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Sprint Flex lets you lease a new smartphone now, buy or upgrade later

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When you're upgrading to a new device, it can be hard to know if it's a device you'll want to keep for a few years, especially if you haven't held it and played with it yet.

When you upgrade, though, most carriers have two plans and want you to pick one: installments to own the phone or monthly fees to lease the phone. So what if you chose the latter but start hating your phone months down the line? Well, Sprint wants to keep you from committing completely to a phone you might despise with its new financing plan, Sprint Flex.

Sprint Flex lets you lease a phone for 18 months, and at the end of those 18 months, you can choose to either upgrade to a new phone, pay off your phone in a lump sum, or pay off your phone with another six months of installment payments. The annual upgrade programs Galaxy Forever (and iPhone Forever) are included in the program. For $5 more per month, you can bump any other device up to an annual upgrade as well.


Sprint is also unveiling a "value menu" of cheap smartphones for users to choose from if they're looking more affordable phones with Sprint Deals, which can offer different discounts depending on your credit, and you're still eligible for an annual upgrade if you pay on-time.

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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

  • I just flexed off of Sprint last week to T-MOBILE. Wow what a difference in service! Why didn't I do this years ago?!?!
  • Theot, I wholeheartedly agree. I tell people that all the time. I still have a Sprint Android phone that I have to see if they have done any upgrades when I travel around the country, which is every 3-4 months. I saw one small improvement as the signal was bouncing back and forth from LTE to 3g. Still garbage coverage. To those who don't like or agree with my comment..... this is my opinion- it's not a Di*k, don't take it so hard !!!!
  • My Sprint phone was a beautiful paperweight. My unlocked phone on Cricket actually works 😂 #saynotoSprint
  • But it's still Sprint though...
  • I was actually considering trying sprint out to compare with T-Mo but I guess not, Is Sprint really that bad???
  • Its not for me. It works just as well as Tmobile in my area (Metro Atlanta). Just check out the coverage map to see if you're in a good spot like you would do with other carriers. People are just still saying sprint is bad because of problems they had years ago lol. I'm pretty sure Sprint is cheaper than Tmobile as well.
  • No it's not that bad. Is there a difference between sprint and say Verizon, sure. But overall they have decent service. But like all carriers it depends on where your at. People love to over hype stuff.
  • Depends on where you live. In Mississippi, where I live it was AND still is garbage.
  • Just found out that Sprint doesn't support VoLTE, so nevermind
  • Instead of actually building network infrastructure that helps the company and people, Sprint is coming up with countless ways to lure people in to their network. Doesn't look like Sprint will last that long now, when more people see how crappy their network is.
  • I left sprint cause they didn't have any Blackberrys. Now that I have TMobile.... I was forced to buy a landline cause of the poor cell reception.
  • And now Sprint has a Blackberry. Lol