sales tax) for the $60 Sprint plan could include $36 activation, $9.42 Sprint Surcharges, $2.50 admin, $12 Reg./line/mo. Or $59.92 in additional charges on the first month’s bill with $23.92 of recurring regular charges, of which half is random Sprint charges that go right back into their pocket.
Up to $350 per line early termination fee for “advanced devices,” or $200 for dumb phones.
Customers under a 1 or 2 year Service Agreement and moving to the Sprint $60 Unlimited plan have a higher monthly rate of up to $25/month until they reach upgrade eligibility.
What’s pretty scary is the second half of this line: Sprint may terminate service if off-network roaming usage in a month exceeds: (1) 800 min. or a majority of min.; or (2) 100MB or a majority of KB.
What you need to understand there is that if you make a two minute call while roaming and make no other calls, you’ve given Sprint grounds for termination. Also, 100MB while roaming is absurdly small these days. If you roam onto a decently powered 3G provider, 100MB can be gobbled up by background sync services in about six minutes.
The only things I’m really a bit concerned about are the Sprint surcharges and admin fees, which is basically Sprint coming up with a reason to charge you more and calling it a surcharge.
The screenshot is below. I’m not familiar with T Mobile’s pricing structure, but I don’t think I’ve heard of that many fees and surcharges being thrown in before. If someone with the Uncarrier wants to chime in on their monthly $80 final price I’d appreciate it.