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Sprint looks to One Up the competition with its own early upgrade plan

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Sprint's One Up compared to the competition

Sprint's One Up compared to the competition


With programs like AT&T Next, T-Mobile Jump and Verizon Edge allowing customers to upgrade faster than every two years, Sprint is rumored to be working on its own program to give its customers a similar opportunity. Believed to be launching on September 20th, Sprint One Up will allow customers to pay for a new device in 24 monthly installments.

For example, a device costing $649.99 will cost Sprint One Up subscribers $27 a month with the difference tacked on to the last payment. If a customer decides to leave Sprint, he will be asked to pay the remaining balance the next month. The payoff for Sprint One Up subscribers comes after a year of paying for a device, when it can be traded in for a brand new model.

To sign up for Sprint One Up, you need to have an Unlimited, My Way or All-In plan. Thanks to the $15 haircut you get from Sprint One Up, the carrier offers unlimited talk, text and data for as low as $65 a month, which beats out the $70 unlimited plan from T-Mobile. Existing Sprint customers who want to join the plan need to have an upgrade in their pocket or they must trade in their current phone in working condition. A chart produced by Sprint shows that those signing up for One Up can save $220 a year over T-Mobile accounts with a similarly priced phone and unlimited talk, text and data.

Sprint and T-Mobile have similar plans in the way they both offer a discount to the monthly service plans in exchange for paying monthly for a device priced with no subsidy. AT&T and Verizon offer thier customers a way to upgrade to a new phone early by making monthly payments, but do not give these customers a lower price for monthly service in exchange for giving up a subsidized price for their new device.

source: CNET

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posted on 15 Sep 2013, 18:46 3

1. Shatter (Posts: 1957; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Tmobile is twice a year and they are no contract with family plans. Nice try though Sprint.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:01

13. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Sprint allows 3

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 12:17

59. DonkeySauce (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


The "No Contract" thing is a sham. There may not be a "contract", but you have a monthly fee for the phone, and if you cancel, you have to pay the balance for the phone, which is basically the same thing as an ETF. 6 of one, half dozen of the other.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 22:36

61. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Do you want a half million or $500,000? Or better one what's heavier a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:09 5

2. sun0066 (Posts: 72; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)


sprint improve your network and forget others things for now, make your network at least useful because most of the time is useless

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 23:14 1

31. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Don't worry its coming.. They are finally headed the right path

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:29 1

38. lsutigers (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Dude the new upgraded Sprint Network is rock solid. I travel quite a bit for work and Sprint has upgraded many markets and the network experience has been excellent. I have a Sprint work phone and compared to my personal phone with Verizon, Sprint's coverage and speeds are very comparable.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 12:18

60. DonkeySauce (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


Sprint's new slogan: "Our networks are very comparable" lol

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:52

43. JEEPOFFROADV8 (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Apr 2009)


they made a huge differnce in my area. 3g speeds are between 1.5 to 2.0mbps. and in my small town i just noticed 4g icon the other day and was getting 12 down 8 up. its not live yet but i can use it i never expected 4g here.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 11:28

45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7274; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So basically the speeds I was getting with T-Mobile's 3G...

It's good that they're improving their network, but at the speed they're going at, it's going to take forever.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 21:25

53. lsutigers (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Well in my market I see consistent speeds between 15-32 mbps. The lowest I have seen is ~6mbps. Most people I know with TMO HSPA get speeds around 4-6mbps on average. Both speeds are more than enough to do just about anything on a mobile phone.

Sprint's real speed increases will come once TD-LTE is deployed on the Clearwire spectrum which they announce will be a nationwide rollout and the speeds are expected to be between 60-100mbps on LTE-A. Either way, at some point speed becomes more of a bragging rights thing than anything else as I mentioned above, a smartphone flies on a 5mbps connection.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:14 5

3. PootisMan (Posts: 195; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


No surprise here. T-Mobile's JUMP program is still the best.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:25 2

4. jamesish (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Sorry sprint but why would I want a new device with you when the whole year I can't even use the phone because your coverage and speed is worse than T-Mobile?

