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Sprint may go un-carrier and ditch phone subsidies and contracts in 2015

In 2015, customers on Sprint's Now Network shouldn't expect to sign a two-year contract and walk out the door with a $650 iPhone for just $200. According to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, the carrier may transition from the contract and subsidy model in favor of phone leasing programs and equipment installment plans.

Sprint had begun its experimentation with phone leasing programs for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy S5 Sport where customers pay a certain amount each month to rent or lease a smartphone earlier this year. According to a report on CNET:

Sprint is considering eliminating subsidies as an option, Chief Financial Officer Joe Euteneuer said in an interview on Monday. A lot of it will depend on how the leasing program fares, which he said was critical. "As we get to mid year, then we'll have more visibility if Marcelo wants to go all in," he said.

In the U.S., Sprint rival T-Mobile was the first to abandon the contract model in favor of no interest financing for phones.

What do you think about the contract-free revolution T-Mobile started?

Source: CNET

173 Comments
  • T-Mobile is leading the revolution. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup. Too little too late for sprint. Posted via Android Central App
  • Lol not really. Other way around Posted via the Android Central App
  • what? late to little?
  • Very true. DT are looking to sell T-mobile to anyone who will so much as smile at them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • People keep saying that, yet DT just stopped that French company by remaining silent.... Posted via Android Central App
  • I think the issue with T-Mo is that there are companies out there who want to buy them but are afraid to touch them after the AT&T and Sprint Fiascos.
  • You are very wrong. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nothing is worse to see in Comments sections than stuff like this... back up your claim, bozo. Oh wait, ALMOST nothing is worse. Seeing a comment from Dick Yarrell is DEFINITELY worse.
  • I'm still waiting on that uncarrier to show us the massive profits it can sustain with their cheapest plans. If I had to guess I would say T-mobile is fattening up its subscriber base to make the company look good to outside investor. They will probably sell the company and boom, it will become the next Verizon.
  • Hey, whatever works.
  • How un-original Sprint. Posted via Android Central App
  • How moronic of a comment.
  • +1 nexus_logic - Working on his HTC One Max in the Nexus Lab
  • What a original comment Posted via the Android Central App on Hammerhead running C-Rom
  • -1 Posted from my Nexus 7 (2013) via Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via Android Central App
  • You do realize that carriers around the world were doing non-subsidized phones many years before T-mobile, right?
  • They were the first major carrier in states to do it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Cricket is still not major yet :( ? ONE DAY! WE WILL RISE! Posted from my dang awesome Moto G!
  • You do know cricket is a knock off of at@t right?
  • We are talking about the US here... Posted via the Android Central App
  • following successful methods from rival is already too late. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So it's cool for tmobile to do it but since they was first nobody else should try it even if it's the way to go? So if Verizon done this it would be bad Posted via the Android Central App
  • Didn't say they shouldn't. Just saying doesn't really look good on publics eyes. Especially they are rivals and all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • @ sharpehenry So by your logic then, everyone who did something first should be the end all if they were successful. If that were the case, there would be one of everything. One Grocery store. One coffee shop. One car manufacturer. One cell phone manufacturer. Because well, you know, they were successful and no one should challenge them..... SMDH.....
  • I apologize if I sounded that way. Wasn't thinking that way at all. The logic you understood of the way I said wouldn't end at all if we keep going like this. Maybe there are too many sensitive sprint users here getting offended so easily. Let's end this here. I'll just apologize to all who might have been offended. I'll suck it up and raise my white flag for this online argument (wasn't trying to argue) I guess I was trolling unintentionally. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's alright man! Have a beer! :)
  • Damn that Chevrolet for making a car after Ford introduced theirs!!!
  • Another moronic comment.
  • LOL did I sound moronic? Instead of saying that, you could voice your opinion why I'm wrong. Perhaps I'm wrong and its non of my business how they should run their business. Keyboard worriors, so powerful and kills you silently. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think the public cares one way or another who did it first. They will either like the new program or they won't. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's about right. The main motivation is money for the consumer. If they can save a bit they switch carriers. If not, they won't. This is really not pitting tmo Vs sprint but them Vs att/vzw Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Since when does Tmobile do leasing!? People really like riding T-mobiles %#@%
  • Tmobile is God's in this website along with nexus phones lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • i'm glad someone else noticed that.
