Sprint plans to offer its customers Spotify trials and will give them the the ability to pay for the streaming music service via their phone bill, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said at an event in New York on Tuesday. The program, called Sprint Sound Sessions, means customers will be eligible for discounts on Spotify’s premium subscription — which is normally $9.99 per month — and will be able to share the service through Sprint’s “Framily” plan.
According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, all Sprint “Framily” customers will start with a free six-month trial. After that, the price is $7.99 a month, unless there are over five people on your plan, in which case the price is $4.99 a month. Sprint customers not on the Framily plan will get a three-month trial of Spotify’s premium service but will have to pay the full $9.99 a Spotify premium subscription normally costs per month.
Previously reported by Re/code, the partnership resembles the partnership between Beats Audio and AT&T, which allows customers to share a $15 Beats subscription with five other people.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse also announced the HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon edition, which includes native FLAC support and a on-board DAC. Premium Harman Kardon earbuds will also be included with the phone, which Sprint describes as a “$150 value.” The HTC handset will be exclusively available on Sprint.
Both the Sprint Sound Sessions offer and the HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon edition will be available starting May 9.