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 23:59 1

33. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


It depends on where you live....TMobile coverage is horrible here in California. I use to have TMobile, and I always loose coverage, and the worst part is that once I walk through a door in a building it drops to zero.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 00:01

34. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


It depends on where you live....TMobile coverage is horrible here in California. I use to have TMobile, and I always loose coverage, and the worst part is that once I walk through a door in a building it drops to zero.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:46

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7274; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Sprint TRIED to One Up T-Mobile but failed. I'd gladly pay an extra few dollars a month knowing I can cancel my plan at any given time. You aren't fooling anyone here Sprint.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:01

12. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


You can't cancel anytime it's not a contract

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:04 1

15. Shatter (Posts: 1957; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Yes you can., if you buy a phone from them you have to pay it off though. Bring your own device and you can cancel whenever you please.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:10 1

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7274; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This.

I buy my phones off Craigslist so I'm able to cancel anytime I want to. Yay to no contracts!

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 23:13

30. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yeah Tru sprint has that flaw but the new plan I think that shouldn't be a problem anymore.... I have fought that ideology a lot.. Cancellation fee is there to make the money back on the phone you sold at discounted price... Why should there be a contract when you have your own... Verizon locks you for 2yrs with upgrade option if you agree to waive act fee lol

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 19:59

50. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


the Verizon Edge is also no contract...you pay off your device & you are free & clear or if you bring your own its no contract from the beginning. waiving act fees has no bearing on contract or no contract.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 21:21

51. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


It's cheaper to pay 200 and cancel for 350 total of 550 vs 650++++++ I'll add a line than cancel it comes out cheaper simple

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 23:01

27. LordDavon (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


Sprint is allowing people to cancel their contracts, but they are still on the hook for the phone costs. BUT, T-mobile's plan also includes insurance. With Sprint, that will be another $11 a month.

I'm with Sprint right now, and have 4 lines. Going to one of these new unlimited plans would increase my bill about $40 a month. Then, I would have the increase of the phones. Just not worth it!

I am in the Orlando area, and the 4G coverage is horrible. 3G speeds are as bad as other companies throttled speeds. Calling them doesn't help either. I doubt I will be with them much longer, unless things change.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 23:11

29. mcshank (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)


EDS1500 for 4 smartphones = 120, 29.99, 29.99, 29.99 = 209.97$ This is including the Prem 10 Data addon.
Unlimited My way = 80,70,60,50 = 260$. Difference is 50.03$, get yo math right!

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 00:53 1

37. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 75; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Dude, either way I still beat both. 5 lines on T-mobile without jump for $145 with tax! Unlimited everything. That's a smoking deal.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 12:35

47. LordDavon (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


I called in, and got the numbers. It came to $40. But, this is for MY plan, not yours.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 21:29

54. lsutigers (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Orlando is being upgraded. I was just recently in Miami and Tampa and the network is performing excellent. I do remember that during the upgrading process the speeds were inconsistent and the network had issues while testing and upgrading was going on. It will get much better shortly.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 19:40

62. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


you cant cancel anytime you have a tmobile devices that isnt free your probably obligated to finish paying for that device one way or another or else carriers just give away free phones. then restock fees.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:50

6. techaman (unregistered)


my contacts over April goodbye sprint hello T Mobile or anybody that has service don't care how much I have to pay to upgrade the phone it's worth it when I can use it

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:57

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7274; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Go with T-Mobile. $70 a month with unlimited LTE goodness and no contract. :)

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:02 1

14. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


2GB cap on tmobile sprint has more coverage than tmobile in 3g and lte

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:06 1

17. Shatter (Posts: 1957; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Tmobile has no caps on Data. They throttle after a certain amount of data is used on every plan except the $70 one, that is 100% real unlimited with no throttling.

http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-plans/individual.html

Tmobile kills every other carrier in terms of family plans. You can get 5 phones with unlimited everything (500MB of 4g data) for $110. OR $210 for everyone to have real unlimited everything. That includes 2.5GB of tethering for each person.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:13

