The problem with mobile industry is that it moves forward so fast that at times it’s impossible to catch up. Most manufacturers, including Apple release, new models of their devices once a year. Major US carriers, however, subsidize phones only if you sign a contract that requires you to stick with the network, and consequently your phone, for two years. Installment payments are not for everyone and purchasing a new phone outright can be a devastating experience for your budget. So what do you do when you want to stay on top and grab a new iPhone as soon as it hits the market? You can take advantage of Sprint’s “iPhone for Life” plan which allows customers to upgrade to a new iPhone every year.
The new “iPhone for Life” plan from Sprint
With Sprint’s new lease plan you can get the latest 16GB iPhone 6 for as little as $30 per month. The larger iPhone 6 Plus with 16GB of storage costs $35 per month. That’s the price of the phone alone; the plan itself costs $50 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and data. Let’s add the numbers and we get that total monthly cost of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is $80 and $85, respectively. Moreover, you can upgrade to a new model every year.
Where’s the trick? There isn’t any, unless you want to keep your phone forever. Since the “iPhone for Life” plan is based on a lease, you’re not actually an owner of the device and when the one-year period is up, you will have to return the phone to the carrier. If you feel a very special bond with your iPhone, you will be able to keep it if you continue the monthly payment schedule until the whole price is paid.
The iPhone 6 and its bigger brother iPhone 6 Plus were released last month and both are Apple’s best offerings on the market. If for some reason you prefer an older model, the iPhone 5S is also available with the “iPhone for Life” plan. However, unless you have a soft spot for the 5S, the 6th generation looks far more interesting, especially since you can grab the device for just $80 per month and be able to trade it for a new model in a year.