Looking story short:
Two customer service agents told me I can get my new phone unlocked as long as I paid the phone off and my account is in good standing.
I went out to buy a brand new phone and paid it completely off.
Third agent said they cannot get it unlocked due to policy. Her lead had me wait an hour for her to call me. When she did call, she told me to go to sprint.com/unlock to read the policy. Ridiculous.
I've emailed customer service and I've had no response. I am going out of the country in less than 2 weeks and will need my phone unlocked so I can use an international SIM card.
I need this escalated. I bought a phone on Sprint BECAUSE the agents I've talked to first said I can get it unlocked before my trip. Otherwise I wouldn't bother. I need a solution.
Hello @Doriscdoe, we would like to help you get this resolved. Did the third agent say why the phone doesn't meet the unlocking policy? In order to unlock the device, there are certain requirements that it needs to meet, among the most important are:
Because the phone is brand new, it hasn't been on the sprint network for 50 days. However, the agents I talked to prior did NOT mention that. If they did, I wouldn't have bought the phone because the purpose was to get it unlocked and use it overseas for my two week vacation.
@Doriscdoe, we totally understand where you are coming from but unfortunately, if it doesn't meet our policy, we won't be able to unlock it.
So agents can just screw me over? Is that what it is?
It makes no sense to me that the company can't follow up in what their agents say. I specifically stated that if I buy a phone and need it unlocked in 3 weeks -- if that was possible. And two of them said yes.
Is there a way to get a full refund on my phone then because I have no use for one that's not unlocked.
I get what you're saying, however, it's not possible to override this policy. If we attempt to process the unlock, it will be rejected by our system.
If you're traveling internationally, we have great plans that include international features while traveling abroad.
Most of our plans include Global Roaming, which provides you with unlimited text, data at 2G (with option to buy high speed) at no cost and calls at $0.25 per minute.
Where are you traveling to?
I would be traveling to Sapporo and Seoul. But with Sprint, I would have to pay extra for the 4G speeds. My family would be providing me with the SIM cards when I am there which is why I needed my device unlocked.
You are right! But you are going to have to pay for a SIM plus a Data plan while you are there. Sprint ofers:
For more information on the rates visit: https://sprint.co/381x8Q1
The sim cards paid by my family means I don't have to pay. (4G LTE, unlimited data)
Getting faster speeds from sprint means I do have to pay since sprint does not offer 4G LTE for free overseas
Although reps should provide this information up front all carriers post unlock policies online for anyone to review. A little bit of research goes a long way. As advised though, if a rep attempts to unlock it when it doesnt meet the requirements the tool will reject it and say why its not eligible to be unlocked. Most to all carriers have a time restriction in their unlock policies, even Verizon does now which before were always unlocked.
This is typically to help in preventing fraud/theft but am sure theres other reasons behind it also.
While I understand the reasoning behind why they don't allow the phones to be unlocked, it does not mean a customer representative should give me incorrect information. I had questioned it prior to buying the phone, the customer representative said it can be done. I bought the phone, talked to another representative, they still said yes.
It would have been a completely different issue if I had not asked or bothered to question the unlocking policy prior to buying the device.
Regardless, I am very appreciative for the representative that reached out to me and gave me a solution. Sprint eventually did follow through with what their agents originally told me.
glad to hear!
i work in a sprint call center as a QE so I know first hand what you mean and agree with you.
In a perfect world ppl would always give accurate info but sadly theres no exception here lol. it happens to every company. Either rep misunderstands something, doesnt say it right or in worst cases dont care. I am sure if whoever you spoke with has a trend of misinformation they are being coached at the very least so they will be more accurate moving forward.
Glad someone was able to follow up and resolve it. Typically we take these thigs seriously, if someone gives wrong info then it can be escalated and f within reason and ability Sprint usually takes care of the customer.
There is an escalation process for device unlocks (and most things).. once n a while though some things are physically impossible which is when its a bigger problem as you could imagine lol.
My dept. handles device unlock requests (among other things) so ive seen it all!