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Billing and Lying Customer Service
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OMG, where do I start? I have been with Sprint from 2000-2002 and then 2003-current. In April I transferred over my boyfriend's line to my account. This was free, he is a Sprint customer as well. The systems were down in the store so I had to call Sprint as well as order the new phones we were purchasing over the phone. When I did so, I got the 550 min. family pack with $5 per line for 300 text messaging. In total before taxes $69.99. Nothing more. I then ordered new phones for each of us, he got his $150 rebate and I was told I get my phone free for taking a new family plan.

As I was ordering it, the sales rep. asked me if this phone was for the line ending in 5477, yes to that question like 3 times. Everything was set and it showed up online as 2 lines, family plan for 59.99 with $5 per line on texts. 3 days later, we get our phones. I call to activate them and they couldn't do mine, saying something about the systems refreshing or upgrading or whatever terminology they used. I was told to call back in 1 hour, in which I did, and come to find out that the phone is programmed to another number.

They added a 3rd line to my account WITHOUT my permission and didn't inform me about it. Then they charged me full price for the phone AFTER it was offered to me for free. I was on the phone for 2 hours and all they could give me was a $75 rebate and a $25 credit for the inconvenience. $100 in total, and I paid $32.09 for the phone itself. Listen to this, this was supposed to be applied to May's bill, it was applied the $100 balance I had previously that I thought I paid. I was $22 and change in credit BEFORE my bill posted through in May. My May's bill was $566.31!

I understood I went over my mins. but not that much and same with the texts. Then they prorated my texts, so I never got the full 300 and I was NEVER told they were going to do that. So after I spoke to about 2-3 reps. I was told that I would have the late fee waived and be given a $100 credit towards June's bill as long as I kept my bill under $180. I had a balance of $166 and change and when June's bill came in, I was charged $364.55. Now they won't waive the $100 like I was told, and even after waiting 2-3 hours, it doesn't matter.

I have made my reports to the FCC, FTC, and Better Business Bureau. But Sprint is making out to be a liar. Like I would really waste 2-3 hours of my time to lie about some credit that never existed. I just think how funny it is that the note was never made on the account. I even took the name down of the rep. and his id #. Go figure. But yeah, Sprint is the worst and they LOVE to RIP YOU OFF!

Unverified Contract Extension
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TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA -- I have been with Sprint for 2 years now, and yesterday I called to let them know that at the end of my 2-year contract, July 14th, that I will NOT be continuing with their service. The representative was a very kind, very courteous AMERICAN agent, who was trying to help me the best he could.

He came back saying "The contract for the primary line isn't until February of 2008." I was quite pissed right there, not at him but at the company. I asked him "what's going on? I never asked for a contract extension, and I never agreed to any such extension," and he said that back in Feb '07 I asked to change the shared minutes on the plan. I said "fine, even if I did, I was never informed about a contract extension and never agreed upon any such extension." He said "Since the new billing system is not yet fully switched over to the new system, I can't access your records in detail, and to call on Monday."

I asked if there would be an early termination fee and he said "you have only 60 days to contest something like this" and I said "HOW THE ** can I contest it when I didn't know it was happening! I was NEVER informed of this extension! Not by email, postal mail, telephone call, or text message. How can I even AGREE on something like this if I am NOT informed about it happening?! There is no AGREEMENT if there is NOTHING to agree on!" He was very kind to me, apologizing for the misunderstanding, and letting me know that I could possibly make things right again when I call on Monday.

He was very nice and understanding, and for once, didn't turn the problem around on me and make it seem as if I am the one at fault. That is a FIRST with Sprint, as I have had quite a few agents blame me for their mistakes, like when they added Vision TV onto my service when I didn't ask them to, and when they added unlimited text messaging that I didn't request.

This company seems to be chock-full of deception and sneaky "service". Adding services that I don't want, extending my contract without letting me agree on it (therefore nullifying any so-called agreement), and at times blaming me for their mistakes.

