Sprint Framily Smartphone Plan Review



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.

Smartphone Deals

  • Posted by: The Chief

    Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Unlocked Sale $599.99 + Free Shipping

    New Release, time to upgrade. Samsung has a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Unlocked Sale, $599.99Free Shipping. Expires Soon - $700 at most carriers.

    Important Information:

    Perfect for T-Mobile, StraightTalk or AT&T Wireless. Add a line or replace and older phone.

    Learn: No-Contract Plans, Unlocked Smartphones

    Be sure to read our article: iPhone vs. Android: Making the Best Choice

    Consider purchasing an unlocked cell phone if you are on AT&T or T-Mobile and want a new Smartphone without a contract. Unlocked Smartphones allow you to subscribe to low cost carriers mentioned below and function internationally, so you can use the same phone abroad.

    Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs

    • 5.8in Infinity Screen
    • Quad HD+ 2960 x 1440 Native Resolution
    • New Bixby assistant
    • Wireless fast charging
    • Water resistant
    • Android 7 Nougat
    • 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 Note 8 Specs

    • 6.3in Infinity Screen
    • S Pen
    • Quad HD+ 2960 x 1440 Native Resolution
    • Dual Edge Super AMOLED
    • New Bixby assistant
    • Octa-Core 2.35Ghz Processor
    • Wireless fast charging
    • Water resistant
    • Android 7.11 Nougat
    • 4K Video - Front 8MP and Dual rear 12MP F1.7 camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization
    • 802.11ac wireless
    • MicroSD Slot
    • 4G LTE
    • IP68 Waterproof to 4.9'
    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: August 19, 2018 2:00 PM PDT

  • Posted by: The Chief

    Note 9 $500 off, Buy 1 Get 1 Free iPhone 8

    Time to switch carriers. T-Mobile Samsung Note 9 $500 off - Buy 1 Get 1 iPhone 8 via prepaid card, when you sign up for new T-Mobile plan for a limited time and with qualifying trade in. Expires Soon or while supplies last.

    Free two-day shipping with new activation! Limited-time offer. Use promo code: 2DAY

    • Latest Deals
    • 50% off Samsung Galaxy Note 9 via up to $500 off with Trade in
    • Buy an iPhone and Get a iPad for $99
    • Buy an iPhone 8 after trade-in, get another equal or lesser value free (up to $700) via mail in rebate
    • T-Mobile ONE plans include Netflix. 2+ qualifying lines required.

    With 24 monthly bill credits when you add two qualifying lines of service. If you cancel wireless service, credits may stop & remaining balance is due. For well-qualified customers. Full tax on pre-rebate price for both devices due at sale. SIM starter kit required.

    Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs

    • 5.8in Infinity Screen
    • Bixby assistant
    • Wireless fast charging
    • Water resistant
    • Android 7 Nougat
    • Front 8MP and rear 12MP F1.7 camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization
    • 802.11ac wireless

    Competition is good, Verizon added a new Unlimited plan, so T-Mobile is one upping them.

    • $70 for one Unlimited line - no other fees
    • $120 for two Unlimited lines ALL IN
    • $160 for four Unlimited lines ALL IN
    • They now pay for your Taxes & Fees

    Kickback! Get back a $10 Bill Credit for each line that uses less than 2GB of Data.

    Switch to T-Mobile

    Switch to T-Mobile and get a $150 Prepaid MasterCard per line.  That is $600 for a family of 4. Expires Soon

    T-Mobile ONE Plan

    • Unlimited Talk, text, 4G LTE data
    • Unlimited Streaming video and music
    • Unlimited travel Abroad + GOGO
    • The new plan has some gotchas


    • On all plans, during congestion the top 3% of data users (>26GB/mo.) may notice reduced speeds until next bill cycle. Video typically streams on smartphone/tablet at DVD quality (480p). Tethering at Max 3G speeds.
    • One Plan Caps hotspot usage to 2G speeds unless you pay extra $15/month
    • One Plan Throttles video to 480p unless you pay extra $25/month
    • Prices are $5 higher for customers who do not enable automatic payments

    T-Mobile Plans have these special features

    • Free video streaming with select services - Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, etc..
    • No limits or overage fees
    • Jump! on Demand to upgrade to a new phone
    • Free Data Roaming and texting in 140+ countries
    • Upto $650 trade in when switching carriers
    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: August 19, 2018 8:00 AM PDT

  • Posted by: The Chief

    Switch to Verizon - Buy 1 Get 1 Note 9

    Time to switch. Verizon Wireless has Switch to Verizon - Buy 1 Get 1 Samsung Note 9 128GB when you sign up for an Unlimited plan and activate a new line. No trade in required. Free Shipping. Expires: 08/24/2018

    6 Months Free Apple Music with Unlimited Plan. Cancel any time.

    Unlimited Plan

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

    Up to $999.99 device payment purchase required per phone. 2nd phone: less up to $999.99 promo credit applied to account over 24 mos w/in 1-2 billing cycles; promo credits end when balance paid or line terminated/transferred; 0% APR. New line of service required. Can’t be combined with any other offers.

    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: August 16, 2018 2:00 PM PDT

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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.

Smartphone Deals

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


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:

    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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