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  1. #1
    Nicholas Gemas
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    Hello to all--
    This topic has probably been covered, so please bear with me.

    I signed up with Sprint in fall 2001. Got a good deal on a phone.
    Everything was fine until this summer, when I moved to the east coast
    from the midwest, where my calling area had been. First, Sprint didn't
    want to give me a new phone number to go with my new calling area.
    Then, they stopped sending paper bills. Next, they wouldn't change my
    billing address from Kansas to Connecticut, so I couldn't make
    payments with my VISA checking card. My check card always worked in
    Kansas, but as soon as I moved out here, I couldn't make payments at
    all with my new card, using my new bank account, even though my
    mailing address through my bank and address through Sprint's billing
    dept was the same (same zip code, etc.).

    Finally I went to the Sprint Store to get this fixed, and they
    couldn't help me. They made me call Sprint myself using a phone in a
    small room. The Sprint cust svc rep said she would correct the address
    problem. I also gave her my checking card number over the phone to pay
    my bill for the two months I wasn't able to make payments. She said
    she would wave the payment fee ($4) and would start sending me paper
    bills again. She also gave me a new calling plan that was 700 anytime
    minutes and 3000 night/weekend minutes, for $41.95 per month. I
    thought this was very generous and I was happy with the new plan.

    Well, to make a long story short, after several additional attempts,
    the payment issue was never resolved; they would never accept my
    checking card, no matter how I tried to use it (online, on the
    automated phone system or through a rep), they NEVER sent me another
    itemized paper bill, and to top it all off, I moved to a small town in
    Connecticut, and there is no coverage out here at all. All this while
    I kept receiving odd messages on my answering machine at home
    demanding payment for a bill that was never itemized nor delivered.
    Every time I'd call in, asking for a paper bill, the reps would tell
    me to look on the website. I told them, "I don't have Internet
    access", and they replied numerous times that I *had* to get online to
    view my bill.

    So finally I did this. What I noticed is that for each month after I
    moved to Connecticut, May 2003-present, the total amount I owe each
    month is different. Even though my plan is $41.95 (and I NEVER use
    more than 60 minutes of talk time per month--well below my limits!,
    and never used Wireless Web, or any other misc. service), my bills
    were inconsistent --- $56.80 on month, $72.44 the next month, etc. up
    to and including August, which was $110.89!! After everything else
    I've described, after not being able to make payments with my VISA
    check card after I moved out here, I finally gave up dealing with this
    company after they refused to adjust my bill or explain my excess
    charges.

    Last week, I demanded that my service be canceled at once (which
    didn't matter; they'd turned off my service without telling me at the
    beginning of September). They refused to cancel it upon my
    request--some b.s. about "waiting until the end of the billing cycle".
    I ordered them to turn it off and cancel it, which I have the right to
    do so (it's in their contract). They refused to send me a paper bill
    (again!!) and refused to stop calling my home telephone and leaving
    the stupid pre-recorded messages ("This is an urgent message from
    Sprint PCS, your wireless phone provider...."). They threatened to
    "turn me over to collections" if I did not pay my bill "immediately".
    I told them I would make no payment until the excessive charges on my
    bill could be explained and justified. They refused to go over it with
    me, and indeed they put me through three reps during one of my calls,
    and nobody would assist me with this. They still could not explain why
    my VISA card would not work, even though they had *on record* that I'd
    attempted to make 5 payments with it throughout the summer. (My card
    works with every other bill I pay each month.) They started demanding
    that I give them the numbers to my checking account over the phone. I
    said, "Are you serious?!" I wouldn't trust any of them with that
    information. After wrangling with several other reps, and getting no
    where, I said, to hell with you, and hung up.

