Sprint follows T-Mobile in offering iPhone upgrade promo

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Less than one month after T-Mobile launched its Apple-centric Un-carrier Amped offer, Sprint has responded with a similar deal.

Sprint today launched iPhone Forever, a deal that’s aimed at getting customers on the newest iPhone hardware. Like T-Mobile’s offer, Sprint iPhone Forever will let customers buy a new iPhone for $15 per month. That means that Sprint customers can trade in a handset and get a 16GB iPhone 6 for $15 today, and if they upgrade to a new iPhone — like the updated model that’s expected to debut in September — they can keep their $15 price.

Like T-Mo, Sprint customers will have until the end of 2015 to upgrade to Apple’s next iPhone and lock in their $15 monthly payment. Customers that upgrade after December 31 will have an iPhone monthly payment of $22.

Apparently Sprint thought that T-Mobile’s Un-carrier Amped iPhone upgrade offer was a good one. And while Sprint touts its offer as lasting “forever,” T-Mo’s deal has some perks of its own. For example, T-Mo lets you pick whatever rate plan that you want, while Sprint requires an unlimited individual plan or family share plan. It’s also worth noting that while Sprint compares its unlimited plan to T-Mo’s, Sprint charges extra for mobile hotspot ($20 for 2GB or $50 for 6GB) while T-Mobile’s unlimited plan includes 7GB. Additionally, T-Mobile’s iPhone upgrade offer extends to customers that got an iPhone 6 with JUMP! On Demand before the deal was actually announced.

So yeah, looks like another case of T-Mobile announcing a new deal and then a competing carrier following the magenta footsteps.

Source: Sprint

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  • Acdc1a

    Yawn!

  • Drewski

    Boring. Sprint please go sit down right now.

  • T-Mobile users

    Why sprint cant get their own original ideas? clearly sprint cant compete, just copying.

    • orlando duran

      Sprint is like apple…copies their competition and calls it brand new

      • RIP Malcolm X

        They started smartphones..how does that make sense?

        • themask128

          You may want to check your facts – apple did not by far start smartphones – there was nokia with symbian, blackberry, windows mobile, android and the majority of them came well before apple and IOS….

        • TBN27

          When was android created?

        • themask128

          I was not referring to just Android if you read the entire post I listed at least 2 other smartphone os’s that were ready before ios by at least 2 years or more

        • TBN27

          I am well aware of what you posted about the other OS’s that were around before iOS was even thought of. I asked about android because I remember it being the last new mobile OS to debut after iOS and I am asking because I am thinking I am wrong about android.

        • thepanttherlady
        • TBN27

          Thank you. That is all I asked for.

        • thepanttherlady

          You’re quite welcome. :)

        • RIP Malcolm X

          Clearly mean touchscreen smartphones in the iteration we see today.

        • Mike

          The first advanced touchscreen smartphone was the iPhone which launched 2/25/2007. Android started when the Google G1 launched 9/23/2008. Symbian, Blackberry, & Windows phones may have existed before, but were not really brought to life until after these two devices mentioned above were launched.

        • themask128

          Well by modern smartphone windows mobile had apps touch screen keyboard if you want to compare something compare equally not just what would be something because apple happened to increase mass adoption of it. There were a lot of people who used palm treo with the modern smartphone os it just didn’t happen to sell as many millions as the iPhone and it was released before the iPhone. As we’re many other smartphones. Again smartphone you should look up the definition of it before making a blanket statement.

        • Mike

          They existed before. I stated that above. They were also lousy devices and operating systems that largely have fallen to the wayside. Where are they today? Those devices were shamed when the first iPhones & Android devices were launched. Yes it is a blanket statement. Smartphones didnt really evolve till these came. the touchscreens sucked on those old devices and most needed a stylus to work accurately. Need I go on?

        • themask128

          Stylus or not yes they were not as popular but advanced yes. Lacking good touchscreen most of them probably but still had most of the same core functions. As for functionality windows mobile 5.1 had GPS support exhange 2003 support etc. Need I go on with advanced smartphone features? Especially considering it was 2005 when this support existed…

        • Mike

          The reason they were no popular is because they were not any good. People & businesses only used them because there was NOTHING else on the market. The original iPhone toasted anything that was available at that time. It was the first smartphone that was simple to use and had all those features you are talking about and then some. The difference? Apple made them solid and made them work well. Those devices you speak of no longer exist because they were not relevant to peoples needs and were unreliable.

        • steveb944

          The only thing that happened was that huge marketing came in and changed the market.

          I attempted to use the first iPhones, they were terrible, jailbroke, still bad, so I went back to BB until Android wisked me away.

          So it’s a very subjective statement when you throw a whole OS/platform under the bus. Not everyone likes the same nor sees the same functions as necessary. And what is popular is not always best.

      • Ascertion

        And you’re a sheep, twisting facts and reality to whatever makes T-Mobile look good.

    • Derrick

      Well to be fair…T-Mobile copied Sprints leasing idea.

