Tomorrow, Sprint will launch a new set of nationwide plans to compliment the existing Free & Clear set of plans. Dubbed Fair & Flexible, these plans will allow customers to only pay for the amount of talk time they use. Read more for the details on these new plans.
Fair & Flexible will implement a tiering to airtime usage. You start with a rate of 300 minutes for $35 a month. As you use more, you pay for a higher tier. The first set of tiers charge $2.50 for every 25 minutes you use over 300 minutes, up to 650. From there, you pay $2.50 for every 50 minutes of airtime used, up to 1250. Beyond that, it is a flat rate of $.07 a minute, which comes out to $3.50 for every 50 minutes beyond 1250 minutes.
Besides the tiers, it appears these plans are identical to existing Free & Clear plans. It supports 7 PM Night & Weekends, and has no-roaming options (re-named to Fair & Flexible America) in markets that offer it. PCS-to-PCS is however not free on 2-year agreements, though it is also offered, at $5 a month. Add-A-Phones are $20/month per additional line.
Interestingly, some internal Sprint documents suggest that Sprint does not want to advertise this plan to existing customers, and tells sales reps to “hide” these plans from existing customers unless they express interest in them. Based on this, it appears Sprint is not totally confident of this new plan structure, and does not want to make it their primary structure until it proves successful and profitable.