    So, now they will not let me out of the cancellation fee, and they are
    forcing me to pay a total of $360 (which is the $150 canc. fee and
    other charges) and they're leaving threatening messages on my home
    answering machine). I don't feel justified in paying the $150 fee for
    service that has been as ****ty as this. I will pay for calls that I
    made, but nothing else. I am willing to take this matter to court. I
    am schooled in contract law (I work in the insurance industry). There
    must be some way to get out of paying this fee. If I get out of paying
    the fee, I would be willing to negotiate the difference with Sprint
    for an amount of money I feel is justified.

    Thank you for reading this... If any of you have had similar
    experiences dealing with Sprint, please let me know. Also, if you know
    of a concrete way to not have to pay this fee, also please tell me.
    I'm just out of college and money is really tight, and even if I had
    $150 laying around, I would never let these lepers have it. My email
    address is [email protected].

    Nick

    PS--Even though I started a new calling plan in May 2003, they don't
    even have this on record. They claim I signed a new Advantage
    Agreement in February (?!). Would someone please tell me what they're
    smoking?



    See More: My story with Sprint




  2. #2
    Phill.
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Nicholas Gemas <[email protected]> wrote:

    > ngem[email protected]


    about his grief. But some Sprint apologist will figure out how its his
    fault, and SPIN again how Sprint Customer Service is getting better.



  3. #3
    Lawrence G. Mayka
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    "Nicholas Gemas" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > PS--Even though I started a new calling plan in May 2003, they don't
    > even have this on record. They claim I signed a new Advantage
    > Agreement in February (?!). Would someone please tell me what they're
    > smoking?


    Does Sprint have any evidence of your affirmative consent to a new Advantage
    Agreement (e.g., a voice recording)?





  4. #4
    Eric
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    <<I moved to a small town in Connecticut, and there is no coverage out
    here at all.>>

    First off, if this is the case, you have/had every right to cancel your
    service plan as it is Sprint's responibility to provide you with
    adequate service. If they cannot, then they cannot charge you a
    cancellation fee since they are not holding up their end of their terms
    and conditions.

    <<All this while I kept receiving odd messages on my answering machine
    at home demanding payment for a bill that was never itemized nor
    delivered. Every time I'd call in, asking for a paper bill, the reps
    would tell me to look on the website. I told them, "I don't have
    Internet access", and they replied numerous times that I *had* to get
    online to view my bill. >>

    That is a lie from the rep. I had online billing for awhile, but one
    month, my invoice just didn't show up. I went back to paper billing
    with no problem... they should have allowed you too as well.

    <<Last week, I demanded that my service be canceled at once (which
    didn't matter; they'd turned off my service without telling me at the
    beginning of September). They refused to cancel it upon my request--some
    b.s. about "waiting until the end of the billing cycle". I ordered them
    to turn it off and cancel it, which I have the right to do so (it's in
    their contract). I told them I would make no payment until the
    excessive charges on my bill could be explained and justified. They
    refused to go over it with me, >>

    Sounds like you got a really raw deal with them. I haven't got a clue
    as to why some customers only have positive experiences, while others
    have nothing but negative ones. My best course of action for you would
    be to have everything documented and consult an attourney, and let
    Sprint know you are contacting one. One, they failed to provide you
    with coverage when you moved... and two, they are being evasive about
    being upfront about your bills and charges. You should *not* be
    expected to pay any cancellation fee because they could not provide you
    with coverage in your area and refused to accomodate you when you
    requested to see your bill or have charges explained to you.

    Sorry to hear about your troubles and good luck with dealing with them.

    Eric




  5. #5
    Eric
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    <<But some Sprint apologist will figure out how its his fault, and SPIN
    again how Sprint Customer Service is getting better. >>

    Shut up Phillipe. I think anyone in here who read his story would agree
    that he is getting a raw deal from Sprint and would side with him. Most
    people in here who have had good customer service encounters only speak
    from personal experiences and not for everyone else like you think they
    do. I have had good CS overall from day one, but yet I know that Sprint
    has things to work on and am not blind enough to say that anyone who
    says otherwise is a liar. Most people in here are the same way. You
    claim that "apologists" in here SPIN things too positively... but
    according to your above post, you only SPIN things in a negative way
    without giving anyone a fair chance to respond on their own.