Sprint, I am about to switch over to T-Mobile. I am going to switch, even if I have to pay your stupid 200 dollar early termination fee, which means I have to sell my camera lens in order to pay for that. I hope you're satisfied, because I certainly am not. In fact, you know what it's called when one party forces another party to do something when they don't want to while the party that is forcing the other party is receiving some sort of benefit? That's called RAPE! I hope you're spent, because one of these days, these actions are going to come right back at you with a nice class action lawsuit. We WILL be compensated. Just you watch.

They Are Just Horrible!
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REISTERSTOWN, MARYLAND -- To make a long story short, I purchased a Moto Q in Jan. I have an account spending limit in the amount of 350.00 which means I do not have the ability to charge a phone to my account. The phone I received was defective so I called Sprint thinking that they would be able to take care of my issue. They issued a temp. credit on my account so they could charge it to my account and order me a new Moto Q. I called two days later to get the tracking number of the phone. I had my order number and I was given a tracking number. I thanked them and hung up.

Later that night I went onto the UPS website to see when my non-defective phone would be coming. Much to my surprise the phone was already delivered to an address in Michigan. My address is in Maryland. I had to call Sprint to find out why my phone went to that address.

The woman apologized to me and placed yet another credit on my account and re-ordered my phone for me. I then asked her what was going to happen to my account once the one temp. credit came off of my account that I would be charged for that phone that went to the wrong address. She told me to hold on to the information that I had, such as the order number and the tracking number and it would get taken care off.

Meanwhile I receive my Moto Q and everything is fine with my service and account. I get the return kit to send back the defective phone, which I do immediately. I don't like the Moto Q after all and get another return kit, but I go to the Sprint store and buy the Sanyo M1. I thought I had charged it to my account, but I was going through my receipts and saw I paid for it in the store. I send back the other Moto Q that I actually received and waited for the warehouse to apply the proper credits. Then the fun begins.

Our services were turned off and we had an account balance of 900.00. I called with the proper documentation showing that the one phone went to Michigan and that the other phone had indeed been sent back to the warehouse. I get another sorry for the inconvenience again and I am put in touch with a supervisor, who I did not know at the time only placed another 30 day credit on our account. So 30 days go by and everything is fine.

Until the horror of Sprint screw ups. The 30 day credit reversed again, and I had to get a hold of the BBB. Then it takes Sprint 3 weeks to respond to the BBB. The guy that I am dealing with right now is useless and is so unhelpful. I got in contact with this guy 4 days ago, and our account is so ** right now, and our phones have been turned off for a week now. I am so fed up with this company.

Luckily I have all my tracking numbers and all information to provide to them. I can't even get Retention to fix the account because the guy put a block on the account and a note stating that he was handling it and that no credits were to applied by any other dept. This guy only works Mon- Fri. 9 to 5 so we are in limbo at this point in time. Plus, we have been with Sprint two years now and if we hadn't just renewed, we would so go to another carrier.

Attempted Phone Upgrade Overcharge
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In January 2007, while still within my 2 year contract with Sprint, I decided to upgrade my phone, replacing my existing phone due to some minor issues and a need for more features. As I had previously signed up with Sprint via the internet, with several fees waived, I tried to perform my upgrade. Unfortunately, Sprint's website does not allow upgrades online. I instead called their customer service line to process my request. I spoke with a customer sales representative who processed my request, repeating for me that the phone would be a replacement with the same phone number.

As I was on the road, promised to email my transaction record. In checking my email later that evening, nothing showed up from Sprint. I then went online to check my account. I immediately saw that the sales representative had processed a whole new phone request, with a new number and new line of service. This was 180 degrees from what I had just confirmed not 6 hours before. I then called Sprint immediately to rectify this mistake. I spoke with an individual that seemed to understand what needed to be done. He canceled the initial phone addition and processed a new upgrade.

The following day, I received my new phone. Unfortunately, it was the mistaken phone addition and not my upgrade. I waited one more day and received a second phone. This time, it was the upgrade (based on numbers assigned and invoices included). I had to call and activate the upgraded phone. In the process, I explained that I received a second phone the day before that was supposed to have been canceled. The representative informed me that a phone return kit would be sent out to return the wrong phone. I waited over two weeks and never received the return kit as promised.