  • Yep they can do no wrong Posted via the Android Central App
  • Tmobile is clearly a industry leader.
    Sent from my Nexus5 On T-Mobile network. Posted via Android Central App
  • Haha thanks I needed a good laugh. T-Mobile an industry leader hahahahaahaha Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except the billions of places that they only have 2-3g, then they arent Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Billions? Exaggerate much?
  • Using the word Billions gets the point across. I have a long commute every day, and 100 miles of that trip has completely unusable T-Mobile 2G data coverage (round trip.) Posted via Android Central App
  • You shouldn't be on T-Mobile then. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My commute with T-Mo > My commute with sprint
    I couldn't even get LTE on the subway with sprint
  • Some say that jump is a leasing program.
  • Sprint customer for 5 years now under a Family Plan and another 2 years as of this past July. I honestly didn't want to get a new contract, but was in a position where I needed to upgrade my old phone badly and very little cash at the moment.
    My plan was to not renew and just wait to contract ended in February and then go month to month, didn't work that way.
    I also have T-Mobile pre-paid on another phone I have around, which because of coverage, I couldn't depend on. I did like the T-Mobile option of paying a monthly fee for a new device, but I was still under contract with Sprint and didn't want drama from my brother.
    I hope this new test model for Sprint pans out, I'm one of the few happy with data speeds and coverage, hence why I don't actually go over to T-Mobile.
  • You can pay it out over 24 months now. I'm on their newest plan (20GB for 4 people for $150 a month, unl text & voice) and it allows you to buy "unsubsidized".
  • I got my Note 3 from Sprint when they were offering the "One Up" plan, or whatever it was called.  I'm happy with their coverage and speed, at least where I live.  Got one friend who lives in an area that isn't really built-up yet, and signal there is a little, weak and slow, but my phone works great everywhere else I go. Personally, I'm glad to see more carriers going this route.  The subsidy model was always a rip-off for consumers.
  • Nothing wrong with it, but they are just using it as a way to raise prices. You want me to pay $20 a month for a phone? Fine, but drop my cost $20 a line per phone on my plan. I know that ain't going to happen, but come on Sprint, just call it what it is, a price hike. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1000000 Posted via the Android Central App on my Moto x (2013)
  • They do exactly that on all the new plans. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly. Not only has sprint increased the cost of their plans (Unless you can get a lot of people on a framily plan). They now want to remove the subsidy. Tmobile lowered their plan costs to reflect the loss of the subsidy. So unless sprint lowers their unsubsidized plan cost they will lose many customers. Posted via Android Central App
  • Sprint lowered their plans you idiot. 50 dollars for unlimited. If you vet a phone via subsidy its 80 dollars. God you are stupid. Posted via the Android Central App
  • In case you weren't being sarcastic. I pay roughly $50 per line with a subsidy. My next line would cost me an additional 19.99 + 10 smartphone tax. So you are incorrect. they have increased their pricing. Thats why im still on the everything data 1500 family share plan. 87 (after 22% company discount) for first line 19.99 each additional line. $10 smartphone tax. Sure i have 1500 minutes to share between all phones when calling land lines during the day. So their $50 iphone only plan with a montly phone payment would run more than $200 a month before taxes and fees for 3 lines. The only plan that comes close to saving me money is the $25 framily plan. And thats assuming i can get a subsidy. Dont be fooled by the unlimited minutes gimmick. Unless you make a lot of land line calls between 6am and 6pm, its usesless. All calls on sprint to any US mobile, anytime, any carrier is already unlimited. Posted via Android Central App
  • Same here! That 1500 minute family plan can't be beat. With any if the new plans my cost per month would go by over $100 per month. Posted via Android Central App
  • Unless you need unlimited you're very much wrong. The 20gb family share pack is $100 plus $15 per phone. 5 lines would put you at $175 versus the 1500 plan at $240. A 27% discount would put the 1500 around $212 and the 20gb plan around $150. I truly don't think you people do your research. Even if you need more data you could jump to a 32gb plan and still save. Plus Sprint is giving an extra 2gb per line when you switch to these plans. Posted via the Android Central App
  • dont forget the cost of monthly payments on the phones that you buy full prices not subed... which in my case I get on Amazon 1 penny.
