In an effort to cut expenses, it appears that Sprint will be decommissioning its early upgrade program that allowed customers to cancel within 10-14 days of an expiring contract.
The evidence, supplied by TechnoBuffalo, reveals Sprint’s plans to end the policy effective June 1st. If true, and it looks like it is, that only gives Sprint customers a few days to take advantage of this policy, a policy that customers have enjoyed for quite some time now.
Obviously, this is a shame for those who are looking to upgrade after June 1st but fortunately it’s only a couple of weeks that we’re talking about here, not a few months.
This policy change comes at the expense of the company’s investments in both the iPhone, which the company reportedly spent $15-20 billion to get, and a 4G LTE network which is slated to light up sometime in the weeks ahead.
Early upgrades aren’t the only thing that Sprint has done away with either. Last year, the carrier cancelled several of its well-known services including its Premier program. It also tightened up its return policy.
The move to end early upgrades comes just after Sprint released its first two 4G LTE smartphones, the LG Viper 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and shortly before it was originally scheduled to unleash the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
However, the HTC EVO 4G LTE’s release date has apparently been pushed back due to customers issues brought on by a patent dispute with Apple.
The device is currently being held at U.S. Customs which has delayed the release indefinitely.