Terms & Conditions
Your Service Agreement with Sprint includes, but is not limited to, the terms of your service plan (including those outlined below and set forth in the services guide and materials) and the most recent Sprint Nextel Terms and Conditions of Service ("Ts and Cs"). Carefully read all the parts of your Service Agreement with Sprint, including the MANDATORY ARBITRATION Provision and CLASS ACTION WAIVER PROVISION set forth in the Ts and Cs.
**Monthly charges exclude taxes & Sprint Surcharges [incl. USF charge of up to 16.6% (varies quarterly), up to $2.50 Admin. & .40 Reg. /line/mo. & fees by area (approx. 5-20%)]. Surcharges are not taxes. See sprint.com/taxesandfees.
Service Agreement: The Service Agreement is provided to you at activation. There are several parts to the Service Agreement, including, but not limited to, the Subscriber Agreement you sign or accept, the detailed plan or other information on Services we provide or refer you to during the sales transaction, and any confirmation materials we may provide you.
General Terms: If you agree to maintain service for a minimum Term, the Term begins when you accept the Subscriber Agreement (e.g., signature, activate service, use phone, etc.). You may terminate any line of service before its Term ends by calling us, however you will be responsible for an EARLY TERMINATION FEE of up to $350/line for Advanced Devices & up to $200 ETF/line for other devices for each line/number terminated early — except for terminations consistent with our return policy. The ETF is prorated and is calculated by taking the months remaining on your Service Agreement times $20 for Advanced Devices, with a maximum of $350, and minimum of $100. For all other devices, the prorated ETF is calculated by taking the months remaining multiplied by $10 with a maximum of $200 and minimum of $50. Payment of the ETF does not satisfy other obligations owed to us, including Term commitments with other lines or service/equipment charges. If you agree to maintain service for a minimum Term, upon expiration of the Term, this Agreement will automatically continue on a month-to-month basis unless you contact us to inform us of any changes, including cancellation. If there is no minimum Term associated with the service plan you elect, this Agreement will apply and automatically continue on a month-to-month basis unless you contact us to inform us of any changes, including cancellation.We reserve the right to cancel offers early or extend offers without notice. Offers are subject to credit approval. An account spending limit may apply — ask for specific amount. Spending limit accounts are subject to a fee of $7.99/mo. per account. The fee will be waived for accounts enrolled in recurring AutoPay and electronic billing (eBill). Monthly service plan charges accrue even if your service is turned off for exceeding your spending limit or non-payment. If payment is not received in full by the due date on your bill, late fees may be assessed, in amounts up to the maximum amount permitted by law in the state of your billing address. A detailed bill provides comprehensive call details to customers, including, phone numbers dialed and received, call lengths, call types and call times. A $1.99/mo. per account fee will apply if you choose to receive a paper invoice with detailed billing. To avoid this fee, you can elect to receive Sprint's ebill or summary format of the paper invoice. Detailed billing information is available for all customers by visiting your Sprint account online. Additional fees may apply for phone number changes. Offers may not be available everywhere, combinable with other promotions/options, or available to business customers. Coverage is not available everywhere and varies by service — visit www.sprint.com/coverage for additional details. Monthly charges exclude taxes, Sprint Surcharges [incl. USF charge (varies quarterly), cost recovery and administrative fees, & state/local fees by area (e.g., in some areas up to 16% but in most areas less than 3%)]. Sprint Surcharges are not taxes or gov't-required charges and are subject to change. Up to a $36 activation fee may apply to new activations, certain service plan changes or upgrades of phones or devices. A reconnect fee of up to $36 may apply to reestablish service on all accounts that have been disconnected for nonpayment or discontinuous of service. A deposit, in most instances between $50 and $750 (but sometimes up to $1000), may be required per line to establish service. Our services will only work with our phones — not all services are available with all phones or on all networks. We may block network access or refuse activation for devices that are incompatible with our network or for any reason that protects our customer's or network's interests including, but not limited to, devices that are lost, stolen or terminated or suspended for nonpayment of service or device. Monthly service charges are not refunded or prorated if service is terminated or modified before your billing cycle ends. All phone usage, including incoming/outgoing calls, incurs charges unless specified otherwise. Except where specified, included plan minutes are not good for off-network roaming calls. International roaming rates for voice and data services are additional and will vary. On calls that cross time periods, minutes are generally deducted or charged based on the call start time. Unused monthly plan minutes do not carry forward. Partial minutes of use are rounded up to the next whole minute. We may, but are not required to, decline usage on your line of service to protect against fraudulent or unlawful activity. Monthly add-ons or plans must remain active on the line of service for a full month after activating; no proration applies and refunds will not be issued for unused days during the billing cycle.
New Agreements on the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) Network: Your Service on a device activated on the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) Network may require a new one or two-year Agreement per line. Sprint expressly reserves the right to migrate your Service during this Agreement term from the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) Network to the Sprint 4G LTE network to complete your Agreement term. Reasonable advance notice of the Service change will be provided to impacted customers, who can then select one of the following options: (a) Choose to complete the Agreement term using your existing device without 4G (WiMAX) capability (b) Elect to complete the Agreement term by contacting us after receiving notice from Sprint to transition to the Sprint 4G LTE network with no additional term commitment required (Transition Option)(c) Deactivate service. Deactivations because of this Service change will not result in an Early Termination Fee (ETF). Transition Option: If you select the Transition Option, you will receive a free standard Sprint LTE capable device and can maintain your existing Service plan, if available. During the Agreement term, Sprint may provide other offers that are separate from the Transition Option, and these offers will be subject to a new two-year Agreement per line.
Nature of our Service. Our rate plans, customer devices, services and features are not for resale and are intended for reasonable and non-continuous use by a person using a device on Sprint's networks.
