$100 for phone, slate and plan

Sprint launches a combined iPhone-iPad “For Life” deal

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Sprint is getting creative with its “For Life” leasing programs, announcing Tuesday that it is creating a $100-a-month package that includes an iPhone 6, a 4G iPad Mini 3 and their service plans. That means unlimited talk, text and data on the iPhone and 2 GBs of monthly data on the iPad.

[company]Sprint[/company] launched its iPhone for Life program in September as an alternative to the two-year contracts and subsidized handset plan, which is gradually getting phased out in the U.S. mobile industry. Instead of owning their [company]Apple[/company] Phones outright, customers essentially lease them for two years, and the trade up their latest version of the iPhone at their end of their contract. It essentially functions like a smartphone upgrade program for customers who are willing to wait two years for a new smartphone.

The program proved popular, so Sprint extended For Life to Android smartphone and even tablets. This new bundle, however, not only puts your slate and phone lease on the same timeline, it also offers a further discount on Sprint’s regular For Life plans. Bought separately, a rented 16 GB iPhone 6 with unlimited plan would cost $70 a month, while a 16 GB iPad Mini 3 with a 2 GB data plan would run $47 a month. That’s a savings of $17 a month.

3 Responses to “Sprint launches a combined iPhone-iPad “For Life” deal”

  1. Grindenstein

    If you look only at the device cost only (excluding service) you are leasing a $650 iPhone 6 for $20/mo ($480 total) and a $530 iPad Mini 3 for $17/mo ($408 total). You are right that you don’t own anything at the end of two years but that’s what a lease is, If you want to own the devices at the end of 24 months you can pay about $27/mo for the iPhone 6 and $22/mo for the iPad Mini 3 on Sprint Easy Pay and keep, sell or whatever.

  2. loopyduck

    That’s $2,400 (excluding tax) over two years, and you don’t get to keep (for yourself, or to sell) either at the end of two years. And you’re on Sprint.


    • At the end of the 2-year lease, you have the option to pay for the remaining balance on the full price of the device if you want to keep it.

      For example, for the iPhone 6 16GB, it’s $20/mo for 24 months. That’s $480 over 2 years. The full price of the phone is $650, so if you want to keep it after your lease period, you just have to pay $170 more. The great thing is that the discounts ($17 in this iPhone-iPad bundle) count towards your paid balance, so if you want to keep the iPad after 2 years, that’s $408 in savings you can get ($17 x 24).

      The For Life program at Sprint is really great. You have a lot of flexibility. If you don’t want to keep the phone, you just give it back and get the latest one. If you love the phone, then you can just pay for the remaining balance. There are even 12- and 30- month variations instead of the standard 24-month option.

      Plus, unlimited data on the iPhone. Thumbs up, Sprint!