      • Drewski

        Liar. Are you a Sprint user? Wow troll. T-Mobile never copied Sprint. What the heck are you talking about there Bro? The last I checked( it was always T-Mobile coming up with original financing ideas/plans).

      • orlando duran

        My god, do some research. ..Tmobile did this first

        • SarahB
        • TMO6.12

          Hey do your research.

          From Johns interview

          I wouldn’t rule out a leasing plan,” he said in a 30-minute interview ahead of its press conference here Wednesday. “I think it’s a pretty good idea.”

          Legere was in town to tout Uncarrier 9.0, or T-Mobile’s push to get into the business world with a slate of simplified pricing plans, as well as its offer to pay off the device installment plans for customers willing to switch over. That Legere would consider utilizing Sprint’s trademark leasing program in some form speaks to the ever-heightening competitive environment in wireless, which has yielded better deals for bargain hunters.

          Give credit where it’s due. People like you make T-Mobile look bad.

  • orlando duran

    Sprint is a dying breed

  • Great For Competition

    In the Business World, it is called competition…And I think great for the wireless consumers, hopefully, better options. Yes!!

    • Matt

      Competition drives prices down. Yes, I agree but Sprint isn’t really offering anything revolutionary.

      • Mike

        Yes, if they wanna get better, they need to innovate their own ideas and need to really get going on their network. Its light years behind.

  • Paul Garrison

    Copying is okay, I guess. Sprint is going to have to come up with its own ideas to turn the company around. Something new a fresh that will not be seen as a rehash of someone else’s deal.

    • dtam

      I agree. Keep everyone on their toes is everyone is pretty much offering the same thing. competition forces everyone to do better

  • Andrew Singleton

    if ya can’t beat em, copy em.

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  • emcdonald75

    I really hope T-Mobile extends the promotion a little longer to combat the Sprint offer. I want to join JOD but I am still paying off my EIP on my Galaxy Note 4. I just need a little more time.

    • Prod1702

      I am pretty sure the Offer is only going until 9/7. Call T-Mobile Customer Care. They have been working with customers on ways to get the phone paid off so they can get on JOD.

  • Matt

    Sprint cannot compete on its network, therefore it must copy others.

    • Ascertion

      But Sprint’s the one that started the whole leasing idea for phones.

      • Mike

        Really? T-Mobile did it with the JUMP program first. Essentially, its a lease with option to buy. You would have a payment like a lease, if you JUMP, you would surrender you old device like a lease or you could choose to keep it. The difference? Device insurance included. Its simple. Hence the name of the plans. Simple Choice.

    • jay

      [URL=http://s25.photobucket.com/user/jay030281/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-08/CE5888C7-5C5F-4426-93FB-BACCEB9DA229.jpg.html][IMG]http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c88/jay030281/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-08/CE5888C7-5C5F-4426-93FB-BACCEB9DA229.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

      Your right, Sprint cannot compete at all…

  • jay

    Alright i just have one question, its just a question, no need to crucify me. But how does Sprint doing this move complicate your life? How does Verizon losing two year contracts make anyone lose sleep? Or ATT upping data for their family share plan take money out of anyones pockets? Do you not all remember when John said, he wanted to fix a broken business, that the cell companies needed to fix themselves. Guess what? Through his ideas and Tmobiles changing the industry stance, its working. Just because other carriers are doing the same things doesn’t mean ok lets bash them. How does that make sense? You all have who you have because it works for you. Ive seen a few people say “Where i live tmobile doesn’t work for me” and some of you bash them saying well maybe you shouldnt live in the woods. It just baffles my mind how everyone is so blind and so loyal to a company that doesn’t even pay them, that anything anyone else does is crap. What would you all say if Verizon brought back unlimited? Or if Sprint does fix their network and really starts to compete? Everyone else sucks huh? Pretty pathetic to see people cry how a company started a change and made a difference, and others are following, how its wrong for them when from the beginning, YOUR SAVIOR JOHN SAID THATS WHAT HE WANTED!!

    • Acdc1a

      It complicates nothing. A carrier like Sprint needs to do a lot more than just copy the moves of T-Mobile to become viable…I think that’s the point of most comments here.

      • jay

        And i also think T-Mobile needs to fix their network as far as PA goes, northern NJ. How about everywhere outside of cities. YEAH YEAH. but band 12 this and that. How much longer do we people in the sticks have to wait for something other than edge? or GPRS?

        • Mike

          EDGE & GPRS migration LTE will be complete by end of year. Not to mention they are ahead of schedule.

        • jay

          Well all i’m saying is that it hasn’t happened up here yet..Also has anyone noticed that where the coverage map says LTE, Edge is there only? Do they show LTE like where its in the process of going so they don’t have to change it later?

        • jay

          One more question, Can someone tell me how to post screen shots on here?

        • thepanttherlady

          You’ll have to upload them to a site like imgur or photobucket then paste the link to it in a comment. When I see it come through, I’ll check it out and approve it. Be patient as it seems Disqus is slow with notifications today. :/

        • Mike

          Its a static map. All data is verified on the map. Does your device support LTE in the 1900MHz PCS band? If it doesn’t you will only see EDGE or GPRS.

