The root of the question is why does this policy exist, if there's no technical requirement to do so?
I go back to my original statement, I feel like my phone is being held hostage.
Why does Sprint maintain the right to deny my the us of my device, by preventing me from switching service providers for 50 days?
neither agent said "everyone does this"
what the agent DID say was "every carrier has their requirements, policy and procedures to follow"
meaning Sprints requirements, policy and procedures include it must be active on your account for 50 days before it can be unlocked.
if you were with Verizon their requirement, policy and procedure would be required to have it active for 60 days before it could be unlocked.
for security purposes if im remembering right. takes roughly that long to fully check and make sure there isnt anything fraudulent etc etc
got bored and did a quick check on TMO...their policy is 40 days with a added "You have requested no more than two mobile device unlock codes per line of service in the last 12 months".
that last part alone gives you a slight peak into why..if for example someone stole a phone and it was never reported as stolen just yet..that stolen not reported device has in Sprints case 50 days to be reported etc<~~ mainly just an example
security measures all the carriers have in place just with different requirements.
thx-sprint, I am one of the Community Managers here. You've been provided with the information that we have available. As you probably can understand, there are some things, the logic behind business decisions being one, that may not be shared with front line agents (that's Carlos and Kryshna, or even corporate employees like me.
Not to put these guys down because they're very good, they're very smart and they know what they know, but the person scooping ice cream at 31 Flavors doesn't know why it's not 32 Flavors because someone somewhere made that decision and it's generally not a thing shared all the way down to the front line. But front line they are, as in firing squad, as in they take a lot on their shoulders trying to deliver the best customer experience that they can. I ask that you be understanding that they've given you what info they have.
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