  6. #6
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    All the extra charges on your bill ... what were they listed as? They must
    have had some (perhaps inadequate) line item description next to them.

    Tom Veldhouse





  7. #7
    Rob Smith
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint



    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > All the extra charges on your bill ... what were they listed as? They must
    > have had some (perhaps inadequate) line item description next to them.
    >
    > Tom Veldhouse
    >
    >


    I believe he said in his letter that he hasnt seen a bill since may 2003
    and the reps would not give him a paper bill or explain any extra
    charges.

    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  8. #8
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint


    <RobNoopsWLatyahoo.com (Rob Smith)> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    >
    > "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in article
    > <[email protected]>:
    > > All the extra charges on your bill ... what were they listed as? They

    must
    > > have had some (perhaps inadequate) line item description next to them.
    > >
    > > Tom Veldhouse
    > >
    > >

    >
    > I believe he said in his letter that he hasnt seen a bill since may 2003
    > and the reps would not give him a paper bill or explain any extra
    > charges.
    >
    > [posted via phonescoop.com]


    He said he viewed it online and there were extra charges each month.
    Because they are online, their must have been some description of the
    charges.

    Tom Veldhouse





  9. #9
    Nicholas Gemas
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    They claim to have a "voice verification" on file from the alleged
    February agreement. What's likely is that I called sometime in
    February, to request information regarding my bill, and they taped the
    conversation and that's their "consent". However, (to the best of my
    knowledge) I did not change calling plans in February, nor did I
    request to. When I asked the rep to play back the verification for me,
    she transferred me to another rep, who hung up on me.


    On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 13:23:58 GMT, "Lawrence G. Mayka"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >Does Sprint have any evidence of your affirmative consent to a new Advantage
    >Agreement (e.g., a voice recording)?
    >





  10. #10
    tom ronson
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    it's very simple ---- ask them to play the tape for you. I got a buck that
    says they couldn't cough it up if their lives depended on it.

    --tr

    "Nicholas Gemas" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > They claim to have a "voice verification" on file from the alleged
    > February agreement. What's likely is that I called sometime in
    > February, to request information regarding my bill, and they taped the
    > conversation and that's their "consent". However, (to the best of my
    > knowledge) I did not change calling plans in February, nor did I
    > request to. When I asked the rep to play back the verification for me,
    > she transferred me to another rep, who hung up on me.
    >
    >
    > On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 13:23:58 GMT, "Lawrence G. Mayka"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >Does Sprint have any evidence of your affirmative consent to a new

    Advantage
    > >Agreement (e.g., a voice recording)?
    > >

    >






  11. #11
    tom ronson
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint


    "Eric" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]

    > I have had good CS overall from day one, but yet I know that Sprint
    > has things to work on and am not blind enough to say that anyone who
    > says otherwise is a liar.


    what are you talking about? You're awfully quick with the "liar" word ----
    so it's best if you stop those fingers from making you look like a bigger
    fool than you've already set forth in your earlier "works".

    And, while you're so abrasive might I suggest you go f*ck yourself. How's
    that, pal.






  12. #12
    Nicholas Gemas
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    It appears as though they charged me a $150 termination fee on my
    invoice dated May 3rd. It was later removed (they apparently thought I
    was trying to cancel my service). There is also KS county & state tax
    on my May and June invoices; CT tax is on each subsequent invoice.
    Other than that, all minutes used are listed as being included in my
    calling plan. Starting with the invoice dated July 3rd, they removed
    my calling plan entirely and billed me directly for each minute used.
    On my July invoice, for example, there is a section that says
    "Additional usage charges", and it further says "voice airtime charges
    for extra minutes used" with 328.0 minutes totaling $131.20. Then,
    down below that, it says "Total individual charges for Mr. Nicholas J.
    Gemas", and the figure is $102.23. Finally, the amt. due on this
    invoice is $190.62.

