Sprint offers the iPhone 6 with $0 down on Sprint Easy Pay and Sprint Lease programs that let you pay nothing for the iPhone when you pick it up, allowing you to pay for the iPhone over 12 to 30 months. Is Sprint Easy Pay or Sprint Leasing a good deal? We’ll help you decide if you should use the Sprint iPhone for Life plan or go with a standard Sprint two-year contract.
What’s better? The Sprint Lease, Sprint Easy Pay or a Sprint contract? The answer depends on how fast you need to upgrade, how much cash you have on hand and how you prefer to pay for your new iPhone. If you plan to stay with Sprint for two years or longer, this will also influence the value you get from each plan.
Traditionally companies like Sprint sold the iPhone at a major discount, locking users into a two-year contract for service. In this case the iPhone 6 price drops from $649 to $199 – a discount of $450 when you agree to stay with the carrier for two years. With this discount, users who want to leave before the end of a contract must pay a $350 early termination fee.
The new trend is to sell the iPhone 6 for $0 down, and to move the contract from service to a payment plan for the full cost of the iPhone. This makes comparing plans difficult and confusing for customers who now see too many choices when trying to upgrade to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on Sprint.
Both Sprint Easy Pay and Sprint Leasing (also known as Sprint iPhone for Life) plans offer a monthly payment for the phone on top of the monthly payment for service. Sprint does offer different iPhone plan prices to users depending on the option they choose.
If you want to upgrade early on the Sprint Easy Pay Plan you need to add a $10 monthly Early Upgrade Fee within 30 days and pay that for 12 months. The Sprint iPhone for Life program offers no early upgrade option, but you can choose a 12 month lease to get the same fast upgrade cycle.
Sprint Lease vs Sprint 2-Year Contract vs Sprint Easy Pay Pricing
This compares the Sprint Lease vs Sprint 2-Year Contract vs Sprint Easy Pay pricing for the Sprint iPhone plan that offers unlimited talk, text and data. The values change with the Sprint Family Share, which depends greatly on the amount of lines you need. Even if you want to use a family plan, you can use this as a starting point to see where the value is. This is with a 16GB iPhone 6.
|Sprint Plan||Due at Purchase||Activation Fee||Phone Montly Payments||Monthly Service||Total Cost 1st Year||Total Cost Two Years/ End of Payments|
|Sprint Easy Pay (24 Month)||$0||$36||$27.09||$50||$961||$1,886|
|Sprint Easy Pay (24 Month) Early Upgrade||$0||$36||$27.09||$60||$1,081||$2,126|
|Sprint Lease (12 Month)||$0||$36||$30.00||$50||$996||$1,956|
|Sprint Lease (24 Month)||$0||$36||$20||$50||$876||$1,716|
|Sprint Lease (30 Month)||$0||$36||$18.00||$50||$852||$1,668|
For Sprint subscribers who plan to keep the iPhone 6 for two years the Sprint Lease or Sprint iPhone for Life plan is the best value. This is $560 cheaper than buying the iPhone 6 on contract.
If you want to upgrade to a new iPhone every year the best option is the Sprint Lease or Sprint iPhone for Life plan with a 12 month option. This is $85 cheaper than the Sprint Easy Pay plan with the $10 early upgrade fee and upgrading in one year. That is before tax, which Sprint charges on the full iPhone 6 price with the Easy Pay plan. In San Francisco, for example, the tax comes out to $57. The iPhone for Life plan divides this out over the life of the lease for $2.37 to $4.75 each month.
The Sprint Monthly Lease for 30 months looks cheap in a two-year comparison, but that’s with six months of payments left that pushes the total price to $1,968 with no early upgrade option.
There is no need to choose the amount of data that you need, unless you plan to buy a Sprint Family Share plan that can complicate the pricing. The biggest reason to consider is how much you want to pay when you buy the iPhone 6 and how much you want to pay each month.