Jan 08 AT 8:36 AM Alex Wagner 18 Comments

Sprint introduces new Framily Plan, expands Spark LTE service to six additional cities

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Family plans have been a part of the wireless industry for quite a while now, but Sprint recently introduced a new, unique spin on the group offering known as the “Framily Plan.” Launching on Jan. 10, the Framily Plan allows customers to gather a group of up to 10 people under a single account in order to save some cash on their monthly bills.

Here’s how the Framily Plan works: The starting rate is $55 per month for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data, with the option of moving up to 3GB of data per month for $10 more or unlimited data for an additional $20. Each customer that’s added to a Framily Plan reduces that monthly cost by $5. Each individual in a Framily Plan is billed separately, and the maximum number of users allowed on a Framily Plan is 10. The discount maxes out at 7 group members, at which point each user will end up paying as little as $25 per month.

There are a couple of caveats worth taking note of here. In order to sign up for a Framily Plan, new Sprint customers must either buy a phone at full retail price, purchase a device with Sprint Easy Pay and spread the full cost out over 24 months or bring their own hardware. No subsidies here. Sprint does note, though, that Framily Plan users with the unlimited data add-on will be able to trade in their existing device and upgrade a new phone through Sprint Easy Pay every year.

Existing Sprint subscribers can join a Framily Plan, too, but if they’re currently using a discounted device, they’ll need to pony up an additional $15 per month until they’re upgrade eligible. However, Sprint is waiving that $15 monthly charge for customers that buy a discounted phone before Jan. 10 and aren’t upgrade eligible, though that offer will only be available for a limited time.

In addition to the introduction of its new Framily Plan, Sprint’s got some network news to share. The yellow carrier says that its tri-band Spark 4G LTE service is now available in an additional 6 cities: Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas. This expansion brings Sprint’s Spark footprint up to a total of 11 markets.

Sprint will also soon introduce a trio of new Spark-compatible products. The curvy LG G Flex and the Netgear LTE Gateway 6100D fixed wireless router will hit the Now Network’s shelves in the coming months, while the Netgear Mingle Mobile Hotspot will arrive on Sprint prepaid MVNO Virgin Mobile’s shelves this quarter. The Netgear Mingle features 3G/4G LTE connectivity, a 1.77-inch LCD screen, 1800mAh battery and support for up to 10 simultaneous connections. Virgin Mobile will offer the Mingle with its Broadband2Go service, which offers a daily plan at a rate of $5 per day as well as monthly plans that include 1.5GB of data for $25 or 6GB for $55.

Overall it looks like Sprint is off to a pretty nice start for 2014. The Framily Plan looks like a pretty interesting take on the traditional family plan, and while the lack of subsidies may be a concern for some, being able to bring your own device or spread the full cost out over a 24-month period are two ways to get around that. Meanwhile, it’s good to see Sprint expand its Spark LTE service, both to new markets and to Virgin Mobile. Here’s to hoping that it’s not long before Sprint’s Spark lights up even more cities with its speedy LTE service.

Source: Sprint (1), (2)

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  • Justin

    *Framily

    • Steve Rysemus

      How is this a savings? For an existing customer with 3 or 4 lines – forget for a minute about the 15.00 a month until you are upgrade eligible.
      Example: 3 lines current Unlimited My Way
      50.00 for the first line, 40.00 for the 2nd and 30 for the third line = 120.00 – now add the 30.00 for unlimited data on 1 line = 150. Unlimited on 2nd line = 180.00 – no date on 3rd line so add in tax and charges and you at at around 190.00 month

      New plan:
      Line 1 = 55.00, line 2 = 50.00, line 3 = 45.00 = 150. Add unlimited for line 1 and 2 = 40.00 and you are at 190.00 WITHOUT TAX!!!! This new PLAN will cost you more!!!

      • Chuxter

        I’m pretty sure you are misunderstanding the plan. The article reads “The discount maxes out at 7 group members, at which point each user will end up paying as little as $25 per month.” That means that a plan with 7 group members would be a total of $175. Not bad.

      • jb

        New Plan:
        Line 1 = 45.00 (55 – 5 x 2 extra lines) + Unlimted = 65
        Line 2 = 45.00 (55 – 5 x 2 extra lines) + Unlimted = 65
        Line 3 = 45.00 (55 – 5 x 2 extra lines)

        Total = 65 + 65 + 45 = 175. Add taxes and fees and you’re probably at 190 anyway.

        This is a no contract plan, right? So if you get a new subsidized phone now (before 1/10/14) and then convert to this plan after 1/10, they waive the $15 and you’re out of your contract???????

    • frantastic frabulous

      Sprint are fraggots!

  • Will

    That’s…racist?

  • TatDude806

    Come on FRAMILY? I know they are mostly owned by a Japanese company, but that is wrong. Guess I should send a screenshot to Consumerist.com I am sure they would like this!