I then went online to see if I could see anything on my account regarding the return. I did see that Sprint had billed me $649 for the second phone. The one that they processed incorrectly and never sent a return kit for me to send the phone back. I called Sprint the next morning while at work. After explaining (again!) the entire situation, the customer representative disconnected my call. Up to this point, I had spent several hours on hold and speaking with customer representatives. I did not have the time to call back at work. I called Sprint in the evening to again follow up.

The customer service representative that I finally got in touch with (after another 20 minutes on hold) explained that no phone return kit had gone out yet, and that I was very lucky. I asked why, and was told that if I hadn't called that day, I wouldn't have been able to return the phone, and I would have been liable for the cost. Never mind that the line was immediately canceled. Never mind that I had called numerous times to resolve this issue. Never mind that it was their mistake.

I patiently explained the entire situation again. She then told me that a return kit would be sent out. Within 3 days of receiving the returned phone, my account would be credited fully for the charges. I phoned several days later, as I had not received the return kit. I was told to wait a few more days. Great. I did. A little over one week from the previous call, a return kit finally showed up. I returned the phone, shipping it out the very next day. They received the phone on a Thursday morning, based on UPS tracking information. The following Friday, my account still had not been credited the erroneous charges.

Quite honestly, I was very frustrated in spending any more time on hold waiting for someone who may or may not help me. I emailed my request instead to have the charges removed. The next morning I received a response that all charges had been removed. The only reason that I am still with Sprint is that I live in a rural area, and Sprint is the ONLY carrier that I can get a signal with at my home. I have tried them all. It would have actually been cheaper for me to pay an early termination fee and get a new phone from another carrier, but that wasn't really an option.

This is one of several issues that I have had recently dealing with call centers. Because of how this entire issue started, I will no longer do business with ANY company over the phone. I am tired of being at a disadvantage to what a person types into a keyboard 5000 miles away.

In summary, yes, it appears the situation has been resolved, but not without a LOT of pain. It took over two months and hours on the phone, all to fix a problem generated by a mistake by a customer service representative. I have no use for this type of customer service. Companies have shifted from making things right in the first place to maybe eventually making them right at the customer's expense.

Very poor customer service
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On July 22nd, 2006 I decided to change our plan to the Fair and Flexible plan. I spoke with a representative who was very helpful. She advised that because it was the day after the billing cycle we were changing plans at the perfect time. This did not turn out to be true.

I received my bill in the month of August. It was for two months worth of service. I called into customer service and was informed by the representative that this is how the Fair and Flexible plan works. I am being billed for the current month and a month in advance. The representative then informed me that I would not receive a bill in September.

September 28th I received a bill. I called customer service. He advised that I should not have received the bill being that the month prior I paid for two months worth of service. He adjusted the bill and informed me it would be due on October 18th, 2006.

October 22nd my wife and I upgraded our phones at one of your kiosk's stationed in Costco. The service was poor and confirmed that in the future we would deal directly with a Sprint store. October 24th I reviewed my bill online. I called into customer service to see why it was so high. The representative advised that he is sending the account for review to find out why we are being charged $ .40 a minute.

October 25th I called to inquire about text messaging. I was advised that text messaging was promotional for the first 30 days. Thereafter, it would be $15.00 a month for unlimited texts or $ .10 per text. October 27th I spoke with a gentleman who informed me he was a supervisor. He advised that the previous representatives update to my plan moved one of our phones to a $.40 per minute plan. My bill was adjusted and due on 11/17/06. November 21st we dropped the vision pack from our service and was informed that text messages were $.15 per text. This is different from what we were told back on October 25th.

November 21st we returned one of the cell phones to the kiosk in Costco (model 3784). We were still within our 30 day grace period and realized what we were sold was not what it was made out to be. If the representatives gave detailed information about the products at the time of purchase we would never had gotten this phone. The phone we purchased in place was the Katana. Once at home, the phone was not working properly. I called customer service and was on the line with for 11 minutes and then we were disconnected. I called back and spoke with a supervisor, who corrected the profile.

