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Discussion in 'Sprint' started by Evo 5oh, Jul 18, 2013.


How does their new program make you feel?

Poll closed Sep 20, 2013.
  1. I don't care. I'm leaving anyways.

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  2. Awesome, I'll use this program.

    1 vote(s)
  3. Not impressed, T-Mobile rip-off.

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  1. Evo 5oh

    Evo 5oh Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Ok so you already know about all 3 carriers doing early upgrade and it has it flaws but will sprint join too, because I hate the fact that I have to wait 2 years...

    T-mobile JUMP! which is every 6 months
    At&T is every year
    Verizon as long as you pay 50% of your phone you can upgrade
    Sprint- ????

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  2. Jore

    Jore Android Enthusiast

    If they brought back the yearly upgrade, that would be sweet.
  3. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    TMobiles is the only one I've seen that's really worth going for.

    I'll admit I haven't looked much into ATT's, but Verizon's isnt nearly as good for consumers.

    If they do implement one, it'll be interesting what direction the new owners take it in. Consumer friendly or profit driven?
  4. mak916

    mak916 Android Expert

    You should check out this article. To me T-Mobile has the best plan for sure.

    T-Mobile and AT&T: JUMP to your Next phone purchase
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  5. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    AT&T's is a ripoff too, just like Verizon's because they don't reduce your service cost. So in both cases, you're paying for your device twice between the installment payments, and the subsidy payment built into the service costs.

    AT&T's installment payments only last 20 months rather than 24 months that T-Mobile have, but can range anywhere from 15-50 dollars depending on the device. And indeed it can only be used once every 12 months and requires trade in of the device.
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  6. Evo 5oh

    Evo 5oh Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Well I hope sprint comes out with a better plan if it actually does. It is the last one so hopefully it tops all 3 of them... I think is stupid not owning a phone I dont like the leasing idea
  7. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire

    I agree with you. Leasing is silly. I just buy my phones outright. No need to pay any extra fees or any of that nonsense.
  8. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor
    VIP Member

    I commented on this in this post the other day.

    And yes, I do feel that Sprint will eventually do something similar but actually conceived up by Softbank, not Sprint.

  9. bearballz

    bearballz Well-Known Member

    Yeah they'll eventually do something. But I think they need to concentrate on getting Network Vision fully deployed ASAP.

    I've read too many "Sprint Sucks" posts in various chat forums over the last year or so. Get the new network up and running around the country, then when the time right drop a plan that competes with other three carriers.
  10. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Extreme Android User

    I agree 100% and will add...Sprint already has an early upgrade program and has for over a year now. Actually 2. Target customers can "Upgrade Now" by paying a fee and trading in their currently active device at a corporate store. Visit your local corporate store for details. There is also a second option handled through customer care (*2) that a customer can use. Call *2 for eligibility and details on that one.
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  11. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Good point, forgot about that. I used the customer care one last year.

    Basically paid $100 and I was eligible for an upgrade again. The cost can depend on a few things, so ymmv
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  12. chrisjdurden

    chrisjdurden Newbie

    All they've done is re-painted insurance. I've been hounding sprint over the last few weeks to see if they have any options for early upgrades. I get a resounding NO. The leasing your phone deal, I don't see the issue there. Even with an insurance claim, you're either sending the defective back or replacing a stolen phone. Either way, you are without the original. I'd opt for 10-25 a month vs several hundred or free with a two year contract. T-Mobile is going to rise above the rest of these jokers in the future, mark my words.
  13. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    I believe Sprint will offer a similar early upgrade deal, if you can call it a deal.

    The ATT, T-Mobile, and Verizon early upgrade plans are pretty expensive, and you have to return your old phone instead of being able to keep it and resell to recoup some cost
  14. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor
    VIP Member

    Check Mr. Ed's post, three posts back from yours.

  15. chrisjdurden

    chrisjdurden Newbie

    Today sprint let it slip that on September 20th they will unveil their early upgrade program. It is called Sprint One Up. They will allow an early upgrade once a year. Is it enough when combined with their shoddy service and lacking LTE to entice users to stay with them vs jumping on board with T-Mobile?
  16. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    I hope they don't :( (or at least I hope they give the option of the current way)

    Sprints had an early upgrade problem for years already, and its the best one out of the big 4.

    You simply buy out of the remainder of your contract (1 full year was only about $100) and then you are good to go on an upgrade.

    No other fees, no monthly payments, and you don't have to give them your old phone.

    The JUMP programs are generally bad for consumers. You're usually better off selling your old phone on Craigslist and buying a new one at full retail
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  17. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Extreme Android User

    I will comment more if and when the program officially launches...
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  18. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire

    Personally, I think all of these early upgrade programs are terrible. As you stated, you would make more $ selling the device through a 3rd party instead of giving it back to the provider. The only added benefit I see of JUMP! over any other is that the $10/mo fee comes with insurance included.
  19. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor
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    For those members that are in Florida or Washington DC, Kristin Wallace, Sprint PR person stated (earlier today on twitter) that there are licensing delays in those areas, so the Sprint One Up program is not there yet.

    She didn't go into if other areas are and only mentioned those two.
    Once the licensing delay is dealt with, the program will be offered in those areas.

    TS out
  20. Bnice

    Bnice Guest

    What about existing members with multiple lines? How does this knew plan work for them?
  21. mookie800

    mookie800 Newbie

    I spoke to Sprint reps, they said you can finance up to 3 phones on the one up program. You will still get your company discount on the data part of the plan. The only thing they are not saying on your first bill you will have to pay the upgrade fee of $36 per phone. Ex. 1. unlimited talk and text $50 - $15 for doing the one up program = $35 + 2. $30 for unlimited data - 22% company discount = 58.40 for 1 line of service plus taxes and fees + the finance of the phone over 24 months ($700/24) 29.17 total per month will be around $100 a month.

    1. $50 - $15 = $35
    2. $30 - $6.6 = $23.40
    3. $700/24 = $29.17
    4. taxes & fees = $12.43 estimate
    5. Total per month = $100.00
  22. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Extreme Android User

    You must qualify

    You still pay an activation fee on each line activated

    The lines have to be on the new plans (which you should do anyway)

    Each one up phone gets the $15 monthly discount off the data charge

    Company discount still comes off each data charge prior to the $15 coming off

    Yearly upgrades.

    That pretty much sums it up.

    It is a pretty sweet program. If you completely take the plan math out and just look at the monthly instalment minus $15 then multiply that by 12 you are just coming out getting a new phone (depending on model) for $4-10/ month and can get a new one the following year. You can get an ipad mini for as little as $24 per month including plan because you can get those too btw
  23. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Extreme Android User

    This actually isn't holding true anymore and is only going to get worse. I have sold three phones in the past month and was able to only get $25-50 more than subsidized price (2 HTC ones and one Note 2)
    With manufacturers turning out new devices as often as they are the third party market is flooding with devices driving that value down each day.

    This was 3rd party. Retailers like Best Buy etc were of course awful too.

    With Sprint's set up there is no monthly fee and you get the subsidy plan discount of $15.

    Like I said above..manipulate that into the monthly instalment - $15 and you are paying less than $100 over one year for what would have been a $200 phone on a 2 yr contract. You have no contract and get a new device yearly.
  24. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire

    That discount is only valid as long as you are paying that EIP though. Not every customer is going to upgrade their phone every two years (or however long it takes the customer to pay the device back).

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