Prohibited Network Uses. To ensure the activities of some users do not impair the ability of our customers to have access to reliable services provided at reasonable costs, you may not use our services in a manner that is unlawful, infringes on intellectual property rights, or harms or unduly interferes with the use of Sprint's network or systems. Sprint reserves the right, without notice or limitation, to limit data throughput speeds or quantities or to deny, terminate, end, modify, disconnect, or suspend service if an individual engages in any of the prohibited voice or data uses detailed below or if Sprint, in its sole discretion, determines action is necessary to protect its wireless networks from harm or degradation. Examples of prohibited voice uses: Sprint voice services are provided solely for live dialogue between, and initiated by, individuals for personal use and as otherwise described in this policy. Sprint services may not be used for any other purposes, including, but not limited to: monitoring services, transmission of broadcasts, transmission of recorded material, telemarketing, autodialed calls, other commercial uses, or other connections that do not consist of uninterrupted live dialogue between individuals. Examples of prohibited data uses: Sprint data services are provided solely for purposes of web surfing, sending and receiving email, photographs and other similar messaging activities, and the non-continuous streaming of videos, downloading of files or on line gaming. Our data services may not be used: (i) to generate excessive amounts of Internet traffic through the continuous, unattended streaming, downloading or uploading of videos or other files or to operate hosting services including, but not limited to, web or gaming hosting; (ii) to maintain continuous active network connections to the Internet such as through a web camera or machine-to-machine connections that do not involve active participation by a person; (iii) to disrupt email use by others using automated or manual routines, including, but not limited to "auto-responders" or cancel bots or other similar routines; (iv) to transmit or facilitate any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, telemarketing, promotional materials, "junk mail", unsolicited commercial or bulk email, or fax; (v) for activities adversely affecting the ability of other people or systems to use either Sprint's wireless services or other parties' Internet-based resources, including, but not limited to, "denial of service" (DoS) attacks against another network host or individual user; (vi) for an activity that connects any device to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for the purpose of transmitting wireless data over the network (unless customer is using a plan designated for such usage); or (vi) for any other reason that, in our sole discretion violates our policy of providing service for individual use. Unlimited Use Plans. If you subscribe to rate plans, services or features that are described as unlimited, you should be aware that such "unlimited" plans are subject to these Sprint Prohibited Network Uses.
Promotions, Options and Other Provisions
The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee: Available while line of service is activated on Unlimited, My Way Plan, My All-In Plan or The Sprint Framily Plan. Applies to unlimited features only (excludes other data options and mobile hotspot). Price and phone selection subject to change. Account must remain in good standing and non-payment may void guarantee. Non-transferrable.
Messaging (text, picture and video): Messaging rates are subject to change. Standard message rates are charged when a message is sent or received, whether read or unread, viewed or unviewed, solicited or unsolicited. Unused monthly plan messages do not carry forward. Certain messages, including those to 3rd parties to participate in a promotion or other program, will result in additional charges. International messaging rates may vary and are subject to change. There is no guarantee that messages will be received, and we are not responsible for lost or misdirected messages. Most text messages are limited to 160 characters. Pictures and video messaging must be sent, viewed and uploaded through the native text/messaging application (MMS) Customers without a messaging plan may send or receive pictures/videos at $.20/recipient. Viewing, uploading or linking to the web, email , or clicking on a web link to view or obtain pics/video is a data activity and casual data charges of $.03/KB will apply, unless data is included in your plan.
Any Mobile, Anytime: Applies when directly dialing/receiving standard voice calls between domestic wireless numbers as determined when the call is placed using indep. 3rd party and Sprint databases. (excludes calls to voicemail, 411, and other indirect methods). Not available while roaming.
Sprint Mobile to Mobile: Allows you to make or receive unlimited calls directly to or from Sprint subscribers on the Nationwide Sprint Network or the Nextel National Network without using your service plan minutes. Only available for calls directly between Sprint phones and/or most Nextel phones (not through Voicemail, 411 or other indirect methods). Not available while roaming.
Location Based Services: Environment may limit location based service information. Location Based Services require an account holder's authorization for Sprint to share location and other needed enabling information with third parties. It is the responsibility of the account holder to notify device users that location can be identified while using location based service applications.
Total Equipment Protection is a combination of the Equipment Replacement Program underwritten by Continental Casualty Company, a CNA company (CNA), and administered by Asurion Protection Services, LLC, a licensed agent of CNA (In California, Asurion Protection Services Insurance Agency, LLC, CA Lic. #OD63161. In Puerto Rico, Asurion Protection Services of Puerto Rico, Inc.) and the Equipment Service and Repair Program administered by Asurion Warranty Protection Services, LLC or one of its affiliates. The service warranty plan is available separately. New York residents only may purchase insurance separately for $5 or $9 depending on your device. All applicable taxes and surcharges extra. Please see the device protection brochure available at any participating retail location or visit sprint.com/deviceprotection for complete terms of coverage. Terms and conditions are subject to change. May not be available in all states. Eligibility varies by device.
If you enrolled in Assurant Advanced Protection Pack (AAPP), your monthly charge of $13 covers the Service Contact components including mechanical and electrical breakdown, accidental damage (including liquid damage) and data protection features. You will also receive loss and theft coverage benefits at no additional cost to you. If you are in AL, CO, ID, IN, KS, ME, WI or WY: Assurant Device Insurance (ADI) is not available as a stand-alone product in any of these states. Sprint pays for these on your behalf. Refer to your Terms of Coverage for complete details, including limitations, exclusions and provider information.
Sprint to Home: Monthly charge is invoiced to Sprint wireless account. Not available for corporate-liable accounts.
Mobile to Office: Monthly charge is invoiced to Sprint wireless account. Available only for corporate-liable accounts.
Add-a-Phone: Requires a minimum two-year Term Service Agreement for each line added ("Secondary Line"). The first phone activated on the service plan ("Primary Line") and Secondary Lines may have different Term end dates. If the Primary Line on the account is terminated prior to the expiration of the Term of any Secondary Line, a Secondary Line will become the Primary Line.
E-Mail: Wireless access to corporate/employee email may require add'l server or server access, licenses, or additional requirements which incur add'l charges.
Data: Services are not available with all Sprint phones. The amount of data transmitted over our network is measured in kilobytes (KB), megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB). Unless specified otherwise 1024KB equals 1MB. 1024MB equal 1GB. Usage is calculated on a per KB, MB or GB (depending on your plan) basis and is rounded up to the next whole KB, MB or GB at which time we deduct accumulated usage from your plan, or assess overage or casual usage charges. You are responsible for all data activity from and to your device, regardless of who initiates the activity. Estimates of data usage will vary from actual use. Your invoice will not separately identify the number of KB, MB or GB attributable to your use of specific sites, sessions or services used. Premium content (games, ringtones, music tracks, etc.) priced separately. Services are not available for use in connection with server devices or host computer applications, other systems that drive continuous heavy traffic or data sessions, or as substitutes for private lines or frame relay connections. Except with Phone-as-Modem add-on, you may not use a phone (including a Bluetooth phone) as a modem in connection with a computer, PDA, or similar device. We reserve the right to deny or terminate service without notice for any misuse or any use that adversely affects network performance. Availability of downloadable or streaming content is subject to change, including but not limited to television channels and radio stations. If user is not subscribed to a data included plan or add-on, Pay-As-You-Go charges are incurred when using data applications and services.
