If you’re looking to buy a Sprint cell phone, you’re in luck, because Sprint has a wide range of phones available, all of which can be financed via the Sprint Flex 18-month lease plan or outright. Leasing your phone through Sprint allows you to trade it in for a new one every 18 months or buy it via one lump sum or 6 monthly payments. It’s important to be aware that your final financing agreement is contingent upon a credit check at checkout.
Sprint offers the following payment options for cell phones:
- Sprint Flex 18-month lease plan
- RRP (pay the full price up front)
Sprint’s Flex leasing plan allows you to upgrade your phone after 18 months
iPhones from Sprint
Sprint has a broad range of Apple iPhones available, including the iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR, and iPhone X. If you want an iPhone but don’t require the very latest device—or are on a budget—Sprint offers good deals on older models, such as the iPhone 6, along with a few pre-owned options. New phones start as low as $18.75/month with $0 upfront for the iPhone 6 and go all the up to $45.84/month with $0 upfront for the iPhone Xs Max.
Top 10 iPhones available right now (full list of Sprint iPhones here)
Android Phones Available from Sprint
Sprint offers several different Android phones from brands, such as LG, Samsung, Moto, CAT, and more. This includes most of the top flagships like the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and the V40 ThinQ. Unfortunately, the Google Pixel is not available directly through Sprint—you have to buy it unlocked from Google and then take it with you to Sprint for service.
Android financing plans start as low as $4.13/month with $0 upfront. If you commit to a Sprint cell phone plan, you could even get an Android phone for free, depending on the current deals and availability.
Top 10 Android Phones available right now (full list of Sprint Androids here)
Prepaid Phones from Sprint
Just as prepaid service plans require you to pay for your service prior to receiving it, prepaid phone plans entail buying your phone outright at the RRP (recommended retail price), which can get very pricey if you’re looking to buy the latest models.
How to Buy a New Phone on Sprint
All of Sprint’s phones can be financed through their Sprint Flex 18-month leasing option. Further, there are some great phone deals that accompany certain phone leasing plans. For example, if you choose to lease the iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs, or iPhone XR, you get a free iPhone XR. No matter what phone you get through the Sprint Flex plan, there will be a $30 activation fee added to your first month’s bill.
Note that with the Flex lease, if you decide to leave Sprint for another carrier, you’ll be required to pay the remaining balance on your device. It may not be in your best interest to choose this phone installment plan if you aren’t sure how long you’re going to stay with Sprint. After 18 monthly installments, you can own the phone by paying one lump sum or 6 monthly payments.
Your other option is to pay for the phone outright, which may wind up being quite costly depending on the phone that you choose (the iPhone Xs Max costs $1,099.99). One way to negate this cost is to get a pre-owned phone. Sprint’s pre-owned devices undergo testing and inspection to ensure they’re in good working condition. They come with a 90-Day Limited Replacement Warranty, which guarantees a replacement for phones that experience electrical or mechanical failure.
If you decide to leave Sprint for another carrier, then you are required to pay the remaining balance on your phone
iPhone Forever Through Sprint
All Sprint phones are eligible for the Sprint Flex 18-month leasing plan, but only certain iPhones have the option of enrolling in the special upgrade program called iPhone Forever. This program allows you to return and upgrade to the latest iPhone after making 12 monthly lease payments. What’s cool about iPhone Forever is that if a new iPhone is released prior to one year, you can make more than one payment a month or make a larger payment in order to upgrade sooner.
Phones eligible for iPhone Forever include:
- iPhone Xs Max
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone XR
The iPhone Forever upgrade program is a great option for anyone who prefers to have the newest iPhone
Sprint’s Galaxy Forever
Similar to the iPhone Forever program, Galaxy Forever is an upgrade program available for specific Samsung phones. You can return and upgrade to the latest Samsung after making the equivalent of 12 monthly payments.
Phones eligible for Galaxy Forever include:
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Samsung Galaxy Note9
Trade-In & Upgrade
Important reminder: if you want to own your phone through the Sprint Flex plan, you’ll have to make 24 monthly payments or pay one lump sum once the 18-month period is up
Want to upgrade to a new Sprint device? It’s easy to check your eligibility via you’re my Sprint account. Once logged in, locate the phone you’re leasing, click on the 3 dots in the upper right-hand corner to view the options, then select “View agreement.” You will find the number of remaining payments under “Flex Lease Options.” If you’re using the Sprint Mobile app, choose the device you’re leasing from your “Account” page. Under “Remaining” it will say the number of months left until you can upgrade.
Another way to determine your upgrade eligibility is to enter your phone number and zip code on Sprint’s website.
If you want to upgrade before the 18-month period is over, you can, as long as your account is in good standing. Yearly upgrades are included with the Sprint Flex Deals, Galaxy Forever, and iPhone Forever programs at no additional cost.
If you want to trade in your phone, simply fill out the form on Sprint’s website with your carrier, phone brand, model, and IMEI/MEID. You can find your IMEI by entering *#06# on your phone’s call screen. It is also located in your settings.