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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by icebergslim3000, May 15, 2010.

  1. icebergslim3000

    Thread Starter

    I just got declined for service from Sprint. I have no idea why. They said they would send a letter in 7-10 days. I don't know if I answered one of the stupid identity questions wrong or if my credit is just that poor. I still have to have this phone though. It's truly what Ive been waiting for, but I don't want to look like an idiot carrying around a 450$ phone I can't use.

    I live in Chicago and pretty much always near a hotspot including my home internet connection. Would that alleviate some of the downfall of not having access to a 3g/4g network. Is there any chance at all I'll be able to get this phone to work on another carrier.

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  2. Howie

    Howie Android Expert

    I don't know too many carriers that activate another carriers device.
  3. theTrashcanMan

    theTrashcanMan Well-Known Member

    wow...your credit must be terrible. Mine wasn't that good when I got their service a few years ago, but I only had to pay a $125 deposit. Was this at a sprint store or a licensed dealer? I've always had more confidence in the corporate guys for creative solutions. If not, then unless you are independently wealthy and have that kind of cash to throw around, I would pass on buying the phone just to buy it.
  4. ashtx07

    ashtx07 Member

    Yea I don't think that you will be able to use the phone on another carrier. I know for GSM networks its a little easer, but for CDMA its usually hard or impossible to activate a phone on another carrier.
  5. BlackDynamite

    BlackDynamite Android Expert

    They pretty much all do, except Sprint and Verizon.

    It will probably be a while though before someone gets it configured and working on Cricket, Metro, or any of the regional/MVNO/pre paid CDMA carriers.
  6. rilharri

    rilharri Newbie

    I would call Sprint again and see if you can pay a depost.
  7. icebergslim3000

    Thread Starter

    They won't let me. If someone knows an email I can send a pleading letter to that would be great. I was thinking of using a VOIP program as a work around but there would be to many instances of no wifi hotspot for it to be really usable. Even in Chicago I can't guarantee I will always be connected.

    I can't understand why anyone would by the phone off contract. It's seems like such a hassle.
  8. akayareal

    akayareal Member

    Im sure the Cricket and Metro people will want this phone on their network and will find a way to flash it to their network but here is the big problem, you will never get 4g working because no other cell phone carrier other than Sprint offers Wimax. There may also be problems with things like MMS also depending on what they can get working and what they cant.
  9. akayareal

    akayareal Member

    Without a carrier to tie this to (mainly Sprint to get the real experience), this basically becomes a big mp3 player.

    If your looking for something with a big screen that runs Android than you might as well go with an Archos 5 or something of that nature.
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  10. VGPOP

    VGPOP Android Enthusiast

    My credit is not too good either, and I think I am expecting to pay a deposit.

    Don't they check carrier history? I've been with T-Mobile for 5 years, and I was late ONCE and that was in my 4th year and they let me pay it a week later because of my outstanding excellent payment history with them.

    But to get completely shut down?


    I hope that doesn't happen to me.
  11. Meanee

    Meanee Lurker

    When I got my phone, my credit was horrible. Got approved for 2 lines but with 200 spending limit. That's about it. I am not sure how screwed up your credit must be if Sprint turned you down all together.
  12. icebergslim3000

    Thread Starter

    You know Ive been giving this a lot thought and maybe you can help. Can any one spell out exactly what I would be missing out on by not having access to the Sprint Wimax network. Keep in mind...

    1 I already have high speed wireless in my home.

    2 Free highspeed wifi is available at my job.

    3 My girlfriends home also has high speed wifi.

    4 Living in the city of Chicago should give me enough opportunities to find free wifi hotspots. There seem to be some apps that help with this.

    5. If I can combine free hotspots with a good VOIP application, something like from Vonage maybe that could be the hole phone call problem fixed.