Web Access: Sprint can help you prevent the transmission of material harmful to minors on certain devices by allowing access only to a limited number of Internet web sites or restricting Web access.
Third-Party Content: Sprint allows customers to purchase mobile content on a per item or monthly basis from Sprint and other entities. Subscribers are responsible for all billed content, including content purchased by others authorized to use devices on the account. If we bill you for amounts on behalf of a third party, payments received are first applied to our charges. Usage can be restricted by use of account blocking tools or similar features. Blocking tools or similar features are available at no cost. Deleting third-party applications from your device alone may not stop the billing of monthly recurring charges. Visit sprint.com/premiummessaging for details.
Off-network Roaming: The primary use of your Device must be for domestic purposes within the Sprint-owned network. Domestic means use in the 50 United States and U.S. Territories (except Guam). Sprint reserves the right, without notice, to deny, terminate, modify, disconnect or suspend service if off-network usage in a month exceeds: (1) voice: 800 min. or a majority of minutes; or (2) data: 100 or 300 megabytes or (based on plan terms) a majority of kilobytes. The display on your device may not always be on and will not indicate whether you will incur roaming charges. Sprint As You Go™ — Sprint may terminate service if off-network roaming usage in a month exceeds: (1) 400 min. or a majority of min.; or (2) 100 MB or a majority of KB. You can monitor usage online through My Account. Roaming is not available with single-band phones, or to customers who reside or whose primary use is outside an area covered by the Nationwide Sprint Network. Sprint may limit or terminate service if you move outside of the Sprint owned-network.
International Roaming: International calling, including in Canada, Mexico, and Guam is not included in plans with no roaming charges. International roaming usage may be invoiced after 30-60 days. Data services and certain calling features (Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, etc.) may not be available in all roaming areas. Usage initiated near country borders may be carried by a cell site in a neighboring country and billed at that country's rates. Sprint reserves the right to deny, terminate, modify, disconnect or suspend service if the majority of minutes or kilobytes are used for international roaming.
International Long Distance, Messaging and Data: Phones must be activated on international service to enable international long-distance calls, messaging or data including to Mexico and Guam. For verification purposes, you may be required to provide additional information and activation of plan may take approximately 1 to 3 days. Verification for account spending limit customers may take up to 30 days. Rates, mobile termination fees and available countries at www.sprint.com/internationalrates. International rates are subject to change without notice. Use of a virtual private network ("VPN") or any other means intended to circumvent or by-pass the Sprint-imposed restriction on use of any Sprint services in locations outside the United States is not permitted and may violate international, federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
Group Connect®: Currently operates between parties on the same push-to-talk network platform.
International Direct ConnectSM Access: Calls use Direct Connect minutes included in your plan. (20¢/min.) times # of participants. Pay-As-You-Go charge for services not included in your rate plan or option. Access available in and between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Argentina.
pdvConnect/pdvConnect Professional: Recording outside the U.S. will incur International Direct Connect charges. Only available on select phones. GPS service require GPS-capable phone. Environment may limit GPS location info. Standard messaging or data rates may apply for sending photos along with pdvConnect Locator messages.
Sprint Buyback: Limit 3. Devices will not be returned. To best protect your data, please delete all personal information from your phone. Credit amount depends upon valuation and may vary based on condition. Credit will be applied to in-store purchase or Sprint account within three invoices. Fraudulent devices will not receive credit and will not be returned. For additional information, visit sprint.com/buyback.
Wireless Emergency Alerts: Free wireless emergency alerts are now available on capable devices on the Nationwide Sprint Network. To learn more on emergency alerts and their availability in your area, see rep. or visit sprint.com.
IL Discounts: Discount amounts may vary and are subject to corporate contract and ongoing eligibility/enrollment criteria.
Wi-Fi Calling: 9-1-1 service through Wi-Fi Calling may not be available or may be limited compared to traditional 9-1-1 service due to circumstances including, but not limited to, relocation of equipment, internet congestion or connection failure, loss of electrical power, delays in availability of registered location information and/or other technical problems. Always be prepared to report your precise location to emergency responders.
Text to 9-1-1: ALWAYS ATTEMPT TO CALL 9-1-1 WHEN POSSIBLE. Where available, text-to-911 service may allow standard SMS text message communication with a 9-1-1 operator. Be prepared to provide your precise location to the 9-1-1 operator as it will not be automatically provided with your text-to-911 message. Delivery or receipt of text-to-911 messages is not guaranteed and messages may fail, be delayed or be out of sequence. Text-to-911 is only available in certain limited areas where it has been requested and implemented by local public safety officials. The service is not available when roaming and may be limited or unavailable by a number of circumstances, including, but not limited to: wireless network coverage, network congestion, power outages, the 9-1-1 operator's ability to receive and respond to text messages, and/or other technical limitations.
Call Blocking: Important Information about E911 impacts on Call Blocking. After dialing 911, inbound call blocking will be removed from the subscriber for 24 hours to allow for public safety to place a call-back to the customer. Other inbound calls will be allowed for this time period. In the event a 911 call is dropped or disconnected, public safety may not be able to place a call-back to the customer. Removing in-bound call blocking requires processing time. Sprint will make a good faith effort to complete the removal of inbound blocking, and will cooperate with public safety to remove inbound call blocking upon request. Call blocking will be restored after the 24-hour period. The customer will not be notified when the block is removed nor reinstated as a result of a call to 911. If you do not agree to the terms of Sprint's in-bound call blocking procedure, in-bound call blocking will not be provided.
Network Management and Performance: For important information on Sprint's network management tools, policies and other related information, please visit Sprint.com/networkmanagement.
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In this document: (1) "we," "us," "our," and "Sprint" mean Sprint Solutions, Inc., as contracting agent on behalf of the applicable Sprint affiliated entities providing the products and Services; (2) "you," "your," "customer," and "user" mean an account holder with us or any user of our Devices or Services; (3) "Device" means any phone, aircard, mobile broadband device, any other device, accessory, or other product that we provide you, we sell to you, or is active on your account with us; and (4) "Service" means Sprint-branded offers, rate plans, options, wireless services, billing services, applications, programs, products, software, or Devices on your account with us. "Service(s)" also includes any other product or service that we offer or provide to you that references these General Terms and Conditions of Service ("Ts&Cs").
