More than a year after spending $300 for a wireless pc card and agreeing to pay $60 per month, I lost the pc card. After searching in vain for six weeks, and of course not using the device, I called Sprint and reported the dongle lost or stolen. Sprint told me that they would list the device as lost or stolen and block its usage. I was told that the only way I could close my account was to pay the bill including early termination fees in full. And so even though I had not used the device at all in six weeks, I did pay my bill in full for $168.34.
Then, the following month, I got another bill from Sprint for an additional $120. When I called Sprint to ask about this bill, I was told that even though the device was reported lost or stolen and blocked from usage, Sprint charged me for another month of usage, plus other fees that I had been previously told were paid in full. When I replied that it made no sense that I was being billed an additional month for a device that was blocked, Sprint said that they would get a supervisor on the phone.
I held on the line for an hour and twenty minutes until the battery went dead on my phone. I called another time to resolve the issue, but was left on hold for 40 minutes that time. I realized that not only was Sprint intentionally charging for services that were not delivered, but they were intentionally avoiding all attempts to get a resolution to this matter. For all I know Sprint is going to try to bill me again next month for another month that the device was blocked.
Sprint did tell me that if I don't pay the bill, they will send it to collections and ruin my credit. I pay my bills. But, out of principle I'm going to fight this one. $120 is not a lot of money, but if Sprint rips off a million people for $120 that is a lot of money. I have filed a complaint with the FCC. I have filed a complaint with the BBB. I have filed a complaint with the Arizona Attorney Generals Office. I have mailed two certified letters to Sprint (with no response).
The terms of the contract state that I have given up my right to civil litigation, and must submit to binding arbitration. I have requested binding arbitration from Sprint, with no response. I have contacted two local television stations (ABC 15 Investigates, and 3 On Your Side) and hope to get an on screen interview with both. I am now in the process of posting my story on 30 different complaint forums like this one. Sprint does this because they know that these corporate practices will be profitable to varying degrees in 99.99% of the cases. Unfortunately for Sprint, I am that 1 in 10,000.
PUYALLUP, WA -- TERRIBLE COMPANY!!! I was with Sprint since 2003 and when I signed my last contract in 2008 it became a firestorm of frustration and poor service. I signed up for two additional cell phones because it specifically SAID on the contract that the $9.99 per line was supposed to be waived. Well, from my first invoice I had to fight to get them to uphold the contract. Month after month I would find erratic fees that had no explanation. My bill was supposed to be $89.99 per month, but sometimes it would be $350 with no explanation at all. I do not use any of the extra services, so there is no reason for the additional charges.
Fortunately, one of the reps in the Sprint store was always there to help me out and readjusted my bill for the erratic charges. Unfortunately, the representative finally got sick of their crap and quit, so I was left to deal with this terrible company on my own. I truly feel like the ** up letting her go because she was the only reason I stayed with the company for so long.
To combat the unfair charges, I showed retentions a copy of the contract that I signed and they simply told me that they didn't have to honor it and they made up excuses for why it wasn't good enough to waive the fees. They are very rude, inconsiderate people and I absolutely can't wait till my contract expires so I can switch to Verizon - I hear they're great!!! I should also mention that Sprint's service SUCKS and half the time I couldn't even get my phone to work. I have the LG Rumor and shortly after purchasing it, it wasn't long till it started acting up.
I can't stand this company. They fully suck across the board. I am anticipating the day my contract ends, because there is NOTHING they can do to keep me after I'm no longer obligated. Isn't it funny how, if a CUSTOMER signs a contract THEY have to honor it NO MATTER WHAT! Yet if the cell COMPANY signs it, they only have to honor WHAT THEY WANT TO!
STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK -- Wow, after being with Sprint for TEN (10) years, I think I reached my end. I was going to upgrade my phone to the new Instinct and upgrade my plan to the 99.00 everything. My current contract expires totally 03/09. Currently, I have a 2nd phone on this family share plan, free, not the 9.99.
