Sprint iPhone Forever Deal Offer - is it good or bad?

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December 28, 2015 at 21:36:37
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I have no plan to replace my 5s as long as it is working fine and does not give me headaches. I am with Sprint and - since my two years contract has expired - they are pushing me to upgrade under their iPhone Forever plan. I am looking for feedback in How good/bad is the plan and whether or not I will stuck with Sprint forever.

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December 29, 2015 at 03:21:14
I'm not on Sprint - being in the UK at present.. However my 2cents...

(I do travel to US fairlr regularly, and use a temporary SIM in my Blackberry 9700; a decent and reliable model which sadly some of their later models weren't. I got my 5s via Apple's friends 'n and family deal when 6 series arrived... and wanted a mobile/cell phone and a mini browser too. The BB 9700 is a little limited in that regard - but an excellent phone otherwise.)

The 5s works fine with current iOS. You have a 5s and it works fine. It ain't broke so why phyxe it? Mine is also unlocked and thus I'm free and able to change to a diffrerent service should I feel to. Whilst the market isn't as competiitive as the industry likes to pretend in the UK, there are differences and occasionally viable offers. Not being locked into anyone "for life..." does mean I can port my 5s to whichever at almost anytime. Most (all) cell phones are locked to a given service supplier; and in US have been "phyxed" so as to prevent them working on just "any" or all network/protocols. In the UK once a phone is unlocked it can and will work with all networks and service suppliers within its specs. It is now a UK requirement that a phone be unlocked if the owner requests it.

The Sprint offer is essentially a locked in/tied deal? Try to leave and take the "newer" phone with you - and you can't? And presumably Sprint will repossess your current 5s as part of their new "iPhone for life deal"? Which means you won't have the freedom to go elsewhere with that iPhone were you to leave Sprint?

The current iPhones are larger than previous - and like most of the others brands (for me at least) way too big; and thus ergonomically poor when it comes to using as a phone. Fine as browser true... but first 'n foremost it's a phone? Want/need a mobile browser, get a mini tablet - iPad or otherwise?

The cell phone deals in USA are by no means as good as in the UK, a rare event... The user in the US seems to more or less rope-tied to a given outfit; unable to either unlock their phone, or easily port over to another service without a lot of hassle - providing the phone hasn't been doctored/phyxed to disallow it...

I suspect there are (obligatory) changes in the pipeline in the US (Canada too perhaps?) which will in effect give the end user some control over their devices, allow easier migration to other service suppliers; and overall allow a better and cheaper range of services.

For too long the main players have been ripping off cell/mobile phone users in the US and also similarly re' broadband. They have a nice little cartel running and it may be that that is now under threat, that its power may be reduced...

Sprint's deal is likely one of several that will emerge in the near future, and whilst it look and sounds nice... it also sounds too good to be true! There is a catch somewhere in all such deals. Once they have "you" locked in, the prices will go up, as and when"they" choose, for whatever level of service you opt.

Bundled phone deals - regardless of the brand of phone involved - are a con. The phone is paid for many times over during the length of contract. Being "encouraged" to upgrade to the latest model, when the contract runs out, is just another money making deal for the cell phone companies, as well as the phone manufacturers...

If you can fully unlock your 5s do so, as then you regain and thus can retain "your" freedom to roam, to pick 'n choose which service(s) to use. Why buy into being locked in, corralled, put onto a reservation for the sole benefit/increased profits (in the end) of Sprint?

Several of my chums in the US now carry a very basic clam shell or similar (smaller) phone - instead of their previous (bulkier) "smart phones". Easier to use; much better battery life; invariably not locked to any outfit. If the clam shell etc. dies, then it's cheap and easy to replace. (And also content is not so easily hacked...)

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December 29, 2015 at 13:57:00
Hey trvlr - thanks for your well thought out 2 cents. I decided Sprint iPhone Forever plan is not for me after I checked plan fine print, especially the parts highlight in bold letters:

Via Sprint Lease with $0 down at signing plus $15 (with trade-in) on at 22-month lease or $22/month for a 21-month lease for qualified customers. Payment varies for other memory configurations. No equipment security deposit required. Req. service plan. Customer is responsible for insurance and any repairs. If service or lease is cancelled early, the remaining lease payments become due immediately and customer must return the device or pay the purchase option. iPhone Forever: Applies to upgrade on lease. Upgrade does not include same generation model iPhone. Does not guarantee monthly payment amount, phone selection, or service plan rates. Contingent upon product availability. Not transferable. Restrictions apply.

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December 29, 2015 at 14:22:22
Pretty well what I thought would be the deal; lots of glitter up front/on the surface but anything but when viewed behind/in depth.... As they say "If it looks too god to be true - it usually isn't...."

Sadly more than a few likely will "not" read the fine print and thus buy into the hype...; and realise later it isn't all as it appears up front...

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