Sprint Framily Smartphone Plan Review

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Sprint is playing catch up to the other 3 major wireless companies. The Framily Plan is an interesting Smartphone plan that can save you a ton of money. They merged with SoftBank of Japan in the middle of 2013 and are going through a metamorphoses, which includes this new promotion. The Framily Plan started in January of 2014 and is slated to expire 6/12/2014

In 2015 Sprint added a lease plan where you can pay $15 a month to get an entry level iPhone. At the end of 22 months, you have to return the phone or pay for it.

Important: As with any mobile wireless plan, you need to ensure you have coverage where you need it. Home, work, play, you need signal otherwise it does not matter what the price is. Check and compare coverage using Open Signal.

No Contract Smartphone Plan Alternative

Traditionally, smartphone buyers were able to purchase the latest smartphone at a significant discount, often at $199, when they committed to a new 2 year plan with a major wireless carrier like, AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile. Times have changed. There are many more options available to smartphone owners.

Consumers can choose no contract smartphone plans or traditional smartphone plan from one of the 4 major carriers. In a previous article, Find the Best No-Contract Smartphone Plans  we examined the best way to save money: No contract smartphone plans, in this article we will examine the more traditional smartphone plan and help you pick the best one. The average consumer spends almost $150 on wireless each and every month. Families spend even more. We cannot do anything about the high cost of wireless taxes that are added onto your bill, but we can save you a significant amount of money. It is surprising that only 1-2% of subscribers switch to other carriers every year.

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    • 4K Video - Front 8MP and rear 12MP F1.7 camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization
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    • Dual Aperture Lens
    • 4K Video - Front 8MP and rear 12MP F1.7 camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization
    • 802.11ac wireless
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    • 4G LTE
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Company Discounts

Some large companies have negotiated discounts with the large cell phone carriers. All you need is a company email address to obtain this discount. Check with your HR Department to see if your company qualifies. As an example, here is the AT&T Wireless Employee Discount page.

Monthly Wireless Data Usage

If you are a current smartphone user, check your bill to see how much data you use every month. Your new plan can be sized to your current usage patterns. According to Nielsen, the average person used 733MB of data in early 2013. Most people paid for a lot more, approximately 2GB. Over 1/3 of users used 50% or less of their data plan’s allotment. The wireless carriers force you to select data plans with specific limits, making it easy to over buy. (If you need 600MB, they might force you to purchase 1000MB) Keep in mind that most people are connected to Wi-Fi to perform data intensive operations.

If you are new to smartphones, consider these guidelines on monthly usage:

  • Email, Social Networking, News, Web Browsing – 1GB per month
  • Plus music streaming or downloading, sharing photos, download apps – 3GB per month
  • Plus movies, video streaming – Unlimited per month

These are some rough figures to help you select the appropriate plan. Keep in mind that most unlimited plans slow down your data transfers to a snail’s pace, after you pass a preset limit.

AT&T has a Data calculator that helps you figure out your needs. Verizon and T-Mobile have one also. It is funny that they don’t agree when checking our data use.

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    Samsung Note 9 $895.99 Free Shipping. ($1000)

    • Samsung Note 9 and S9+ are available in several colors

    Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs

    • 5.8in Infinity Screen
    • Quad HD+ 2960 x 1440 Native Resolution
    • Bixby assistant
    • Wireless fast charging
    • Water resistant
    • Android 7 Nougat
    • Dual Aperture Lens
    • 4K Video - Front 8MP and rear 12MP F1.7 camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization
    • 802.11ac wireless
    • MicroSD Slot
    • 4G LTE
    • International Variant/US Compatible LTE
    • IP68 Waterproof to 4.9'

    Samsung Galaxy S9+ Specs

    • 6.2in Infinity Screen
    • Quad HD+ 2960 x 1440 Native Resolution
    • Bixby assistant
    • Octa-Core Exynos 8895 Chipset
    • Wireless fast charging
    • Water resistant
    • Android 7 Nougat
    • Dual Aperture Lens
    • 4K Video - Front 8MP and rear 12MP F1.7 camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization
    • 802.11ac wireless
    • MicroSD Slot
    • 4G LTE
    • IP68 Waterproof to 4.9'
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    Posted: December 18, 2018 9:00 AM PST


