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If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

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Wizard

Re: If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

All of our advertised plans require a 2 year service agreement, so you are not able to activate a phone with one of our newer plans without an agreement. The contract in this situation is not being lengthened, it is a newly created contract based on the requirements of the selected plan.

Journeyman

Re: If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

Sprint can't extend contracts due to rate plan changes by law.

Journeyman

Re: If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

Then why did Verizon not rope me into a contract when I used an old phone for a third line? Verizon also had decent customer service because they did not hire foreign phone banks to screw things up and take jobs overseas. I always was able to talk with someone who was in the U.S. and took care of my concerns--they didn't call me "Mr. Jeff" either. I came back to Sprint because I thought they had gotten better after it took them two and a half years to admit that roaming was covered in my plan after hurting my credit. I also returned because Sprint was cheaper. You get what you pay for. It reminds of the "my name is Peggy" advertisement.

Journeyman

If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

I just discovered this today as well. I recently upgraded my Sanyo 2700 to an Android based phone. I wanted to add my old Sanyo as a second line to give to my mother for emergencies. The rep via the Sprint chat told me this was possible without a contract, etc. Sprint sales told me otherwise. The sprint sales call btw was horrid, I could barely understand him and he sounded unsure and confused.

Instead I have decided to pickup a prepaid line for my Mother, it's cheaper in the long run anyway.

Master

If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

It is based on line of service as each line has it own contract.

If you replace your aircard  with a card for which sprint gave you no rebate  then the contract would not extend  same for  the phone line the contract on it would end in 2103

If you added and additional line of service it would have a contract that would start on the day the service was activated and run for 2 years.

Journeyman

If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

when opening a brand new Sprint account:
It is important to understand that going forward, once the initial  contract agreement is in place, should a customer purchase a device at  full retail price or through an alternate source (craigslist, a friend,  non-affiliate of Sprint etc.), the contract is not extended.  Also keep  in mind that Sprint does not extend contracts due to rate plan changes.

Please clarify further.

Is the determining factor the- line of service or if you are currently an active customer with a Sprint account?

My Sprint account includes:

Aircard line since 11/2007 &

Phone line since 4/2011

Are you saying? 

1.  Since I've had a Sprint account since 2007. My account is not new, so it could be assumed that I can bring any of MY owned equipment and get service for it w/o a contract?

~or~

2.  Each line, aircard or otherwise has to complete one initial contract period if you bring your own equipment to the table or not.

The verbiage is not clear and I think that's why some have misunderstood or feel misled.

Master

If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

I think the question you are asking is:   If you start an account with us and get a phone  then replace it with one you buy  yourself  do you have to pay sprint for the original phone?

when you opened the line of service you recieved and paid for a device from sprint. device from sprint.  as long as the line of service continues beyond 30 days  you would keep that device.  If the line is canceled within 30 days it would have to be returned.  If you cancel after 30 days but prior to the end of the contract you would pay an early termination fee.

I hope this has answered your question.

Journeyman

If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

The same situation happened to me. I purchased a phone through craigslist, after being told by a rep that it could be added to my existing plan without a contract, only to find out that that information was incorrect. The customer service reps need more training or something. The consistency of their answers suck. We as clients should not have to question several reps to get the 'real' correct answer. We don't have time for that and quite frankly, WE are the customers, YOU should be trying to keep us happy so we repay you with our continued business.

My question to your reply Nicolas is "Although the contract is not extended, if I purchase a new device after the initial contract agreement is in place, do I have to repay Spring for the original phone I received with this initial contract, since I won't be using it anymore?"

Wizard

Re: If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

ickster, we appreciate the time you put into your post in order to provide feedback.  The volume of writing that you've provided blatantly displays how poor of an experience you've had with Sprint and for that I apologize.  The situation you present is actually a situation that may not happen as often as one may think.  The truth is, when opening a brand new Sprint account, whether a device was purchased through alternate sources, at upgrade pricing or at full retail price, a service agreement is required.  The contract is not due to the equipment in this particular instance but is required based upon the rate plan.  To clarify, you are absolutely correct when you say that carriers subsidize phones which in turn produce a contract.  It is important to understand that going forward, once the initial contract agreement is in place, should a customer purchase a device at full retail price or through an alternate source (craigslist, a friend, non-affiliate of Sprint etc.), the contract is not extended.  Also keep in mind that Sprint does not extend contracts due to rate plan changes. 

In regards to your other billing/account issues, I cannot address them specifically for I do not have the proper information provided.  I have, however, sent you a private message so we can discuss in further detail.

~ Nicholas   

Journeyman

If I have my own phones can I activate a new accounrt without a contract...if not, Why?

I received a bill from Sprint today. This after I closed my account and talked to three people seeking assurances that I would not be receiveing any more bills. Sprint, you suck.