LAREDO, TEXAS -- Do not upgrade or buy a new contract with Sprint. Even if you're a loyal customer of more than 5 years and your device does not work in your area you'll still be forced to pay for your device. If not they will charge you $250 and still make you pay your phone which is a ripoff and nobody will be able to help you and they will give you the runaround. Which has been more than a year for us.
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA -- My iPhone 6 broke on its own after 2 months of just ordering a new one through Sprint's insurance company Asurion. I picked the phone up after not using it for an hour and smelled burning. I then noticed a hole burnt in the back of the phone over the battery. Sprint would not replace the phone and told me I would have to file ANOTHER insurance claim and pay the $200 deductible for a second time when I did not personally break the phone and there was no physical damage. The insurance company Asurion said the same thing.
PENNSYLVANIA -- The worst customer service I have ever experienced, lousy phone service. I'm lucky if I could get one bar no matter where I'm at. I get calls where people tell me, "Bad connection. Can't hear you. You're putting out." They quote when you sign up and then when you get billed it's a totally different price. They put you on hold whenever you call them. One time I was on hold for 45 minutes. Refuse to let them put me on hold again to get me somebody else. Good luck in finding someone you can understand.
BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- Background: I live in the San Francisco Bay Area otherwise known as the high-tech capital of the world. If I have problems here, you can expect you will have problems where you are. I also travel and experience the same issues.
I am one of those customers that was lured to Sprint with the promise of better pricing and service and I couldn't have made a bigger mistake. I am now being held HOSTAGE by Sprint in a phone lease agreement (not a service agreement which is important to understand) with the 5 phone I have (all having the same service issues) which will cost over a $1,500 to get out of. I have tried to work with Sprint to troubleshoot the issues and the bottom line is their network is sub-par at best and isn't capable of delivering the service and coverage you can expect with other major players.
No contracts: before you enter into a “non-contractual” agreement with Sprint, understand what that means. Most cell providers are starting to go away from a monthly contract for their service and move to a phone lease or purchase. Interesting thing is it releases them of liability to provide you a suitable network and hold you 100% on the hook on a lease of a phone.
Sure, you can leave Sprint at anytime and be off the hook for service fees but you still owe them your complete lease amount even though you give them back the phones. I wouldn't mind just buying the phone and taking them to another respectable carrier, but you can't because the technology in the phone is not compatible.
Service coverage: to be blunt, it SUCKS! Be prepared to deal with it taking up to 30 seconds to connect to a number once it is dialed. Be prepared to have long delays in text messages being sent or received especially if you have an image attached. Be prepared for slow or non-existent internet coverage especially if you are in any building without WiFi. From time to time you can expect dropped calls especially if you travel.
Customer Service: be prepared to hear “sorry” multiple times when you call to complain. You can also expect to hear things like:
• "Sprint has good coverage in most area, we are currently upgrading our towers and expect service to improve soon."
• "I can send someone out to your local tower to see if there is an issue (useless when the problem is everywhere)."
• "We are doing our best. Unfortunately we live in the world of here and now and we expect things immediately. With cell service, we should expect this and it is possible for things to take 2 minutes to 20 minutes."
• "You should go to another carrier and see if they will buy you out of our phone lease."
• My favorite: "We can send you a booster to improve the signal at your house."
Interesting fact is I got a cell phone to use at other places than my house. Not really an acceptable solution when the booster is not portable. Not to mention if this is a recommended solution, you obviously know there is an issue with you network coverage. I can go on and on but if this isn't enough for you to understand then I guess a first-hand experience is the only way you will see.
NEW ORLEANAS, LOUISIANA -- I recently obtained internet service with Sprint through their MiFi Hotspot device. It required a two year commitment. The service and speed were great, however, within four days, I had used up the monthly allotment of 3GBs. Previously, I had used a Boost Mobile Hotspot via my cell phone and rarely used up the 2.5GBs allotted each month. And that included all the work I do online as well as texts and photo uploads.
I have contacted Sprint and asked them to show me exactly how my data is supposedly disappearing. All they can say is that I must be spending too much time on Facebook or watching movies. I do neither! And I still do as much work as possible through my phone. There is no way I have actually used the amount of data that they say and they are unwilling to supply any kind of proof as to where is being used. With other companies, when you reach your data cap, they slow down service until the next monthly cycle begins. I have learned from Sprint that they do not slow down the speed but they charge a doubled fee for each additional MB worth of data until the month is over.
As you can see, padding a consumer's data usage is quite profitable for them and I believe this is the trap I have fallen into. My only option, according to Sprint's customer service, is to pay for the MiFi device ($200.00) and cancel the contract. I say they have already violated the contract by not being able to show me where this data is supposedly being used. Should there be no disclosure at all for the consumer? I think there should.
