As is often the case with Sprint, it’s scrambling to catch up with its rival carriers. CNET reports that Sprint looks poised to launch its own smartphone early upgrade program called Sprint One Up, weeks after T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon all unveiled their own early upgrade programs. CNET says that Sprint’s One Up program will let “customers pick up a phone with no money down and pay for the device in 24 monthly installments” so that “a phone that costs $649.99, for instance, will cost $27 a month.” Customers using One Up will be able to upgrade their devices once a year. T-Mobile got the ball rolling on early smartphone upgrade plans with its own JUMP program this past July and rival carriers Verizon and AT&T were both quick to follow suit.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.