The Service Agreement
These Ts&Cs are part of your service agreement with us (the "Agreement") and constitute a contract under which we provide you Services under terms and conditions that you accept. THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A MANDATORY ARBITRATION PROVISION WITH A CLASS WAIVER, A REPRESENTATIVE ACTION WAIVER, AND A JURY WAIVER PROVISION. In addition to these Ts&Cs, there are several parts of the Agreement, which includes but is not limited to the following: (i) the subscriber agreement and transaction materials that you receive and accept; (ii) the plan(s) that you chose as set forth in our written services and transaction materials that we provide or refer you to during the sales transaction, including on-line and telephone transactions- (if your service plan is not specifically set forth in any in-store brochure or printed materials, the requirements and terms set forth in the current written Agreement and transaction materials apply);(iii) any confirmation materials and invoices that we may provide to you; and (iv) the terms set forth in the coverage map brochures. It is important that you carefully read all of the terms of the Agreement.
Additional terms will apply when you use certain applications, programs, Devices, and services, and these terms will be provided to you prior to your use of the items. Depending on who provides the items, the terms may come from Sprint or a third party. You are subject to any terms provided by the third party, and the terms are directly between you and that third party. Sprint is not responsible for these third party items and associated terms. Additional terms will also apply if you activate Services as part of a bundle with another company's services (for example, cable services, home phone services, etc.). The additional terms for bundled Services may either modify or replace certain provisions in these Ts&Cs, including terms relating to activation, invoicing, payment, and disputing charges. Also, a different dispute resolution provision may apply to services provided by another company (the dispute resolution provisions in this Agreement will still apply to our Services). You will be provided details on any additional terms with your selection of any bundled Service. For employee and organization discounts, the discount percentage may vary from month-to-month based on the terms of the agreement between your employer, association, or organization and Sprint. The discount will be zero after your agreement or your organization's agreement with Sprint ends. Additional terms and eligibility requirements regarding organization discounts will be provided to you.
Services are subject to our business policies, practices, and procedures ("Policies"). You agree to adhere to all of our Policies when you use our Services. Our Policies are subject to change at anytime with or without notice.
When You Accept The Agreement
You must have the legal capacity to accept the Agreement. You accept the Agreement when you do any of the following: (a) accept the Agreement through any printed, oral, or electronic statement, including on the web by electronically marking that you have reviewed and accepted; (b) attempt to or in any way use the Services; (c) pay for the Services; or (d) open any package or start any program that says you are accepting the Agreement when doing so. If you don't want to accept the Agreement, don't do any of these things.
Term Commitments & Early Termination Fees
Sprint provides a variety of Services, some of which require you to maintain Your Services on a month to month basis or for a minimum term, usually 1 or 2 years ("Term Commitment"). If your Agreement contains a Term Commitment, you will be charged a fee ("Early Termination Fee") for each line of Service that you terminate early (i.e., prior to satisfying the Term Commitment) or for each line of Service that we terminate early for good reason (for example, violating the payment or other terms of the Agreement) but such Early Termination Fee will be prorated based on your remaining Term Commitment. Early Termination Fees are a part of our rates. Any Term Commitment, the length of the Term Commitment, and the applicable Early Termination Fee amounts and proration will be disclosed to you during the sales transaction. Carefully review any Term Commitment and Early Termination Fee requirements prior to selecting Services. After you have satisfied your Term Commitment, your Services continue on a month-to-month basis under the then-current Terms and Conditions and Service policies. Services offered on a subscription basis, as described in the "Account & Service Charges" section, may not require a Term Commitment and may not automatically renew. As explained directly below, there are instances when you will not be responsible for an Early Termination Fee for terminating Services early.
When You Don't Have To Pay An Early Termination Fee
You aren't responsible for paying an Early Termination Fee when terminating Services: (a) provided on a month-to-month basis; (b) provided on a subscription basis that do not include a Term Commitment; (c) consistent with our published trial period return policy; or (d) in response to a materially adverse change that we make to the Agreement as described directly below.
Our Right To Change The Agreement & Your Related Rights
We may change any part of the Agreement at any time, including, but not limited to, rates, charges, how we calculate charges, discounts, coverage, technologies used to provide services, or your terms of Service. If you lose your eligibility for a particular rate plan or if a particular rate plan is no longer supported or available, we may change your rate plan to one for which you qualify. We will provide you notice of material changes—and we may provide you notice of non-material changes—in a manner consistent with this Agreement (see "Providing Notice To Each Other Under The Agreement" section). If a change we make to the Agreement is material and has a material adverse effect on Services under your Term Commitment, you may terminate each line of Service materially adversely affected without incurring an Early Termination Fee only if: (a) call us within 30 days after the effective date of the change; (b) you specifically advise us that you wish to cancel Services because of a material change to the Agreement that we have made; and (c) we fail to negate the change after you notify us of your objection to it. If you do not notify us and cancel Service within 30 days of the change, an Early Termination Fee will apply if you terminate Services before the end of any applicable Term Commitment.
Our Right To Suspend Or Terminate Services
We can, without notice, suspend or terminate any Service at any time for any reason. For example, we can suspend or terminate any Service for the following: (a) late payment; (b) exceeding an Account Spending Limit; (c) harassing/threatening/abusing/offending our employees or agents; (d) providing false or inaccurate information; (e) interfering with our operations; (f) using/suspicion of using Services in any manner restricted by or inconsistent with the Agreement and Policies; (g) breaching, failing to follow, or abusing the Agreement or Policies; (h) providing false, inaccurate, dated, or unverifiable identification or credit information or becoming insolvent or bankrupt; (i) modifying a Device from its manufacturer specifications (for example, rooting the device); (j) failing to use our Services for an extended period of time; (k) failing to maintain an active Device in connection with our Services; or (l) if we believe the action protects our interests, any customer's interests, or our networks.
Your Right To Change Services & When Changes Are Effective
The account holder can typically change Services upon request. In some instances, changes may be conditioned on payment of an Early Termination Fee or certain other charges, or they may require a new Term Commitment. Changes to Services are usually effective at the start of the next full invoicing cycle. If the changes take place sooner, your invoice may reflect pro-rated charges for your old and new Services. We may, but are not obligated to, provide you the opportunity to authorize someone else to make changes to your Services, which will include the authority to make changes that will extend your Term Commitment. You are responsible for any changes to your Services made by a person you authorize, and those changes will be treated as modifications to this Agreement.
Your Right To Terminate Services
You can terminate Services at any time by calling us and requesting that we deactivate all Services. In addition, if you return or provide your Device to Sprint and fail to either deactivate service on the Device or activate another Device in connection with your Service, we reserve the right to terminate your Service, and if you are subject to a Term Commitment, you may be charged all or part of an Early Termination Fee. You are responsible for all charges billed or incurred prior to deactivation. If Services are terminated before the end of your invoicing cycle, we won't prorate charges to the date of termination and you won't receive a credit or refund for any unused Services. Except as provided above, if you are subject to an Early Termination Fee, you must also pay the invoiced Early Termination Fee for each line of Service that you terminate early.
