We've been seeing some very big changes from the Big Four wireless service providers. They're all competing for customers and we're reaping the benefits. Now one of them has come out with an offer of one year of free service, but only some people will qualify.
Sprint is the carrier offering a free year of unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data a month, but it's not doing so out of the goodness of its heart. It's reacting to the recent purchase of DirecTV by rival carrier AT&T.
Since AT&T bought DirecTV, the phone company has been offering DirecTV customers $500 to switch their phones. Sprint is fighting back with a limited-time offer (it's good through September 30) of a free year of service. All you need to do is upload a copy of a recent DirecTV bill to the Sprint website or bring one to a Sprint store.
And the Sprint deal isn't completely free. There's a $36 activation fee, and you'll have to lease or buy a new phone. Also, after your free year is up, you'll be switched to a $50 a month plan until your device is paid off. If you're a DirecTV subscriber, is this enough to make you switch to Sprint? Let us know in the comments below.