I have three lines with Sprint, one of them is out of contract, one of them is 7 months from the end of the contract and one is 12 months away from the end of its contract. Does Sprint prorate its early termination fees? Am I going to get charged two ETFs if I cancel all three lines tomorrow?
Sprint began pro-rating early termination fees in the fall of last year (I think October or November, but not for sure). But it was only for contracts that were started at that time. So, considering you have so much time left, I think it's safe to say you'd have to pay the full amount of the early termination fee, which is $200, per line that is still in contract. Call *2 from your Sprint phone and talk to someone in Customer Care and they can tell you for sure about any fees you'd have to pay if you cancel the lines.
To clarify, in the OH/IN/KY market, early termination fees began prorating in 2009. Upgrade or new activation contracts started after this change took effect have an etf of $200 for the first 5 months of the 2 year agreement. After 5 months, the etf starts to decrease by $10 a month, until it reaches a minimum of $50. Any corporate store will also have the contract details and up-to-date termination fees.
Why would it be any different for the OH/IN/KY market? The announce it nation wide in 2008, I find nowhere that it is limited to any "market".
When this announcement was released, the powers that be did not realize that it would be easier said than done. The computer system that corporate stores use to process sales had to be updated to accomodate the new terms and conditions for contracts (in fact, updates to this system are still taking place) and the prorated etf policy could not take place company wide, like they had planned, in 2008. This is why I suggested this person either call Customer Care or visit a local Sprint store to be sure what the fees would be before any lines are canceled. (I've worked at a corporate store since 2007.)
Tell me about it. It's the reps in the store that end up getting yelled at and have to apologize for something we didn't do. But as far as the new etf policy goes, to this day customers don't realize that Sprint now prorates so they're pleasantly surprised when we explain it to them. My store hasn't fielded any complaints that we didn't start prorating sooner.