Credit Checks & Credit Information
We agree to provide you Services on the condition that you have and maintain satisfactory credit according to our standards and policies. You agree to provide information that we may request or complete any applications that we may provide you to facilitate our review. We rely on the credit information you furnish, credit bureau reports or other data available from commercial credit reference services, and other information (such as payment history with us) to determine whether to provide or continue to provide you Services. The Services we offer you can vary based on your credit history. We may at any time, based on your credit history, withdraw or change Services or place limits or conditions on the use of our Services. You agree to provide us updated credit information upon request. We may provide your payment history and other account billing/charge information to any credit reporting agency or industry clearinghouse.
Account Spending Limits ("ASL")
An ASL is a temporary or permanent limit (typically based on credit history, payment history, or to prevent fraud) that we place on the amount of unpaid charges you can accumulate on your account, regardless of when payment on those charges is due. We reserve the right to determine which charges count toward an ASL. If you have an ASL, we may suspend your Services without prior notice if your account balance reaches the ASL, even if your account is not past due. We may impose or increase an ASL at any time with notice. An ASL is for our benefit only and should not be relied on by you to manage usage.
Deposits & Returning Deposits
We may at any time require a deposit as a guarantee of payment for you to establish or maintain Service ("Deposit"). By providing us a Deposit, you grant us a security interest for all current or future amounts owed to us. We may change the Deposit at any time with notice. You can't use a Deposit to make or delay payments. The Deposit, the length of time we hold the Deposit, and changes to the Deposit are determined based on your credit history, payment history, and other factors. Unless prohibited by law, we may mix Deposits with our other funds and it won't earn interest, and we reserve the right to return the Deposit as a credit on your invoice at anytime. If your Services are terminated for any reason, we may keep and apply your Deposit to any outstanding charges. We'll send any remaining portion of the Deposit to your last known address within 90 days after your final invoice—if it is returned to us, we will forward it on to the appropriate state authorities to the extent required by law.
Restrictions On Using Services
You can't use our Services: (a) in a way that could cause damage or adversely affect any of our other customers or our reputation, networks, property, or Services; or (b) in any way prohibited by the terms of our Services, the Agreement, or our Policies. You cannot in any manner resell the Services to another party. For additional restrictions on the use of our Services, see our Acceptable Use Policy and Visitors Agreement, which are available on our website, and the detailed plan or other information on Services that we provide or refer you to during the sales transaction.
Your Device, Number, & E-mail Address
We don't manufacture any Device that we might sell to you or that is associated with our Services, and we aren't responsible for any defects, acts, or omissions of the manufacturer. The only warranties on your Device are the limited warranties given to you by the manufacturer directly or that we pass through. Device performance may vary based on device specifications (for example, a device's software, memory, and storage), and device performance may impact access to all of our Services. Your Device is designed to be activated on our networks and in other coverage areas that we may make available to you. As programmed, it will not accept wireless service from another carrier. Except for any legal right you may have to port/transfer your phone number to another carrier, you have no—and cannot gain any (for example, through publication, use, etc.)—proprietary, ownership, or other rights to any phone number, identification number, e-mail address, or other identifier that we assign to you, your Device, or your account. We'll notify you if we decide to change or reassign them. Your CDMA Sprint PCS phone may have software programming lock that protects certain of the handset's operating parameters against unauthorized reprogramming. If your device has a software programming lock, and you wish to obtain the software program lock code for your CDMA Sprint PCS phone, please visit Sprint.com or call 1-888-211-4727 for information and eligibility requirements.
Porting/Transferring Phone Numbers
We don't guarantee that number transfers to or from us will be successful. If you authorize another carrier to transfer a number away from us, then that is considered a request by you to us to terminate all of the Services associated with that number. You're responsible for all charges billed or incurred prior to deactivation and for any applicable Early Termination Fees.
Coverage; Where Your Device Will Work; Service Speeds
Our coverage maps are available at our authorized retail locations and on sprint.com. The specific network coverage you get will depend on the radio transmissions your Device can pick up and Services you've chosen. Our coverage maps provide high level estimates of our coverage areas when using Services outdoors under optimal conditions. Coverage isn't available everywhere. Coverage and Service speeds are not guaranteed. Coverage is subject to change without notice. Service speeds may depend on the Service purchased. Actual speeds will vary. Estimating wireless coverage, signal strength, and Service speed is not an exact science. There are gaps in coverage within our estimated coverage areas that—along with other factors both within and beyond our control (for example, network problems, network or internet congestion, software, signal strength, your Device, structures, buildings, weather, geography, topography, server speeds of the websites you access, actions of third parties, etc.)—may result in dropped and blocked connections, slower Service speeds, or otherwise impact the quality of Service. Services that rely on location information, such as E911 and GPS navigation, depend on your Device's ability to acquire satellite signals (typically not available indoors) and network coverage. While your Device is receiving a software update, you may be unable to use your Device in any manner until the software update is complete.
The term "roaming" typically refers to coverage on another carrier's network that we may make available to you based on our agreements with other carriers. These agreements may change from time to time, and roaming coverage is subject to change without notice. Your ability to receive roaming coverage depends on the radio transmissions your Device can pick up and the availability of roaming coverage. We make no guarantee that roaming coverage will be available. Roaming coverage may exist both within and outside our network coverage areas. Your Device will generally indicate when you're roaming. Depending on your Services, separate charges or limits on the amount of minutes used while roaming may apply. Certain Services may not be available or work the same when roaming (for example, data Services, voicemail, call waiting, etc.). For information on whether roaming applies, see your service plan details.
About Data Services & Content
Our data Services and your Device may allow you to access the internet, text, pictures, video, games, graphics, music, email, applications, sound, and other materials ("Data Content") or send Data Content elsewhere. Some Data Content is available from us or our vendors, while other Data Content can be accessed from others (for example, third party websites, games, ringers, applications, etc.). We make absolutely no guarantees about the Data Content that you access on your Device. Data Content may be: (1) unsuitable for children/minors; (2) unreliable or inaccurate; or (3) offensive, indecent, or objectionable. You're solely responsible for evaluating the Data Content accessed by you or anyone through your Services. We strongly recommend that you monitor data usage by children/minors. Data Content from third parties may also harm your Device or its software. We are not responsible for any Data Content. We are not responsible for any damage caused by any Data Content that you access through your Services, that you load on your Device, or that you request that our representatives access or load on your Device. To protect our networks and Services or for other reasons, we may place restrictions on accessing certain Data Content (such as certain websites, applications, etc.); impose separate charges; limit throughput or the amount of data that you can transfer; or otherwise limit or terminate Services. If we provide you storage for Data Content that you have purchased, then we may delete the Data Content without notice or place restrictions/limits on the use of storage areas. Data Content stored on a Device, transmitted over our networks, or stored by Sprint may be deleted, modified, or damaged. You may not be able to make or receive voice calls while using data Services. Data Content provided by our vendors or third parties is subject to cancellation or termination at any time without notice to you, and you may not receive a refund for any unused portion of the Data Content.
