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.

Smartphone Deals

  • Posted by: The Chief

    Samsung Galaxy S6 No Contract Phone Sale $142.99 + Free Shipping

    Over 2600 bought. eBay (buyspry, 14,000 feedback) has the very popular Samsung Galaxy S6 Unlocked No Contract Refurbished Smartphone Sale Priced in 3 colors, for only $142.99 + Free Shipping. Tax in MD. Save up to $300 off a carrier store when you factor in tax. 30 day returns.

    This is good for AT&T, T-Mobile and other No contract smartphone plans.

    This was big brother and chief rival to the iPhone 6, this S6 is probably one of the best Android Smartphone out back then. This has more storage, 32GB than past phones. Up to 21 hours of talk time. Fast 8-core processor and large 5.1in screen. No removable battery or memory card.

    In the article, iPhone vs. Android: Making the best Choice, we compare the differences between the iPhone and Android phones.

    Review:

    The Samsung Galaxy S6 includes a new stylish look with better feel. New and improved 16Mpixel camera with auto HDR, 4K Ultra HD video recording. New Ultra Power Saving Mode. Cnet Review

    Important Information:

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

    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.

    Learn: No-Contract Plans, Unlocked Smartphones

    Choosing the right plan for you is time consuming and can also be a hassle. We've done the research and you may save over $1,000 each year! Be sure to check out our no-contract Smartphone plan article: How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans where we compare all of the major network carriers. Check out our How to Buy an Unlocked Smartphones article to learn what it means to have an "Unlocked" Smartphone.

    Low Cost Service Plan with Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data

    T-Mobile offers a web exclusive pre-paid plan great for unlocked phones:

    • $40/mo for Unlimited Talk & Text with 3GB of LTE Data

    Straight Talk, a prepaid carrier that is owned by Tracfone and Walmart, sells micro SIM cards for the that cost $14.99 + Free Shipping.  You can pop these into any AT&T-compatible, T-Mobile-compatible, or unlocked GSM phone.

    • $45 a month buys you unlimited talk, text and 5GB high speed data with no contract or credit check

    Samsung Galaxy S6 G920A Specifications

    • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
    • Samsung Pay Compatible
    • Fingerprint sensor, Samsung Pay and Corning Gorilla Glass 4
    • 8 Cores: Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 + Quad-Core 2.1 GHz
    • 3 GB RAM
    • 32GB built in storage
    • 16MPixel camera w/ 1080p video capture
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • Android 5 (Lollipop)
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot (Depends on carrier support)
    • Near Field Communication (NFC) for transactions, data exchanges and other short-range wireless interaction.
    • Built in IR Blaster
    • 4.87 ounces
    • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
    • LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26, 28, 40
    Sales tax in: Depends on seller
    Posted: January 23, 2018 9:00 AM PST


  • Posted by: Mr. Arnie

    iOttie Easy One 3 Car Mount Smartphone Sale $22.21 + Free Shipping

    #1 Best seller. Amazon has a iOttie Easy One Touch 3 Car Mount Smartphone Holder Sale. $22.21, Free Shipping. Rated 4 out of 5 stars. Next lowest is $25.

    • This is a must get in some states, where it is illegal to hold a phone when you drive. Namely California. (Not to mention dangerous)

    Get that phone out of your hand and into a holder where it belongs.  We have several iOtties and find they work great.  This is well built, not a cheap Asian knock off.  We like the bottom fingers on this model, it helps keep the phone from slipping out.

    iottie One Touch 3 Works on

    • iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 plus, 6s Plus, 6s, 6, 6 plus, 5s, 5c, Samsung Galaxy S8 S8+ S7 S7 Edge S6 Edge Plus S6 S5 S4, Note 5 4 3, Google Nexus 5 4, LG G4
    • Smartphone width requirement: 2.3 inches to 3.5 inches wide
    • New two-step locking lever
    • Pivots up to 210°
    Sales tax in: All Except AK, DE, MT, NH, OR
    Posted: January 22, 2018 8:00 AM PST


  • Posted by: The Chief

    Verizon - $200 off Pixel 2, $250 off XL

    Time to switch. Best Buy has Switch to Verizon - $200 off Pixel 2, $250 off Pixel 2 XL when you sign up for an Unlimited plan. No trade in needed. The Pixel 2 is exclusive to Verizon. Pixel 2 Review

    Unlimited Plan

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

    Device payment purchase on Verizon unlimited required. Less up to $300 trade-in credit applied over 24 months; credit starts w/in 1-2 cycles & ends when balance is paid or line terminated/transferred or changed to an ineligible plan; 0% APR. Eligible trade-in must be in good working & cosmetic condition.