I called Sprint customer retention to inquire as to what would be available for me, and "why I should stay a customer"... The first guy I spoke to was one of the most rudest customer representative (a supervisor to boot), who essentially told me, " We don't need you, we will offer you nothing, and you will have to pay the disconnect fee on that other line."
I spoke with his supervisor, better customer service, lodged a complaint, and he told me that any decision would have to be made higher than him.
They called me back today (while the supervisor was friendly) and said under no circumstances could/would they waive the 200.00 cancellation fee on the second line. I explained that this is a NO COST line, I pay nothing for it, and I am looking to UPGRADE my PHONE and PLAN!! He understood, but said they can do nothing.
10 years and treated like this... I told him they left me with 4 month to rethink my relationship with them and I didn't see the desire to return... as of now.
Amazing, I was going to upgrade, re-contract for 2 years (4 month early), and pay for a better plan... Now they are in danger of losing a customer... And they just don't seem to care...
Funny thing is, even though I have had them for 10 years (satisfied to a point), I cannot use my phone in my home. Signals dropped immediately. The first idiot wanted to give me (waive the 99.00) a signal antenna to boost my home signal... BUT, it would cost 5.00 per month to use it. **. I laughed at him and asked simply WHY would I do that? He had no answer.
Just wanted to give a heads up on the treatment of a 10 year loyal customer, whose bills are prepaid, never upgraded hardware, and never lodged any complaints.
2 years ago, when I was going to quit, they practically begged me to stay, offered month incentives, etc... Maybe I'll see what happens come March... But I have a bad taste in my mouth!!
DENVER, COLORADO -- Sprint's reputation is quickly and pathetically drowning in complaints and word is out on the street to avoid them like the plague unless you just HAVE to use them. Unfortunately, this is EXACTLY what you have signed up and pay good, hard earned money for and EXACTLY what Sprint promises to reliably deliver - get used to it until someone either buys them out or they go completely under. As of right now, I'm on my third or fourth Sprint joy toy - I've lost count in the excitement - and words cannot describe to you the anger, frustration and humiliation that this company has delivered to not only myself but to MANY other fellow Sprint "customers" that I am acquainted with.
This greedy conglomerate has apparently lost focus on what the words CUSTOMER and SERVICE mean and will seemingly do anything they legally/illegally can to get you off of the phone, transferred to a vacant phone in another department, humiliate you, patronize you, treat you like an idiot, give you a canned, scripted, driveling response while simultaneously doing their utmost best to give you the run around or just simply hang up on you.
Not to be outdone is the "service" they offer. Dropped calls, missed calls, dropped GPS signals, duplicate SMS transmissions, lost SMS messages, bug-laden phone software, phone lockups, the single-most pathetic data transfer rates ever encountered from a "cellular-data-provider", spotty coverage, minimal signal strength (no matter WHERE you are) and last but not least is their most appreciated and famous characteristic - their "WE JUST DON'T CARE" attitude.
WHEN you experience your issues with them - and YOU WILL - best of luck to you getting anything more than "dead-air" or scripted patronization for a response. I've lost count on how many times, I've emailed them, called them, etc. - all to no avail. They actively REFUSE to do anything but patronize me and everyone else I've shared similar experiences with - therefore I've determined to warn as many people as I can about them and hopefully one day before they go under, they'll realize they cannot just dump on and treat people like trash.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- I have been with Sprint Wireless for 1 month today, after switching from Verizon. I love my phone (HTC EVO Design 4G). I should qualify that I love my phone now that it is working. I had to take it back 6 days after purchasing it because the display kept shutting off 10-15 seconds after I did anything, even though the settings were set to shut off after 5 minutes. The cell phone reception has been about the same as what we experienced with Verizon, spotty in some areas but OK in most areas.
I must say though that the customer service that I have received from Sprint has been abominably poor. I had to call to have a charge taken off my first bill that I did not authorize. As of today (2 weeks after I first called and two more calls later), the erroneous charge still shows on my bill and my account shows past due because of it. I purchased two phones (both the same model) at the same time. The second phone is now giving the same problem as the first one was before it was replaced, shutting off at very short intervals. We have taken it back to the Sprint store where we purchased it.
