The Sprint upgrade program is an annual one that allows consumers to upgrade their smartphones each year when a new one arrives (say, with the iPhone 6s, users will be able to snatch up the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, for example). Samsung inaugurated its Galaxy Forever upgrade program with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, two devices that were just announced in February at Mobile World Congress 2016. These devices were given an annual upgrade eligibility by Sprint for its customer base, in the same way that Verizon opened up an Annual Upgrade Program for its customers. While Verizon still has the annual upgrade program in place, however, Sprint does not. According to a credible source, the Sprint upgrade program has ditched the Galaxy S7 edge but still retains annual upgrade eligibility for the non-edge model.
The secondary source, having received the claim, called various Sprint stores that all verified the claim. No longer will you be able to pick up the Galaxy S7 edge from Sprint with the hopes of upgrading to the Galaxy S8 edge when it arrives on the market in 2017. We don’t know what this means for Sprint customers who took advantage of the Sprint upgrade program and decided to pick up Samsung’s most gorgeous smartphone. We don’t know if these customers will be able to continue upgrading, or if Sprint will continue to honor the deal it made with these customers.
The Galaxy S7 edge features a 5.5-inch, Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a 1440p screen resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB of storage, 5MP front camera with f/1.7 apertures, 12MP camera with OIS and Dual Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) as well as an f/1.7 aperture, and a 3,600mAh battery. The Galaxy S7 edge’s battery was 600mAh more powerful than the Galaxy S7’s 3,000mAh battery, though tech reviewers have said that the Galaxy S7 gets slightly better screen-on time (SOT) than its edge sibling.
The Galaxy S7 edge is Samsung’s most expensive Galaxy S device, with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Active being nearly as expensive though slightly less. The Sprint upgrade program likely retained the Galaxy S7 because it is the more inexpensive and more popular model of the two at the wireless carrier, though removing the option doesn’t seem to make much sense. The option is still worth having for customers, even if few take advantage of it.