There’s been some confusion over the past 24hrs regarding which plans Sprint deem are eligible for use with their new Samsung Instinct touchscreen handset, stemming from smallprint on the phone’s official site that states “purchase of the Instinct requires activation on an Everything plan“. Engadget, in a post since taken down, seemingly forgot that Sprint’s $100 ‘Simply Everything’ plan is not the only such tariff the carrier offers; while I’m sure Sprint would love for you to sign up to two years of that, the cheapest eligible plan is in fact the $69.99 ‘Simply Everything’ 450, which offers 450 bundled minutes and unlimited everything else (data, messaging, etc.).
While that’s ten bucks more than AT&T’s cheapest iPhone plan, that offering lacks unlimited messaging (200 SMS messages are bundled) and unlimited night/weekend calls (you get 5,000 minutes). Adding unlimited SMS to an iPhone would cost an extra $20/mo.