  • Posted by: The Chief

    Apple Watch 3 GPS + Cellular 38mm Sale $309.00 + Free Shipping

    Best deal! B&H Photo has an Apple Watch 3 GPS + Cellular 38mm Sale now shipping.  Prices starting at $309.00, Free Shipping. Tax in NJ, NY. Save up to $60 over the Apple store

    • Free Screen protector ($20 value)

    Apple Watch Series 3 42mm Smartwatch (GPS + Cellular, Space Gray Aluminum Case, Gray Sport Band)  $339 Free Shipping ($429)

    This model will work with the new upgraded operating system.

    Apple Sports Watch 3 Includes:

    • Brand New Apple Watch (Please Choose Color Desired When Making Purchase)
    • Many different colors
    • Magnetic Charging Cable
    • Sport Band
    Sales tax in: NJ, NY
    Posted: December 17, 2018 9:00 AM PST


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    Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 Sale $279.00 + Free Shipping

    Rare Sale. B&H Photo has an Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 Sale. 38mm GPS+ Cellular costs $279.00 , Free Shipping. Tax in NJ, NY.

    • Free Glass Screen protector ($20 value)

    42mm GPS+Cellular $299 Free Shipping

    Apple Watch Nike+ 38mm $279.99 Free Shipping.

    • Other models available, most are $100 off retail
    • This model will work with the new upgraded AppleWatch  operating system.

    Apple Sports Watch 3 Includes:

    • Brand New Apple Watch Sport Aluminum Case with Sport Band iWatch (Please Choose Color Desired When Making Purchase)
    • Magnetic Charging Cable
    • Sport Band
    Sales tax in: NJ, NY
    Posted: December 17, 2018 6:10 AM PST



  • Posted by: The Chief

    Samsung Qi Wireless Fast Charging Pad Sale $14.99 + Free Shipping

    Sale. Samsung has a Samsung Qi Wireless Fast Charging Pad Sale, $14.99 - Free Shipping. Expires Soon - Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars.

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    • Works with all Qi compatible smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, Note 8, Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, XS, XR
    • Built-in LED indicator light displays charging status
    • Compact design uses minimal tabletop or desktop space and is easy to transport
    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: December 15, 2018 12:00 AM PST


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    Holiday 2018 Switch to Verizon - Big Phone Sale

    Time to switch. Verizon Wireless has Holiday 2018 Switch to Verizon - Big Phone Sale when you sign up for a plan. Expires: 12/31/2018

    • Pixel 3 XL Save $200, plus get $300 more if you switch or add a line w/trade in
    • $300 off best Android phones when you switch or add a line. Trade in required Exp 12/12
    • Upgrade and get $100 off or Switch now and get $300 off iPhone or when you add a line. Trade in required. Exp 12/12
    • iPhone 6s Just $5/month. New line required. No trade in required. Exp 12/18

    Waived upgrade fee - online only, select phones. Code: WAIVE30 Exp 12/31

    Unlimited Plan

    • 1 Line $75 for Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, DVD Quality Streaming, Unlimited Hotspot (600kbps)
    • 4 lines for $160
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Smartphone Hardware

Not every phone will be available on every network. You need to decide on the handset that you will be using. The first choice is Android or iOS, after that, most wireless carriers have the same popular smartphones. Shoppers need to understand that they will be stuck with the smartphone for 2 years. Saving $50 or $100 over a 2 year span, and getting stuck with an inferior phone is not very wise.

The major wireless companies attract shoppers with their promises of the latest smartphone for $199 or less. Instead of making consumers pay the full price of a smartphone up front ($400 - $800), they give the shopper a discount and make them pay more each month. You are making a 2 year commitment when you accept this initial discount. If you break the agreement, you will have to pay a hefty early termination fee. You can purchase the phone up front, but few people opt for this expensive arrangement.

Many carriers will charge a one time activation fee when you purchase a new smartphone. Look for sales where they waive this activation fee. Sales tax is charged at the time of sale based on the full price of the smartphone, not its actual selling price.

