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I've been on Sprint SERO for the last 10 years and am currently paying $50/month for unlimited data service. To make the most of my service/plan, I'd been regularly signing up for new contracts every 2 years to purchase new subsidized iPhones which I would then flip on ebay to capture the ~$400 phone subsidy built into the cost of service. This brought my effective cost of service to about $35/month for unlimited service.

I just completed my last 2-year agreement yesterday and was disappointed to learn that Sprint is no longer offering two year agreements and, more problematically, no phone subsidies for handset upgrades. Of course, I'm still paying the same $50/month for service, but now without a phone subsidy.

I've looked around a little bit at what other carriers are offering, and it appears that $50/month for unlimited, even without a phone subsidy, is still pretty competitive. Can anyone point me to any plans that might provide comparable or more bang for the buck? Or am I stuck if I want to keep my monthly cost of service the same?
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No more two year contract option from the online store? In-store hasn't worked for years now.
If so I'm moving on from Sprint after 14 years when my contract is up.
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You still got SERO? WOW!
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I am in the exact same boat...I have 2 sero lines, unlimited everything for $50.00 a month each. I have been looking for months...the best deal still seems to be with sprint (for 2 phone lines.) But not getting a discount on phones for a 2 year contract is keeping me from upgrading...I just can't justify spending $500.00 + on a phone.
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No more two year contract option from the online store? In-store hasn't worked for years now.
If so I'm moving on from Sprint after 14 years when my contract is up.
Nope, no more two year contracts online. A Google search suggests they stopped offering them at the beginning of this year.=(

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You still got SERO? WOW!
Yes, net $35ish per month (after cashing out phone subsidy) for unlimited data was too good a deal to abandon. At that price, I was willing to tolerate Sprint's sometimes spotty coverage.

A single unlimited line at $50, even without a phone subsidy, still seems pretty good. But I'm definitely not going to be as forgiving with subpar service, especially if I can get much better or more flexible service (e.g., tethering) for not too much more. Which is why I'm now looking for alternatives.

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I am in the exact same boat...I have 2 sero lines, unlimited everything for $50.00 a month each. I have been looking for months...the best deal still seems to be with sprint (for 2 phone lines.) But not getting a discount on phones for a 2 year contract is keeping me from upgrading...I just can't justify spending $500.00 + on a phone.
For two lines, the Sprint Family plan seems to be a solid upgrade from SERO at the same price point since it also comes with 10GB of tethering versus nothing with SERO. Since our subsidies are gone forever, I would consider doing that if I needed two lines. But I only need a single line for another year.
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T-mobile Unlimited +55 plan if can find someone age 55 + to share the plan with you.
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The only thing I know is just to buy a phone on ebay and activate it on your plan. Still have my plan too.
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The only way is through Apple I think. Not sure if they close that loophole. Why not go to somewhere else then come back as a free customer. Save way more than the few hundred in subsidy.
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The only way is through Apple I think. Not sure if they close that loophole. Why not go to somewhere else then come back as a free customer. Save way more than the few hundred in subsidy.
Yes, my wife and I are still both on SERO. She cracked her iphone 6 screen the other week and Apple store wanted $129 for screen replacement as it was outside of Applecare by a year. I decided to put that towards a new phone instead. No phone subsidy which sucks but the Apple store had no problem putting an iphone 8 on her line. It did take a call from the apple store rep to sprint but she is still on SERO with an iphone 8.

Was really hoping to get the $350 trade-in subsidy on iphone x for my iphone 6 but don't think I can without changing off a SERO plan. Not sure that is worth it or not. Interesting that they included iphone 6 for subsidy/upgrade to iphone x but it was not included in the iphone 8 subsidy/upgrade a few weeks ago.

Live on Long Island and Sprint service is surprisingly good in most areas including the town I live in so not as concerned there.
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The only way is through Apple I think. Not sure if they close that loophole. Why not go to somewhere else then come back as a free customer. Save way more than the few hundred in subsidy.
Also, what do you mean about coming back as "free customer and save way more than a few hundred in subsidy"? Would be interested in more details there.
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Also, what do you mean about coming back as "free customer and save way more than a few hundred in subsidy"? Would be interested in more details there.
This huge thread with over 700 pages?

https://slickdeals.net/f/10235008-sprint-byod-1-year-unlimited-talk-text-data-free-w-eligible-device-sim-req?src=SiteSearch
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Wow that is a good deal? Can I get that if I am already a Sprint SERO customer and just cancel my current agreement?

I bought my the unlocked carrier iphone 8. Will that work with this deal?

Will wade through that thread but I appreciate your quick response and figured I'd ask you first in case you know / already did this or something similar.
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Wow that is a good deal? Can I get that if I am already a Sprint SERO customer and just cancel my current agreement?

I bought my the unlocked carrier iphone 8. Will that work with this deal?

Will wade through that thread but I appreciate your quick response and figured I'd ask you first in case you know / already did this or something similar.
honestly, everyone is going to be different. If you are out of contract then I don't see why not. If you have an unlocked iphone 8 then it'll easier for you. However, you'll need to dump your old number which not everyone is willing to do or have a hurdle to go through in keeping it.

I used Google voice to port out my number to for a few months before porting it back in again. I don't recall how long before you can port the same number back into the carrier.

i imagine the process for you would be something like this if you want to keep your number:

1. sign up for a prepaid account somewhere (recommendations from that thread) using your iphone 8

2. port out your existing sprint to google voice (cost is $20?)

3. enter your information on the link listed in that thread on eligibility including the number from the prepaid service you just signed up

4. sign up for the free service

5. wait for a few month to port in your google voice number
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I've been on Sprint SERO for the last 10 years and am currently paying $50/month for unlimited data service. To make the most of my service/plan, I'd been regularly signing up for new contracts every 2 years to purchase new subsidized iPhones which I would then flip on ebay to capture the ~$400 phone subsidy built into the cost of service. This brought my effective cost of service to about $35/month for unlimited service.

I just completed my last 2-year agreement yesterday and was disappointed to learn that Sprint is no longer offering two year agreements and, more problematically, no phone subsidies for handset upgrades. Of course, I'm still paying the same $50/month for service, but now without a phone subsidy.

I've looked around a little bit at what other carriers are offering, and it appears that $50/month for unlimited, even without a phone subsidy, is still pretty competitive. Can anyone point me to any plans that might provide comparable or more bang for the buck? Or am I stuck if I want to keep my monthly cost of service the same?

Did you try to call SERO from your phone? Not too many CSR know how to handle SERO, even the ones working on SERO cases still give false informations so you need to get to the right person.
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honestly, everyone is going to be different. If you are out of contract then I don't see why not. If you have an unlocked iphone 8 then it'll easier for you. However, you'll need to dump your old number which not everyone is willing to do or have a hurdle to go through in keeping it.

I used Google voice to port out my number to for a few months before porting it back in again. I don't recall how long before you can port the same number back into the carrier.

i imagine the process for you would be something like this if you want to keep your number:

1. sign up for a prepaid account somewhere (recommendations from that thread) using your iphone 8

2. port out your existing sprint to google voice (cost is $20?)

3. enter your information on the link listed in that thread on eligibility including the number from the prepaid service you just signed up

4. sign up for the free service

5. wait for a few month to port in your google voice number
great info and need to look into this... thank you and repped!

The other factor here is that my company pays for my cell phone so would be a wash in the long run if I can get both lines over and ultimately it is $60 for first line (paid for by company) and $40 for second line which is what I already pay on each SERO line. decisions decisions.
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