As WiMAX becomes a distant vision in Sprint’s rear-view mirror, and the carrier accelerates towards its 4G LTE rollout, many customers have been scratching their heads wondering what the future pricing model will look like. Now we have an answer: Sprint’s existing unlimited Everything Data plan will be available to LTE customers at the same price of $79.99, according to a Sprint spokesperson who spoke to FierceWireless. “Data plans for non-smartphone devices are the same regardless of data network,” the spokesman said. That means tablets and hotspots will be available with the same LTE plans as smartphones.
Sprint recently announced a pre-order date of April 12th for the LG Viper, one of the carrier’s first LG smartphones. In addition to the Viper, Sprint has also confirmed plans to release Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and a tri-network hotspot made by Sierra Wireless. We’re expecting that a brand new LTE-enabled EVO flag-ship device will be announced Wednesday evening, too.
The carrier has yet to provide a hard launch date for its LTE network, but it did promise to roll-out its first four markets by the middle of this year and has big coverage goals for 2014. Considering that the Viper goes on sale this month, we’re betting it flips the switch on 4G LTE any day now.