News by Andrew Kameka on Monday January 13, 2014.
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Sprint has retired its "One Up" early upgrade program less than four months after it started. The nation's third-place carrier has instead encouraged potential customers to explore a new "Framily" plan that includes early upgrade options.
A Sprint customer support page states that One Up was retired January 9 for undisclosed reasons, but it happened the day before Sprint began offering its Framily plan, so the message is clear. Sprint wants customers to sign up for the new service that gives subscribers discounts for groups of families and friends who sign-up for service under the same group ID. Up to 10 people can be within the same group and customize individual plans to his or her needs. Each account gets unlimited talk and text and 1GB of data, but adding unlimited data for $20 per month also entitles the account holder to get annual upgrades on a smartphone.
After 12 months as a Framily plan subscriber, Sprint customers can trade in their existing phones and receive a new device. The remaining payments on an Installment Agreement will be waived and customers will be allowed to start a new payment plan on a new phone without having to pay any upgrade fees. More details about the Sprint Framily plan can be read here.via: Engadget
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.