Change of plans? Sprint might not be dropping two-year contracts at the end of the year
But a report published today says that Sprint no longer seems committed to doing away with subsidized phone sales. A Sprint spokesman was quoted as saying that customers still have various options when it comes to acquiring a phone, including purchasing a device at full retail, paying monthly through an installment contract, leasing the unit, or by signing a two-year pact.
Sprint has focused on leasing phones to develop certain plans such as its iPhone Forever offering. For $22 a month above the cost of his current plan, a Sprint subscriber can guarantee that he will always be rockin' the latest iPhone. But the trick is that the customer is only leasing the device. If it breaks, is lost or stolen, or if the consumer says buh bye to Sprint, the balance of the full retail price of the phone must be paid off immediately (if not sooner).
Considering that we are close to the end of the year, we should expect Sprint to announce its intentions in the days ahead. The carrier has been overtaken by T-Mobile, and is now the fourth largest mobile operator in the U.S.