Hey, have you heard? Sprint is back. We spent a few years not recommending Sprint much, because the company's network was rocky at best. But over the past year, Sprint has really started to turn things around. Its first move was an initiative called Spark, and now LTE Plus has boosted speeds to the point where Sprint has started winning multiple cities in our Fastest Mobile Networks tests for the first time in a long while.
Not every Sprint phone supports LTE Plus, but if you're buying one, you need to get a device that does. Right now, about a dozen Sprint and unlocked phones support LTE Plus, including nine of the ten we've listed above. (Our tenth phone, the Kyocera DuraXTP, is a flip phone.) Just picking recent devices isn't a guarantee of support: the popular iPhone SE, for instance, does not support LTE Plus.
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Having been relegated to fourth place by T-Mobile's aggressive "uncarrier" moves and Sprint's own network failures, Sprint is fighting hard to regain the customers it has lost over the past few years. That means some killer service plan discounts, like a deal to cut other providers subscribers' bills in half, and an ongoing commitment to unlimited data plans.
While there's always something new around the corner, you really can't go wrong with any of the PCMag-approved phones listed here. If you need more help buying a cell phone, check out our cell phone product guide for the most recent reviews. And if you're looking for a new carrier, see How to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Plan. While you're at it, take a look at our guides for the best phones on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.