Sprint Framily Plan Encourages You to Befriend Strangers to Save Money
Sprint’s newly announced Framily Plan at the Consumer Electronics Show is an interesting concept that mixes the best ideas from personal plans and family plans. Unlike traditional family plans, each member of the Framily plan–up to ten customers are allowed total on a single plan–would be responsible for their own bill, which is sort of similar to how an individual plan would work. However, as you have more people on your Framily Plan, you would save more money, a concept that builds off the idea of a traditional family plan.
With plans starting at $55 per month for each line for unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of data, each Framily Plan member would save $5 for each member they bring into the fold. Sprint says that discounts cap out at $30 per line.
For example, a Framily Plan of 7 people would mean that each Framily Plan member would pay just $25 per month for their line, with each line offering 1 GB of data and talk and text included.
There are additional options depending on your personal usage that you can change or add. For example, if you add unlimited data, you can upgrade your phone to a new one every year for just $20 more per line.
The Framily Plan will become available to Sprint new and existing customers starting on January 10.
As the savings increases with each additional Framily Plan member, Sprint’s ultimate goal is that you will be an ambassador for its network and try to convince as many family and friends to join you in signing up for a Framily Plan.
“Your yoga teacher. Your favorite barista. Your fantasy football team. Parents on your son’s soccer team. Your BFF since high school. Your cube mate. Your parents,” Sprint listed as examples of a Framily. “A group of family, friends and others you can now call “framily.””
And if you cannot get enough people, perhaps you can talk to strangers and get a pool going. This latter idea isn’t actually a bad idea considering that even with strangers added to a Framily Plan, each member would be responsible for their own billing so you can theoretically maintain separate accounts while pooling together to get the savings.
01/07/2014 at 11:30 pm
Sprint is totally ripping off Solavei’s (T-Mobile MVNO) referral program. Like Sprint, Solavei also pays their members $5 (but in cash) a month for referring people. The main difference though is that Solavei has been doing it for over a year now and members can even earn enough to have free mobile service and profit from anyone they refer beyond that.
It’s cool to see the large corps moving in a friendlier direction for consumers now, but this “new” plan is pretty unoriginal lol.
07/15/2015 at 8:47 am
Its kind of disturbing to be lumped into a group of total strangers whose activity can affect your phone bill up or down and you have zero control over it unless you want to pay higher rates. Sprint does not do a good job of explaining this to new single users that join the network. I was very upset when suddenly my number was lumped together with other users i know nothing about. I am part of a framily kinda against my will, when i visited the store to inquire about it they were very rude and confrontational, almost to the point of escalating into a fist fight.