Sprint raising regulatory fees as soon as the new year arrives

Sprint raising regulatory fees as soon as the new year arrives
Advantage makes its way towards your court if you’re currently on contract with Sprint. If you’ve been waiting for a perfect time to cancel your contract without fear of being hit with an astronomical early termination fee, then ringing in the New Year may make it even more joyful for yourself. Starting January 1, 2010, Sprint plans on increasing monthly regulatory fees from $.20 to $.40 – it’s that one line on the bill that mostly everyone wonders about and forgets.

This act may be the ripe opportunity to get out without paying the ETF because it can be considered as a “materially adverse change of contract.” If you’re content with Sprint, you can also call up their customer service line and request to convert to a month-to-month plan – so at least that contractual commitment is off your hands. Finally, you have until the end of the month on January 31, 2010 to cancel your line.

via The Consumerist

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11 Comments

11. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I'm suprised it took this long for them to report it, engadget and bgr reported this early December. Sprint is willing to give a monthly credit to those who choose to stay

10. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

phonearena, i can't believe you are loading people's lip about how to bail out on a contracted service over a 20 cent increase to their bill. completely lame if you ask me. you guys continue to do dumb stuff.

9. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

The only month to month plans on Sprint are 200 minutes or when 2 years are up and no new phone is bought with an upgrade

8. Ebonyks

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

I was able to cancel a contract today (or ETF) without hassle using this condition. Oddly enough, leaving the country and sprint's service area was not considered a valid reason to cancel a contract, but this is. I was also told that the same phone could then be re-activated month to month, giving me the chance to upgrade my phone whenever I wish.

7. illallowit

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 10, 2009

Not to quibble, but technically they didn't post incorrect info, only partial info. You can cancel if they raise the fee, you just have to do it within the 30 day window and you have to specifically state that the reason you want to cancel is "because of a material change to the Agreement that we have made."

6. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

"Our Right To Change The Agreement & Your Related Rights We may change any part of the Agreement at any time, including, but not limited to, rates, charges, how we calculate charges, or your terms of Service. We will provide you notice of material changes, and may provide you notice of non-material changes, in a manner consistent with this Agreement (see "Providing Notice To Each Other Under The Agreement" section). If a change we make to the Agreement is material and has a material adverse effect on Services under your Term Commitment, you may terminate each line of Service materially affected without incurring an Early Termination Fee only if you: (a) call us within 30 days after the effective date of the change; and (b) specifically advise us that you wish to cancel Services because of a material change to the Agreement that we have made. ****If you do not cancel Service within 30 days of the change, an Early Termination Fee will apply if you terminate Services before the end of any applicable Term Commitment.*****" Notice the last sentence that you must disconnect w/in 30days of the change or the ETF will be valid. Also notice the first sentence that they can change anything even fees. Sorry PhoneArena but you again posted WRONG information.

5. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

until the government actually mandates this.. any company can raise any fee they want ... and if they have a good enough reason the fcc wont change that no matter what carrier... has nothing to do with rights.. all about $$$$$$$

4. DJBASS

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Sprint can change these fees it is in the contract. So no breech of contract. Read it before you sign or write articles

3. nalu808

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

because we have let go of our rights by making government choose for us....socialism boys....

1. illallowit

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 10, 2009

It's funny; if this article was about Verizon raising a fee of theirs, there would already be a bunch of comments from all the VZW haters bashing them...

2. blackirish24

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

And the government would have a investigation on why sprint is doubling the admin fee on their customers....lol. Why can't government let the consumers decide what companies succeed and/ or fail....

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