By Stephen Schenck | September 15, 2011 5:23 PM
For Sprint subscribers who qualified for membership in the carrier’s Sprint Premier program, we’ve got some bad news for you: the days of all your perks are numbered, with Sprint announcing the discontinuation of the program.
Some members of the Premier program might have been interested in the ability to upgrade their phones more frequently, but we always paid the most attention to the early access members had to some cutting-edge phones. Sprint would occasionally give Premier members the chance to buy a new piece of hardware several days before the rest of its customers. Sure, it was never the week-or-two head start that would give you a chance to rub your new phone in the faces of your friends, but it was a nice perk nonetheless. Now, all Sprint subscribers will be on a level playing field when it comes to new releases.
Sprint will be phasing out the benefits available to Premier members based on their type of membership and when they joined; current benefits will last at least through the end of the year. After that, you could have up to another year to take advantage of an upgrade opportunity, depending on your circumstance; check with Sprint for details.
We’re sad to see some of those perks go, but if it lets Sprint keep costs down and offer unlimited data, so be it.