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Sprint starts trial program called "Upgrade Now" for current customers

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It happens to everyone. You just bought a brand new smartphone with the latest and greatest specs and a week later, the same manufacturer has a new model with a faster processor, a bigger screen or a longer lasting battery. And there you are with the older model, thinking that you would give just about anything for another upgrade but knowing in your heart it is going to be another two years until you upgrade to a new model. That is, unless you are part of a trial that Sprint is conducting at certain of its locations.

Sprint's "Upgrade Now" promotion allows Sprint customers to buy that new smartphone that they have been jonsing for at a price lower than the non-contract cost, but higher than the heavily discounted subsidized price for new customers. In an email, Sprint Communications Manager wrote, "Sprint continues to be committed to earning our customers loyalty. The offer is intended to help give customers who are on contract but may need (or want) a new phone another option. This is not a nationwide program. It is a trial program in select markets."

The executive did not mention which of its locations are testing out the promotion, or say if it will be expanded into other markets. As far as how much the price of a new smartphone will be under the program, it will depend on the particular device being purchased and how much time is left on the customer's 2-year contract.

For those who like to have must have the latest and greatest smartphone in their pocket, this trial plan by Sprint could be an interesting promotion and it just might bring some new business to the nation's third largest carrier.

source: Sprint

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posted on 13 Feb 2012, 19:05 2

1. eman99 (Posts: 380; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


well where at exactly just go into sprint and demand?

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 19:09 5

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it's a good idea, all carriers need to have this option.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 19:34

3. SGSII (Posts: 53; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


That may come in handy since I just got an Eptouch...

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 20:21

9. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I mourn your loss

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 19:54 2

4. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Upgrade to what sprint? You only have two good phones to choose from, the 4S and the Epic Touch.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 19:57 5

5. mad5870 (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Yeah but they are going to have the nexus soon. so basically this is telling people by the epic touch of the 4s and don't worry you can still get your nexus at a lower price than full retail price.

This is a good idea hopefully they start getting a lot better phones.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 19:58 4

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Photon is also a good phone, at a hell of a price too (at Best Buy anyway).

Also, just got word from our Sprint rep today that between 15 and 17 new LTE models will be coming out in the coming years. Or year. He wasn't exactly clear.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 20:02

7. mad5870 (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


yeah good point the Photon is a good phone also. and that would be sweet. I'm about to switch to sprint so hopefully they keep this upgrade option

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 20:11 1

8. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


I enjoy my 3D it is very fast for me because I have a tweat sense ROM that use the GPU for rendering so I like it. A funny fact to me at least is a new 3D out of the box is running 2.3.3 with Hboot 1.3. The root for that is a one click with s-off. I know because they gave me a new out after I brick my first one.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 20:30 2

12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Photon has nothing over the Epic 4G Touch other than Webtop and Global Capabilities.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 21:00 2

16. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


IDK about that it is really up to the user. The photon has a higher res. screen with a kick stand and some people want that. 4.5 wvga vs a 4.3 qHD, some will take a higher res over super amoled plus at wvga. It is really up to the user.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 21:10 1

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that's true about the Photon having qHD over the Galaxy S II and while there are trade offs for a qHD LCD display and a SA+ display the SA+ display will take the cake nearly every time. the kick stand is negligible.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 21:19

18. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


I like natural looking color until SA+ phone give me the ability without root. I would have to go with LCD, I like the IPS one the best. There are time when I wish I had a kick stand watching netflix on a phone is a nice why to kill time between classes.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 21:30

19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if they were anywhere near each other in terms of performance and if the Photon had the updated UI (or at least a certainty that it will be upgraded to ICS) i might would agree with you but the Epic 4G Touch is wayyy too much more powerful than the Photon for these little things to take any presidence. unless you travel i'd feel bad for you if you bought a Photon over an Epic 4G Touch.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 21:35 1

20. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Nope I don't like Motorola phone, and I had the Nexus S 4g before they fix the wifi and signal. So I change to the 3D before the other were out. I rooted and it work for me. I am not a power user per say. So I could care less about performance, and plus I care more for whites then blacks in term of color. And we all know that a white blackground is not really white in Amoled screen.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 22:01

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it's not when you compare it side by side to an LCD or an IPS display but i know what you mean owning a Razr EVEN THOUGH it uses that out of control original SA technology with qHD resolution. when you learn the things i've learned and ride the rides i've rode with Android devices you become a straight up power user. o.o

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 02:48 1

25. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Okay, so its processor isn't *quite as fast,* but you're still looking at a dual core 1.0 GHz processor with a gig of RAM, which is most certainly nothing to sneeze at. Also, I still love Motorola's durability, and the Photon is a slightly more unique looking device than the Epic Touch.

And again, I reiterate: 50. Bucks.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 03:02

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I don't care. it's nowhere near as fast as the Epic 4G Touch. the Photon actually didn't feel good at all to me. surprisingly the Epic 4G Touch also wins me over in the design department as well.

pricing is irrelevant as all handsets usually get a major price deduction from third party retailers.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 03:49 1

29. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


"Nowhere near as fast as the Epic Touch"

By what metric? I haven't had as much experience with the Photon, but I use the ATRIX, which is virtually the same phone, and it handles very well.

I think maybe you should cool down a little bit. The Photon is still a very nice phone. I mean, what exactly can the Epic Touch do that the Photon can't?

