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Sprint Offers New Subscribers Half Off What They’re Paying Rivals

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- Wireless provider Sprint said Wednesday that new subscribers who switch to its service will pay half what its competitors are charging.

The promotion wasn't a hit with investors, however, who sent Sprint's shares down 9 percent.

Sprint, the No. 4 wireless provider, is in the midst of a turnaround effort and has been making a range of promotional offers to lure customers.

In August, it offered DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T.

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Sprint now says it will cut in half the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile plans, though some unlimited plans are excluded. New customers can sign up for the offer starting Friday through Jan. 7. The offer will be good until 2018.

For example, Verizon customers paying $80 for 12GB of data will pay $40 for 12GB if they switch to Sprint, and save 50 percent on the access fee as well.

The offer is aimed at promoting Sprint's new LTE Plus network which is available in 77 major markets.

Shares in Sprint Corp. ended down 41 cents, or 9.3 percent at $3.99. The stock is down about 4 percent for 2015.