  • I went from the 1500 minutes plan with 4 users to the 20GB plan, and my bill dropped $100.
  • You are an idiot aren't you Posted via the Android Central App
  • And eventually sprint will make you switch off of that plan.... Just like att and Verizon plan...
  • Vet? You window licker. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Fifty plus the cost of the phone for at least twenty... You f'n idiot... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't know what they're doing with their new plans right now, but when I got my Note 3 last year with their "One Up" plan (I know it's now discontinued) it dropped the price of the plan by $15/month.  The big problem I had with this original idea was that the $15 goes away once you pay off the phone, which is ridiculous.  I'm hoping we'll see more of the subsidy price removed from these plans if Sprint really does go this route. Right now, I'm paying $65/month for unlimited everything, plus $27 (I think) for the phone.  I've shopped around, even T-Mo can't come close to beating that price.
  • That's exactly what AT&T is doing, remove the cost that was built in for years to subsidize phones and now you pay for your own equipment instead of expecting some mythical imaginary free phone Posted via Android Central App
  • You are really ill informed Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1000000 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not necessarily a price hike, it's the same prices but they now can market it differently. I'm sure everyone has seen the commercial with the moms screaming and breaking the glass, that's the iPhone plan this article is referring to. Advertise $50 plans and you get people in the door, then you tell them it's $50 plus the cost of the phone (usually $20-$30 depending on the device). The resulting price is no different but it changes the consumers perception of value.
  • They already have. I've dropped $100 off of my bill by going to one of the new plans. (4 people on my plan) True, I only get 20GB to share, but we usually only use about 3GB a month max anyway, and voice and text are now unlimited all the time, vs. 1500 minutes voice before.
  • But does this have subsidized phones? Apples to Apples, please.
    If you have to pay $20-$30/phone extra, then your savings vanish the next time you get a phone.
  • Paying for a phone by the month is no different than a contract. If you leave early, you pay. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And most of the times it's more. Canceling a contract maxed out at what? $350? You have to wait over a year to get most phones paid off enough for it to be lower than that. I see it as a sly way of raising ETF's without actually calling it that.
  • That's the thing right there. If you're going to pay over time, don't take two years to do it, maybe a few months at most and own the phone outright. The moment you payoff the phone, you don't have to worry about turning it in to upgrade. Posted via Android Central App
  • This.  The other advantage to this financing model is that will you eventually *stop* paying for the phone.  With the subsidy model, if you kept your phone for 3 1/2 years (my father is still rocking his 4S with no plans to upgrade), you have effectively paid about $900 for it. ($600 device cost - $200 paid upfront) / 24 month contract = $16.6/month x 42 months = $697.20 + $200 paid upfront = $897.20 total device cost after 3 1/2 years.
  • But you've already put $200 in at the outset.
  • Not interested they don't use sim cards except for lte. Will never switch to non sim card carrier Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • Lol simcard for 4G is it.. but tbh, simcards.. this is 2014 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do you understand mobile technology at all? Simcards allow you to use your phone with any carrier, at any time . sprints CDMA locks the phone to sprint. Most phones are coming with all the tech built in. But cdma phones have to be activated and programmed therough the carrier. Sim cards allow the phone to work near immediately. You should research these things before you make a silly comment.
  • My Nexus 5 isn't locked to Sprint. This has been tested and verified. The Nexus 6 is the same. Maybe you need to do some research, since you're obviously stuck in 2012.
  • Your comment used to be true, but it isn't that way anymore. Sprints Nexus 5 works on both TMob and At&t as will the Nexus 6. Also Verizon another CDMA carrier sells several phones that will work on both TMob and AT&T by popping in heir SIM card. Things have changed. Also some of these phones have different sized SIM cards, causing you to have to go through the carrier anyway.
