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Old 04-05-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Ran across this just last night. If it's true (and I'm not prone to believing the New York Times), then this is really great news. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/te...=general&_r=1&
I heard about this...apparently it is for real, but people I've spoken to around here almost universally slam T-Mobile's service/speed. Maybe it'll get better if/when they merge with Metro PCS, but I'm not holding my breath.

According to Verizon's website, they now have month-to-month service if you pay full whack for the handset, i.e. $649 for an iPhone instead of $199.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I've heard that Sprint sometimes locks you into another 2 years if you use equipment protection, or at least they try to. I sure wouldn't sign a thing with them, don't want to get trapped into another 2 years. I wouldn't put it past them to try to trick me into it.

Aren't these phones usually locked to Sprint's network? Would it have any value anyway?
I have used Sprint Protection twice in the last three months, and have the same contract dates as before. My goal is to stop smashing S3 glass.

I have sold a few Sprint phones on Craigslist. The last one was an original EVO. It sold for $130 about 10 months ago. Today I suspect it would be worth about $80.
Yes, it is locked into Sprint, but some people prefer Sprint so at least here there is a market.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Toledo
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What kind of phone do you have OP? My contract ends in a month, but when I asked them in March what the early termination fee would be they said it would be $50.

I have an EVO btw.

If I were you I would pay the early termination fee. I plan on jumping ship in May myself.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I've heard that Sprint sometimes locks you into another 2 years if you use equipment protection,or at least they try to.

I sure wouldn't sign a thing with them, don't want to get trapped into another 2 years. I wouldn't put it past them to try to trick me into it.

Aren't these phones usually locked to Sprint's network? Would it have any value anyway?
They could try, but don't be fooled. If you agree to a new 2 year contract, you don't need to use the equipment protection. The cost of the phone is covered by the new contract. If you pay$100, they can't lock you into a new contract. I have used the equipment protection in the past with no effort made to lock me in.

Yes, the phones will be locked, but people who want Sprint phones will pay for one. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile also have their phones locked, although I heard that the new iPhone on T-Mobile may be an unlocked one. I'm not sure though.

Oh yeah I forgot. Pay the $100 and go to the carrier you want.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:45 PM
 
Location: FL
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I realize that I signed a contract; I get that. However, I did not know at the time just how crappy Sprint's coverage/service was. I had an entire week last month where I couldn't even dial out on my phone due to network problems. Other subscribers in my area have experienced similar difficulties.

I have already verified that the deductible is $100, and the early termination fee is also $100. However, sometimes people in the stores will waive the equiment protection deductible in order to 'make nice'.

Here's how I see it; the worst they could do is say no. I'm prepared to walk and pay the early termination fee if they do. I hate Sprint that much.

Looks like you answered your question. That is what I would do. If you want to get a warranty go to squaretrade.

Extended Warranty Insurance - Extended Warranties - Protection Plans
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:53 PM
 
Location: FL
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Well there is no way for me to know for sure how good/bad the service is until I actually get to use it.

I thought I was happy with what was being offered with Sprint. I'm not an idiot.
I have had AT&T for years and have been happy with them. My daughter had been with Verizon on contract for a good 6 or 7 years and she is happy with them except for they are expensive. My other daughter had Sprint and hated them. I think she is on AT&T now.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I agree with: Get the Asurion replacement today, and sell the phone in "almost like new" condition in 2 months.

You don't need to extend your contract to use Asurion--they're a separate insurance company.

Activate the replacement online so you don't need to worry about a rep "accidentally" extending your contract. (I assume Sprint has this functionality on their website--pretty much everyone does.)
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:25 PM
 
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Pay to get out of the contract. You are unhappy and just cut the ties now. I did this with AT&T. We switched from Verizon to AT&T because we wanted iPhones (AT&T were the only ones that had them at the time) plus my husband got a huge discount through his work so we would be reducing our bill and getting the phones we wanted. Well it was a nightmare. We even asked around (we were fairly new to the area) on what people had and if they liked AT&T. Everyone lied and said yes it was great. Then after we were locked in, people were honest that the service sucked in the area. I guess misery loves company. After 9 months of constantly having major issues I decided to just bite the bullet and pay off the contract. We went back to verizon and a year later they had the iphones. I think verizon is expensive but I cant remember the last time I dropped a call.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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FWIW there's another company called Credo (Cell Phones & Plans, Mobile Phones, Social Change : CREDO Mobile) who will buy out your contract for you by way of credit. I live in Phoenix and know multiple people with them and they love them. I'm not sure what network they use, so if it's Sprint, the idea could be mute.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:00 PM
 
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I'll try to make this as concise as possible.

I'm a Sprint subscriber with an Android phone. HATE Sprint. HATE my phone. My contract expires in 2 months.

Earlier this week, some scrote pushed a heavy glass door into me. I had my phone in my coat pocket at the time. The door handle banged my pocket hard. When I took my phone out of my pocket, the screen was cracked. Deeply. So deeply that little shards of plastic/glass are constantly falling out and some features of the phone no longer work because it thinks the screen is being touched/pressed, I suppose due to increased pressure on the surface of the screen from the crack.

I do have equipment protection coverage with Sprint, but the deductible is $100. Coincidentally, that is the exact same amount that I would pay to terminate my contract early.

Since my phone is impaired and I fear it will not last 2 more months, I'm anxious to get a new one.

I pay over $100 with Sprint every month for their "unlimited" plan. It's a total joke. Their 4G coverage is nonexistant. It makes no sense to have "unlimited" data when your ability to do anything on the phone is so severely throttled by the network speed that you just give up and put it back in your pocket. I have used less than 300 MB this month on 3G and 4G combined.

Before all of this happened, I had been planning to ditch Sprint and go with Verizon or T-Mobile and the iPhone. (I don't wish to engage in a debate about the relative merits of the iPhone.) I know Sprint has iPhones, but their network sucks and so does their customer service. I don't want to get service with AT&T because...well...I hate them. The iPhone drops at T-Mobile stores next week, apparently, and I've already priced a plan with Verizon where I'd pay the same amount of money per month with almost ten times the data capacity that I use on average (their 2GB plan).

In a nutshell....

I don't want to pay the early termination fee at Sprint. I also do not want to pay a $100 deductible to fix a phone that is almost 2 years old when I've been paying for the insurance at $8 a month for almost 2 years. That's ridiculous.

What would you do if you were me?
  • Cancel Sprint and go with a different provider and eat the $100?
  • Ask Sprint to waive the deductible, get my phone fixed, and wait for my contract to expire?
My son just got an android phone and went w/ the smart phone from Walmart. Unlimited internet, text and minutes for 50 mth. My daughter also hates Sprint, for the same reasons you've stated. I would just keep your sprint phone, and pay the monthly and not renew. Six one way, half dozen another....pay early termination. But, you may want to check...w/in 2 moths you can usually get a new phone plan with another carrier, I've done that myself.
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