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


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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62 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

13. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sprint allows 3

59. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 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.

61. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 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

2. sun0066

Posts: 267; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

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

31. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

38. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

60. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

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

43. JEEPOFFROADV8

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 01, 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.

45. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

53. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

3. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

4. jamesish

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 15, 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?

33. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

34. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

12. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

15. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

30. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 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

50. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 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.

51. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 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

27. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 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.

29. mcshank

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 24, 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!

37. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

47. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

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

54. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

62. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

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

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

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