Does the carrier allow you to bring your own phone? Most of the ones that allow you to do this support GSM technology that is used by the AT&T and T-Mobile wireless networks. Those which run on Sprint or Verizon networks usually require you to buy a new smartphone. Consider this before you buy an unlocked or used phone off eBay or Craigslist.

Does the company have a good record of rolling out the latest and greatest hardware? After you finish your 2 year commitment, there will surely be a new phone that you lust for. Is there a good trade in policy or sell back program?

Mobile Insurance

The wireless companies are good selling you insurance on your smartphone. Because these mobile devices get damaged or lost frequently, they can charge from $7 to $10 a month based on your fear. A third party like SquareTrade will sell you an insurance policy for less. Only go this route if you have a history of mishaps with your smartphone.

Sprint is one of the underdogs in the smartphone race. In a recent comparison they ranked last among the major carriers. They are in the middle of being acquired, which should help them in the future. They market an Unlimited plan with no mention of throttling, but you will have to watch out for their off-network roaming usage limits. The off-network roaming usage allotment is small and can easily be used up in a few days. has several different plans making it very confusing to navigate their website. It is hard to recommend . Look at Boost Mobile, their prepaid division instead, if you must use their network. T-Mobile is priced in the same ballpark, and much more liked.

Sprint Framily Plan

They have a new Framily Plan where each additional line of service up to 10 lines, gets a lower price. If you're an existing Sprint customer and eligible for an upgrade, you can switch over to the Framily Plan. If you are not eligible, you pay an extra $15/mo/line until you are upgrade eligible.

  • Up to 10 friends, families, or employees
  • Unlimited talk, text, and 1GB data
  • Separate bills - individuals are liable for their own bills only
  • As low as $25/mo per line
  • $36/line activation fee
  • No annual service contract
  • No early termination fee
  • Each line can be customized with additional data
  • Each Framily group will have its own unique Framily ID
  • You can use a Sprint certified device (excludes Assurance Wireless, Boost and Virgin Mobile)
  • You need to visit a Sprint store to set up a Framily ID.
  • Groups cannot merge
  • You can buy Smartphones with no money down

The monthly rate changes depending on how many people you have linked together. The price will go up as people drop out of the Framily, locking you in!

  • $55/mo for 1 person
  • $50/mo for 2 persons
  • $45/mo for 3 persons
  • $40/mo for 4 persons
  • $35/mo for 5 persons
  • $30/mo for 6 persons
  • $25/mo for 7 - 10 persons

One Gigabyte of data is not very much. Add $10/month per line to get 3GB’s of data, add $20/month a line to get unlimited data and annual upgrade.

*We do not recommend getting shared data plans with less than 1GB-2GB per line as overages will occur more often.

Coverage - Fair to very good depending on your area. Check their coverage maps

Smartphone Selection – Very Good. From iPhones, Samsung Galaxy Note III, Galaxy S4 through basic Android smartphones.

Bring your device - You need to buy a phone or mobile hotspot from Sprint. Other GSM phones will not work. Some used Smartphones from eBay may work if they are not banned.

Sprint Framily is best when:

  • You can assemble a group of 7 - 10 people
  • All people in your Framily must have good Sprint coverage
  • You can accept the limited Smartphone Selection

Conclusion

In conclusion, the consumer has a lot of control over cost with every Smartphone plan. You can switch carriers or Smartphones almost at any time. Review the details above + select the one that fits your needs. We recommend you take the time to understand your situation and pick the one best for you. Take Price, Coverage, Smartphone Selection, and monthly Bandwidth Allotment into consideration.

What do you think of the Sprint Framily Plan? Would you switch to it?

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2 responses to “Sprint Framily Smartphone Plan Review”

  1. Maggie says:

    Sprint will rip you off!!! They give you a free tablet to sign up for the Framily plan, but don’t tell you that you have to pay $30 per month for two years just to have that “free” tablet!!!

  2. D_TN says:

    @maggie
    What do you mean they “don’t tell you”? That information is out there and posted everywhere (including the paperwork you signed). Quit acting like a child and take responsibility for your actions.

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