  • No way. Leasing anything costs you more in the long run. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's not leasing Posted via Android Central App
  • Actually no it doesn't. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes, it does. Because if its a true lease, you have to turn the device in. So if you paid $20/month on a lease for a phone, after a year you paid $240 and don't have a phone to show for it. It gets turned in for a new one with a new lease. You're renting a device, and everyone knows renting is more expensive than owning as you have 0 equity on something you rent.
  • Thanks for showing your misinformed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You only turn the device back in if you want to upgrade before you've completely paid off the device.  It's a lease-to-own kind of deal. The subsidy model that they have now is where you really get gouged because you *never* finish paying off the device.  On the sibsidy model, you will *always* be paying a monthly fee for your device. ($600 device cost - $200 paid upfront) / 24 month contract = $16.6/month x 42 months = $697.20 + $200 paid upfront = $897.20 total device cost after 3 1/2 years.  And will keep going up from there. At least with the financing option, the fee eventually goes away.
  • Just wait till the so called flag-ships are a year old and purchase them set up for prepaid. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah, that's what I've been doing lately.
  • Sprint is already an un-carrier. Carriers provide service, Sprint provides dead zones.
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • They all have dead zones. Period. I have great service with Sprint here in Florida. Get over it.
  • +1 Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Same here Posted via Android Central App
  • Yep... They all do. Out here, tmobile is better than the other three... Weird, but true Posted via the Android Central App
  • Correct Posted via Android Central App
  • Tmobile has more sead zones ^.^ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dead* Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lmao Posted via the Android Central App
  • One of the dumbest comments on this thread. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm not a fan of this I think you should have both options so that way they aren't going to charge me more since right now I pay a total of about a $100 but say paying off the phone that's an extra $20 added to my bill. Posted via Android Central App
  • You dont want to pay for your equipment? Weird Posted via Android Central App
  • Actually, it means that once you've paid off your phone, it's $20 taken off of your bill. I'm not 100% sure how the unlimited data plan breaks down, but for most of the shared data plans, it's cheaper.
  • I don't like this idea at all. I have been with Sprint for 13 years, and I like the option of getting my phone at a discount price. Why should I have to pay an extra 20 to 30 dollars on top of my bill when I am not going to another carrier. If Sprint does this, I don't see any real reason to stay with them. I could be paying the same amount with another carrier that has better service. If they let me keep my current plan, I'll stay no problem.
  • You do know that "discounts" on equipment are built into the business model dont you? Or are you one of the idiots I deal with at work that thinks you're actually getting a deal? Posted via Android Central App
  • Say you have to end your Sprint service 2 months after you get a new phone. His way he is charged $350ish to leave. Your way, depending on the phone, he is looking at $500-$700 to leave. Sometimes a contract comes in handy. Don't be one of those guys who "knows" everything.
  • Actually, he's already paid $200-$300 for the phone under the old plan, so add that to the $350 and you'll quickly realize that you shouldn't blast people for being one of those guys who "knows" everything. Do the math, Hoss.
  • Also, I pay ~$45 per phone on my subsidized plan (unlimited data, 1500 shared minutes between 5 phones). With all the new plans I'd pay ~$50 for the service (capped data, unlimited minutes) plus another $20 or so for the phone. I'd rather keep the subsidized plan at those rates!
