Wave “Goodbye!” to Sprint's One Up plan, no more mid-contract upgrades

Wave “Goodbye!” to Sprint's One Up plan, no more mid-contract upgrades
Sprint, the third largest mobile network operator in the USA, has discontinued its One Up upgrade program. Introduced back in September 2013, the One Up plan was Sprint's early upgrade option for customers who wanted to replace their phone with a new one after just a year of usage. Sprint's rivals, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon, are still offering their early upgrade options, so if you feel like this is your thing, you can check what those guys have to offer.

Meanwhile, it seems Sprint is redirecting people interested in One Up to its new Framily plan. Framily is an interesting “shared” plan, which allows up to 10 different customers to share one plan, but still be billed separately. You can learn more about it here.

How do you feel about Sprint discontinuing the One Up plan? Drop a comment below and tell us!

source: Sprint via The Verge

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33 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and sprint customers who want on that new family plan to get yearly upgrades? read that fine print.

2. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I'm actually kind of ticked that they ended the program. I was counting down the days until I could upgrade to the Note 3, but now I'm going to be looking into taking advantage of T-Mobiles offer to pay my ETF.

5. true1984

Posts: 862; Member since: May 23, 2012

i would love to join you if t-mobile didn't have such terrible coverage in maryland

11. jasonstemm

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

They technically didn't. the program is still offered, its just on a different name than, "One Up." Ask for EZ Pay. It's the same thing.

17. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Actually, it's not the same thing. I posted a comment on Sprint's Facebook page about their One Up and someone commented with the Ez Pay thing as well. I looked into it, you have to pay full retail through monthly payments, don't get any monthly service discounts, and can only upgrade once the device is paid off.

3. true1984

Posts: 862; Member since: May 23, 2012

it might be because no wanted to buy into the scheme of the early upgrade program offered by the big 3 to take more of your money unnecessarily.

6. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

You are so right. The way I understand it is that the subsidized price of your is built into the price plan. With the early upgrade plans. You still pay the exact same price for the plan and then you pay extra for your device. After that 6mo. to a year period. You dont get to keep your device and that phone is traded as credit towards your next phone. I know i would love to pay the full retail price of my phone and not be able to keep it. Sounds like a good deal VZW and AT&T.

10. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

dont compare verizon to at&t, because with mobile share plan the plan doesnt contain a subsity similar to t-mobile, so get your facts right before you comment into something. Also dont come and say that t-mobile plans are cheaper, we all know this, but their network is horrible, and dont invest as much money into is at the bigger rivals. you wont take a ford to a mercedes dealership and compare prices, sorry it dont work that way.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed today? Calling T-Mo's network terrible when Sprint runs on 2G throughout the country baffles me. T-Mobile just invested over billions or dollars for LTE, and just bought the 700MHz band from Verizon. Please don't sound ignorant and uneducated. Thanks.

21. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

TMo runs 2G(Edge) while Sprint is 3G. Either way they are painfully slow by both.

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No no no. Sprint advertises it as "3G" when in reality it's slower than 2G is what I was trying to say.

33. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I consistently pull .5-1mbps down on 3g and anywhere from 10-28mbps on 4glte. Around here T-Mobile has no service the second you leave a major metropolitan area. Their 4g is fast at 30mpbs down in the city, but calls don't come through most of the time and if you go camping you won't have service. I have never had 2g on sprint no matter where I have gone. I do experience pockets of slow 3g speeds in random areas though. Places where the network has been built out I have had no issues with 3g, 4g, or calls. I swear you were hired by T-Mobile to troll phone sites.

13. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

For sprint it wasn't subsidized price it was full price of the phone and making payment for 2 years but the prices was good just wasn't sure how the outcome was going to be when I owed 1more year on it so it's full price devided by 24 months.

19. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yes but on Sprint, the plan got a $15/mo discount.. so it was better than ATT/VZW for that reason. Now, not only does the discount not apply, but to be able to do the early upgrade, you have to ADD 20$/mo for the framily plan BS.

30. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Except Sprint's One Up was the most reasonable of the early upgrade programs. Perhaps that's why they ended it but I do agree with you, it's actually a better deal to pay the subsidized price of the phone, with the early upgrade programs you are paying full retail for the device the only difference is they finance it for you. Most people don't even realize this.

4. Dante216

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

They didn't really discontinue it. Just renamed it. It's Sprint Easy Pay now.

7. samuraisoul

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

you got family spell wrong peter k

8. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Framily would be the correct spelling of the new plan

9. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I think their concentration needs to be solely on network upgrades for the time being.

22. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

I don't think that coming out with new rate plans would have any effect on their Network Vision rollout. That's ridiculous

12. matt69

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

This is poor research. Framily and Easy Pay = the same thing as Sprint One Up. This is just Sprint re-branding and slightly changing the program. Annual upgrades and installment billing are all part of the new Framily offerings.

16. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Its the same idea but executed differently. The One Up required the My Way plan, which started at $65/month plus the monthly rate of the device you picked. The Galaxy S4 ran $25/month, equaling $90+tax ($65 + $25). So it's not fair to call it exactly the same, as the old plan didn't penalize you for choosing the subsidized option. That G2 would be somewhere around $100 after rebate but the rate plan for My Way would be the normal $80/month. If I pay the tax up front on an S4 ($55 bucks or so), plus the net $10/month extra from the regular $80 rate plan, I'll have paid $55 + $10x12 months. After only a year, Ive paid $175 and I can upgrade again and start a new One Up. Otherwise, I choose a subsidy and pay $200 (after $50 MIR) and have to wait 20 months for another. Its good for those that can't wait nearly 2 years between upgrades, and now that's gone... I'd much prefer the old plan, but as a Sprint Rep, these new plans are a huge pain in the arse. So many caveats, so much fine print, existing accounts are basically out of luck, gotta choose unlimited data to get the yearly upgrades, etc etc etc...

32. matt69

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

......

15. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2008

They replaced one up with easy up, but the powers that be in reporting aren't giving you the whole picture.

18. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Doesn't the Framily plan include annual upgrades when used in conjunction with unlimited data?

20. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Yes, but only with unlimited data...not the 3GB or 1GB option that's now available

23. bracketslash

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 13, 2014

And soon, Sprint will be ridding itself of unlimited data. Muahahahaha.

24. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

This is a very uneducated and biased article. geez. they are still doing one up if you buy into their unlimited data. It's just called something different and it's combined with a customer driven referral program. Did this guy do any research before he wrote this? You can still get upgrades every year with sprint.

25. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Extremely poor research. take this article down!

26. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

...and BAD taste

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