Sprint unlimited plans either worse or more expensive

Sprint adds an Unlimited plan without high-resolution video

Sprint's adding a $70/month unlimited plan and neutering its $60/month one

The new Unlimited Basic plan is far inferior to the existing $60 Unlimited Freedom plan. The main price hike hits customers who want to watch streaming video at HD quality instead of being reduced to DVD quality. With five, the cost per line for the more expensive option is $42, and the other is $32.

There's also a weird limited-time promo on Unlimited Plus, with prices working out to $22 per month per line for five lines provided you're not leasing a phone through Sprint. Unlike Unlimited Freedom, however, Unlimited Basic only comes with 500MB of hotspot data per month rather than 5GB.

Get Data Sheet, Fortune's technology newsletter. But here we are, with a press release on Sprint's Newsroom blog announcing some big changes to its "unlimited" plan.

The renamed Unlimited Basic plan is still $60 a month.

The Unlimited Plus plan starts at $70 for the first line.

If you want an experience similar to the old Unlimited Freedom plan, you're going to have to shell out some more money.

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With the headway the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is making, one wonders why Sprint doesn't just call it a day and coast along until the deal is approved. Interestingly, the carrier said that music streams are throttled to 1.5 Mbps and gaming streams are throttled to 8 Mbps, and that users who consume more than 50 GB in a month can have their speeds reduced. You'll get 10GB of LTE data when you travel to Canada and Mexico, plus 15GB of LTE hotspot data. At that price, you're obviously better off choosing Unlimited Plus if you need a bunch of unlimited lines and you already own the phones.

The nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier, awaiting a merger with No. 3 T-Mobile, on Thursday unveiled two unlimited data tiers to replace its single Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan.

Sprint says families will be able to mix and match its new unlimited plans, opting for either Basic or Plus on different lines. You get subscriptions to Hulu and Tidal for your troubles as well, which helps sweeten the pot a little. In Mexico and Canada, enjoy unlimited talk and text and 5GB of 4G LTE data.

Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Basis will become available for subscribers beginning Friday, July 13.

However, that promotional price is scheduled to rise in a year's time to $160 per month for four lines. "So, hurry to a Sprint store, these promotions won't be around for long!"

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