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Sprint hasn't said why One Up was cencelled

In September of 2013, Sprint unveiled a new plan that would allow subscribers to upgrade their smartphones in the middle of their contracts for a price called One Up. The plan allowed users to get a new device with no down payment, no extra monthly fee, and with a discounted plan. The user could then upgrade their phone every 12 months.
 
The plan allowed subscribers to pay about half the cost of the new phone to upgrade.
 
Sprint has now terminated the One Up plan after only four months of availability. Sprint is now telling people looking for details on One Up to check out the Framily plan that allows the user to link accounts to friends to save money.
 
One Up was reportedly popular with users and the Framily plan supposedly isn’t a direct replacement. In fact, that new plan offers no ability to upgrade early unless the user pays for unlimited data.
 
Sprint has offered no details on why it cancelled the One Up.

Source: The Verge



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Cencelled?
By Snippy Mudpuppy on 1/13/2014 12:51:45 PM , Rating: 3
Spell check broken?




RE: Cencelled?
By Bagom on 1/13/2014 1:21:32 PM , Rating: 3
I guess so. Framily?


RE: Cencelled?
By Samus on 1/13/2014 1:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
It could be intentionally misspelled, in which case Shane is a pun genius.


RE: Cencelled?
By P_Dub_S on 1/13/2014 1:48:07 PM , Rating: 2
Framily Plan is actually what it's called. It's the friends and family plan.


RE: Cencelled?
By euclidean on 1/13/2014 1:55:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yup - and to clarify the article a bit - any line on the plan that has the $20 Unlimited Data add-on is eligible for a full upgrade each year, rather than 2, at no extra charge outside the Unlimited Data.


RE: Cencelled?
By Jeffk464 on 1/13/2014 3:14:24 PM , Rating: 2
Kill off the subsidized phone 2 year contract model.


RE: Cencelled?
By bitmover461 on 1/14/2014 10:56:50 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the program is named "Framily". The spelling police look foolish on this one.


By cbf on 1/13/2014 11:19:55 AM , Rating: 2
Really, the plan made no sense for the consumer.

Now they're trying to replace it with another plan that makes no sense -- a group plan that's only competitive if you have at least *seven* friends/family on the plan!?

I was really hoping Masayoshi Son/Softbank would put an end to this nonsense from Sprint. In Japan, Softbank was as disruptive carrier as T-Mobile currently is in the US market. Perhaps it's just too early.




By euclidean on 1/13/2014 2:01:18 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, it's pretty competitive @ 3 lines... $55 - $10 = $45 + $20 for Unlimited Data gives you $65/mo for unlimited talk, text, and data. Plus, you get to upgrade every year rather than every 2.

That's $5 less than T-mobile, and even less than AT&T or Verizon (well, they don't have Unlimited Data, so I guess you really can't compare that...).

However, you are still in a contract, where as with T-mobile you are not. I'm not too disappointed yet in Softbank...I figured I would give them this year to mess around with stuff. If it doesn't look promising by fall time, chances are we'll abandon ship...


By VoodooChicken on 1/13/2014 3:40:25 PM , Rating: 2
Forgot the $10 sucker fee for smart phones.


By ven1ger on 1/13/2014 3:53:04 PM , Rating: 2
Um...math doesn't seem to add up.

Sprint for 3 lines is 3*45 = $135 per month, Data - 1 GB per line.
T-Mobile for 3 lines, $50+$30+$10 = $90 per month, Data - 500 MB per line.

Just for the bare bones plan, T-Mobile comes out cheaper with no contract.

If you go unlimited, I believe both Sprint and T-Mobile offer unlimited data for each line at $20 additional per month.

So, if Sprint is offering subsidized phones with this plan, then you're paying additionally about $45 per month/$540 annually for the subsidized phone compared to T-Mobile for just the plan.


By The Von Matrices on 1/15/2014 12:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
What Sprint (or other providers) don't say is that the more lines you add to a plan, the more locked into a contract you become. Every time you upgrade a phone, you sign a new 1- or 2-year contact. The problem is that not everyone on the plan upgrades immediately, so over time upgrade dates get staggered throughout the year. Eventually you get stuck in a perpetual situation where every few months someone on the plan is ready to upgrade their phone and extend the contract, which means that the contract never expires and no one can ever leave the plan without an early termination fee.


By Dr of crap on 1/15/2014 12:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
AT $260 for 4 phones that's more than I pay on the family plan with two phone add ones, all 4 phones are smart and the monthly cost is $235.

I think the $235 is way to high.


By Dr of crap on 1/15/2014 12:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yea, all get unlimited talk, text, and data.


It helped me
By MarkPR on 1/13/2014 12:56:50 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, my iPhone was stolen 8 months into my contract. All options involved the huge expense of buying the replacement with no contract extension discount.

So instead of a $600+ charge, I was offered the One Up option and I'm paying ~$200 in fees spread over the next year.




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