    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: January 22, 2018 12:00 AM PST


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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

  • Posted by: The Chief

    Samsung Galaxy S6 No Contract Phone Sale $142.99 + Free Shipping

    Over 2600 bought. eBay (buyspry, 14,000 feedback) has the very popular Samsung Galaxy S6 Unlocked No Contract Refurbished Smartphone Sale Priced in 3 colors, for only $142.99 + Free Shipping. Tax in MD. Save up to $300 off a carrier store when you factor in tax. 30 day returns.

    This is good for AT&T, T-Mobile and other No contract smartphone plans.

    This was big brother and chief rival to the iPhone 6, this S6 is probably one of the best Android Smartphone out back then. This has more storage, 32GB than past phones. Up to 21 hours of talk time. Fast 8-core processor and large 5.1in screen. No removable battery or memory card.

    In the article, iPhone vs. Android: Making the best Choice, we compare the differences between the iPhone and Android phones.

    Review:

    The Samsung Galaxy S6 includes a new stylish look with better feel. New and improved 16Mpixel camera with auto HDR, 4K Ultra HD video recording. New Ultra Power Saving Mode. Cnet Review

    Important Information:

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

    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.

    Learn: No-Contract Plans, Unlocked Smartphones

    Choosing the right plan for you is time consuming and can also be a hassle. We've done the research and you may save over $1,000 each year! Be sure to check out our no-contract Smartphone plan article: How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans where we compare all of the major network carriers. Check out our How to Buy an Unlocked Smartphones article to learn what it means to have an "Unlocked" Smartphone.

    Low Cost Service Plan with Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data

    T-Mobile offers a web exclusive pre-paid plan great for unlocked phones:

    • $40/mo for Unlimited Talk & Text with 3GB of LTE Data

    Straight Talk, a prepaid carrier that is owned by Tracfone and Walmart, sells micro SIM cards for the that cost $14.99 + Free Shipping.  You can pop these into any AT&T-compatible, T-Mobile-compatible, or unlocked GSM phone.

    • $45 a month buys you unlimited talk, text and 5GB high speed data with no contract or credit check

    Samsung Galaxy S6 G920A Specifications

    • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
    • Samsung Pay Compatible
    • Fingerprint sensor, Samsung Pay and Corning Gorilla Glass 4
    • 8 Cores: Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 + Quad-Core 2.1 GHz
    • 3 GB RAM
    • 32GB built in storage
    • 16MPixel camera w/ 1080p video capture
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • Android 5 (Lollipop)
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot (Depends on carrier support)
    • Near Field Communication (NFC) for transactions, data exchanges and other short-range wireless interaction.
    • Built in IR Blaster
    • 4.87 ounces
    • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
    • LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26, 28, 40
    Sales tax in: Depends on seller
    Posted: January 23, 2018 9:00 AM PST


  • Posted by: Mr. Arnie

    iOttie Easy One 3 Car Mount Smartphone Sale $22.21 + Free Shipping

    #1 Best seller. Amazon has a iOttie Easy One Touch 3 Car Mount Smartphone Holder Sale. $22.21, Free Shipping. Rated 4 out of 5 stars. Next lowest is $25.

    • This is a must get in some states, where it is illegal to hold a phone when you drive. Namely California. (Not to mention dangerous)

    Get that phone out of your hand and into a holder where it belongs.  We have several iOtties and find they work great.  This is well built, not a cheap Asian knock off.  We like the bottom fingers on this model, it helps keep the phone from slipping out.

    iottie One Touch 3 Works on

    • iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 plus, 6s Plus, 6s, 6, 6 plus, 5s, 5c, Samsung Galaxy S8 S8+ S7 S7 Edge S6 Edge Plus S6 S5 S4, Note 5 4 3, Google Nexus 5 4, LG G4
    • Smartphone width requirement: 2.3 inches to 3.5 inches wide
    • New two-step locking lever
    • Pivots up to 210°
    Sales tax in: All Except AK, DE, MT, NH, OR
    Posted: January 22, 2018 8:00 AM PST


  • Posted by: The Chief

    Verizon - $200 off Pixel 2, $250 off XL

    Time to switch. Best Buy has Switch to Verizon - $200 off Pixel 2, $250 off Pixel 2 XL when you sign up for an Unlimited plan. No trade in needed. The Pixel 2 is exclusive to Verizon. Pixel 2 Review

    Unlimited Plan

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

    Device payment purchase on Verizon unlimited required. Less up to $300 trade-in credit applied over 24 months; credit starts w/in 1-2 cycles & ends when balance is paid or line terminated/transferred or changed to an ineligible plan; 0% APR. Eligible trade-in must be in good working & cosmetic condition.

    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: January 22, 2018 12:00 AM PST


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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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