Sprint said to be preparing new ‘One Up’ early upgrade program

By , Sep 16, 2013

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You knew this would happen sooner or later. Following in the footsteps of T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon, it looks like Sprint is preparing to enter the ‘early equipment upgrade’ club with a new program called ‘One Up.’

Much like T-Mobile’s Jump or AT&T’s Next, One Up is a program that will allow Sprint customers to pay for their devices in monthly installments. And after a year, they’ll be able to trade them in for an early upgrade…

CNET reports:

“Better late than never, Sprint is finally getting into the early upgrade game.

The company is preparing to launch Sprint One Up, a program that allows its customers to pay for their smartphones or tablets in monthly installments and upgrade after every year by trading in their devices, CNET has learned.”

Here’s how it works: Sprint customers on the One Up plan can pickup a phone at $0 down and pay for the device in 24 monthly installments. If a customer cancels their service early, they’re responsible for the balance.

The site also posted the following screenshot:

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Note that Sprint claims that its One Up plan, which includes unlimited data, is $200 cheaper than T-Mobile Jump, and more than $500 cheaper than AT&T’s Next and Verizon’s Edge. This, of course, is for one year of service.

And one of the reasons it’s so much cheaper is because Sprint is going to give One Up customers a $15 discount on their plan. So they’ll essentially be able to get unlimited talk, text and data for as little as $65 per month.

Competition between the top US carriers is expected to really heat up this fall, as all 4 providers will be launching the new iPhones for the first time. It’ll be interesting to see what, if any, impact these plans have on business.

According to CNET, Sprint’s One Up plan will be available starting September 20.

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  • omrishtam

    i dont care cuz i dont have sprint in my country…. :(

    • Moi

      So why did you comment and why did you even read this article ?

      • omrishtam

        i didnt

      • Dan

        well that just makes you look even dumber then, posting on an article you didn’t even read

      • omrishtam

        just for the lolz man….we live for the lolz

      • omrishtam

        :D

  • Royce Otero

    I don’t like the trade in part. I rather keep it if I paid for it.

    • Latino Sin Zero

      You can decide not to trade in early. Essentially people would basically be doing the same thing like when you are buying a car. If your payments would be for 2 years, but middle of the year you wanted another car you can trade in the car and get another one. Same scenario here. The arrangement is that you will pay installments for 24 months but if after 12 months you can trade in your phone for an upgrade. But if you wanted, you could keep the phone and continue paying for it till you have completed your payments.

  • Concept

    I don’t understand the point of sale costs is the graphic. I know the article mentions Sprint will sell their phones for no money down but so does T-Mobile. I just got a Nokia 925 for zero down less than a month ago. SGS4 is $99, HTC One is $99, LG G2 is $99, iPhone 5c is $0 down and the Nokia 925 is now only $30 down. So the graphic implies that T-Mobile has about $108 worth of activation fees and taxes which simply isn’t a true statement.

    Also what’s not noted is that T-Mobile’s jump plan cost ($10) is also phone insurance. So what is Sprints insurance costs? And lastly, T-Mobile’s cost to upgrade every 6 months (not a year) is just the phone down payment which I mentioned above is somewhere between $0 and $99.

    The $200 down and $200 cost to upgrade for T-Mobile aren’t true statements.

    • Steven Greer

      Very small is the text that says its for a 649.99 smart phone. So they are just using this chart for one type of phone and the common point between the other carriers is 1 year not 6 months so the chart wouldn’t work for 6 months.
      But you won’t hear the top three mention 6 months bc that’s a disadvantage.

      • Concept

        I got that. The extra 6 months wouldn’t change the cost but rather make them even across the board. My point was that this $650 phone (which is probably the 5s) wouldn’t cost over $200 initial payment. It would be more in the $140-$150 range depending on your state taxes. How do I know this? I paid $44 upfront to get a Nokia 925. The $44 was all activation fees and taxes.

  • blastingbigairs

    This is such crap, they made me pay $100 to upgrade early last month, now this??? Sprint are such wallet vampires!!!!