  • Yeah tyat 1500 everything data plan is one of theor better plans. Funny how they have been slowly increasing their prices to make it seem like you are getting a deal when they go unsubsidized. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wouldn't it be nice if Sprint would offer of their contract customers out of their contracts? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wtf is this? I've been doing this with my note 3 since February on the framily plan.... Not sure why AC is posting old news... Posted via the Android Central App
  • You had an option to get a subsidy on a different plan at that time though... Soon there will be no option. No subsidy will be available. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They should really consider adding more and better towers. I had to leave Sprint/Ting just to get service. I'll stick with my $60 Verizon subsidized plan for a long while Posted via Android Central App
  • Good. Phone subsidies and service contracts are a horrible system. I work fort one of the big four and I hate having to explain to customers that they aren't entitled to some "free" unicorn. I hate hearing "I have an upgrade available." It's basically saying "I'm ready to be ripped off again." Posted via Android Central App
  • I just switch to one of Sprints new Family Shared plans and saving almost $85 month from my previous Sprint plan. Posted via Android Central App
  • I think this can be a good thing, as long as the plans are still competitive. I do think it's a joke that the unlimited plan for the iPhone is $10 less than for other phones. Apple put Sprint through the wringer 3 years ago, iPhone users are less likely to purchase device insurance through Sprint, and iPhones get the less expensive plan??
  • They're under contract to sell a certain amount of iPhone or they basically have to buy the phones from Apple. That's why they offer that. Otherwise they'll lose more money. Posted via Android Central App
  • Can't hurt.
  • I just switched from to TMO after 9 years with Sprint. Traded my Note 3 for a Note 4, got rid of my other 2 Sprint devices, and I'm saving almost $200/month. And no contract. I have great connectivity (which I didn't have with Sprint) and I've experienced great customer service. TMO made the right move. It's a good decision for Sprint, if they want to stay competitive. Their network is still the slowest (and weakest). I wonder how good they could have been if they had gone with LTE as their 4G network from the beginning instead of wasting so much time and money on Wimax. Posted via the Android Central App
  • T-Mobile did they same thing having HSPA 4G. Yet they seem to be doing fine. Posted via Android Central App
  • T-Mobiles network is the weakest. But who cares about actually facts. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's DATA STRONG, dude. Don't you ever listen to the commercials?!
  • More like dropped calls strong Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sprint BARELY has better coverage than T-Mobile. But the real story is sprints UNBEARABLE data speeds, which rank last by the biggest margin of difference between any carriers data speed. How's that for "actually facts"?
  • Learn why they went to wimax and then make that statement again. You would have a whole different sentence to write. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Smart move on their part as it worked for tmobile, however they are going to have to improve their network to see any major success. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Network improvements have already been made. God you people act like it's 2007 or something. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That was the last time they were on the network Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Not for me! :D
  • Sprints been making network improvements around the clock and still can't compete with coverage. They fell behind and are playing catch up driving a Prius when every other carrier is driving a sports car. They fell to far behind. Coverage sucks, data speed sucks. They're really no competition.
  • They need to do something... They are taking quite a beating right now. While they are at it, ditch CDMA.
  • Well once they roll out VOLTE they will. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They will what? Ditch CDMA?
  • Do people not realize that a phone on installment billing like T-Mobile does is exactly the same as a contact just less up front? People are just freaked out by the word contact. A contact cancelation fee is typically cheaper than paying off a phone that you get on installment billing guys. Buy a Note 4 on contact with Verizon then cancel the contact that month, the phone is basically $650. On installment billing it's closer to $800. Everybody is getting dooped cuff they can't math. The only people this type of billing works for is people who get super cheap phones. Posted via Android Central App
  • You are wrong on several fronts. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He's actually right. Sprint sells the note 4 for $300...cancel and it's $350 for the ETF costing you $650. The phone retails at $720. Sign up for installment billing and that's what you're paying for the same phone. What he is leaving out is the difference in price plans for a contracted device versus a nondiscounted device. We are talking $80 versus $60, which is where the savings come. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You don't know math. @rebuilt Posted via Android Central App
  • You're so wrong that I don't even have the time to explain how or why! LOL, just keep a flash light on your person at all times because it's hard to see in the dark! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except that I can bring a phone I already own and get the pricing off of my monthly bill. With the old Sprint plan, there's no incentive to NOT be on contract, because the monthly bill was always the same.
  • It's contract not contact. Posted via Android Central App
  • Tmobile is simply brilliant, too little too late Sprint!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • T-Mobile is simply shit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cue the biased posts Posted via the Android Central App
  • I could say the same about Sprint in my area. Looks like we both have different experiences :).
