Sprint plan discounts and more.
So if you have Sprint service you are likely familiar with the ‘premium’ $10 data fee that you pay monthly for the mere privilege of owning a smart phone. You are likely also aware that Sprint is the last standing U.S. carrier offering unlimited data plans. The good news however, is that no matter who you are, where you are, or where you work, you can likely get a Sprint discount of some sort for your plan. Now some older grandfathered plans may not be eligible for some of these discounts, but if you just have a standard plan right now, prepare to save some money.
Lets start with the tried and true, and most reliable way to get a discount on your mobile carriers plan. The Employee Discount. Sprint offers discounts to countless employers, ranging from 8% off to 25% off of your monthly plan (excluding the $10 smartphone fee). The list is in fact so large that many have come together to sort of maintain a massive spreadsheet online where you can search for your employer and see if you qualify.
Search for the name of your employer Here if it is between letters A and M
And Search Here for letters N through Z.
Be mindful of the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheets as they can help you navigate through the company names. The spreadsheet is somewhat dated for a lot of the companies so many of the discounts you see there may now be larger than the spreadsheet claims. For example Quest Diagnostics reads on the spreadsheet as 11%, but as of 2011 it is 20%. There is also another way to check and see of your company has an employee discount. Sprint has a special webpage designed for you to simply, enter your business e-mail address.
After entering your employee e-mail address, if the Sprint database finds that you qualify for a discount, you will be sent a special e-mail containing a specialized link that will allow you to shop on the Sprint website with your discount applied automatically at checkout, or it will provide you with the phone number to call if you are an existing Sprint member. You will need to call Sprint to apply your discount at (888) 457-6294. When doing so, simply ask the representative if you qualify for an Employee Discount for being an employee of the company you work for. Let the representative tell you what the current standing discount is, rather than volunteering a value.
Keep in mind, claiming to work for an employer that you do not generally doesn’t work out well. There is much wailing across the internet from penny pinchers who tried to pull a fast one. Employee Discounts on all major carriers are routinely audited, meaning they randomly check accounts to verify and update proof of employment and proof that the discount should still be active. And they will bill you if you are found to have received a discount on monthly bills you shouldn’t have. It would be very unpleasant to lose your discount until you “fax in a pay-stub proving employment” and simultaneously get hit with 10 back months worth of a 25% discount on your next bill.
Credit Union Members
There is a 10% discount for members of credit unions, too. Again simply call (888) 457-6294. You have to have an account (they will verify this) and you must provide the name and address of the Credit Union in order to receive the discount. The great thing about this discount is it is available to most willing to at least start an account at a local credit union for a short amount of time. Depending on your level of frugality, there is nothing stopping you from starting an account with a Credit Union, having the discount applied, then closing said account after the fact. Thus far Credit Union discounts, once applied, do not seem to be periodically audited by Sprint the way Employee Discounts are.
Healthcare Workers, Public School Employees and College Students
Working at a hospital? A nursing home? Kaiser Permanente facility, the Veterans Administration or, are you an employee of any School District? Do you have an .edu email address at your current University? Good, you will receive somewhere between 10% and 23% off of your monthly bill. Simply call (888) 457-6294. Proof of employment or a university email address will be required.
Couldn’t find your employer on the list? Not a member of a Credit Union? Too cool for School? No problem, Sprint has a plan designed to allow their employees to give their friends/family discounts. In order for their friends/family to receive this discount, the Sprint employee simply provides them with a website address, the Sprint employees company e-mail address, and the last few digits of the employees Sprint Employee ID Number (CID). They call these the ‘Simply Everything Plus Plans’ and they will save you about $10 a month on your plan, and add an additional 50 or so anytime minutes as well.
Now this plan doesn’t work on the $99.99 Simply Everything plan, but it does work for the $69.99 Unlimited Data, text, messaging plan that comes with 450 anytime minutes. The cost drops to $59.99, you get an extra 50 anytime minutes per month for a total of 500 and you keep the unlimited data text and messaging. It essentially cancels out the $10 premium smartphone fee (which you will still be charged bringing this plans total price to $69.99 per month). Here is a chart that outlines the discounted plans in comparison to the normal plans. The plans outlined in yellow are the SEP discounted plans.
A while back Sprints Vice President of Strategy made his information available to all Sprint customers wanting to take advantage of the discount. And to this day the discount works. Head on over to Sprints SEP Plans website and use the following information to take advantage of the discount: E-Mail: email@example.com Last 3 of CID: 383. If you are an existing Sprint customer and want to switch your current plan to one of these then you will need to call (888) 457-6294 and ask to be added to the Everything Plus Plan and inform the representative that you have the needed employee information.
And that is a general rundown of available Sprint plan discounts. Many of these discounts do more than just save you money on your recurring bill. Some employers and plans offer discounts on accessories, waived activation fees for new customers and more. Don’t forget to ask about everything your eligibility offers, every little bit counts.
Did we miss a discount that you are aware of? Have any that we should add? Drop me a comment below!
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