November 27th I received another incorrect bill due on 12/18/06. I was still being charged $.40 a minute on one of my phone lines. Spoke with a representative at 4:15 p.m. in customer service. He advised that the incorrect code was attached to my line and that it was now changed. I then requested to speak with a manager and was transferred. He advised that he will make a special note to watch my account for the month. He confirmed that my bill would now be $102.45.

November 27th my phone was suspended. This was discovered while I was at the airport and was in need of my phone. November 28th I was advised by customer service at 6:15 a.m. that there was no plan code on my phone. She walked me through the prompts to add it back on. I requested to speak with a manager and this one was the WORST of all. I explained to him my anger at this point. His response to me and I quote, “What do you want from me? You have been compensated $93.40.”

I advised that Sprint did not give me $93.40 for all the time, effort, and frustration that I have had to deal with month after month. The $93.40 was compensation for the error your company made on my account. I highly suggest if your company works like any other call center and has any type of diffusing anger protocols in place, he needs to take some time out and read it. I had to call back into customer service at 6:45 a.m. She had to reprogram my phone because it was now going straight to voicemail.

I guess the supervisor who was to watch my plan when I called in November forgot because it still wasn't right in December. December 30th I spoke with customer service. She had to reverse $10.40 because one of the phones was still on the $.40 a minute plan from November 22nd through November 27th.

I have since received my bill due in February. To my surprise it was correct. I have spent too many hours working with your company to correct an error on your part. I can honestly say that most of the customer service representatives that I spoke with, although did not resolve the issue, were friendly and helpful. It is those that you call managers/supervisors who were unacceptable. I will not make any changes to my plan or upgrade my phones while we are under contract. It is unfortunate that I feel this way but I do not want to deal with six months worth of problems. I will not be resigning with your company nor will I recommend it to anyone I know.

"Third Party" charges/Customer Service
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In May 2006, my daughter, who was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia was having problems with her Sprint cellphone (she had been with Sprint for 8 years) and took it to the local Sprint store. They advised her that her phone couldn't be repaired and they would "give" her a new phone, which would be shipped to her. She told them she was being relocated to Japan and didn't need another phone. The next week she came home for a few days before leaving for deployment to Japan. While she was at home, the new Sprint phone arrived. She called Sprint and told them the story... she didn't want another phone... she was leaving for Japan in a few days.

The next day, she had a huge going-away party (300+ people) and the phone disappeared. We didn't worry or contact Sprint because they had said they would inactivate the phone. In June (after she had left for Japan), I received her Sprint bill. $90.89, which was for the new phone. She had (she thought) already inactivated her old phone. I called Sprint and the first thing they wanted was a power of attorney, giving me authority to handle her affairs while she was deployed. I faxed the POA to them... no problem, until July. The bill was now $156.00 and included 135 "Crystal Ball" charges at .50 each.

Again, I called Sprint. Again, they asked for the POA. I informed them that I had already faxed it to "Dennis"... of course, they didn't know Dennis. After faxing the POA again, I called to tell them again that the phone was stolen, and what is "Crystal Ball" anyway??? They went into a spill about "third-party charges" and there was nothing they could do, that I would have to call a certain number FROM THE PHONE to get it stopped. DUH!!! THE PHONE WAS STOLEN!!! Another bill arrived in August... more "Crystal Ball" charges and I called again, explaining to them that the phone was stolen... blah, blah, blah.

She said "Yes, I see where you reported it stolen in July. I will issue a credit of $67.50 for the crystal ball charges and $22.00 military discount." Which was never done. I ignored September's bill. By October, the charges were up to $323.00. I took the bills (including my notes, who I talked to, dates, gist of the conversation, etc.) AND MY POWER OF ATTORNEY to a Sprint store. The assistant manager was very nice and offered to call Customer Service herself. She talked to a complete JERK on the phone for 30 minutes... the conversation steadily going downhill.

