Sprint is the first carrier, of the major four carriers, to dump their early upgrade plan called One Up. The third largest carrier states it is not totally removing the early upgrade option for customers – they are formulating a better concept. Instead of the One Up plan, Sprint customers can review the brand new Framily plans, that is no spelling error. The Framily plan is intended to allow customers to add up to 10 devices, regardless if for family, friends, etc. In addition, Sprint still will offer an installment plan called Sprint Easy Pay.
With T-Mobile knocking carriers down, it was time for another to step up and change the idea of the game. It seems since last year, it is T-Mobile providing innovative steps for the mobile industry. Perhaps, Sprint had enough of playing follow the leader and ventured out on their own. How do these new plans work?
The Framily plan is that perfect product customers have been seeking for. A way to add up to 10 individuals on a plan, but have each person billed separately or group certain bills together. It sounds like a billing nightmare, but the concept is an attractive one for consumers, especially those with adult children. In addition, Sprint is offering a discount per each person added to the plan. The lowest discount is $25 per line which happens when seven lines are added. That would be $25 per line, plus the $20 fee for the unlimited data per phone. There is an additional feature as well to ease the One Up upgrade removal.
Sprint advises if a customer adds the unlimited data feature for $20 per line, customers can upgrade at once they reach 12 months. If a customer does not want the unlimited data and does not care about upgrading, 1GB of data is provided per each line, which makes it a great and really a unique concept.
The Framily plan provides a level of privacy and more importantly, a level of responsibility for those on the plan. In addition to the exciting Framily plan, Sprint is introducing the Sprint Easy Pay. This seems to be the possible replacement of the One Up plan, with conditions. The Sprint Easy Pay allows customers to spread payments over 24 months, but one feature lacking? This program does not permit an early upgrade. The Sprint Easy Pay is specifically a way to afford a phone or tablet at an affordable monthly cost. Additionally, Sprint notes, a down payment will be required.
One advantage to the Easy Pay compared to other installment plans? Customers can pay more monthly to pay off the phone faster. This is not typically a feature available for competitor installment plans, who regiment customers on their dedicated payment plan. Instead of being limited on devices, Sprint is allowing customers to add up to 10 varying devices on the Sprint Easy Pay plan. This could be a great option for future devices as seemingly, the price of smartphones are going up as technology emerges.
Sprint may had dumped the One Up early upgrade plan, but they are honoring it for customers currently in the plan – well up until they upgrade. Current customers should review their accounts for details. The Sprint Easy Pay plan is available only in Sprint or retailer approved stores. The newly added Framily plans can be reviewed as early as today to see if the savings are worth the switch. Thoughts and opinions on this move from Sprint? Share in the comments.