You know the pain of having to suffer through the remainder of your cell contract despite crappy reception, dropped calls, less than stellar customer service, or the temptation of another company selling your dream phone. You won't cancel cause you know that means you'll be shelling out up to $200 for your mandated Early Termination Fee. Oh the horror!
So with news of mobile companies beginning to pro-rate their ETFs depending on how long you stay in your contract, is music to my ears — no more suffering with a company that you despise, and you can jump ship with a smaller, more manageable fee. But now there's even better news for Sprint customers living in California. See what I mean when you read more.
A California judge is ordering Sprint to refund $18.25 million to customers who paid those early termination fees, ruling they were an unlawful penalty under California law by being "implemented primarily as a means to discourage customers from leaving" their contracts! Not only will Sprint be paying back prior customers' ETFs, but they will have to forgo pursuing the $54.75 million in early termination fees that went unpaid. Woo hoo! Sprint has two weeks to respond to the ruling, so hopefully we'll get word soon about when you might be getting your money back.