BGR has learned that beginning on April 1st, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint will increase the requirements customers must meet to qualify for early hardware upgrades via the Premier program. This news comes just days after the company announced a new $10 “premium data fee” for all smartphone customers — set to take effect on January 30th. Hit the break for all the details.

Sprint, which used to be a little nicer than big kids Verizon and AT&T, is following in the bullies’ footsteps by making it harder for existing customers to upgrade their phones.

On top of that, they’re adding a $10 “premium data fee” to smartphone users.

Boy Genius Report says it best: “Give less, expect more. That seems to be the new mantra for U.S. wireless providers.”