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...
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14. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

32. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 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

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

8. Technobri

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

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

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

16. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

28. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 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...

55. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

21. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

22. andrexx24

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 09, 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!

23. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

26. andrexx24

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Thanks for the clarification! +1

25. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

35. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

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

56. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

36. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 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

41. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

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

49. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 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!!

42. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

48. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 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?

52. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 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

57. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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!

39. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 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 :-)

40. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 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.

44. danwatson

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 03, 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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