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The monthly leasing program that Sprint debuted with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus helped give Sprint its most successful iPhone launch in history, according Sprint’s new CEO Marcelo Claure. So Sprint is trying to extend that momentum to the Android line, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S5 Sport.
[company]Sprint[/company] has started offering the two new Galaxies on a 24-month lease with payments of $20 a month, meaning you’ll pay $480 total for either device when your agreement expires. At that point you can either trade it in for a new device, under similar lease terms, continue renting the S5 or S5 Sport on a month-to-month basis, or just end service with Sprint.
While the iPhone-for-Life program Sprint launched last month would imply iPhone renters can only upgrade to new iPhones, there doesn’t seem to be any such OS restrictions under either Android or iPhone rental plan. Unlike the upgrade plans offered by all of the carriers, when your lease is over you’re free to start anew. However, Sprint isn’t offering the quite the deal on service plans to Android rentors as it is iPhone lessees.
The $50 unlimited talk, text and data plan it sold to new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users isn’t available for Android users. That plan will cost them $60 a month instead. Customers who rent the new Samsungs will also be eligible for $15 a month loyalty credit until January 15.