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Sprint will kill off two-year contracts for the second time on May 24

It appears as though Sprint is getting ready to once again kiss two-year contracts goodbye. A new document from the carrier reveals that on May 24 customers will no longer be able to upgrade using a two-year pricing. The carrier will be pushing its phone financing and leasing programs as its main offerings, and of course you can still pay full retail price for the phone.

Sprint had killed off contracts in the beginning of the year, only to bring them back for existing customers. New customers were unable to make use of them, and now Sprint is making it so that no one can.

Thanks for the tip, anon!

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
38 Comments
  • Well,
    We made the upgrade window in April...
    :)
    Perhaps in 2 years they'll waffle again and we can renew 24 month subsidzed.
    ;)
    We have 4 subsidized gs7's (plus extras) at $100 each and 24 month unlimited $50 each phone.
    Cannot match or beat that with current non-subsidized plans. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Something doesn't add up. How did you get 4 S7's for $100 a piece?
  • He bought the phones with a 2-year contract. Normal pricing for a Galaxy S7 on Sprint for 2-Yr is $199, must have been a sale for $100 off.
  • @kaptainrandom,. It's Sprint network....2 cans and a string would beat that....pipe down mcfly Posted via the Android Central App
  • Coming from a poster that says Droids are the best? How is Droid doing these days? I'm not talking about Android either.
  • That string you mentioned could be misconstruded as your manhood.
  • It shows if you are already on subsidized, that you are grandfathered in and can still do contracts.
  • So I wonder what inspired them to go through with this for a second time?
  • Probably customers walking out with a phone paying a subsidized value for it, not paying their phone bill and people scrambling to sell the phone before it could be banned from the network. That is why they like people on these lease programs. They track the ESN or IMEI's a lot more closer than two year contracts. The customer has to give back the phone they just can't go outright sell it to someone. On a two year you could sell the phone or swap it with someone without having to give it back to the company. On their new programs unless you pay it off or give it back to the carrier they won't allow you to sell the phone or let someone outside of your own account use it.
  • This is kinda false. You can use the phone with a different number, on a different account but only on the same network. This is because the phone cannot be unlocked until it is paid in full. The original account the upgrade or purchase was done on will still be responsible for the payments etc, you can even sell the phone as long as you continue to make payments or pay off the device as well. Which is kinda what you were saying. They only flag the IMEI for non payment or lost/stolen. In my experience I haven't had many issues with people even just popping their sim card into another phone Galaxy s7 edge
  • I've never met anyone who has backed out of a payment plan, so to them it's like a two year contract that they make up to an extra $500 on per device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Will be interesting to see if they automatically lower your bill by about $25 once your contract expires. Since they will no longer give you the option to subsidize a phone your bill should drop to reflect the lack of subsidy.
  • No, they will never drop these ridiculous per device fees. Dumbest thing in wireless. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That screenshot specifically says existing customers will still be able to upgrade on 2-year contract, but they won't be available for new customers. That's the same thing they did the first time they killed off contracts. They NEVER did away with contracts for existing customers, just new customers.
  • They have new customers?
  • RIGHT - very misleading title.
  • This is still only for new accounts. It was removed in certain sales channels previously, now it's removed from all sales channels. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Has anyone bought a phone battery on ebay? Are they any good? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed. I think Sprint is trying to trick us into buying batteries on ebay.
  • Yeah. Batteries for phones where batteries aren't replaceable.
  • I bought a battery on ebay once. They bruised me up pretty good. Galaxy s7 edge
  • How is it possible to post this horribly incorrect article which is directly contradicted by the screenshot? Illiteracy? Mental disorder? Laziness? It says *repeatedly* this applied to new lines only...
  • Sprint still has customers? The only thing worse than their customer service is their cell service.
    They suck worse than anything has ever sucked before. I was with them 10 years.
    Verizon never drops a call, costs an arm and a leg, your first born and 4 years of income tax returns but if you have their premier warranty plan your golden.. Literally they want you to pay in gold. Their cell service rocks tho!! Posted via my LGG4 using the Android Central App
  • I bet you let your dog lick your balls.
  • Sprint's customer service to me has always been very good. Love when people who aren't even Sprint customers think they know what they're talking about in regards to Sprint.
  • I feel the same but I'm now on cricket. Awesome service and coverage. Far less gold involved. I rarely used over a gig on Sprint, was shocked to see I used 4.5 gigs my first month on cricket. A fast network makes a huge difference. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's as good as Verizon was for me, but I live in Chicago
  • Looks like I lucked out then. I just purchased an HTC 10 with 2 year contract. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sprint is alright. No complaints Living In An Android World
  • If they do that I'll leave. Contract up October. The only way I was gonna stay since I'm sero p but if they kill that I'll head to cricket. No big deal to me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I miss my SERO $30 plan with 500 Minutes, Unlimited mobile to mobile, night sand weekends, and unlimited data. evn when they started charging "extra" $10 for 4G/Wimax wasn't a bad deal.
  • I don't miss my sero plan at all. Cricket is heaven compared to sprint. Even with SERO. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why? it specifically says new customers and the screen shot shows that you are grandfathered in.
  • Just spoke to Sprint. This will affect existing customers as well. When my contract is up on November, I will have to either do the leasing option or the installment plan. Time to goodbye to Sprint - only stayed because I had the SERO plan
  • WIth Sprint, if you don't like the answer, hand up and call again. The document says that contracts will be a reactive option, meaning that they will offer them to existing customers if the customer specifically asks for it and rejects their counter offers.
  • I wonder what they'll do for family plans were some phones are already on a two year plan when another phone is ready for upgrade. If they're making you pay full price or installment pay, expecting you to continue to pay the full service plan cost (which was based on subsidized phones hardly seems fair.
  • Just goes to show how disfunctional and chaotic it must be at Sprint. There's no strategy or plan... what a mess.
  • Unfortunate if this is true. Have 5 lines on an old Simply Everything Data Share 1500 plan, breaks down to about $55/month/line with a subsidized phone to boot. Hard to beat that deal.