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 09:12

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it doesn't matter. i wouldn't settle for a Photon for no reason.
have you not used an Exynos powered Galaxy S II?

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 11:02 1

33. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I've played around with the different versions of the S2. Not a whole lot, because I don't own one. However, I'll reiterate: the Photon is certainly not a pushover just because its processor clock speed is slower than the S2.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 11:17

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it's not a pushover because it has a lower clock frequency, it's a pushover because Exynos is a vastly superior SoC than the Tegra II and the Photon doesn't offer anything really compelling enough over the Epic 4G Touch to make up for that important short coming.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 11:28 1

35. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm sorry, I still haven't caught the part where you explain why Exynos is superior to Tegra 2, nor did I catch the part where you explain what aspects of real world performance the Tegra 2 fails at which the Exynos succeeds at.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 12:07

36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


oh Sniggly, Sniggly, Sniggly. xD
are you really going to make me explain this to you?
there's different factors that account for Exynos' superiority over the Tegra II. the ARM Mali-400 GPU Exynos uses is superior to the Geforce graphics Nvidia uses, Exynos has NEON support like the OMAP4 which is an advantage both of these SoCs have over the Tegra II and Samsung has optimized Exynos amazingly well for their TW4 UI. it's ridiculously smooth whereas the Photon was the last high end Motorola Android Smartphone to come out without the updated UI that debuted on the Droid 3 and what the Photon uses is wayyy behind what's being used now in terms of quality. I think even your ATRIX uses the updated UI which puts it ahead of the Photon in my book. try me all you want to, I know what I'm talking about.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 19:17

44. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Okay, just so you know, I genuinely don't know these things, so I really am trying to get a specific idea why you have your opinions. I tend to look at things with more of an end user perspective.

So:

Why is the Mali-400 superior to GeForce?

What is NEON support, and why is it important?

Why does optimization for Touchwiz matter when the Photon doesn't use it?

Besides aesthetics, why does it matter what UI the Photon uses? I find that it works quite well on my Atrix (which has virtually the same UI) and it's light years ahead of the old Blur skin found on non Verizon (and even Verizon) Motorola phones.

So I'm not trying to challenge you, lol. I really just want to know these things.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 21:29

45. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i actually don't know enough about either of these GPUs to really explain it to you in detail but benchmarks consistently put it at the top (or just below the PowerVR SGX54x(MP2) and it's performance on the Galaxy S II truly shines.

NEON instructions or SIMD are a set of instructions that control the pixels more effectively in an RGB matrix. it's like the difference between a boy scout pack mother instructing boy scouts to line up and a drill sargent instructing a drill team.

because for one thing Motorola has had barely any experience with Nvidia and their Tegra II SoC so their drivers for it probably weren't very great whereas Samsung's homebrewed Exynos has been running their TW UI for as long as they've both been around. what i'm saying is in comparison the Galaxy S IIs running on Exynos performs much better than the Photon using an outdated UI on an SoC Motorola hasn't gotten too cozy with.

it's not quite the same thing. the transitions are very static on the Photon and lag is more prominent than on the touched up UI our phones use.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 20:23 2

10. theBankRobber (Posts: 681; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Come on now, pull your head out your ass, they have 4 phones, Evo 3d, Motorola Photon, Samsung galaxy S II, and iPhone 4s. If you only like the 2 you named good for you, but educate yourself on what a good phone with features IS.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 20:23 1

11. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


3D, Photon? Not quite Verizon/AT&T lineup but for unlimited data at a reasonable price, and EXTREMELY inexpensive prices for the phones (a penny for the 3D and $50 for the Photon on Amazon compared to $300 for Verizon/AT&T) its not too shabby. But next time I'm definitely getting a pre-paid GSM and getting an overseas phone lol

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 20:36

13. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


did you seriously give Sprint a 1UP over Verizon and AT&T because of Amazon's pricing over the Carrier's? you're either real stupid or you have some real nerve thinking everybody else is too stupid to catch that. besides the 3D and Photon are trash compared to Verizon's offerings which get similar price cuts from third party sources. the Droid 4 launched at $100 on Amazon or Wirefly I forget which one and the Droid 4 is a much better phone than both the 3D and the Photon. I'd take a Droid 4 over both of those phones.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 22:32 1

23. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Droid products are completely inferior to comparable phones on other carriers because VZW's proprietary software is almost as restrictive as Apple's. I've worked for most of the cell phone companies and can say that VZW has the worst proprietary s/w on all phones. They want the most control and are usually the last on opening their phones up more. They want everything labeled "VZ" something. If they wouldn't get reamed for it, they wouldn't include the Android Market in their Android phones, hence the reason they released their own market. So, let's keep our 15 year old, coolest kid in high school with unsubstantiated statements to ourselves. As for the rest of your comments, I have the Photon since I got it for extremely cheap when I worked for Sprint. It is a great phone, especially when rooted. The GSII had a plethora of defects, as is typical with Samsungs. The Photon's first batch was pretty ugly, but they vastly improved it with the 2nd and I've had no issues with my replacement that I got 4 months ago. The SGII still has serious reception issues and serious speed issues. It's been known to be on 4G and not get over 400 kbps for hours. Hardware wise, yes, the SGII looks better, but when it comes to real world performance on a consistent basis (no, I don't care about you or your friend's 1 good SGII), the Photon is a much better choice.

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