Sprint to double its upgrade fee on September 9th?

Sprint to double its upgrade fee on September 9th?
You know what Sprint has been doing lately? We heard Dan Hesse and his staff are jumping out of joy after the US Department of Justice announced its decision to file a lawsuit to block AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile, but meanwhile the carrier seems to be also doubling its upgrade fee from $18 to $36, coming into force September 9th, if this screenshot below proves true. The fee is assessed when an existing customer upgrades his or her phone to a new or refurbished handset.

Yup, that’s just before the Samsung Epic 4G Touch release in mid-September, so those upgrading to the Sprint-bound Galaxy S II variant would be among the first affected. Recently, the nation’s third-largest carrier was said to up its early termination fee from $200 to $350 on September 9th, the same date, and some speculated that this might signal the arrival of the iPhone on Sprint. There’s plenty of room for speculation, but currently it’s just about higher prices, so feel free to rant in the comments below.

source: SprintFeed via Engadget



1. AnnDroid

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

"The fee is assessed when an existing customer upgrades his phone to a new or refurbished handset." Phew, I dodged that bullet. Being a 'her' I won't have to worry about the fee. The increased fee is only assessed when an upgrade is on 'his phone'.

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

Sarcasm accepted and females rightfully included to the crowd of Sprint phone upgraders. Sadly, that bullet comes back to hit you.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

haha. an edit with some humor and a slap.. lol. love it.

25. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Verizon doesnt have upgrade fees! So technically att is the highest cost carrier

27. rabbit1 unregistered

I think thats a typo they put he and they really met "she" lol

2. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

thats stupid as heck!!! how much is it for a activation fee then!!!?????? phone companys are going over the top with thees fees!!!! hello house phones for me... lol!!! first they raise insurance for carriers and then this stuff happens what the hell how much money they planning to make

3. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

That sucks but it still cost a lot less than other companies and the data is unlimited. I can understand the loop hole they are fixing with the $350 early termination fee. If you get a $550 phone on contract for $200 ex. Motorola Photon and break your contract say 31 days later you can't return the phone but yould have payed only $400 for the phone saving $150 dollars. Sprint is just covering thier losses. Although it still sucks...for people that break contracts.

22. Krishaun27 unregistered

Yessir! Thats exactly how I got my Sensation on T mobile except it was free upfront with a $200 etf. Net cost to me was $300 for $550 phone!

5. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

the data is unlimited for the time being until they get the iphone lol!!!! apple always causes everything to change when they get to a company lol!!! j/k people dont start getting mad lol!!!


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

UTTER CRAP when I buy a phone I shouldn't be nickled and dimed Mr. Hess!

7. zinv unregistered

Question: Since sprint is changing their contracts, does this mean i could end my contract without an ETF because of the change? and if so, could i then open a new account with sprint in order to get a new phone for cheaper? I know, this may be a cheap scam but if its possible why not? they get all my money in the end anyway.

9. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I would have to say no, you couldn't get out of your current contract. Because the change would only take place upon agreeing to a new contract. It doesnt effect the current contract at all.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you sir are correct sir! (best ed sullivan voice) lol

8. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

lol!!!!^^^^^^ good question im with him lol!!!

10. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

You know everyone says Sprint has cheap plans... well every 2 years I look around, and found Sprint did not offer really ANY cost savings over verizon... At least in my situation where I have 4 lines, one of which has internet. The gotcha fee's that sprint seems love are really the negating factor when comparing Sprint vs Verizon. Ok internet plan is cheaper.. until you realize there is a seperate fee for "smartphone" devices???? wtf... Virtually ALL phones that use internet are "smartphones"... why is that even a sperate fee??? I will tell you why... Because they want to advertise the lowest plan. They don't want to break the $99 barrer for their EVERYTHING inlcuding extra fees plan. Now $40 to just upgrade your phone? Really wtf is the reason for that other then padding the statement. Maybe you should just add $40 to the price of new phones????? Cause it is the same thing. I am sick and tired on pricing and advertising games... like "unlimited" (up to a point) etc etc...

11. LOLOLOLOL unregistered

LOL @ Sprint complaining ATT & Tmo Merger would raise prices, yet Verizon raised data prices and Sprint is raising Upgrade fees...Go figure...

20. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011


12. ChrisTheTechGuy

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

ok....I understand prices to activate a new line...but the point that you have to pay at all to upgrade, whats the point? you're giving them 2 years on an agreement and purchasing a device. that to me is like getting charged an extra fee to buy an accessory. activating a new line there is cost behind, but upgrading, aside from paying your sales rep commission and their time for taking 4 seconds to punch in the new sim/esn...there is no cost. If you ask me thats stupid as hell.

13. sprint_user unregistered

Last i heard, this fee only applies if the phone is purchased at a store. i doesn't (or didn't) apply if the device is purchased and activated online (without calling CS).

14. veritech unregistered

Everyone don't forget if you buy your phones online you will not have to pay an upgrade fee. Sprint use to charge 36 dollars for an upgrade from October 2006 til Spring 2007. They're just going back to the old upgrade fee. Also I'm not that surprised that they're doing this. Every quarter sprint winds up losing 700 to 800 million dollars. if you look at their books they are in a lot of debt. They got to find away to pay it off.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ive never understood why customers get punished for staying on the carriers in the form of upgrade fees and we reward people for flipping carriers left and right by giving them the best discounts. kinda seems it should be the opposite since it costs way more to get a customer than to keep a customer. I understand activation fees, i dont understand upgrade fees.

18. Derrell

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Responsible for upgrade fees unless purchased on sprint.com. (Activation fee applies for sprint.com orders as of 6/5/11)

19. ubvorvbbr unregistered

And then they complain that ATT will raise there prices with the merger, none of the big four have raised there prices except for sprint

21. THE PHONE GUY unregistered

att is going to slow down the data top 5% of the cus and they change the data price

23. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

same thing I said...they will continue to lie to the public and no one even notice it...

24. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

Im talking about sprint raising there prices.....att will slow down the top 5% of data users that on an unlimited plan but the will not change the price.

26. tiberius183 unregistered


28. rabbit1 unregistered

no one wants to wait for a damn mail in rebait so they go to radio shack and best buy

29. aando2009

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

I am a Verizon customer with a contract that is expiring this month. 2 months ago a Sprint partner retailer told me that I would get $120 off of a new smartphone and 20% off of the monthly plan (with the monthly plan reduction dependent upon my porting over my # from Verizon). I knew that the $120 rebate was temporary, but didn't think the monthly reduction was temporary. Today I was told (by a different employee at the same store) that they both were temporary and have expired. Is anyone familiar with how often they offer these reductions, and what flexibility the partner store has (especially in relation to the monthly plan discount)? Thanks

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