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Sprint offers a year’s worth of free service including high speed data

In an effort to lure customers aware from Verizon and other competitors, Sprint is offering a year’s worth of free cellular service — including unlimited text, talk and data. After that customers will pay $60 a month should they continue, but there is no contract and no obligation.

Three free 1 year plan includes Sprint Global Roaming, which includes data up to 2G speeds and text messaging in any of Sprint’s 165+ Global Roaming countries at no charge, plus calling for $0.20 a minute.

There are no “catches” as far as I can tell but there are some rules and restrictions and some small fees:

You will have to buy a SIM card for $2.99 plus $10 overnight shipping charge

You must order it online. You can’t get it from a store

You have to pay a $30 activation fee, but you get that back after two months.

You have to pay $2.39 in administrative and regulatory fees and there could be additonal taxes

You have to bring you own phone from this list of compatible phones:

  • 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