    • TatDude806

      Sorry Alex but you have lost me as a reader. This is unacceptable. I have forwarded this article, along with screenshots to Consumerist.com and have also made it a point to put this on twitter and Google Plus. You should be ashamed of yourself. I am a former journalist and I would have lost my job had I done something so ignorant. IT IS CALLED PROOFREADING!

      • redraider133

        Forreal? That is the name of the plan. Man calm down, quit jumping down the mans throat when you are wrong…

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  • Bob

    Are the data upgrades $20 per line or per plan?

    • Daniel

      Per line. Essentially if you can get 7 people to sign up for this it would be $45 for unlimited everything per line. (Though unlike the unlimited my way, no unlimited for life guarantee…)

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  • Rob

    Shint needs to improve their footprint and backhaul before they ever think of doing anything else to compete. I don’t care if it is $5 a month for the whole Framily if their LTE performance = dial-up.

  • donger

    Sprint still exist?

  • stephen

    hi. i switched my sprint billing to this new thing called “framily” its like friends and family, but its totally separate billing. so for everybody that joins sprint with my id the bill for EACH LINE goes down by $5 (all the way down to $25 each) but you and I have our own plan and billing. I already have two lines on my plan so thats an instant $10 off a line. if you want to switch carriers and use my id code for free, check it out. THANKS! we will never share billing, i have my bill, you have your bill. You get unlimited data for $20 more. you can take my framily ID into a store M00103869lh or call customer service.

  • phil

    Join my framily plan and get $25 per month. We already have 6 members. We have 4 spots open and each phone is only $25 a month. That is stupid cheap. My ID is U00300134GP. It’s a great deal

  1. JustinGuest 1 year ago

    *Framily

    • Steve RysemusGuest 1 year ago

      How is this a savings? For an existing customer with 3 or 4 lines – forget for a minute about the 15.00 a month until you are upgrade eligible.
      Example: 3 lines current Unlimited My Way
      50.00 for the first line, 40.00 for the 2nd and 30 for the third line = 120.00 – now add the 30.00 for unlimited data on 1 line = 150. Unlimited on 2nd line = 180.00 – no date on 3rd line so add in tax and charges and you at at around 190.00 month

      New plan:
      Line 1 = 55.00, line 2 = 50.00, line 3 = 45.00 = 150. Add unlimited for line 1 and 2 = 40.00 and you are at 190.00 WITHOUT TAX!!!! This new PLAN will cost you more!!!

      • I’m pretty sure you are misunderstanding the plan. The article reads “The discount maxes out at 7 group members, at which point each user will end up paying as little as $25 per month.” That means that a plan with 7 group members would be a total of $175. Not bad.

      • jbGuest 1 year ago

        New Plan:
        Line 1 = 45.00 (55 – 5 x 2 extra lines) + Unlimted = 65
        Line 2 = 45.00 (55 – 5 x 2 extra lines) + Unlimted = 65
        Line 3 = 45.00 (55 – 5 x 2 extra lines)

        Total = 65 + 65 + 45 = 175. Add taxes and fees and you’re probably at 190 anyway.

        This is a no contract plan, right? So if you get a new subsidized phone now (before 1/10/14) and then convert to this plan after 1/10, they waive the $15 and you’re out of your contract???????

    • frantastic frabulousGuest 1 year ago

      Sprint are fraggots!

  2. WillGuest 1 year ago

    That’s…racist?

  3. TatDude806Guest 1 year ago

    Come on FRAMILY? I know they are mostly owned by a Japanese company, but that is wrong. Guess I should send a screenshot to Consumerist.com I am sure they would like this!

  4. BobGuest 1 year ago

    Are the data upgrades $20 per line or per plan?

    • DanielGuest 1 year ago

      Per line. Essentially if you can get 7 people to sign up for this it would be $45 for unlimited everything per line. (Though unlike the unlimited my way, no unlimited for life guarantee…)

  5. RobGuest 1 year ago

    Shint needs to improve their footprint and backhaul before they ever think of doing anything else to compete. I don’t care if it is $5 a month for the whole Framily if their LTE performance = dial-up.

  6. Sprint still exist?

  7. stephenGuest 1 year ago

    hi. i switched my sprint billing to this new thing called “framily” its like friends and family, but its totally separate billing. so for everybody that joins sprint with my id the bill for EACH LINE goes down by $5 (all the way down to $25 each) but you and I have our own plan and billing. I already have two lines on my plan so thats an instant $10 off a line. if you want to switch carriers and use my id code for free, check it out. THANKS! we will never share billing, i have my bill, you have your bill. You get unlimited data for $20 more. you can take my framily ID into a store M00103869lh or call customer service.

  8. philGuest 1 year ago

    Join my framily plan and get $25 per month. We already have 6 members. We have 4 spots open and each phone is only $25 a month. That is stupid cheap. My ID is U00300134GP. It’s a great deal