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7274; Member since: 14 May 2012)


T-Mobile has a $70 truly unlimited everything plan, which offers the most and costs the less of all of the major carriers.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 23:35 1

32. promise7 (Posts: 285; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


i believe that 2gb cap is only on lte speed. after 2gb u still get unlimited data, but at 3g speeds.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:54 1

7. tuminatr (Posts: 656; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


you guys are all wrong the best deal to buy phones on the open market ebay/ craigslist whatever. All of these deals are an utter rip off. I have sprint and the coverage works for me, I travel Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin for my job so T-mob would not work. I trade phones every six months or so and am about to do so again with the Note 3 coming out. I have a GS4 that I traded to get ( a note 2 and the person gave me $100) I got the Note 2 by selling my Galaxy Nexus for $350 and buying the note 2 for $450 off craigslist. The last phone I bought from sprint was the Photon. Think about this too I looked on ebay and ther GS4 is selling for around $450 full retail at sprint for the Note 3 will probibly be around $650 so even if I need to sell my phone on ebay and pony up $200 its still a better deal that these upgrade plans. and plan wise mine can be beat $50 unlimited everything postpaid. BTW most of minnesota and wisconsin have sprint 4g and speeds between 6mbps and 20mbps so its pleanty fast

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:59

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7274; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because the average joe knows about Craigslist... I haven't bought a phone through a carrier since 2009 and that was with Verizon.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 19:56

8. Technobri (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


When sprints network starts to improve thats when everyone will regret leaving them

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:00

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7274; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They've been "improving" their network since 2010. It's 2013. 3 years later, and their 3G speeds are still terrible. No thanks.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:05 3

16. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


That's because the idiots worked on 4G wimax instead of lte.... In about 2yrs sprint will be number choice for every one

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:16

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7274; Member since: 14 May 2012)


WiMAX was complete and utter garbage. T-Mobile had better speeds than Sprint with their HSPA+ 14.4 speeds. If they would have started LTE as early as Verizon did, they would have been close to finishing by now. That was their fault and now they're building their network from the ground up, which isn't cheap.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 23:10

28. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Agree but sprint should be the first if not 2nd company to have TDLTE... Tru sprint never made a smart decision but with soft bank and clear wireless things will turn.... All tmobile is doing building to get bought out... I could care less... The more they fight the better for us...

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 21:32

55. lsutigers (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


I have a 3G / 4G WiMAX aircard through work and I get 12+mbps consistently on WiMAX. The problem is it was only deployed in a few cities and they never expanded coverage prior to moving to LTE.

My friend has a Clear home modem which runs on WiMAX and she gets 10+mbps all the time.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:17 1

21. Shatter (Posts: 1957; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Tmobile is the fastest growing network atm. I get better speeds in my area than people with ATT too, and in most ATT deadzones I get coverage, never had a call drop and I don't have to worry about my data running out.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:20 1

22. andrexx24 (banned) (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Sprint here in Houston tx sucks! They shoud better spend that money on improving their service at least get HSPA+ cuz their 3g is crappy as hell, I was better off with tmo and now I have att no regrets whatsoever, sprint is the worst!

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 20:25 1

23. Baseballer (Posts: 131; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I live in Houston too. My speeds are pretty good with sprint. So...

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 21:00 2

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7274; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Sprint is CDMA based, so it would be impossible for them to deploy HSPA+ on their network.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 21:38

26. andrexx24 (banned) (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Thanks for the clarification! +1

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 21:06 1

25. Blazers (Posts: 183; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


It's impossible for Sprint to get HSPA+ since that's the upgrade path for GSM.

