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Earlier this week we learned that Sprint had given its One Up early upgrade program the axe, in favor of pushing its so-called Framily Plan with an Easy Pay option that allows you to get your device for an initial down payment followed by 24 monthly payments.

Like similar device payment programs, customers can upgrade their handset anytime as long as they’ve completely paid off the balance on their existing device. Once paid off, you can either keep your old phone or sell it back to Sprint.

Sprint is obviously targeting its Framily plan and Easy Pay option at new customers that, for whatever reason, are looking for an alternative to T-Mobile’s own Simple Choice plans. So what about existing customers already on a contract, are they just stuck for now? For a limited time, Sprint is allowing “eligible” customers to upgrade their phones early, as long as they sign-up for the Easy Pay program. Sprint doesn’t exactly clarify what makes a customer eligible and what doesn’t, though finding out if you qualify is as easy as going to www.sprint.com/upgrade.

Is this a good deal? It depends on how you look at it. If you like the idea of paying for your device in installments over a traditional contract and are a fan of Sprint’s network, it might be. That said, there are quite a few other alternatives out there, so be sure to carefully weigh your options.

What do you think of Sprint’s new Easy Pay option? A good deal, or just a carefully worded marketing ploy?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.