Now that Sprint has discontinued the 2 yr upgrade, how can I purchase or upgrade a Sprint phone?
Customers have the following upgrade and phone purchase options available:
Sprint Flex Lease: Qualified customers can lease a Sprint phone for 18 months with the option to purchase.* When you reach month 18, you should notify Sprint that you would like to purchase your phone. Your remaining balance will be broken up in to 6 payments similar to your current lease payment. Alternatively, you may pay it in one lump sum
Sprint Flex Lease is compatible with iPhone and Galaxy Forever programs. Just make 12 payments and you're eligible to upgrade to the next device
Customers who are not on iPhone Forever or Galaxy Forever may add a yearly upgrade option for just $5/month
For more information, please see our Sprint Flex page
Full Purchase Price Customers may purchase a new or pre-owned phone at full Manufacture's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). If you pay full MSRP, you own the phone, you have no contract and no penalty besides service charges for cancellation
BYOD: Activate an unlocked device, either purchased from the manufacturer or a reputable reseller (use caution when purchasing pre-owned devices from private parties). See our Bring your own phone page
Some tips for customers considering the purchase of a pre-owned (used) phone:
It is best to go through a reputable reseller with accountability measures in place rather than a private seller. This helps prevent the purchase of a device that cannot be activated on your Sprint account due to various reasons
If you are activating a pre-owned Unlocked Device, be careful to verify that it's compatible with Sprint's network. In order to be compatible, the device must support CDMA and LTE signals. Finally, a device which was originally branded under another network may not support all the features of the Sprint network. For more information see our article on BYOD here
*There may be additional costs associated with upgrades including increased MSRP of newer devices.
*Sprint determines eligibility for lease and down payment on a case by case basis. This article is not a promise or guarantee of eligibility.
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Can I get a new discounted (subsidized) phone, pay the subsidized price and accept a 2 year agreement?
Sprint, like other carriers, has discontinued the ability to upgrade via subsidy (discount with 2 yr agreement).
For information about your current device purchase/upgrade options, see my article here:
What are my phone purchase options?
* All customers who purchased devices with a 2 yr agreement and are on newer discounted plans (Unlimited Freedom, Cut Your Bill in Half, Sprint Unlimited Basic, Plus or Premium) are subject to a $25 subsidized device fee for each device purchased this way.
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