April 14, 2003 1:26 PM PDT
Sprint axes roaming, distance charges
The PCS Free & Clear America plans cost between $55 to $125 a month, similar to the rates charged for plans offered by Sprint PCS competitors Verizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless.
PCS Free & Clear America is for consumers, Sprint PCS said. The company introduced a similar plan for business customers last year.
The new plans are a mixed blessing for most U.S. carriers. On one hand, eliminating calling distinctions such as long distance or roaming (an extra charge for using a competitor's phone network to complete a call) will keep customers on board and attract new ones, Sprint PCS President Len Lauer said of Sprint's new efforts.
But most carriers still offer plans that charge extra for long-distance, and these new limitless plans will likely eat into that revenue, said wireless analyst Joe Laszlo of Jupiter Research.
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