Sprint ETF Loophole?

Posted Jun 08, 2012 at 8:50 pm in Threads > Opinions

So towards the end of June I was planning on leaving Sprint and heading over to At&t with the girlfriend. I had a plan with my brother to swap lines, his being off contract, allowing him to continue using my GSII and having me leave Sprint without any ETF worry. However now it seems that my brother is backing out of the whole idea which is leaving me at a whopping $300 ETF that doesn’t look too pretty.

I figure by selling the SII I am still looking at a big chunk just to get out of Sprint and buying a new phone until I realized something. I noticed that the difference between smartphones and basic phones half the ETF fee, $150 in my case. So what if I were to downgrade my plan with a basic phone, pay the ETF, sell the SII for around $200, and have some left over to put into the new phone. It all just seems too good to be true and I might just be overlooking something just in the thought of a somewhat loophole but what do you guys think? Could it be that easy? Should I read the terms and conditions instead of writing a thread out of shear excitement?

What do you think?

  • kazahani

    You could try, but I don’t think it will work.

    Your ETF is most likely determined by what type of phone you got a subsidy on when you signed the contract, not what type of phone is currently on your line.

    Worth a shot, though. Maybe I’m wrong.

  • redraider133

    ^^ this, I think the ETF is based on what phone you bought when you got the discount, not what is currently on the line.

    • GidKid

      My recommendation: find a Verizon PRL, roam on 3G, and eat up roaming data until Sprint gets angry and terminates your contract. Voila – no ETF.

      I’m not sure how to change PRL on the SGSII specifically, but it should be a simple Google search away. Make sure your data plan includes data roaming, or you might incur more charges than you save. And by ‘eat up roaming data’, I mean lots of it. Gigabytes.

      Good luck!