She asked to talk to his supervisor, to which he informed her SHE COULDN'T TALK TO HIS SUPERVISOR. This was a Sprint employee, now. Now here it is February 2007 and I received her bill for $626.27, which includes $150.00 termination fee on BOTH phones. I called AGAIN and told them AGAIN the whole story. Also reminded them she didn't want the phone in the first place and she's been in Japan since May and she's not going to pay this bill! Guess what they asked for?? You got it... the power of attorney.

Now I'm on this website looking for an address to send copies of all of these notes and bills... and of course, my power of attorney. Does anyone have an address to send a complaint to... someone who can actually do something about this?

Check Your Bills!
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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- In January 2006, I was offered a free cell phone for a "free third line" on my Sprint PCS family plan. I accepted this offer, and since then I have lost hundreds of dollars in billing errors, and have spent hours trying to get that money back. In September 2006, I noticed an unusually large bill (over $200) and looked over the details. I realized my third line was being charged 10 cents a minute for EVERY anytime minute used, rather than being included in the 800 anytime minutes provided by the plan. I looked at my past bills and realized that the same thing had happened on all the bills since I added the phone.

I called customer service prepared to explain the mistake and go over the bills to get the money back. I first spoke with a woman who kept repeating in broken English that my plan included 800 anytime minutes, I used 236 anytime minutes and used an additional 500 anytime minutes for which I was charged. That was the same information sitting in front of me on my bill! I tried to get her to do the math- she didn't seem to think anything was wrong, so I gave up with her and called again later.

The second representative was considerably more receptive to my problems, and after about ten minutes of me explaining and her looking through the bill, she agreed to refund the $50 I had been overcharged on that bill. She said my plan had been set up incorrectly and promised she would have "them" do a study to correct the problem. I thanked her and asked her to look at the previous bills since the same mistake had been made on them. She said she wasn't able to go back to bills that had already been paid. She gave me a number to what she said was a "high end" customer service center.

I called the number. I was eventually returned to the same customer service representatives I had just spoken to. The new representative told me if I felt I had been unjustly charged on my former bills, I could petition in writing the charges I thought were unfair and send the bills to prove it. I asked the address to which I should send my petition, and he said he didn't know, but he would take my number and have his supervisor call me. That never happened.

I gathered the bills and wrote an explanation of what was wrong with each, which took a considerable amount of time. The next month, I received my bill with the same mistakes and went through the same lengthy explanation. I was finally given an address to send my petition to. I sent it.

It is now February, 2007. My bills are still incorrect. Every month I make two or more phone calls to get my money back and receive an empty promise that my plan will be corrected and next month's bill will not have the same mistakes. I have not received any response to my written query, and am slowly giving up hope that I will ever see any of that money again. I would like to cancel my service with Sprint, but I am told I would have to pay the cancellation fee even though I go through this every month.

I caution you to check your Sprint bills before paying them! After they get their money, they couldn't care less about their billing errors. I have been a Sprint customer for five years and am infuriated that they care so little about customer satisfaction. If anyone has any suggestions or has been through this before, I would appreciate your comments.

Sprint Wireless Svcs taking unauthorized charges out of my bank account.
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I discovered unauthorized charges on my bank account on October 20, 2006, all coming from Sprint Wireless Services. At that point, I closed down my debit card and told them to put a flag on the account so that no further charges were to come through from Sprint Wireless Services. I then called the 800# associated with the transactions and found out that it was the Nextel portion of Sprint.

I don't have a Nextel account. I do however, have a Sprint account, but when I make my phone payments, the transaction says Sprint Customer Care, not Sprint Wireless Services. Once I notified the fraud department of my bank (HSBC), I asked if I go further back in my bank account and discover more charges, will I be able to add to the claim.

I was told yes, I can add up to 90 days from the date of the claim, and they can enter that over the phone. Anything going further back than 90, I would have to write a letter to Corporate Security listing all the fraudulent charges, and the dates on which they occurred.