Three different employees in that store (Southcenter Parkway store in Tukwila, WA) have been extremely rude to us. They refuse to look at the second phone without charging us $35 each time. Even when they didn't fix the problem, when we take it back they want another $35. I only paid $99 for the phone in the first place. Why should I have to repurchase the phone $35 at a time when the phone is only 30 days old since I purchased it. It has not been dropped or damaged – the display is defective. It is supposedly under a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer, but the Sprint Store refuses to honor this.
Today, they advised that the phone has a defective motherboard, but they still refuse to fix it unless we pay $35 (in addition to the other two visits where they charged us to reset the phone and it did not fix the problem). We have asked to speak to a supervisor or manager and one is never available and they will not give us a manager's name to contact later. I have tried three different times to contact Sprint Customer Service by phone. All three times, I get to talk to an employee who asks my name and account info. Then they put me on hold. In all three cases, I was on hold for over 30 minutes and finally hung up.
Sprint does not stand behind the product they sell and they will not honor the manufacturer's warranty. They make it impossible to speak to anyone at their company about the problem. I highly recommend that you avoid doing business with this company. THEY STINK BIG TIME!!! :(
No my issue was not resolved. The last agent I spoke to did talk me out of terminating my account with Sprint, and set up an appointment to take my Blackberry to a nearby Sprint store for possible repair. I do appreciate her effort, but the issue was not resolved and has been ongoing for a week.
I did go to the Sprint store and gave them the print out of the scheduled appointment for 5:30 pm. I left work early to go, and once I got there I was told it's not an appointment and that I'd have to sign in at the counter and wait my turn. Well I signed in and waited for over an hour. Unfortunately I had to leave shortly after to pick my child up for soccer practice.
I believe as a whole the customer service I've received over the phone and in the store, was horrible. I have been hung up on, placed on hold for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, told to delete files, that did not need to be deleted, and just lost a lot of time and the issue still has not been resolved.
I have a Blackberry Curve, that will not play any of the over 160 songs I've downloaded over the past year. I continue to receive the same error regarding, "unable to verify access, please call *2 to have your Sprint music store account merged".
I along with 11 other members of my family all have Sprint, and I've been a customer for over 6 years and I'm not a happy customer. I've called customer service 5 out of the past 7 days, and spoken to 8 customer service reps, to no avail. I will make one final call to terminate my contract and my family will cancel as well too. To know Sprint treats your loyal customers like this, speaks volumes.
I hate hearing from other idiot customers who haven't yet had a "customer service" issue, and still feel compelled to berate those who have. You morons sound about as intelligent as the knuckle-draggers working the CS hotlines. Only a moron would penalize PAYING customers as Sprint continually has. Like others, I've had nothing but nightmares dealing with Sprint.
The final straw was when I bought the Samsung Instinct. This phone had numerous issues from the start. I'm shocked that Sprint would have released this phone with the number of problems it had. I personally had to contact the makers of their e-mail software just to get them to realize there was an "issue" with the push system. They included an update to fix it, but my God, customers should not be expected to troubleshoot devices that CLAIM to do something when they can't.
The other great part of this story was getting on the phone with advanced level tech support and having the moron on the other end inform me that that feature wasn't available for my phone. How did this idiot even get his job? Unbelievable. The final nail in the coffin: supervisor from Sprint finally called me and PROMISED to resolve the issue by getting me a new phone. "We care about our customers. This is our new policy." blah blah blah. Yeah I bought it hook, line and sinker.
I called back to get my new phone. Oh what do you know! The brilliant supervisor didn't write any account notes about the resolution. I spoke to a higher supervisor. His response: "I'm sorry, but we can't honor any previous promises made by Sprint. Unfortunately, that's all I can do." I swear to God, if there was a class action suit against Sprint, I would be first in line. I dropped the service, joined AT&T and never looked back. I'm willing pay extra to not be treated like completely crap as a PAYING CUSTOMER.
