HOW TO BREAK THAT SPRINT CONTRACT WITHOUT INCURRING THE EARLY TERMINATION FEE
While we’re one of the few customers amongst our friends and colleagues who’s actually happy with our Sprint service relative to our monthly fees, we know there are some out there that are eager to break it off like a bad relationship in order to snag an iPhone from AT&T or the Blackberry Storm from Verizon. Here’s a smart way to do it without incurring the dreaded early termination fee.
The Consumerist reported two days ago that "on January 1, 2009, Sprint will increase the Administrative fee to $.99 per line. Because this is what is known as a "materially adverse change of contract," and because of the basic contractual principle that you can’t change someone’s contract without their explicit permission (not the tacit, "opt-out" kind), you can use it to argue that the fee renders your contract void and you can end service without a termination fee."
Here’s the fee notice: "Administrative Charge Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the Administrative Charge will increase to $0.99 per line. For details on surcharges, please see Sprint Terms & Conditions or visit sprint.com/taxesandfees
If Sprint focused more on their business, customers and expanding their selection of phones instead of producing nice black and white commercial’s, they might not be in this quandry.
For more detailed information on how a Sprint customer broke it off, ETF free, visit: www.consumerist.com