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Leave Sprint with no Early Termination Fee
You want that cool new phone sooooo bad that you can feel it in your hand. You think to yourself how great it would be to flash that handset in front of your friends. But the daydreaming abruptly stops when you remember that you are still locked into your contract with Sprint and you don't want to pay the Early Termination Fee. Well, there is a way out!

By raising their non-government mandated administrative fee on January 1st, from 75 cents to 99 cents, the firm that let's you hear a pin drop is in material breach of contract. This means that if you hold your breathe until you turn blue, you should be able to get Sprint to allow you to bust your contract early without to pay the piper. You need to do this before the end of this year and you might need to be persistent on the phone. To get that cool handset, it might be worth it.

source: WMExperts

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. T-Money3000 (unregistered)


I had a friend who left Sprint last week to VZW. Totally got out of the ETF from Sprint. didnt lie, just persisted and won.

posted on 30 Dec 2008, 15:19

23. everspaz83 (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Dec 2008)


does that apply to all states because my friend is trying to get out of her contract to go to verizon but they will not let her go???

posted on 28 Dec 2008, 14:52

2. stuntz (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I dont see what phones are better than my HTC Touch Pro from sprint.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 00:21

5. Mali Mal (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


thank u so much for mentioning that, I still have not found a phone that is better than my sprint touch pro... Blackberry Storm, don't think so! Iphone, try again! G1, not a chance!! I know that att has the touch fuze but it still does not compare to the Sprint version. The animations look better on Sprint, we get turn by turn directions included in our data plans, i show all my friends my phone and they always get a little jealous of what im showing them. They Iphones and G1's just dont compare, and for the price i pay, they pay way more than i do, thats when they start feelin like they carrier suck

posted on 28 Dec 2008, 16:48

3. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


wont this give unhappy sprint customers an incentive to switch to another carrier?

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 08:29

9. SellPhones82 (Posts: 490; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I would say so...you can't beat breaking your contact with no ETF. I thought this is the second time in the last few years where Sprint has changed somthing that allowed customers to cancel sevice without an EFT. I think the last one had something to do with a change in text messaging fees.

posted on 28 Dec 2008, 19:04

4. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Au contraire to the writer of this article, because Sprint could easily say that they will take the $.24 difference, and credit it for the remainder of your contract, and voila! No material adverse effect, and Sprint is absolved of their contract breach. Every company has extremely high paid legal advisors, and they have a way out of everything, so trust that Sprint has a backup plan for people who want to cancel. That doesn't change the fact that if you get a weak representative, or one who just doesn't care, you could very well get that ETF waiver, just don't count on it.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 01:22

6. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


My HTC Touch Pro is reason enough to stay with Sprint. When HTC decides to add a keyboard to the HTC HD, I'll go with that. I'm in it for the long haul.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 02:55

7. tommmh (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


HTC Touch Pro is a great phone with the Sprint network, but its not for the everyday common Joe or Mary. Sprint is going to lose a lot of customers. I work in retentions for sprint and its going to be a horrible week.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 08:26

8. The Godfather (unregistered)


lmao if a handset that is on every other network is the only reason your are staying then that is sad. if it is the network that works for you, the call reception is good and the data is good as well, then thats understandable, but the HTC Touch Pro on Sprint is nothing revolutionary or extraordinary....it is actually pretty average on terms of what it offers.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 12:59

13. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


Average?!? Ha! You no doubt have never even read the specs, nevertheless had one in your hand. Tell me, how many other cell phones have a video out so you can hook it to a TV or projector? Hmm? How many did you say? I won't bother going into all the other UNIQUE features. It might shatter that little dream world you live in.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 15:01

15. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Winmo is SOOOOO unique, Ive never seen that before......

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 17:04

16. idiotwind13 (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


How many other phones have TV out? Well im not exactly sure on the number, but i can tell you for sure its on my i910- not knocking the touch pro its a great device as well, but its probably not a good idea to base your argument on an asssertion like that one, even if you didnt know specifically that the omnia has it, you had to assume that another winmo handset somewhere did. And i have to say that for somebody who wants an all in one media device thats also a good solid smartphone, ill take my omnia over the touch pro- notice how i avoided making statements of pseudo fact that i cant back up, thus avoiding looking silly?

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 09:07

10. kg4icg (Posts: 68; Member since: 18 May 2008)


Heck I started with Sprint under the Sprint Spectrum, then got switched over to Sprint PCS. I been a customer for over 12 years and had to call customer service very little in my tenior. I see no reason to leave.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 09:45

11. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the touch? blah! if you like windows touchscreen only phones, then the omnia is your future. it is to date the ONLY WinMo phone i will reccommend. bleh to HTC, overrated and too expencive, and for reference, they break ALOT.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 13:02

14. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


This from a kid who can't even understand the topic of conversation. We are talking about the Touch PRO which has a slider keyboard. And if you could ever save enough from your paper route to actually own one, you would find they are very sturdy and reliable. You're mommy is calling...time to do your homework.

posted on 30 Dec 2008, 09:46

20. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the pro is another piece of JUNK. htc phones break way too darn much, they are over priced, and well.. they suck. htc is overhyped as much as apple.

posted on 18 Jan 2009, 16:34

29. stuntz (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


How do you figure they break to easily? I work service and repair for Sprint and have never seen any HTC phones actually broken. Software issues are another thing but all pda's have they're own bugs to be fixed. Any pda breaking to easily would be the palm centro. And I dont see where they're overhyped at all?? What do you even carry for a phone?

