If you check your most recent Sprint bill, you'll likely find the following statement tucked away in small print where Sprint hopes you'll miss it:
Terms & Conditions Changes for Consumers
Effective 9/9/11, the Administrative Charge will increase to $1.50 per line for customers that receive the charge. For details, visit sprint.com/taxesandfees. In addition, the Sprint consumer Terms (Ts&Cs) are changing. Please review them carefully at your local Sprint store or sprint.com/termsandconditions.
What this means for readers of G&E is that, if you act right now, you can get out of your Sprint contract without any early termination fee, and you can keep your HTC EVO at whatever subsidized price you already paid. This must be done before September 30, and you must cite this specific fee increase as the reason you wish to exit your contract.
To complete this process, you will need to call Sprint Retentions at 888-211-4727 (or *2 from your HTC EVO), options 4, 5, 2. This cannot be done over Sprint's online chat.
And while some users have reported that Sprint has allowed them to stay on month-to-month without a contract, others are reporting that they were forced to cancel service completely and port their number out within a specified time frame. Some have also been able to negotiate various deals to keep them on with Sprint but, as always, your miles may vary.
Admittedly, when coupled with Sprint's recent decision to increase their ETF to $350, as well as a lack of clarity regarding the future of Sprint's WiMAX network (which will directly affect users of the HTC EVO 4G, EVO 3D, and EVO View 4G), Sprint has left a bad taste in many users' mouths. For those who fall into this category, this could be the perfect opportunity to get out. At the same time, however, Sprint remains unparalleled when it comes to price and data offerings. Most likely, leaving Sprint for another carrier will result in higher monthly charges and data caps or throttling.
So do you plan on using this small fee increase as a way to leave Sprint, or are you happy enough with the HTC EVO and the service you already receive to stay? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you plan to do.
[Slick Deals] Thanks, Scott!