    The August invoice is equally as murky. The minutes *are* itemized,
    but for each minute used, it looks as though the minutes are included
    in my calling plan, and I never exceed that usage.


    On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 10:20:58 -0500, "Thomas T. Veldhouse"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >All the extra charges on your bill ... what were they listed as? They must
    >have had some (perhaps inadequate) line item description next to them.
    >
    >Tom Veldhouse
    >





  13. #13
    VZW Guy
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    Rep do not have the ability to do it.. I BLIEVE a manage has to make a
    req from coporate to get it, or they have coporate contact you..
    something like that.. not completely sure.. I will check on it for ya,
    and get back with ya. I still have some contacts over there, and can try
    and get the info for you.

    --
    Statements made by me are of my opinion and knowledge, and do not
    express those by Verizon Wireless(R).
    Any information I give is subject to change without notice, and may not
    be completely accurate.


    "tom ronson" <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > it's very simple ---- ask them to play the tape for you. I got a buck that
    > says they couldn't cough it up if their lives depended on it.
    >
    > --tr
    >
    > "Nicholas Gemas" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > They claim to have a "voice verification" on file from the alleged
    > > February agreement. What's likely is that I called sometime in
    > > February, to request information regarding my bill, and they taped the
    > > conversation and that's their "consent". However, (to the best of my
    > > knowledge) I did not change calling plans in February, nor did I
    > > request to. When I asked the rep to play back the verification for me,
    > > she transferred me to another rep, who hung up on me.
    > >
    > >
    > > On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 13:23:58 GMT, "Lawrence G. Mayka"
    > > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > > >
    > > >Does Sprint have any evidence of your affirmative consent to a new

    > Advantage
    > > >Agreement (e.g., a voice recording)?
    > > >

    > >

    >
    >


    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  14. #14
    Phill.
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Nicholas Gemas <[email protected]> wrote:

    > It appears as though they charged me a $150 termination fee on my
    > invoice dated May 3rd. It was later removed (they apparently thought I
    > was trying to cancel my service).


    Due to Sprints antiquated computer systems, apparently that is correct.
    You get Terminated in Kansas, and reactivated in CT with new plan and
    credit for ETF fee.




    > There is also KS county & state tax
    > on my May and June invoices; CT tax is on each subsequent invoice.
    > Other than that, all minutes used are listed as being included in my
    > calling plan. Starting with the invoice dated July 3rd, they removed
    > my calling plan entirely and billed me directly for each minute used.
    > On my July invoice, for example, there is a section that says
    > "Additional usage charges", and it further says "voice airtime charges
    > for extra minutes used" with 328.0 minutes totaling $131.20. Then,
    > down below that, it says "Total individual charges for Mr. Nicholas J.
    > Gemas", and the figure is $102.23. Finally, the amt. due on this
    > invoice is $190.62.
    >
    > The August invoice is equally as murky. The minutes *are* itemized,
    > but for each minute used, it looks as though the minutes are included
    > in my calling plan, and I never exceed that usage.


    But if you now live where you dont have Service, Sprint needs to treat
    you better.



    >
    >
    > On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 10:20:58 -0500, "Thomas T. Veldhouse"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >All the extra charges on your bill ... what were they listed as? They must
    > >have had some (perhaps inadequate) line item description next to them.
    > >
    > >Tom Veldhouse
    > >

    >




  15. #15
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: My story with Sprint


    "VZW Guy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Rep do not have the ability to do it.. I BLIEVE a manage has to make a
    > req from coporate to get it, or they have coporate contact you..
    > something like that.. not completely sure.. I will check on it for ya,
    > and get back with ya. I still have some contacts over there, and can try
    > and get the info for you.
    >


    Besides, they don't have to give it too you without a subpoena ... which
    means going to court. I think the manual nature of retrieving such a
    recording are such that it will be a cold day in hell that you get such a
    recording without a subpoena.

    Tom Veldhouse





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