All they can do is aggressively expand their LTE coverage at the same speed as T-Mobile, and hope to God that the holes aren't that big since their 3G is horrible.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 00:07 1

35. HouTexan (Posts: 298; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


I'm from Houston, too, and I used to have Sprint until I switched to AT&T. Sprint sucks here.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 22:00

56. lsutigers (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


When was the last time you used Sprint in Houston. I just went to Houston for work and stayed in Galleria off Westheimer and my Sprint work phone performed on par with my Verizon personal phone. I was all over the city, and went as far as Baytown, Beaumont and Galveston with excellent coverage and speeds.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 00:13

36. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Do the math people!!!!! It will cost $88 for the phone up front plus tax on the full retail of the phone, plus the $27/month and $88 to do the upgrade. So that's a total of $500.00. But if you do the regular plan on the smart phone like for instance on $199.00 discount phone for 24 months contract, and if you upgrade or cancel after 12 months, it will cost up $199.00 plus $350. minus $110.00(credit for for being on the contract of 12 months) equals to $439.00 total including from your first cost of the phone.

So am I doing something wrong here? What is the difference of the advantage. This phone companies" are just moving the dollars around to make it look good. The difference is what you pay monthly for the plan.

http://support.sprint.com/support/article/Learn_about_early_termination_fee/case-sp061027-20110823-171256/?ECID=vanity:etf

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:08

41. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Its not so much the phonr cost as it is the service difference.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 14:12

49. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Yes it is!!! It's what the article is about. The providers are competing on the early upgrade of the phone and the cost difference!!

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:12

42. SellPhones82 (Posts: 471; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


You are not factoring in that Sprint drops your monthly plan $15 for going with "One Up" and their new unlimited plan. So that would save you $360 over 2 years, or $180 in your example of cancel after 12 months, when you factor in the money you save on your monthly reoccurring charge. You can also upgrade your phone every 12 months as long as you turn in your old one versus every 20 months as it is now. In the end it isn't much different, like you said they are just moving money around and instead of there being a termination fee, you have to pay the balance of your phone instead. So there is still an amount that will be due when you cancel, you can call it whatever you want, it really makes no difference. $240 Termination Fee ($240, not $350 is the term fee after 12 months) or $325 that remains as your balance for your phone (using $649.99 as the phone price) if you go 12 months, but you'd also have saved the $180 with the $15 off a month so there would be a saving of $75-$95 in going with their new upgrade plan.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 14:10

48. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


But you own your phone if you pay the early termination fee if you want to upgrade early vs you would trade it in? The early termination fee does include the cost of the phone, and most of the time it is less what the phone retail cost is. So $199.99 plus a$240.00 still doesn't add up to $649.99 as you indicated, even if you factor in the $15 discount on the plan.

So what is your argument?

Your reply pretty much covered what I have just posted.

So the real question is that if you want to keep your old phone as a back which own or you want to lease and continue to give them the money on a device you will own?

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 21:25

52. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


No you wouldn't qualify for an annual upgrade it's part of it they want the old device back.. Double check on Friday when it's released

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 10:17

57. SellPhones82 (Posts: 471; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


With Sprint what is the point in owning your phone when you can only activate in on Boost or Virgin? Not like you can take it to T-Mobile or AT&T. There really is no point in "owning" a CDMA phone since they are Carrier lock. You could turn around and sell it at least.

I had no argument, I was just point out that you didnt take the $15 into affect but in the end there is really no difference other than being able to upgrade every year. They are simply moving money around and you save money up front when getting the phone but you will pay more per month.
You hit another good point as far as the back up phone. I have a GS3 with them now but also still have my OG EVO. I might try and work the system and switch service back to the EVO so I can give Sprint that phone and keep my GS3!

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 09:00

39. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I sell service and phones. Company gives me my line with no contract. I can upgrade every 10 months. I also get $100 off on the subsidized price of whichever phone I want and the service at 1/3 of the regular cost. Kinda bragging :-)

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:07

40. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


They haven't included cost of insurance the jump program is insurance and upgrade capability. Thats the only thing that makes it "cheaper" now if you took off the 10 thats 240 off but add 10 to sprints and its 240 more expensive.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 11:16

44. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


I wonder how they will handle family plans. Do I still get $15 off my plan per phone on this program?

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