As I went further back into my account, I noticed that there were multiple charges each month from Sprint Wireless Services, and all for different amounts. I called the fraud department back and added to the claim. I also asked again if I was to write that letter to corporate security and I was told to do so, and that I should do it as soon as possible, for they only have a certain amount of time to investigate.

I was told that an affidavit of the fraudulent charges would be mailed to me, and I have to sign it and either fax it back or mail it in to the address provided. I received the affidavit, signed it and faxed it back. I then wrote the letter to corporate security. HSBC fraud department said that once they receive my affidavit, and investigation would begin, and I would be notified of exactly what is going on with my debit card.

In the meantime, I called the 800# at Sprint to find out why they were taking these charges out of my bank account. Since it is the Nextel portion and I don't have a Nextel account, they had no way of looking up any information and they transferred me to Sprint since I have an account with them. Sprint also could not find anything because these charges are not stemming from my phone account. I was then told that I had to dispute these charges with my bank and there was nothing else they could do.

About a week later, I received a credit of a little over a thousand dollars for the fraudulent claims. I was happy with that, thinking that I would get the rest that stem from January, at a later date. On December 2, I get a letter from HSBC Corporate Security, saying that they will be reversing the credit they had given me on 12/05/06. The letter also stated that I would receive a credit for $300. I didn't know why they would be reversing the credit, so I had to wait until Monday, 12/04/06 to call the department.

I spoke with ** at Corporate Sec. who was handling my claim. She said since I waited beyond the 120 days from the date of discovery, they can only refund me the first three statements worth of charges, starting with the date of the first fraudulent charge, which was January 17, 2006. There was no fraudulent activity in February or March, so I only got back January's transactions which totaled $300.08, and they reversed the one thousand dollars out of my account, making it go almost $500 in the negative.

I told ** that I received an entirely different story from the fraud department. I let her know that two different people had said that all I had to do was write a letter for the earlier charges and I would get that back as well. She apologized for me being misinformed, but there was nothing else she could do. I asked her what would happen if something else tries to be debited tomorrow, she said again, there was nothing she could do. I would have to go take this up with Sprint. I had two more charges in November on my new card, but MasterCard fraud department has helped me with those.

I spoke to an investigator at HSBC, because my understanding was that this matter was to be investigated. She gave me the same story ** gave me, about how it's past the 120 days. I let her know that I made a claim in October for charges that occurred in September (well within 120 days - these charges were current, but for some odd reason, they can only start from the date of discovery which was January).

I told her that Sprint is unwilling to help me, so I'm stuck and I don't know who I can go to next. She then offered to call the 800# from Nextel with me. We finally got in touch with a live person at Nextel fraud department, and that representative told me to file a police report. She said they were unable to do anything until they receive the papers from the police dept. and then the investigation would begin.

I took the day off (12/7) to go back to HSBC, and try some of the tactics that I read on to try to get my money back. I told the customer service rep that according to federal regulation E, I was entitled to my money back, no matter how long ago this occurred. I told her that I would have to either pursue legal action, or take this to the media. There was nothing she could do. I got ** to fax over papers stating all the fraudulent charges so that I can have evidence for my police report.

I filled out an affidavit of fraudulent activity at the bank, had it notarized and went back to the police station. I spoke with an officer who said that they can not file a police report because they do not have any proof of anything criminal. It's just my word saying it's not my account. If they had something from Sprint saying this account is not mine, however I've been charged for it, then they could process a police report. Other than that, I'm stuck again.

I was trying to get the name of the bank that is processing these payments for Sprint. Neither Sprint nor HSBC has that information. I was going to use that tactic to call that bank and let them know they are participating in illegal activity. However, I can not get the name. All I know is that it says Sprint Wireless Services, 800-639-6111 CO.

Sprint even tried taking $105 out of my account on 12/6, but they were trying to use the canceled card and it wouldn't go through. They made two attempts to take the money that day. The bad part is that they are still attempting to take money from me to pay for an account I do not have! It's not a double billing for my phone account, these are all different amounts each month (Ex. $60, $30, $294, $80 - all in one month).