Specific Terms & Restrictions On Using Data Services
In addition to the rules for using all of our other Services, unless we identify the Service or Device that you have selected as specifically intended for that purpose (for example, wireless routers, Data Link, etc.), you can't use our data Services: (1) with server devices or host computer applications or other systems that drive continuous, heavy traffic or data sessions; (2) as a substitute or backup for private lines or frame relay connections; or (3) for any other unintended use as we determine in our sole discretion. We reserve the right to limit, suspend, or constrain any heavy, continuous data usage that adversely impacts our networks performances or hinders access to our networks. If your Services include web or data access, you also can't use your Device as a modem for computers or other equipment, unless we identify the Service or Device you have selected as specifically intended for that purpose (for example, with "phone as modem" plans, Sprint Mobile Broadband card plans, wireless router plans, etc.).
If Sprint provides you software as part of the Service and there are not software license terms provided with the software (by Sprint or by a third party), then Sprint grants you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the software to access the Services for your own individual use. You will not sell, resell, transfer, copy, translate, publish, create derivative works of, make any commercial use of, modify, reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the software. Sprint may revoke this license at any time.
Fees, Activation & Miscellaneous Charges
Based on our Policies, we may charge activation, prepayment, reactivation, program, or other fees to establish, change, or maintain Services. Certain transactions may also be subject to a charge (for example, convenience payment, changing phone numbers, handset upgrades, etc.). You will be provided notice of these types of fees before we complete the requested transaction.
Account & Service Charges
You are responsible for all charges associated with your account and the Services on your account, no matter who adds or uses the Services. Charges include, but are not limited to, the monthly recurring charges, usage charges, charges for additional services, taxes, surcharges, and fees associated with your Services. These charges are described or referred to during the sales transaction, in our marketing materials, and in confirmation materials that we may send to you. Depending on your Services, charges for additional services may include operator and directory assistance, voicemail, call forwarding, data calls, texts, and web access. If you (the account holder) allow end users to access or use your Devices, you authorize end users to access, download, and use Services. You may have the opportunity to purchase Services on a subscription basis where we assess subscription charges that allow you access to the Services and/or provide you a certain amount of use of the Services for a defined period of time. Depending on your Service, certain types of subscription charges may be assessed automatically upon activation and automatically assessed for subsequent subscription periods. Subscription Services offered on a recurring basis do not end until terminated by you or us. Subscription charges for recurring Services occur at the beginning of each bill cycle. Information regarding your bill cycle for subscription Services will be provided when you order the Services. For Services offered on a per-day basis, you will generally be charged for use before or at the time of use. In certain instances, we may charge you at some point after you use the Services. Unless otherwise disclosed, Services offered on a per-day basis end 24 hours after Service is initiated.
How We Calculate Your Charges For Billing Purposes
Regular Voice Calls: We round up partial minutes of use to the next full minute. Time starts when you press "Talk" or your Device connects to the network and stops when you press "End" or the network connection otherwise breaks. You're charged for all calls that connect, even to answering machines, voicemail, or voice transcription services. You won't be charged for unanswered calls or if you get a busy signal. For incoming calls answered, you're charged from the time shortly before the Device starts ringing until you press "End" or the network connection otherwise breaks. If charges vary depending on the time of day that you place or receive calls (for example, Nights and Weekend plans), you're charged for the entire call based on the rate that applies to the time period in which the call starts. Call time for a single call may be subject to a maximum duration and may be automatically terminated if the maximum duration is exceeded. Rates that vary based on the time of access will be determined based on the location of the network equipment providing service and not the location of your Device or your Device's area code (if applicable).
Push-to-Talk Charges: Charges for push-to-talk calls are billed to the person who starts the call and calculated by multiplying the duration of the call by the applicable rate and number of participants. You're charged at least 6 seconds of airtime for each call you start; subsequent communications in the same call are rounded up to and billed to the next second. Time begins when you press any button to start a push-to-talk call and ends approximately 6 seconds after completion of a communication to which no participant responds. Subsequent push-to-talk communications are considered new calls. Charges apply for the entire period of time the push-to-talk call is connected to our network. Depending on your plan, nationwide, international, or group push-to-talk calls may use the local push-to-talk minutes in your plan and result in different charges. Responses to call alert transmissions are treated as new push-to-talk transmissions even when responding within 6 seconds of receiving the alert. Push-to-talk billing methods are subject to change as we introduce new push-to-talk Services.
Data Usage: Unless we specifically tell you otherwise, data usage is measured in bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, and gigabytes—not in minutes/time. 1024 bytes equals 1 kilobyte ("KB"), 1024 KB equals 1 megabyte, and 1024 megabytes equals 1 gigabyte. Bytes are rounded up to KB, so you will be charged at least 1 KB for each data usage session ("data session"). Rounding occurs at the end of each data session, and sometimes during a data session. Depending on your data Services, usage may be charged against an allowance or on a fixed price per KB, and you may be subject to limitations on the amount of data usage. If you are charged on a fixed price per KB, any fractional cents will be rounded up to the next cent. You are charged for all data directed to your Device's internet address, including data sessions you did not initiate and for incomplete transfers. As long as your Device is connected to our data networks, you may incur data charges. Examples of data for which you will be charged includes the size of a requested file or Data Content (game, ringer, etc.); Web page graphics (logos, pictures, banners, advertisement, etc.); additional data used in accessing, transporting, and routing the file on our network; data from partial or interrupted downloads; re-sent data; and data associated with unsuccessful attempts to reach websites or use applications. These data charges are in addition to any charges for the Data Content itself (game, ringer, etc.). Data used and charged to you will vary widely, even between identical actions or data sessions. Estimates of data usage—for example, the size of downloadable files—are not reliable predictors of actual usage. Your bill won't separately list the number of KB attributed to a specific action/data session.
