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U.S. carrier Sprint on Monday announced a new plan which allows those who don’t own one of the latest iPhones on their contract to upgrade at any time.

Aptly named ‘iPhone Forever,’ the new plan will set you back $22 per month and is available starting today to both new and existing Sprint users.

Here’s how iPhone Forever compares to similar early-upgrade offerings by rival carriers.

iPhone Forever terms

It works like this: if you buy an iPhone 6 with Sprint before September 10 (Apple’s ‘iPhone 6s’ media event is on September 9) and mail in your working smartphone to Sprint, or bring it to one of its retail stores, you’ll be permitted to trade in the device for one of the upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ models but no later than December 31.

Sprint iPhone Forever price matrix

The plan is available on “any individual unlimited plan or family share pack plan,” said Sprint.

Special promotional price

In addition, Sprint is pitching the following time-limited offer:

“Bring us any smartphone to trade-in and your regular monthly rate is reduced to just $15 until your next upgrade,” as per Sprint. “But hurry, if you get your iPhone 6 and upgrade before December 31 that upgrade doesn’t stop your discount – it continues all the way until your next upgrade.”

According to the fine print, the offer entails trading in your old smartphone for an entry-level iPhone 6 with sixteen gigabytes of storage. The reduced $15 monthly will remain in effect until your next upgrade, after which it’ll jump back to its normal $22 per month amount.

Summing up

Put simply, iPhone Forever grants you upgrade eligibility for the newest iPhone in exchange for a flat fee of $22 per month, excluding taxes and service plan charges.

Assuming you don’t already have the latest iPhone on one of Sprint’s plan, iPhone Forever lets you upgrade to next-generation iPhones as soon as they become available.

The new plan shouldn’t be confused with Sprint’s previous plan called ‘iPhone for Life’ which limited you to yearly upgrades bundled with service plans.

For more information, visit sprint.com/iphoneforever.

Source: Sprint

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Jesus that chart shows how much AT&T really screws you…and I’m on AT&T…I mean I would LOVE to get a new iphone every year, but at that price? I dont know…

    • Manuel Molina

      It does, though, I’d rather pay the extra money than be stuck with an iPhone on AOL speeds on Sprint.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Saying you’d rather pay for AT&T Next? Cause as a Tech lover I do want that annual phone thing, but is the price too much? Thats what I’m pondering.

      • Manuel Molina

        Nah, I’d rather pay more for better service. The phone Next plan makes you lose more money in the long run from what is read from a few sites awhile back.

      • blastingbigairs

        Switching to Verizon from Sprint was like trading in a Kia for a McLaren.

    • techfreak23

      You do realize those numbers are skewed right? If you read closely, the AT&T column is showing the Next 12 pricing vs everyone else at least 18 month, Sprint at 22. If you have payments spread out over longer period of time, obviously you’re going to be paying more monthly. AT&T Next 18 or 24 is much more comparable to those prices.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Yeah I saw that. But if you want to get a new phone EACH year, you have to go with the 12 or 18. If you wanna wait 6 months after the phone comes out and not get it brand spanking new then 18 would suffice.

  • Samir

    Is it just me or is this a complete rip off of T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand program?

    • Manuel Molina

      Yes, but T-Mobile isn’t the first nor last to create a program or similar one in the nature of giving people new ways to get robbed for their money. 🙂

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  • PJ

    Whatever they think would help. Sounds like a desperate move considering the fact that T-Mobile recently succeded them for the 3rd spot in the biggest wireless network.

    • Shinonuke

      T mobile succeed Sprint not due to surpassing Sprint’s total volume. They succeeded Sprint from purchasing metroPCS. Sprint is not a good option in my area so I would not leave T-mobile for them. If they upgraded their tower(s) in my area then I’ll be tempted to switch

      • Rowan09

        They’ve owned MetroPCS since May 1, 2013 so that’s not the only reason.

      • Shinonuke

        If we want to speak about dates then the merger agreement was dated back to Oct 2012. Ranking is based on consumer reports. They merged/purchased with metroPCS allowed T-mobile to have more converge which resulted in better consumer report scores. Again, my area does not have good Sprint coverage. If I were to live in Las Vegas, NV then I wouldn’t mind being with Sprint because it’s the cheapest plan among the top 4 carriers. In fact, all 4 carriers have great coverage there.

      • Rowan09

        Yes but you said it’s the merger that made them number 3 and that wouldn’t be entirely true. Sprint has horrible LTE speeds and that’s the big issue.

      • Shinonuke

        Yeah you’re right. I take it back. After the two merged, t-mobile’s converged increase; therefore, their rank improved.

      • Rowan09

        T-mobile can be number 3 but they are far away from 1 & 2. The only way they’ll be able to get to those numbers is by acquiring a few companies.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Nice try sprint, but it aint gonna get you back to 3rd place.

  • Walcy Carroll

    I used to be grandfathered in on AT&T unlimited plan years ago, starting getting you are in the top 5% messages when only using 2gb of data, finally got annoyed with them, hopped on over to my wife’s plan with sprint, and have not had any issue, besides not being able to talk/surf the web at the same time, which isn’t that big of an issue for me, plus we are saving money. I looked into switching to T-Mobile, but the rep said after a certain gb amount, we will throttle your speeds, so I am happy with Sprint for now.

    • Rowan09

      I’m on T-Mobile and I’ve used 10Gb in one month and never got throttled. I personally do think all these companies should upgrade their 2G networks to at least 3G by now. Edge in 2015 is just a shame.

    • MvP77

      My son used 52GB this month (never turns on wifi) and I used 12GB myself and we have never been throttled. I’m on 2 lines for $100 unlimited plan.

    • MvP77

      Edit: 64GB for him 17 for me

    • Shinonuke

      I had the same problem. They are still harassing folks. My buddy have unlimited data and they still text him telling him that he will reach his limit soon and needs to buy more data.

  • Phil Randle

    I wonder how they sprint offering working, we have a similar thing on Telstra in Australia, called ‘New Phone Feeling’ pay $10 per month and every 12 months you sign up a new plan (they put a hold on the current plan) and then you have 2 weeks to hand your iPhone in at your local store and then they cancel the previous plan.

  • blastingbigairs

    Having only 3G 80% of the time, that’s cute.