Sprint and Best Buy offer students one year of free service

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If you’re a student shopping for new cell service, Sprint and Best Buy have a deal with you: the two have teamed up to offer unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for free for one year – that normally costs $70/month. Additionally, if you want to add unlimited data, you can do so for only $10/month, and you’ll also be guaranteed unlimited data for life.

Unlimited talk and text with no data is also available for feature phones; this would normally cost $50/month. To sweeten the deal, Sprint says that – in addition  to college students – this plan is available to any US-based active student currently enrolled in elementary, middle, or high school.

But be careful: although this initially seems like a great deal, students must also purchase their phones at the “Student Activated Price,” which is simply code for “unsubsidized.” A full list of eligible devices and their prices is available at the source link below – both the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One are currently going for a full $599.99, and the 16GB Google Nexus 5 is $449.98. iPhones range from $450-$849, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is $749.99.

In other words, do the math: If you bought the most expensive iPhone, you’re still paying the equivalent of $70.75 (or $80.75 if you add unlimited data) per month. It’s easy to find the EVO 4G LTE for free on contract, since it’s over a year old, so if you went this route you’d only save $20/month, not $70. While some savings definitely exist here, you won’t save quite as much as what Sprint wants you to think.

But still, a deal’s a deal. Are any of you planning on taking advantage of this?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.