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It launches January 10

With rumors of more competitive T-Mobile plans just around the corner at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, Sprint has jumped the gun and announced its new family plan. 

Sprint press release, the No. 3 U.S. carrier, is launching a new offering at the end of the week called the "Sprint Framily Plan." And no, that's not a typo folks -- it's actually called "framily," because the plans can be made up of both friends and family.

Despite the odd name, the new plan could actually offer some considerable savings. Here's how it works: the first person pays $55 a month for the first line of service, which gets unlimited voice service, text messaging and 1GB of data. For each additional customer that joins the framily plan, the cost per person goes down $5 a month up to a maximum monthly discount of $30 a month.
 
In other words, the more people added on to the framily plan, the greater savings everyone receives. The company says that if you can get at least seven people on the framily plan, everyone can get unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for $25 per month per line. Also, it's open to new and existing customers. 
 

[SOURCE: CNN]

But framily plan customers aren't locked at just 1GB of data. If anyone on the plan wants more, they can pay an extra $20 a month per line for unlimited data. What's more is that customers who opt for this plan are eligible for a new phone every year. 

Oh, and if you're worried about a friend or family member ditching out on their part of the bill, don't worry -- Sprint will send every member of the framily plan their own separate phone bill. 

Sprint's latest announcement is likely in preparation for T-Mobile's upcoming CES announcement, which is expected today.

T-Mobile has already rocked the world of wireless carriers with its "UnCarrier" strategy, where it eliminated contracts for reduced cell phone plans in March and introduced an early phone upgrade program in July. Then, in October, it started offering a free unlimited international text and data plan.

However, it's been reported that SoftBank Corp. -- a Japanese telecommunications and Internet corporation -- has met with banks Credit Suisse Group AG, Mizuho Bank Ltd, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Deutsche Bank AG to grab a majority stake in T-Mobile from its parent company, Deutsche Telekom AG, starting in April. The deal has been valued at around $20 billion. 

SoftBank already acquired Sprint for $21.6 billion last summer. 

If you're interested in Sprint's latest framily plan, it launches January 10. 

Source: Sprint



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Too late
By Dorkyman on 1/8/2014 10:42:24 AM , Rating: 2
Too late for us.

Our smartphones went off-contract in November, and I moved all three of them from Sprint to Ting, an MVNO that uses the same network. Monthly bill now about $80 TOTAL versus $190 with Sprint.




RE: Too late
By mattbmello on 1/8/2014 11:29:23 AM , Rating: 2
I moved to Ting in August of 2012. Went from $50 a month to around $16 every month.


RE: Too late
By Argon18 on 1/8/2014 1:17:30 PM , Rating: 2
Ting, the Nong Pradu legend, is selling phones now?


RE: Too late
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/8/2014 1:45:05 PM , Rating: 2
How do you like it? I thought about this when my Verizon is up in July.


RE: Too late
By Dorkyman on 1/9/2014 10:04:15 AM , Rating: 2
If you're asking about Ting, I find it to be a refreshing change. The website is very simple with a humorous aw-shucks style, billing is crystal-clear with "speedometer gauges" showing usage and tiers.

Only in the USA do consumers pay a teaser price for a phone on a two-year contract, then pay through the nose for those two years. Everywhere else people buy phones, then buy service. Got my daughter a like-new Galaxy S3 on eBay for $169 last month.


RE: Too late
By kmmatney on 1/8/2014 7:33:26 PM , Rating: 2
I have 4 phones on Ting, with average Bills at $62/mo for all 4 phones. Ting isn't great if you use a lot of data, but we have a hard time using 1GB each month.


T-Mobile still cheaper
By Nutzo on 1/8/2014 2:04:30 PM , Rating: 2
So, that's $55 for 1 line,
$100 for 2,
$135 for 3,
$160 for 4,
$175 for 5

I currently have T-mobile with 3 lines for $90. Only have 500MB data, but that's been enough since we usually have access to WiFi. I could upgrade all 3 lines to 2.5GB data and still be cheaper the sprint.




RE: T-Mobile still cheaper
By ven1ger on 1/8/2014 5:29:22 PM , Rating: 2
With T-Mobile, I have 4 lines with 2 GB caps for data for $120. Just makes me shake my head that these telcoms seem to take users as idiots. If they offered good rates instead of stupid incentives to switch but still offered higher rates than T-Mobile, why would T-Mobile subscribers switch? T-Mobile doesn't have the best network but they have the best rates among the large Telcoms, which is why most people switched.

Just offer competitive rates to T-mobile but that would mean that they have to accept lower profits because lower rates mean less revenue, tough. The telcoms already have lower profits as many subscribers are switching because it is cheaper in the long run to have lower monthly rates. These stupid incentives are useless when you look at the annual cost that one ends up paying compared to T-Mobile.

Just getting tired of all these dumb gimmicks that the telcoms like to pull just to get people to switch to higher cost plans that just fleeces the consumer.


RE: T-Mobile still cheaper
By Nutzo on 1/8/2014 6:35:21 PM , Rating: 2
Just like AT&T's low priced plan for $45, with only 300mb of data. Why 300mb instead of 500mb like most the other low cost plans? 300mb is so low that most people will end up going over it and need to upgrade to a more expensive 1GB plan which cost you an extra $20.


Sigh...
By vanionBB on 1/8/2014 2:39:13 PM , Rating: 3
So racist.




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