On Boost Mobile I got 2.5GB/month and it usually lasted the whole month. With Sprint I get 3GB and it's gone in four days, being used much less than the mobile phone. Something is very wrong here. I would appreciate any help you can give me in getting to the bottom of this and find out how Sprint can charge for large amounts of data but cannot show where or how that data was used.
My Sprint service itself was completely worthless. My home was not even inside Sprint's coverage, and everywhere in the city I live (which according to them is their best 4g coverage) was nearly as bad. I finally got rid of them and was told to send back my equipment to have my ETF waived, along with proof of residence to show that I really was out of range. It took several months for them to recognize the equipment return, during which time I received countless emails from them stating that I owed anywhere from $500+-$700 to them and they were sending me to a collection agency!
Eventually the credit showed and now I only owed $260 (WTF? my monthly bill was $100). After hours on the phone, they determined that there was zero balance and I owed nothing. "It will show on the next bill period before collections comes around." Thank goodness, problem solved. HA! Less than a week later I get an email stating I STILL owe the $260 and that it is due June 2nd. I call and once again they confirm that it just hasn't processed and not to worry, it will be off by then.
It's week before June 2nd: the calls from a collection agency start rolling in. Having never experienced this before, there are a few words which can accurately describe it, one being: traumatizing. Sprint again. Over an hour again. To ever so rudely determine that I did, in fact, owe my normal monthly bill. Much attitude about the reasoning of the attempted charges being because I cancelled back in February. YES! I DID! I have been having to deal with your awful company and getting the runaround for THAT LONG.
Sadly, I paid the $100, because I never want to deal with them again. Ever. Ohhhh and did I mention it is nearly impossible to get ahold of someone at Sprint?? Do they purposely put non-working phone numbers up for customer service so that you can't get ahold of them? If there was a 0-star option, I would choose it.
NORMAN, OKLAHOMA -- Oh my gosh. Where do I begin? The coverage in my home was worthless. And I live in a metro area. When I would ask for help with this always got a BIG RUN AROUND. Always blamed a tower or would just say that I should have service in my home... I called customer service no less than 50 times. To no avail. I went into the local store... worthless. Finally got out of my contract and now have T-Mobile which is awesome! Customer service is WONDERFUL. Coverage is awesome too. I actually have access to internet on my smart phone. Amazing.
Just went into the local Sprint store to pay my final bill. Tried to pay it. The tech guy said I have to wait for a customer service person to become available... waited and waited... tried to use one of their Sprint phones to reach customer service. Spoke to the middle eastern man for five minutes only to learn he couldn't process my payment. I would need to call another number he was going to give me. I so wish there will be a class action lawsuit I can sign. The gawd awfulness service on earth!
CORSICANA, TEXAS -- I have been a Sprint customer for 15 years. I have had issues over those years, but always had them worked out fairly quickly. When it was time to get new phones, I called Sprint. I spoke with a nice lady and told her I was interested in lowering my phone bill, and maybe getting two new phones. I had not been using anywhere near the space I was paying for. During the conversation, the saleslady said I could get 2 i5-c phones for my wife and I; a phone with larger keys for my mom, and a tablet: all for free, while lowering my monthly bill $19.00. Naturally, I said "Yes." I was also asked if I wanted insurance and I said "Yes."
Two days after I got my phones. Mine slipped out of my pocket as I bent to tie my shoe, hit wrong and the lens shattered into pieces. Well no problem - I've got insurance right? Except the deductible is $100, which no one bothered to mention. As I am researching what was happening to me here, I found that my bill, which I was expecting to be 147 plus $72 (two activation fees) was $547.
I called the insurance company 5 times and was cut off 4. I spent 8 hours and 45 minutes on the phone to different customer service offices (the ones in the United States I could understand - half of the outsourced ones I could not.) The Corp offices was to have called me and has not. When considering Sprint the Buyer should beware.
AMERICAN FORK, UTAH -- I have been with Sprint for about 5 years, no problems or issues. I just recently changed my plan to another they were offering because of what an employee told me. I was told wrong info on how much I would be charged a month and how much I would be charged for on the phones we were given. The store all said they were sorry he must not know what he is doing but they couldn't do anything, so I called the main corporate office they said "she understands my frustration" but can do nothing to help me. All I want is what I was told I would get when I signed the contract, nothing more nothing less.
I am more than frustrated with Sprint's lies, poor customer service, and terrible cell service. I have spent over 2 hours in total on the phone, either waiting for a representative or supervisor today! My service is horrible and my calls are dropped at least 50% of the time. I am unable to call my landline with my mobile phone because of the "least cost routing" technique that Sprint is using. (Read more about by googling.)
Essentially I have no cell service if I want to call my own home or anyone with the landline provider, and this has been going on for over a year. Sprint refuses to assist me with any of this and one representative told me it would be better when Sprint was finished updating its towers. Another representative told me the towers were updated in March of 2014! Lies are clearly part of the agenda. Please do not fall into the Sprint trap! Do NOT sign up for Sprint!