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Clayton was under the impression that mobile phone contracts exist because carriers want to lock us in and recoup the costs of subsidizing our handset purchases. That makes sense, right? I mean, if we bring our own phones when signing up with a new carrier, we’re just exchanging money for phone service, and there’s no reason to lock us into a contract. Right? Right, Sprint?

I recently ran into a situation that I was unable to resolve with Sprint customer service, much to my surprise.

I had always thought it was common knowledge that cell phone contracts are in place due to their relationship with phone subsidies. It makes sense that the cell provider require a contract and an early termination fee if they are subsidizing the price of a new phone. In fact, in recent years they have created tiered ETF fees

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