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 11:44

12. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)


What's funny is the people that will use this loophole to get out of a contract to go wherever over $.25 when unless they go to pre pay or T Mobile they will be paying a lot more than that each month. There is no way I'll let a phone dictate how much is spent for service.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 17:57

17. cheech4 (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


i dont know what all the fuss is about with sprint. for 6 years i was a sprint customer and i changed plans to go to verizon to try them out for 2 years and now im back to sprint...trying out both carriers i will say im staying with sprint. both have great reception both have great data but hands down sprint has better and cheaper plans. I rarely had to call sprint customer support and when i did my problems were taken care of. i think i will stay with sprint for a long while.

posted on 29 Dec 2008, 20:58

18. tommmh (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


EXACTOO!!!!

posted on 30 Dec 2008, 00:09

19. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)


First of all, to #13.... the Samsung Omnia has TV out too. It also has an FM tuner, 5MP camera, and customizable Widgets. Secondly, this article disturbs me. Has PhoneArena lost its mind? Telling people how to cheat the cell company just to get a cool looking phone? I have Verizon service but I feel for Sprint on this matter. Where should I start? By now, everybody on this forum has at least minimal knowledge of the cell phone industry. We are all aware that just about every company requires a "Customer Service" agreement ( contract ) for service unless you opt for prepay. With that in mind, you have plenty of time to think about what you are about to do. "Hmmm, do I sign a contract or don't I?..." Not too hard is it? And if you decide to sign this "agreement", you usually have time to opt out of it. With that said, we are all aware that technology constantly changes. No matter how cool your device is, you would have to be absolutely clueless to think that there isn't something even cooler right around the corner. We all know this !!! It's something to think about when you are putting your "John Hancock" on that new contract. You have plenty of time to change your mind. But let's say you decide to get a contract.... what is a contract? It's an agreement ... and PhoneArena is telling people how to break that agreement. My God. There is absolutely no honor in this world at all. Do you really think these cell companies waste paper and ink for you to NOT read the contracts. That's what it's there for. And please don't say " ... who reads those anyways...". How about a person with at least an eigth of a brain? But this site wants you to know about ways to swindle themselves out of an agreement ... and for what? Just to get the next cool looking piece of technology. WOW!!!! That' all I have to say is ... WOOOWWW!!! Like spoiled little brats who kick and scream just to get their way. What next PhoneArena? How to cheat death? I can see it now ......... " If you get your arm cut off, just put a band aid on it and the Grim Reaper will think it's not your time to die....." Please people, have some dignity. Unless your SERVICE ( not phone's "coolness" ) is really horrible, honor your contract. Things like this article is the main reason why cell companies are coming up with new ways to "up" the charges. They lose too much because of scammers.

posted on 30 Dec 2008, 12:25

21. bbold2 (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 Dec 2008)


I agree with this guy. America is teaching our youth and not just youth but everyone if you make a big enough deal then you don't have to have consequences..Like he said you have choices and you also have time to not committ if you don't like the service, 30 days buyers remorse. and yah when you buy a phone there is always gonna be something that is gonna come out that is better.. stick it out show your kids and other people that yah its not the easiest thing but sometimes when you wait you end up getting a better opportunity.. GOOD stuff brikzforreal,

posted on 30 Dec 2008, 12:30

22. bbold2 (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 Dec 2008)


I do agree w/ brikz, good stuff, i don't know why so many have to argue, all in all i mean why not agree w/ stuff.. this whole topic was stupid if you ask me.. for some reason out of all the contracts you get.. people ALWAYS argue and get mad about cell phone contracts its the same thing as a car loan or something like that just a smaller amount, correct? why would you anna get out of a contract the reason you chose that company is beuase you liked them correct?? so why are you gonna look for ways to void the contract and get out ???

posted on 30 Dec 2008, 15:40

24. everspaz83 (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Dec 2008)


does n e one kno if that etf thing applies only to certain states??

posted on 30 Dec 2008, 18:57

25. iff2mastamatt (unregistered)


Once again, the comments turn into a carrier war. Long Live Virgin Mobile! Take that fanboys!

posted on 31 Dec 2008, 09:15

26. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


umm... BOOST!.. or.. umm.. METRO PCS!. yaaay! no.. wait.. ill stick to VZW. great coverage and they pay the bills.. works for me! :)

posted on 01 Jan 2009, 13:12

27. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)


lol..Touh Pro..sluggish...winblows 6.1 smallish sreen, but great view keyboard isnt a blackberry feeling when typing Too much"stuff" in OS to keep it running..hence ppl saying its slow ..I have yet to hear how people reload the darn OS when it hits its 6-12month useage mark..hey..im a pc engineer..loading windows 1-2 a year is optimal to say you have a pc and are happy with it,

posted on 01 Jan 2009, 13:13

28. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)


umm..sorry metro!...NO overage in Studio City, but how about 5 miles away coverage!..lol...!

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