Answer: Sprint is either right or wrong, which is to say it either gave you the incorrect information (which means it owes you a full refund) or the correct information (in which case, it owes you nothing).
Offering to reduce you bill by 15 percent and then 50 percent is unacceptable. This is a black-and-white case in my book.
How could you have prevented it? Getting the details in writing would have been helpful. The last time I ordered a special calling plan, before I traveled to Canada and Italy, I asked my wireless carrier to email me the offer, which included chapter and verse of its terms.
At the very least, you could have created a paper trail once you had an $800 phone bill. But as I review your correspondence with Sprint, it appears the company tried successfully to get you away from email and push you toward calling it. (An understandable impulse when you’re a phone company — but wrong.)
That left you without any evidence of your conversation, and you had no proof of the ongoing dialogue. In other words, it was Sprint’s word against yours.
I’m also troubled by Sprint’s statements to you that it couldn’t pull up the call records. Every major company records its call center conversations “for quality assurance purposes.” Why can’t Sprint share the transcript?
I contacted Sprint on your behalf. A representative contacted me and said it had apologized to you for giving you “any information that may have been inaccurate.” As a “courtesy” Sprint removed all the roaming charges you incurred. It’s also working to “fully educate” the customer service agent you worked with about the company’s roaming charges.
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