I have the Instinct phone and when I got into the contract I told them that I wanted the data plan and later I would downgrade to the talk plan. The salesman at Sprint said no problem. Well guess what, now that I am ready to downgrade, I can't because the Instinct will only work with the data plan. They want me to pay full price for a new phone or pay the whole cancellation fee to get out of the contract. This was their lack of communication but I have to pay for it. I have contacted Sprint about 15 times in the past 2 months and have yet to have one person call me back. They do not believe in customer support at all.
One of the people I spoke with is in management. Her name is **. She promised me that a person from escalated management would call me back on Tues. I asked for her direct line in case they didn't call me, which they didn't. I called her back and she didn't answer her phone so I left a message. Well, it's 3 days later and she still hasn't called me back, nor has escalated management. I spoke with a representative that said he was in the same office as her and he would hunt her down and call me back by 6 pm. He hasn't called back either and it's now Friday.
If anyone would like to bombard ** with problem calls, email me and I will give you her direct line. My email address is **. Do not ever sign a contract with this company. They have no integrity and don't give a crap about their customers.
I am very sorry about the person that wrote the review that works there. I don't know why you would work for a company that has no integrity. You say they help people with poor credit, well that's great! Unfortunately I have excellent credit and can't get any help whatsoever. I advise anyone who is considering a contract with Sprint to reconsider and go with another company. You will never get satisfaction with this one.
DENVER, COLORADO -- I bought the LG Rumor phone from Sprint in April 2008. I have had to have the phone replaced 3 or 4 times and had it fixed about as many times. Every time I went to get it fixed I was told by the Tech that they always break and he has to work on them daily. I contacted Sprint Customer Service and asked if they could provide me with a different phone and was told a few times simply "no". I have spent at least 1.5 hours each time waiting for my phone to be replaced of fixed. I had bought ringers and games and each time they replace the phone I was told they don't transfer to the new phone. So I have spent money on ringers and other apps that I was unable to keep.
When I finally got so upset I called and told them I was going to go to AT&T. They said I could upgrade to a new phone with a fee. I talked to "Chuck" and told him I wanted the Diamond Pro and he said he could get it for me for $124.00, I was not happy but just felt tired of being on the phone so I said OK. I told him to call me at my office the next day and I would process the order. He agreed and said he would call at 11am, I didn't get a call till after 12pm. Once I talked to him he started to tell me he was processing the order for the Diamond. And then said "But we talked about the Diamond Pro" and he told me I was confused.
I have said a few different times the day earlier that the Diamond with the qwerty keyboard is the one I wanted and he quoted $124.00. Well he again told me I was confused and he could not honor the $124 on the Diamond Pro. I am over this company I have had nothing but overcharges and poor service. I am lucky that my contract is up in April. With the economy in the state it is I would think that quality of service might be more important. But in Sprint's case I guess not! I have lost over $100 in ringers and apps that I have paid for but could not transfer to my replacement phone each time I had to have the defective phone replaced.
I was in love with Sprint for years. The signal was always great. Three years ago I added my wife to my plan and my love for Sprint disappeared. Every time I changed my plan - to add minutes, texting, etc - Sprint made a billing mistake. Either the wrong service was added or no service at all was added. Correcting the problem always took 6 phone calls over the following 3 months.
Once, charges were added randomly. I tried to have them removed and one representative actually said she was not going to because she thought I needed the service! (This is not a joke, exaggeration, or mean spirited lie. I even have the e-mails concerning that problem saved.) That situation really got me hot under the collar.
Finally after three years of trouble, my wife transferred her phone number to another provider the day her contract expired. I found out when my plan ended (after another round of problems), inquired about the ins and outs of changing providers, and counted the days. I just found out, my final 2-year contract expired a mere 3 days following the end of a billing cycle. This caused me to have to pay for an entire month of service! I spoke with 2... TWO... representatives about cancelling my service and this fact was omitted. I was never sent a bill. The charges never showed on my online account. I was only sent an overdue notice in the mail.
Sad, sad stuff. I researched Sprint and have found they are the only [major?] cell phone company who is losing their customer base. Everyone cites similar problems resulting in their leaving Sprint for another provider. I have never written an online complaint before, but would love to tell everyone, save yourself the hassle and choose another provider.