Should you care about the iPhone Forever plan on Sprint?

Are you one of those people who needs to have the latest iPhone as soon it comes out? Do you hate dishing out hundreds upon hundreds of dollars for the newest model every time? All the big U.S. carriers offer the iPhone but if Sprint is your preferred option, the iPhone Forever plan might be for you.

What is the iPhone Forever plan exactly?

The iPhone Forever plans is a program that allows you to lease an iPhone for 18 months but, after 12 months if there is an new iphone on the market you can upgrade instantly with no charge.

Wait a minute, lease?

Yes that's correct, just like leasing a car, you wouldn't technically own the iPhone. For some that may be a deal breaker, but if you really want the newest iPhone as soon as is comes out it's a very viable option.

How much does it cost?

Well the good news is it work with any phone plan that Sprint already offers. The bad news? It is an extra cost on top of your phone bill every month for the cost of the lease. So let's break that down.

For example let's say you have the 6G talk, text, and data plan that clocks in at $45 monthly. If you were to go on to the iPhone Forever plan and get yourself a nice new shiny 16GB iPhone 6s on lease, the monthly cost for the phone would be $26.39. So that means all together you would be paying $71.39 a month on the iPhone Forever plan.

Who should get this plan?

Like all phone plans, what works for you may be different than what works for someone else. However, the iPhone Forever plan isn't as crazy as it sounds. Instead of having to pay hundreds of dollars and sign a two-year contract to get a new iPhone 6s, you instead could pay a little extra each month. Not only do you get the iPhone 6s cheaper off the bat, you get to upgrade after 12 months of leasing.

This plans is really geared towards those people who always get the newest version of the iPhone as soon as they can. If that's you you can always check out the details:

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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  • The customers that are on older plans like the everything data share plans like the Everything Data Share 1500 plan or an Unlimited My Way plan they get a $10 credit on the phone lease. Also if you are on a plan like the 6GB plan mentioned above and you are out of contract your line access fee should be $15 at that time if you upgrade doing a 2 year contract your access fee goes up to $45. So it costs more than the lease or easy pay option. And if you do end up doing the iPhone forever plan and lets say that was 8 months ago and a new iPhone has just been released you don't have to wait 4 more months to be able to get it. You can pay the remaining payments left to make a total of 12 month payments so $26.39*4=$105.56 and turn in the old iPhone and Upgrade to the newest one.
  • That $45 6GB plan is actually $65 when you add unlimited talk and text to it. Sent from the iMore App
  • Hard pass Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • iPhone forever or until they go out of business. Sent from the iMore App
  • But once they go out of business then you will just keep whatever iPhone you have at the time since you want need to send it back. LOL Sent from the iMore App
  • A double whammy of stupid. First you picked Sprint. Second, you get this retard plan.
  • Third you make this well thought out and evidence based reply. As the article states, it may work for some people. Sent from the iMore App
  • But you don't understand. Cardfan's self-esteem issues require everyone to make exactly the same decisions he makes so that he will feel validated as a human being.
  • Haha it was definitely a stupid comment. I'm currently on this plan and have been with sprint for about 13 years. I have unlimited everything and this all works out perfectly for me. I get that sprint is not everyone's cup of tea but it works for some people, me being one of them. I don't get the vocal hate on any carrier, if you don't like it then don't use it, let alone click on an article about it and comment on it. Verizon doesn't work for me for many reasons but I'm not clicking on Verizon based articles and bashing them in the comments, what's the point. Sent from the iMore App