As soon as I post this, I will be contacting the Attorney General's office. Something needs to be done. This is about $2000 of my money that Sprint Wireless Services has stolen from me and my bank will not investigate. I hope no one else has to go through this because this is a nightmare in more ways than one. If anyone out there has any advice as to how I can get my money back, please post a response. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

I Wish I Had Known About Sprint
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AUSTIN, TEXAS -- I have been a Sprint customer for 5 and 1/2 months now and am so disappointed. Before Sprint I was a T-mobile customer for 4 years. I came to Sprint because I like the plan where the minutes start at 7 P.M. So I went to the store to open a family plan. When I got there the phones that were on special were sold out. So I got 2 free phones instead of the ones I wanted. I had always had a sim card in my T-mobile phones and asked if the LG phones I was getting had sim cards I was told yes. Though they were kind of plain they were free.

I was told if I bought the protection plans for the phones I could always upgrade them. So I fell for that lie and bought the protection plan and road side assistance and 500 text messages. So I thought. I had used my phones for 34 days when I started having problems with my phones. Both phones were freezing and dropping calls and dying. I took them to the store only to find out I paid for an insurance and road side assistance but they were not added to my phones. Now I could not buy ins. because the phones were over 30 days old.

I was refunded the money for my ins. but charged double for my road side assistance because it was over 30 days past purchase date. I was told I could pay $50's to repair the phones or buy new one for regular before sale prices. And the cheapest phone was the one I had and it was 179.00. I said forget it and kept my phone. 4 months later my phone is so bad I can hardly use it and the other phone will not end a call unless you pull the battery out. So I called customer care who said I had the wrong software on my phones from the get go. They and tech support had me call *2 and downloaded software.

The software fried my phone boards and I could not use either of the phones. They were saying not a valid Sprint PCS user when I tried to make a call. So I called back and was told by customer care I was lying and Sprint does not do upgrades over the phone. When I had her transfer me to tech support and stay online tech support said they do upgrades but they are not supposed to. I then asked about all my contact. Tech support said no they are gone because my board is fried. So I asked if they were saved on my sim card and was then told Sprint PCS phones do not come with sim cards.

I said no mine has a sim card. I was told by the lady I bought it from it had one. I was then told that my phone does not even accept sim cards and my board was fried and I need to take it to the Sprint store where I bought it. So I took it there very angry and explained what all had happened to me. They said sorry and that they knew what girl had told me that and she no longer works there. But they did not have a service center. So I had to take it to another Sprint store where they gave me the same phone but only this is a refurb.

So at this point I have 2 phones not working due to Sprint frying my board and was given one refurb for my new non working phone and told I have to pay for the other phone to be serviced when Sprint had fried the boards in the first place. So I threw a fit and called customer care. They did not care.

I was told to buy new phones at non sale price then. So I said no I am going to cancel if I am not able to buy a phone at new customer rates. I was told no by 4 people 2 of them were managers. So I refused to pay my bill. If they say anything to me about not paying the bill I will tell them I signed a contract under false agreements. Sprint is not keeping their end of the deal I will not keep mine.

Shady sales tactics - horrible customer service.
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I'll quickly summarize before I get into more detail. I've been with Sprint for about 6 years. For the most part I was content with the telephone service and pricing. I hardly ever upgrade my phone, changed my plan, or used my rebates so it was rare that I called in for anything other than making a payment. Although when I switched work and required some upgrades I was not pleased. I have had nothing short of a nightmare dealing with Sprint.

I wouldn't say it's necessarily their CSR's but more like the policies upper management has set up. I think many CSR's are doing what they can but I personally think that Sprint has some very shady sales tactics and billing policies. I feel the way they handle things like service changes, billing, and especially contract renewal is very sloppy and downright deceitful.

Back in June I was looking at some new phones at a local Radio Shack and perhaps maybe even switching carriers. I had an idea that my contract may be ending soon so this would be an ideal time. I contemplated switching over with Cingular while I was browsing the store. But first I thought I'd call Sprint and see what they might offer a loyal customer since 2001.

