has killed off its Sprint One Up program just a few months after its debut
. One Up offered users an annual upgrade program that included unlimited talk, text, and data for life for $65 per month, as well as the ability to upgrade their smartphones every 12 months instead of every two years.
The deal was that customers would pay for their phones in installments over the course of 24 months, and after one year they could give back that phone and put the value towards another.
This concept is now common in the industry, as AT&T (Next)
, T-Mobile (Jump)
, and Verizon (Edge)
all offer early-upgrade smartphone deals. In any case, Sprint is done with that particular experiment and is moving on to its newly-announced Framily plans
. (Yes, “Framily”.)
The Framily plans allow you to deem just about anyone as “family” or “friend” and add them to your group plan, which allows up to 10 lines. The idea is that the more people you add to the plan, the more everyone saves. Yet each account is billed separately, so there’s no awkwardness with the financial end of things.
The big four mobile carriers in the U.S. are in the middle of a delightful streak of price competition, which is resulting in wins for consumers.