It has been a busy week in mobile carrier news. We had AT&T announce a new data structure, which was then changed immediately following T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 12 announcement. Sprint, caught up in all the T-Mobile fervor, also announced an unremarkable unlimited plan yesterday.
While Uncarrier 12 is interesting for many reasons, we want to make sure all this excitement doesn’t overshadow a leaked document from Sprint that will end up impacting many of its customers. If the document leaked by PhoneArena is accurate, starting on 8/26/16, Sprint will no longer be offering 2-year pricing for mobile phones.
The document is quick to point out that Sprint is “being competitive” by removing 2-year pricing options since Big Red is the only other carrier that still offers contracts.This latest attempt by Sprint to kill off the 2-year pricing structure is the company’s second attempt to do this. In January, Sprint tried to remove 2-year pricing options before reversing the decision in late February.
The leaked document also goes into detail about the differences between leasing devices and installment billing. It then closes the document stating that if a customer is willing to leave Sprint because of this change, the sales representative can refer them to sprint.com or the company’s Telesales department where the customer can still receive the 2-Year pricing.
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It seems like Sprint is unsure if it wants to kill its 2-year pricing options. While the options won’t be as readily available to the customer, they are still in the back corner gathering dust for anyone who wants one. We are curious to see how Sprints customer base will react to this change in policy.