  • You are simply... Sh#t... You just babble Posted via the Android Central App
  • Brilliant?? Maybe in marketing, but that's about all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • i prefer to pay contract price for a phone, if you get a phone that is $200 and up on a contract you are paying $40 plus more on an installment plan that cuts your price $15 a month then you would a contract. If you have a family plan with three s5 phones that's an extra $75 a month on your bill!
  • HTC One M8 200 on contract. 27 a month on Sprkny Easy Pay with Plan being 60. So you are very wrong. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is exactly what sprint doesn't need right now. They need to offer all the options they can so they can keep the few customers they have. The only reason most people put up with a contract is for the subsidized phone imo. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • OK so I paid $250 for my Note 2 two years ago with a two year contract. I was looking at the Note 4 $300 two year contract plus now since I'm on the Framily Plan they are going to charge me a $15 a month access fee. So now I have $300 for the phone plus $360 for an access fee for a grand total of $660. How is this a better plan? I'm fine with paying for the phone but lower the freaking overall plan cost. Otherwise Sprint is simply screwing their existing and dwindling customers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thats why i havent swithced to framily plan. $25 + 15 + 20 (best framily + access+ unlimited data) = $60 / line
    3 lines $180
    4 lines $240 Without subsidized phone its 45+whatever your montly payment for phone is. 1500 everything data
    $110 first phone
    $19.99 each additional.
    $10 smartphone tax 3 lines 179.98
    4 lines 209.97 Im sure its possible to come out ahead with the framily with a few low cost phones or not getting a new phone every 2 years. Posted via Android Central App
  • This is awesome. Another example that T-Mobile is leading the curve. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep leading the way Posted via the Android Central App
  • If Tmo is leading they might all hit a brick wall
  • Oh, how I hate this idea. I hate this idea. I don't want to lease a phone. The difference in monthly costs for coverage aren't significantly different that a $24 mo leasing fee for the phone makes any sense. We lose on that one. It sounds great. Pay no money up front! But it will cost you more in the long run. At least by my math.
  • I would at least give people the option to do either or, like Verizon does. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The best of all possible worlds with buying a phone through T-Mobile would be if they allowed you to return the phone and give you the current price of the phone as a credit toward the remaining balance of the phone. I actually believe T-Mobile will go that route in the future once they remove the switch to tmobile ETF program. It's totally doable and would completely set T-Mobile apart from its competitors.
    As an example, you have decided to leave T-Mobile, but you still owe $400.00 on your phone . Tmobile credits you for the 3.00/month jump fees that you paid while you were on their service, since you choose not to jump! Then, they give you market value for your phone taking into consideration the condition of the phone. So, let's consider my own plan. I bought an M8 for 649 and put 207 down. I paid jump 3/month for a total of 21. I currently owe 337 to buy the phone outright. Tmobile allows a 21.00 discount for Jump, bringing the final balance of my phone to $316.00. Because my phone has a current market value of 400.00, T-Mobile buys out the remaining balance of my phone and i move on with no final fees or payments. T-Mobile can still make about 84.00 on my device! It's a win win for everyone! This will be Tmos next move when the competition decides to copy their market strategy! They will stay two steps ahead and I can't see them losing customers with such a strong game plan! However, if their service doesn't improve, then losing customers is exactly what will happen. Sprint take note if you want to Jump out in front of your deadliest competitor! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is a good move for Sprint. They need to be doing everything the can to match T-Mobile in order to stay relevant. With that said all of these different plans are designed in some way to put money in the carrier's pocket. If you really want to save money buy your phone from a third party, and shop around for your phone service sans equipment. Posted via Android Central App
  • Tmobiles no contact, even while paying a phone monthly. In fact does come out cheaper... Do the math. The plans on contract companies are higher making it seem like if you never stop paying for your phone. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yet, nothing about cheaper plans...
  • Sprint is for suckers. Posted via Android Central App
  • All the carriers are doing it now. What does it matter?