The first person I talked to was a first level CSR. I asked if I had any rebate offers for a phone upgrade. I was told 2 of the 3 lines were eligible for a $75 upgrade rebate. I explained that I could get at least 1 new $200+ phone free right now at the store if I just signed up with Cingular or Verizon. I asked when my contract was up and we both realized I was out of contract for some time now (no ETF if I canceled). She promptly said "let me transfer you to someone who can better assist you".

So I reiterate what I just explained to the rep. earlier. He seems very friendly but starts sounding like a used car salesman. He starts telling me how he would "love to make my day wonderful" and give me a bunch of discounts if I stay with Sprint. He asked me what phone I had in mind. I told him I might be interested in something like the Samsung model I saw at the store.

So after some small talk and lots of holding he says he can get me two of those phones - for free. Great! Then he goes on and begins pushing (offering really) all these cool services like Vision, Pic mail, Unlimited SMS, N&W @7PM, Roadside Assist., 10% off, etc. My interest is slightly peaked but I'm not really all that interested with that stuff. I was happy with just the phones. My primary concerned was the bill going up. So at first I said I'll pass. Although he really keeps insisting. I kept expressing how I didn't want my MRC ($100+taxes) to change at all. So I let him know (again) I'm only interested in add. services if they won't affect my current MRC (basically free).

He's like "I would love to make your day... and since you've been such a loyal customer I will gladly offer them to you at no additional charge." So he promises all the above mentioned services for FREE! So of course now I'm interested. Again, insisting ONLY if my bill would "never exceed the current $100/month". He promised multiple times that it would absolutely not. So I agreed to it all and signed up for a 2 year contract. I left the store feeling great, thinking I got a great plan and two new phones.

The next week I get the new phones. Cool. Then the next month I get the invoice and I start feeling a bit less wonderful. The bill is for about $200. I go online to check it out and see this big list of charges. $15 here for this, $10 here for this, $5 here, $4 for that...etc. I call CS and question why there are no credits or discounts for these? They said there is nothing they can do about the charges and basically I was insane thinking these services would be free. Every time I spoke to them I was calm and concise but I kept being treated like I was some kind of liar.

When I asked to speak to a supervisor I would get things like "she's at lunch - call back in an hour or so", "there is nothing they can do for you that I can't" and once a straight up "no". I was getting pretty upset. During one of that later calls I told them they can have their phones back and would love to wash my hands clean of Sprint for good, no matter what the costs.

Three hours later I finally get retentions again. I now started to get apologizes and sweet talked...into renegotiating another deal to stay with Sprint. I said, "we'€™ll see..." (being threatened with a possible $600 ETF). So I get out the micro recorder and notify them I am recording all conversations and the rep said "that's fine". I get offered back my original 2000 min shared on three lines for $100/m. On top of that we agreed for Vision, Pics, N&W @ 7pm, and 500 SMS, on all lines at no extra charge. I said I would not hang up and agree to anything unless I got something in writing.

We go back and forth about this and I keep getting "we're not allowed to do that" (any written confirmations - no letters, no taxes, no emails, nothing). So to make a long story a little shorter, three hours later I finally got them to send me an email from the rep confirming the Vision, Pics, N&W @ 7pm, and 500 SMS, free for the life of the agreement. So I saved the email, printed out a few copies, verified that they understood and agreed that the conversation was taped - finally said thank you and hung up (after the latest 2.5 hour conversation).

The next month and the bill was off - again. Another lengthy phone call (once again taped) and I was told that the adjustments have been made. Almost. It takes 2 cycles later to get an invoice that was in range (~$100+taxes) . My bill finally seems correct (for now). I will be making sure to watch it more closely from now until the end of my contract.

I find it disturbing that an established enterprise as large as Sprint is practicing sales techniques and customer service akin to that of a sleazy car dealership. There seems to be a huge disconnect between departments that deal with customers. Although, I have noticed the one thing they seem to agree on is the ideal of denial and to never admit or commit. When these two years are up I will absolutely make my best efforts to avoid Sprint for any services ever again. I can only pray that this recent lucky streak holds.

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