Your bill provides you notice of your charges. It reflects monthly recurring charges (usually billed one bill cycle in advance), fees, taxes, Surcharges, product and equipment charges, subscription charges, and usage/transaction specific charges (usually billed in the bill cycle in which they're incurred). Some usage charges, such as those that depend on usage information from a third party, may be billed in subsequent bill cycles and result in higher than expected charges for that month. Bill cycles and dates may change from time to time. Your bill may also include other important notices (for example, changes to your Agreement, to your Service, legal notices, etc.). Your paper bill may not include itemized billing detail. More specific billing information is available online. Paper bills may be subject to an additional charge. Unless prohibited by law, other charges (for example, data Services or taxes and surcharges) will not include itemized detail but will be listed as total charges for a category. If you choose internet billing, you will not receive paper bills.
Your Payments; Late Fees
Payment is due in full as stated on your bill. If we do not receive payment in full by the date specified on your bill, a late payment charge, which may be charged at the highest rate permissible by law, may be applied to the total unpaid balance. We may also charge you any costs we pay to a collection agency to collect unpaid balances from you. If we bill you for amounts on behalf of a third party, payments received are first applied to our charges. You may be charged additional fees for certain methods of payment. We may charge you, up to the highest amount permitted by law, for returned checks or other payments paid by you and denied for any reason by a financial institution. Acceptance of payments (even if marked "paid in full") does not waive our right to collect all amounts that you owe us. We may restrict your payment methods to cashier's check, money order, or other similar secure form of payment at any time for good reason.
Taxes & Government Fees
You agree to pay all federal, state, and local taxes, fees, and other assessments that we're required by law to collect and remit to the government on the Services that we provide to you. These charges may change from time to time without advance notice. If you're claiming any tax exemption, you must provide us with a valid exemption certificate. Tax exemptions generally won't be applied retroactively.
You agree to pay all Sprint surcharges ("Surcharges"), which may include, but are not limited to: Federal Universal Service; Regulatory and Administrative charges; gross receipts charges, and other charges. Surcharges are not taxes, and we are not required by law to assess them. They are part of our rates we choose at our discretion, to collect from you, to recover certain costs and are kept by us. The number and type of Surcharges will be provided on your invoice and may vary depending upon the location of the billing address of the Device and can change over time. We determine the amount for these charges, and these amounts are subject to change as are the components used to calculate these amounts. We will provide you notice of any changes to Surcharges in a manner consistent with this Agreement (see "Providing Notice To Each Other Under The Agreement" section). However, because some Surcharges are based on amounts set by the government or based on government formulas, it will not always be possible to provide advance notice of new Surcharges or changes in the amount of existing Surcharges. Information on Surcharges is provided during the sales transaction and is available on our website.
Disputing Charges - You Must Still Pay Undisputed Charges
Any dispute to a charge on your bill must be made within 60 days of the date of the bill that initially contained the charge. Disputes can only be made by calling or writing us as directed on your invoice or elsewhere. You accept all charges not properly disputed within the above time period—undisputed charges must still be paid as stated on your bill.
Protecting Our Networks & Services
We can take any action to: (1) protect our networks, our rights and interests, or the rights of others; or (2) optimize or improve the overall use of our networks and Services. Some of these actions may interrupt or prevent legitimate communications and usage—for example, message filtering/blocking software to prevent spam or viruses; limiting throughput; limiting access to certain websites, applications, or other Data Content; prohibitions on unintended uses (for example, use as a dedicated line, or use as a monitoring service), etc. For additional information on what we do to protect our customers, networks, Services, and equipment, see our Acceptable Use Policy and Visitors Agreement at our website.
Call Monitoring: To ensure the quality of our Services and for other lawful purposes, we may monitor or record calls you make to us or we make to you (for example, your conversations with our customer service or sales departments).
Authentication and Contact: You (the account holder) may password protect your account information by establishing a personal identification number ("PIN"). You may also set a backup security question and answer in the event you forget your PIN. You agree to protect your PIN, passwords, and other account access credentials like your backup security question from loss or disclosure. You further agree that Sprint may, in our sole discretion, treat any person who presents your credentials that we deem sufficient for account access as you or an authorized user on the account for disclosure of information or changes in Service. You agree that we may contact you for Service-related reasons through the contact information that you provide, through the Services or Devices to which you subscribe, or through other available means, including text message, email, fax, recorded message, mobile, residential or business phone, or mail.
CPNI: As we provide telecommunications products and Services to you (the account holder), we develop information about the quantity, technical configuration, type, location, and destination of telecommunications products and Services you use, as well as some other information found on your bill ("CPNI"). Under federal law, you have the right and we have a duty to protect the confidentiality of your CPNI. For example, we implement safeguards that are designed to protect your CPNI, including authentication procedures when you contact us. For some accounts with a dedicated Sprint representative, we may rely on contacting your pre-established point of contact as the standard authentication measure.
Information on Devices: Your Device may contain sensitive or personal information (for example, pictures, videos, passwords, or stored credit card numbers). Sprint is not responsible for any information on your Device, including sensitive or personal information. If possible, you should remove or otherwise safeguard any sensitive or personal information when your Device is out of your possession or control, for example when you relinquish, exchange, return, or recycle your Device. By submitting your Device to us, you agree that our employees, contractors, or vendors may access all of the information on your Device. If you exchange, return, or recycle your Device through us, we typically attempt to erase all data on your Device, but you must remove all data from your Device before you provide it to us.
Our networks generally know the location of your Device when it is outdoors and/or turned on. By using various technologies to locate your Device, we can provide enhanced emergency 911 services and optional location-enabled services provided by us or a third party. Network coverage or environmental factors (such as structures, buildings, weather, geography, landscape, and topography) can significantly impact the ability to access your Device's location information and use of location-enabled services.
911 Or Other Emergency Calls
Public safety officials advise that when making 911 or other emergency calls, you should always be prepared to provide your location information. Unlike traditional wireline phones, depending on a number of factors (for example, whether your Device is GPS enabled, where you are, whether local emergency service providers have upgraded their equipment, etc.), 911 operators may not know your phone number, your location, or the location of your Device. In certain circumstances, an emergency call may be routed to a state patrol dispatcher or alternative location set by local emergency service providers. Enhanced 911 service ("E911")—where enabled by local emergency authorities—uses GPS technology to provide location information. Even when available, however, E911 does not always provide accurate location information. If your Device is indoors or for some other reason cannot acquire a satellite signal, you may not be located. Some Devices have a safety feature that prevents use of the keypad after dialing 911—you should follow voice prompts when interacting with emergency service providers employing interactive voice response systems to screen calls.