  • Why arent people factoring the cost to easy paying for your phone iphone 4 life is 85 bucks a month (15 for the 16gb model) and that can go up depending on which model you get 60 bucks for BYOD plans but if you purchase 0 down then you add that cost on it GN3 is 25 month ... 95 for plan so while this is kind of balanced for single lines it gets a lot worst for family plans ... imagine your whole family of 4 or 5 has iphones thats added cost per month or say they dont have all iphones but other devices like HTC M7 or M8 which you can get 1cent or $50 dollars on contract .. now your monthly payments are less than leasing each month ... and the argument that you can leave carriers whenever you want .. well now you are really paying more money because you are someone that loves to get new phones every 6 months so why even vent over price.
  • I have been using Sprint's leasing option for a year, I just upgraded 4 more phones on the leasing program. Including mine. There's nothing wrong with it. It works for me & mine. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If only Sprint wasn't the un-tower. Get more coverage, then I'd be more inclined to look at your pricing structure.
  • They are already moving in that direction with their new plans. They still offer subsidized phones, but the best plans right now are specifically for people WITHOUT the subsidy. I just moved my brothers and I to their new Family Plan, and for the four of us, we end up paying about $170/mo for four lines...my brother Luke and myself both opted to get new Samsung Note 4s and we used their "Easy Pay" option...$30/mo for 24 months for each phone...only a $20 premium on the regular MSRP for the phone, not a bad deal! I always thought subsidized phones were a suckers game anyway...you end up paying more for your plan, so the money you "save" on the phone when you renew your contract is less than the additional money you pay on the higher priced plan over 2 years. Ah well...
  • Too little too late. I just left Sprint, after 14 years, last week for T-Mobile and traded my EVO 4G LTE for an Xperia Z3 with no contract and no exit fees. When I told them and gave them a chance to match T-Mobiles offer the cust rep and her manager both didn't try to keep and didn't know their offerings well enough to match (which I found out later they could have).
  • Guess I better burn up all my upgrades before 2015 ....... cause I dont like it
  • Rather have the option. Not a fan of the monthly payment thing with having 4 phones on my plan. Sure, the plans typically get lowered but not enough to offset the monthly payment. I don't mind the contract. Posted with my Gal [Note 2] via the Android Central App
  • Stupid idea. I'm on the Sprint SERO-P plan and pay $50/month plus taxes for 500 landline voice minutes/unlimited night and weekends and mobile to mobile voice, unlimited text and data and I get a subsidized phone every 2 years. You wait until there are special offers for phones. Just got the Note 4 with the $200 trade in offer so I end up paying $100 for my subsidized phone. $100 for phone + ($50 x 24) = $1300 over 2 years (taxes not included to simplify things). Similar plan on T-Mobile = (($30/month x 24 months) - $200 trade in phone price) + $80/month x 24 months = $2440 over 2 years And yes I do need unlimited data. I average about 50GB of data a month.
  • T-Mobile is an industry leader and a game changer...obviously Posted via My Beastly Galaxy Note 4...(T-Mobile)
  • If this happens I'm leaving sprint. When I have an upgrade available I sell my old phone for the $200 upgrade cost. I do this yearly since I use my wifes upgrade.
  • You will have lease or easy pay available. Two different options your choice which route you pick. We will use an iPhone 6 16gb with qualified credit for example: lease : $0 down and $20 each month for 24 months = $480 at the end of 24 months there is a $200 balance That is left you have 3 options: 1 is to trade the phone in as long as it's in good condition and they will forgive the $200 balance, 2 is to keep paying The $20 a month until that $200 is paid off and then you own it, 3 is to pay the $200 in one lump sum and own it. Good for people That will want the option to decide at the end of 24 months do I trade in for a new one and save $170 plus tax or decide to keep it and pay it off. $480+$200=$680. The second option is easy pay: you pay taxes up front which is around $50 and have the full price broken into 24 months $650/24 months = $27.09 a month and you have the option to pay off early if you want to. $650+about $50 in taxes. Lease is actually cheaper by $20 or so and gives you the option to save money if you've traded in. The only plan that is beneficial to do easy pay on is the framily if you have unlimited data which includes yearly upgrades. I hope this makes it easier for people