Sprint's "unlimited" packages, earnings teaser

Sprint Nextel is looking to make some waves with its two new "unlimited" voice and data plans, which it is testing in the San Francisco market. The cheaper plan costs $120-a-month and includes unlimited voice calling, messaging and unlimited mobile Internet access. The $150-a-month plan includes each of those plus "unlimited" Internet access for the PC, which is remarkable since the average unlimited wireless data plan for laptops runs $60-per-month. The move makes Sprint the first national carrier to offer "unlimited" voice, messaging and mobile Internet access, but it's still in the trial phase with limited availability, analysts caution.

In other news, Sprint's Q4 earnings call takes place tomorrow morning, and The Street is biting its nails in anticipation. Here's what the industry expects from the recently lagging carrier: Earnings of 28 cents per share on sales of $10.39 billion. Sprint expects full year sales between $41 billion and $41.5 billion, while analysts are looking for $41.8 billion. This year should bring in $42.14 billion in sales and about $700 million in severance and service integration costs. Stay tuned for tomorrow's issue of FierceWireless for all the details.

For more on Sprint's latest news:
- see this RCR article for the "unlimited" bundles story
- check out this BusinessWeek article for the earnings expectations