        • jay

          Sony Xperia z3

        • Mike

          It depends on the model of the Z3. Which do you have? It will be D6603, D6653,D6643, or the D6616?

      • Fabian Cortez

        It’s not even a copy. It’s a poor imitation that’s once again half-baked.

        21 months versus 18 months lease. One upgrade versus three per year.

        It’s another joke from Sprint to screw over their customers.

    • Cg

      Thank you. That’s all he wanted and people are missing the point. When the carriers react to the changes its a win. Instead people who are beyond loyal to where it’s scary bash the other companies and it’s petty and childish. If you have to bash another company espically cellular companies, it makes you look like your seeking validation that your choice in carrier was a correct decision.

    • Leo

      Everyone who is bashing Sprint(I did it myself in the past)remember,I am not saying I am techhead,just going by what I read ,on here by people who know more i do,that Sprint has more spectrum than Tmobile. Also Sprint is closing down there Winmax network sometime in Sept.or after,I am sure it won’t be big mess like before with all different networksthey had,after that happens,they have one ,then let see what Sprint does,not sure how this will affect all those Sprint phones out now,how they will work with the new network,we will see.

      • Mike

        We been hearing the same stories for years and years but Sprint always find someway to screw things up . Sprint LTE is horrible majority of the time and it’s very spotty. Sprint so calls has all this money behind them but always do stupid stuff Nextel, WiMAX , And that Spark BS. Maybe them being in last place will finally wake them up.

  • MC MICKEY LEE

    Alex how many articles ard going to post about Sprint? Its almost as if you are promoting Sprint in a quiet slick way.

    • Paul

      ???? You mean articles about how T-Mobile passed Sprint to be #3? How Sprint is copying T-Mobile, like in this article?

      Yeah, they’re endorsing Sprint on here with some guile.

  • Mike

    http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/1341630643 Here is a real speed test. Also, most on sprint don’t get your speed.

    • jay

      Wow that is fast. I’m not trying to say T-Mobile isn’t fast. I’m just saying 47 down for sprint is good. Of course my iPhone 6 doesn’t support sprints carrier aggregation.

      • Mike

        My speed is on 15×15 in band 4. No aggregation.

        • jay

          Congratulations, I pay $50 a month for unlimited everything. And to be fair 5-10 down on any service is good enough. I do not need to brag how fast my network is. It works for everywhere I go. Which is the reason I’m with them. For me T-Mobile in my area is #un-usable. I don’t believe I knocked them one time in any of my posts. But I forgot that your not aloud to root for anyone but T-Mobile on this site. I root for both because the big 2 have no problem over charging the consumer. How does one become so passionate about a company that couldn’t care less if they lost you as a customer or not?

        • Mike

          well, if you compare maps of NJ of the two networks, T-Mobile has the state covered with LTE. It is static and verified data. Sprint on the other hand has limited spark, little bit better LTE coverage, but there is also still a lot of 3G, Roaming, and spots of no coverage. I also pay $100 for 2 lines. Unlimited everything. So what? Who cares? Going back you saying you didn’t knock T-Mobile, you didn’t. I didn’t knock Sprint either. I merely said that most of their people don’t experience your speeds. That is fact. Sprint finally acknowledges their network needs a lot of work. Its a good thing. The question now becomes can they fix it fast as well as do they have the money. They have a ton of debt, their revenue is on the decline, and the banks wont let Mr. Son invest more money into Sprint. Sprint has not made an annual profit since 2006. Sorry, I’m just keeping it real.

    • jay

      Actually most people in nj get those speeds.

  • Paul

    Imitation is best form of flattery.

  • Fabian Cortez

    *Yawn*

    • jay

      Yawn all you want. At least when I’m driving around in the non city areas I can stream music and make phone calls. Hey shouldn’t you be over at the fierce wireless site crapping on sprint saying how great u are and everyone at sprint and who has sprint are below u?

      • Fabian Cortez

        At least when I’m driving around in the non city areas I can stream music and make phone calls.

        Impossible.

        Everyone knows Sprint doesn’t support simultaneous voice and data.

        • jay

          Ok let me clarify myself. I can stream music everywhere and when I need to I can stop it and make a phone call. Hopefully that makes more sense

        • Fabian Cortez

          Ok let me clarify myself. I can stream music everywhere and when I need to I can stop it and make a phone call. Hopefully that makes more sense

          Yeah, sure.

        • jay

          I’m positive. It’s ok keep living the dream with T-Mobile. What’s the excuse when someone buys them and they fall apart? Or better yet run out of money? I guess you can try another merger, have that fail get more money and then invest. Again. Without AT&T you’d have nothing. That’s fact.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Derailing.

          Sprint will run out of money first. Spending $2.2 billion in the first quarter, not turning an annual profit since 2006 and having up to $50 billion in losses.

          But keep positive.