    Don't get me wrong I wish I didn't have to go through these headaches. I'd love to be able to get access to some sweet 4g goodness, buy I think this is the first time the technology will actually let me circumvent this big bureaucratic machine.
  13. Orion

    Orion Android Expert

    That's weird. I have horrible credit but I was still approved and can have up to 3 lines. I don't even have to make a deposit either. I hope you get this resolved.
  14. Mr. Bungle

    Mr. Bungle Newbie

    My credit was horrible (yes, I freely admit that) when I signed up for Sprint and they didn't charge me a deposit. I guess it's in their interest to set the bar low if they're this desperate for new post-paid customers.

    But sure, if you have constant wireless access and have a Google Voice account I suppose you could get by without Sprint's nonsense. Seems stupid to pay $450 for a carrier locked phone, though.
  15. Caloy

    Caloy Android Expert

    Maybe a co-signer can apply like what they've done with automobiles. There might also be a chance you can make it work with Verizon. But if you're going to Verizon I would rather get the Incredible since you already know that it will work with Verizon.
  16. jeffdlb

    jeffdlb Android Enthusiast

    I don't want to worry you, but you might want to make sure that your identity has not been stolen. If someone else is racking up bad credit using your social security number or other data then you have a much bigger problem. Various web sites have information about what to do if you suspect you may be the victim of identity theft. Here's one example:
    Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You | Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

    Unless you know your own credit is really so bad they would refuse you a cell phone, don't ignore this because it will only get worse if your identity has been compromised.
  17. dsarch21

    dsarch21 Well-Known Member

    good point about identity theft, i would definitely sign up for a free trial of truecredit.com or something. i believe they have a 30 day trial period, then you can cancel after a week, just enough time to get your credit scores and history.

    hey, for $100/mo ill put you on my family plan!!
  18. jeffdlb

    jeffdlb Android Enthusiast

    P.S. No, you shouldn't get the phone without Sprint service.
  19. robg2008

    robg2008 Member

    buy the phone without sprint service and you will end up with.....
    0g service..

    there is always verizon but they are more expensive and usually charge higher deposits.
    give sprint a call i have slightly below average credit and my initial deposit was only 125 and now that i have been with them for 3 years i can add a line without any deposit
  20. 80s_kid

    80s_kid Well-Known Member

    i used to work for sprint like 5 years ago, and the 3 years i was there we never turned anybody down, ever. the most ive ever seen someone pay was a $500 depoist for one line and basically keep it in good standing for a year. i would try again if i was you. call them directly. they can always do something.
  21. ImmaSlave4U

    ImmaSlave4U Android Enthusiast

    Send dan@sprint.com a detailed E-Mail about the situation and include a phone number that you can be reached at. A Sprint rep for the 'office of CEO Dan Hesse' will contact you and hopefully you can work something out. They work Mon-Fri...Good luck!
  22. MsRandall

    MsRandall Android Enthusiast

    The decline is because you answerred the security question wrong. My son wanted Sprint service and when they ran his credit he didnt answer the security questions right because they were referring to my husbands credit report (my son is a jr). 90 days later my son tried again and his father told him the answers and he was approved for 5 lines. I still believe the credit is my husbands because one of the questions referred to my husbands truck. Oh well my son left Sprint for an iphone when it was originially released anyway.
  23. chum1600

    chum1600 Well-Known Member

    My parents have terrible credit, I mean horrid and they were able to get service. I don't understand if they got service how anyone could get turned down. I would definitely email dan's office and see what they will do for you. I have done that when I have had a few problems and they took care of it with in a day at the most.
  24. koolhand79

    koolhand79 Well-Known Member

    Call sprint directly and see what happens. They dont turn people down. They may charge a ridiculous deposit but they dont turn people away
  25. Bigprimo

    Bigprimo Well-Known Member

    The only reason sprint would turn you down is if you had service with them and didnt pay and still owe them money.

    Or you credit has something like a 300 rating if it even goes that low but even then they would just ask for a deposit so Im going to go with option number 1.

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