updated 09:38 am EST, Wed January 8, 2014
Framily plan puts cost per person on sliding scale
Sprint has made several announcements, beginning with the introduction of its "Framily" plan. The offer -- which becomes available January 10th -- lets up to 10 people, not necessarily relatives, join a group in which each extra person joining lowers the cost for everyone else. For a single person the fee is $55 per month for 1GB of data and unlimited talk and text. Each additional subscriber lowers the cost by $5 a month, although that ceases after the seventh customer, at which stage each person is paying $25.
Individuals can customize their plan as necessary. Sprint gives the example of someone paying $20 extra per month, which entitles them to unlimited data plus an annual phone upgrade. Accounts can be billed separately as needed.
Sprint has meanwhile expanded access to Spark, its LTE network. The service now covers the Texas cities of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, as well as Fort Lauderdale in Florida. In all Spark is now available in 11 regions.
For people using Virgin Mobile USA, a Sprint brand, Broadband2Go customers will soon have access to the Netgear Mingle, a tri-band mobile hotspot for 3G/4G. The unit features 12.5 hours of battery life, password protection, a 1.77-inch LCD, and support for up to 10 simultaneous connections. Broadband2Go costs $5 per day, $25 for 1.5GB per month, or $55 for 6GB per month. Pricing for the Mingle hasn't been set, as it will only ship sometime later this quarter.