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Sprint, $4.99 Surcharge added in Januaury

Discussion in 'Sprint' started by freebirds87, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. freebirds87

    freebirds87 Lurker
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  2. Keybeeetsss

    Keybeeetsss Android Enthusiast

    Thanks for this Freebirds...
  3. agent0014

    agent0014 Android Enthusiast

    hmm, think we can use this to get my mother in law off her single-line contract and then turn around and add her to our family plan?
  4. April_Fool_79

    April_Fool_79 Well-Known Member

    Don't need to do that. Just call in or go to a store with your MIL and tell the agent you want to transfer her line into your account. She keeps her number, phone, contract end date, and upgrade discount, and doesn't get charged an ETF. If she cancels her line and then joins your account, she'll get assigned a new number.
  5. rldev

    rldev Well-Known Member

    What happens if you just signed up and got a phone and want to cancel?
  6. JDuc

    JDuc Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting this! We actually have a phone that we're needing to cancel since my husband now has a company phone. :)
  7. rldev

    rldev Well-Known Member

  8. momoceio

    momoceio Android Expert

    I'm guessing that you're stuck...unless you're within your 30 day time window. It wasn't a change to your contract, it was part of the contract that you signed...depending on when you signed up.
  9. Stormin

    Stormin Well-Known Member

    Adding $4.99 is now getting closer to the Verizon price for the same service. They might want to think about this. Price is one of the main selling points for going with Sprint.
  10. travisr528

    travisr528 Android Enthusiast

    This is not really going to break the bank. Sprint is still cheaper than Verizon and ATT. Plus with Sears we get a 25% discount, so I am good.
  11. Stormin

    Stormin Well-Known Member

    Only $5.00 difference for me now. Verizon's coverage and phone selection is looking better. That and the 200 min + unlimited data plan going away.
  12. toomuchgame441

    toomuchgame441 Android Expert

    So just so I have this str8, because of the surcharge I can cancel my contract and won't have to worry about an ETF?
  13. You could always call sprint and try to get spending limit removed from the account by doing so there would no $4.99 Fee at all.
  14. Matl24

    Matl24 Lurker

    Now when cancelling through Sprint is there a way to save your number to have it on the next carrier you change to?
  15. eras33

    eras33 Lurker

    I called last night and termed my contract with no ETF but stayed on month to month with the same plan.
  16. Matl24

    Matl24 Lurker

    Well then Ill cancel my contract and stay on month to month. Will make it easier.
  17. neodorian

    neodorian Android Expert

    I had considered doing this to get out and move to Tmo and replacing our two Pres with two N1's but since they aren't allowing family plans with subsidized phones and I'm not paying $160+ for two individual plans (or $1060+ for two phones) I guess I am not switching soon. Until someone can beat Sprint's rates I find it hard to move to another carrier just so I can get a particular must-have phone. Seems the must-have phones change pretty often and rotate through the carriers.
  18. mkdauff

    mkdauff Newbie

    What's the latest on this? Have they already added the surcharge? I have some friends wanting to renew their contracts/start new ones and I told them to do it soon, but I am wondering if it's already too late for them to get out of their contracts soon afterwards.
  19. rldev

    rldev Well-Known Member

    Who exactly does this fee apply to? I have read some conflicting things.
  20. This fee only applys to the ones who have a spending limit on there account.
  21. neodorian

    neodorian Android Expert

    That is weird. That means I can't take advantage of the loophole then. It's being talked about as an easy out if you want it but I don't have any spending limits. I haven't had one since I was just out of college and had no credit history 6 years ago.
  22. rldev

    rldev Well-Known Member

    So like a prepaid account?
  23. mkdauff

    mkdauff Newbie

    This is what I saw for my billing cycle from Nov 19th-Dec 18th...so I assume my surcharge will be coming on my next bill?

    Federal-Univ Serv Assess Non-LD $1.08 Kansas State-Univ Serv Assessment $1.36 Administrative Charge $0.99 Regulatory Charge $0.20 -------------- $3.63
  24. Nope, it is not like a prepaid account.

    if your account has a spending limit you can not go over that or your service will be turn off into your amount on your account is below the set spending limit.
  25. neodorian

    neodorian Android Expert

    Nah. More of Sprint's way to avoid the hefty deposits you used to see (and still see sometimes) if you have poor or no credit. Carriers used to charge big deposits up to hundreds of dollars in order to give you a handset and service. I guess the idea was that if you get this handset worth hundreds of dollars, rack up hundreds in costs, and then bail, they would be out of luck.

    Sprint had a relatively low deposit of around $125 or so but they would set a spending limit so that if you didn't pay your bill until your balance surpassed that limit, your phone would be shut off until you paid up. It was honestly a good solution in my opinion.

    The main reason I got Sprint out of college was that the deposit was a fraction of other carriers when I had no credit established yet. I think once or twice in those broke years I went over my limit and had to pay before I could use my phone again. That way the company didn't get screwed and I was never really in the hole too much.

    I stayed with Sprint because their unlimited data ("Vision") was $10-15 compared to $30-45 on other carriers. I had a data plan all the way back to my old Sanyo flip phone because I liked browsing the web and using online services to transfer pics and ringtones to my phone. Even now their rates are some of the best out there and until recently they were the best as far as smart phones.

    The only downside I see is that as of a few years ago it went from a Palm, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile world to a Palm, Windows Mobile, iPhone, Blackberry, Android world with more than 2 or 3 models of phone out any given year. I think Sprint needs to more aggressively pursue compelling handsets because that is what sells to the average person. People are willing to pay $120/month for an iPhone or a Droid with the same plan that would cost you maybe $90 on Sprint. They don't do it because ATT has good 3G coverage or Verizon has good prices but rather because they are must-have phones. The average person only sees the phone and only considers the carrier when they mess up and get a bad name.

    I think Sprint tried this with the Palm Pre launch. They wanted to launch the first phone that could go head to head with the iPhone in terms of specs and polish. Quite frankly I think the phone is excellent and while the hardware could be a little better it still beats iPhone in multitasking and notifications while beating most Android devices in polish and 3d capability now that they have enabled that. I just think they did a crap job advertising it and couldn't beat the onslaught of "App for that", "Map for that", "DROOOOOOID", etc. ads. All they had was the Palm Pre chick on Quaaludes.

    Anyway I know tl;dr. Let's just hope Sprint can get a whole string of upcoming smartphones to keep up the pressure and match their prices and burgeoning 4g data network.

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