So you sign a 2 year agreement, when that agreement is signed your upgrade date is set.
Sprint holds up their end of the bargain giving you the discount on the phone. You don't hold up your end of the bargain, 2 years of service and the upgrade date (as you want Sprint to change the agreement in your favor at no cost), and Sprint is the one that's being inflexible?
You could go to other providers but they probably have fairly similar early upgrade policies.
You changed your upgrade policy from 22 months to 20 months AFTER I purchased this phone, and did not grandfather in previous purchasers, so I have to wait the full 22 months, so the appreciation you mention doesn't actually apply to me.
So, we've shot holes in the idea that Sprint hasn't already recouped their discount investment made in my phones, and you haven't explained, at all, how Sprint would be harmed by selling me upgraded services three weeks earlier.
You mentioned a policy change that you didn't include me in. Why? Apprarently because I made the mistake of being a longer-standing customer than the program itself. The flexibility you refer to doesn't apply to me. Charging me $50 for 22 days doesn't seem like an especially "flexible" policy to me. All you've done by bringing that up is reminded me how you'll charge me more to get a phone 22 days early than to dump the contract five months early. Not a good move on your part.
So, the flexibility you mention takes the form of something that doesn't apply to me, or is rather draconian, financially. If that "is your flexibility" then that is the problem, in a nutshell.
There is no business reason for not doing this, and none of the explanations given hold any water. As a general policy, perhaps, but one I'd think that, when looking at the reasons and determining whether they actually apply here, should be subject to the smallest amount of flexibility.
You guys should probably stop responding to this unless you have an actual solution, since you just seem to be making it worse when you dole out your pre-written scripts that don't apply to this situation.
Circling back to the original question, regarding whether the original poster could get an early upgrade, the offical answer made it sound like it was possible. A more honest answer would have been "No, unless you wish to pay a substantial fee."
I can appreciate everything you have stated and so does Sprint; we changed our upgrade policy from 22 months to 20 months and instituted a Buy Up policy (that you have stated you are eligible for) to facilitate obtaining a device early. Our policy change is our flexibility with regards to these types of issues.
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"We don't want to lose you as a customer"
Of course you do. Why else would you continue the previous precedent of treating me like I'm an idiot? Yes, I got a rebate on the phone I have that is no longer entirely functional. As I mentioned, upgrading to a new smartphone would require an upgrade in plan.
This means that my previous phone was not a smartphone. It was a no-frills phone. Like I said, I'm only one month away from upgrade eligibility. You guys have long, long, long since made back any money from the discount on my very basic, not that expensive to start with, Samsung Reclaim.
Which, according to the link you gave me, has ZERO buyback credit value. And you're trying to tell me that accellerating the upgrade by three weeks will put Sprint into the red because of the massive value they invested in a phone that, less than two years later, is deemed by Sprint's own program to be completely worthless?
The inflexibility is bad enough, but probably not enough to make me think about leaving. What is infuriating beyond belief is the way the previous call center service manager, and now you, insult my intelligence in trying to defend that inflexibility. That's what is making me very seriously consider doing business with your competitors, who I consider to be not all that stellar as corporate citizens.
It's not like I purchased a top of the line smartphone before, and want a shiny new toy because I'm bored after a year. I had a very basic model, the value of the discount was modest, the value of the phone at full price was a fraction of the discount you currently give. I'd be purchasing top of the line phones, with a higher level of service plan, and am only asking for less than a month.
The main reason why I asked was my assumption that you'd want to start charging me at that higher rate. But hey, you guys also have it equally expensive to terminate my contract five or six months early, or to spend that much to upgrade my no-frills phone 22 days early. Which choice do you think looks more attractive to me? I tend not to want to reward companies that insult my intelligence.
We don't want to lose you as a customer, have you looked at our buyback program? www.sprint.com/buyback this will help off-set the costs associated with upgrading. Please keep in mind that every time you upgrade you are getting a discount on the new phone you're purchasing, the reason why the upgrade now can't be waived is due to the fact that you have not fulfilled your agreement. Most of these smartphones in the market retail for $550+, in most cases Sprint will cover half of the price if not more in return for an agreement.
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No, you can't unless you want to pay them an additional fee. There is no flexibility on this, even if you would be, say, upgrading to a phone that also requires you to upgrade to a higher level of service.
In my case, I'm less than a month away from upgrade eligibility, I'd be upgrading to a smartphone, which requires a data plan, which I currently do not have. In addition, my old phone is no longer fully functional (camera is dead). No early upgrade, no consideration at all, unless I go to a store, and then I have to pay a $50 early upgrade fee.
When I asked why, since I'd be upgrading my entire service, they wouldn't want to waive that to start making more money from me that much sooner, since it's only 20+ days out, the service manager even suggested to me that they wouldn't make money, since I would be using a higher level of services! I literally laughed out loud at this, and told him I didn't realize that Sprint had to build more cell towers and upgrade their wiring and servers to accomodate an upgrade that happens one month early.
Now, instead of upgrading in a month, I'm probably going to look to move my business to another company, since it's well known that Sprint's data network capacity is inferior to their two main rivals. Why not? Early termination for me is about the same as the early upgrade fee.
Nice work, Sprint.
Great question! When are you eligible to upgrade? You can check your upgrade eligibility by texting “upgrade” to 1311. A Sprint corporate store may have some kind of option or promo's they can provide too you for upgrading!
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