Sprint Kills Smartphone Early Upgrade Program

Sprint kills off One Up program after only four monthsOnly four months after it launched, Sprint has already killed off its One Up program that let users upgrade their smartphone every twelve months. AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile all offered similar plans before Sprint, and they aren't showing any indications that they plan to drop theirs -- unlike Sprint.

According to Sprint's customer support website, the One Up program was shut down on January 9, 2014. Now customers are being referred to the company's Framily Plan, which doesn't offer early upgrade options.

The One Up plan let users pay off their smartphone over a 24 month window with the option of upgrading in contract to a newer model after 12 months. Killing off the program after only four months, and when its competitors still offer similar options, may be a sign that Sprint saw One Up as a big money loser.

For now, smartphone users that want an easy upgrade option every twelve months will have to stick with AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile.

[Thanks to The Verge for the heads up]