If Your Device Is Lost or Stolen
Call us immediately if your Device is lost or stolen because you may be responsible for usage charges before you notify us of the alleged loss or theft. A lost or stolen Device does not reduce or remove your Term Commitment. You will remain liable for any monthly recurring charges associated with the Service on your Device after you notify us of the alleged loss or theft. You agree to cooperate if we choose to investigate the matter (provide facts, sworn statements, etc.). We may not waive any applicable Early Termination Fees if you choose to terminate Services as a result of loss or theft of your Device.
Disclaimer of Warranties
UNLESS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN WRITING OTHERWISE, WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING (TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW) ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE CONCERNING YOUR SERVICES (INCLUDING YOUR DEVICE AND ANY SOFTWARE OR APPLICATIONS ON YOUR DEVICE). WE DON'T PROMISE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE SERVICES AND DON'T AUTHORIZE ANYONE TO MAKE WARRANTIES ON OUR BEHALF. SPRINT PROVIDES ALL SOFTWARE AND APPLICATIONS ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITH ALL FAULTS, ERRORS, AND DEFECTS.
You Agree That We Are Not Responsible For Certain Problems
You agree that neither we nor our parent, subsidiary, or affiliate companies, nor our vendors, suppliers, or licensors are responsible for any damages, delay, interruption or other failure to perform resulting from: (a) anything done or not done by someone else; (b) providing or failing to provide Services, including, but not limited to, deficiencies or problems with a Device or network coverage (for example, dropped, blocked, interrupted Services, etc.); (c) traffic or other accidents, or any health-related claims relating to our Services; (d) Data Content or information accessed while using our Services; (e) an interruption or failure in accessing or attempting to access emergency services from a Device, including through 911, Enhanced 911 or otherwise; (f) interrupted, failed, or inaccurate location information services; (g) information or communication that is blocked by a spam filter; (h) damage to your Device or any computer or equipment connected to your Device, or damage to or loss of any information stored on your Device, computer, equipment, or Sprint storage space from your use of the Services or from viruses, worms, or downloads of malicious content, materials, data, text, images, video, or audio; or (i) things beyond our control, including acts of God (for example, weather-related phenomena, fire, earthquake, hurricane, etc.), riot, strike, war, terrorism, or government orders or acts. You should implement appropriate safeguards to secure your Device, computer, or equipment and to back-up your information stored on each.
You Agree That Our Liability Is Limited - No Consequential Damages
TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, OUR LIABILITY FOR MONETARY DAMAGES FOR ANY CLAIMS THAT YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST US IS LIMITED TO NO MORE THAN THE PROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF THE SERVICE CHARGES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE AFFECTED PERIOD. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE WE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, MULTIPLE, OR SPECIAL DAMAGES OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO PROVIDING OR FAILING TO PROVIDE SERVICES IN CONNECTION WITH A DEVICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS, OR COST OF REPLACEMENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND ARBITRATION
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY; IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS
In those rare instances where your concern is not resolved to your satisfaction through calls to our customer care, you and Sprint each agree to try to resolve those disputes in good faith after you provide written notice of the dispute as set forth below. If the dispute is not resolved, you and Sprint agree that the dispute will be resolved through individual binding arbitration or small claims court, instead of courts of general jurisdiction.
Mandatory Arbitration and Waiver of Class Action Instead of suing in court, you and Sprint agree to arbitrate all Disputes (as defined below) on an individual, non-representative, basis. You agree that, by entering into this Agreement, you and Sprint are waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action or representative action. This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted.
In arbitration, there is no judge or jury. Instead Disputes are decided by a neutral third-party arbitrator in a more informal process than in court. In arbitration, there is limited discovery and the arbitrator's decision is subject to limited review by courts. However, just as a court would, the arbitrator must honor the terms of the Agreement and can award damages and relief, including any attorneys' fees authorized by law.
"Disputes" shall include, but are not limited to, any claims or controversies against each other related in any way to or arising out of in any way our Services or the Agreement, including, but not limited to, coverage, Devices, billing services and practices, policies, contract practices (including enforceability), service claims, privacy, or advertising, even if the claim arises after Services have terminated. Disputes also include, but are not limited to, claims that: (a) you or an authorized or unauthorized user of the Services or Devices bring against our employees, agents, affiliates, or other representatives; (b) you bring against a third party, such as a retailer or equipment manufacturer, that are based on, relate to, or arise out of in any way our Services or the Agreement; or (c) that Sprint brings against you. Disputes also include, but are not limited to, (i) claims in any way related to or arising out of any aspect of the relationship between you and Sprint, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation, advertising claims or any other legal theory; (ii) claims that arose before this Agreement or out of a prior Agreement with Sprint; (iii) claims that are subject to on-going litigation where you are not a party or class member; and/or (iv) claims that arise after the termination of this Agreement.
Dispute Notice and Dispute Resolution Period
Before initiating an arbitration or a small claims matter, you and Sprint each agree to first provide to the other a written notice ("Notice of Dispute"), which shall contain: (a) a written description of the problem and relevant documents and supporting information; and (b) a statement of the specific relief sought. A Notice of Dispute to Sprint should be sent to: General Counsel; Arbitration Office; 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mailstop VARESA0202-2C682; Reston, Virginia 20191. Sprint will provide a Notice of Dispute to you in accordance with the "Providing Notice To Each Other Under The Agreement" section of this Agreement. Sprint will assign a representative to work with you and try to resolve your Dispute to your satisfaction. You and Sprint agree to make attempts to resolve the Dispute prior to commencing an arbitration or small claims action. If an agreement cannot be reached within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the Notice of Dispute, you or Sprint may commence an arbitration proceeding or small claims action.
Arbitration Terms, Process, Rules and Procedures
(1) Unless you and Sprint agree otherwise, the arbitration will be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator and will take place in the county of the last billing address of the Service. The arbitration will be governed by either: (a) rules that we mutually agree upon; or (b) the JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures (the "JAMS Rules"), as modified by this agreement to arbitrate, including the rules about the filing, administration, discovery and arbitrator fees. The JAMS rules are available on its website at jamsadr.com. Notwithstanding any JAMS Rule to the contrary or any other provision in arbitration rules chosen, by agreement, to govern the arbitration, we each agree that all issues regarding the Dispute are delegated to the arbitrator to decide, except that only a court (and not the arbitrator) shall decide any disagreements regarding the scope and enforceability of this agreement to arbitrate.
(2) The Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA") applies to this Agreement and arbitration provision. We each agree that the FAA's provisions-not state law-govern all questions of whether a Dispute is subject to arbitration. To the extent that this agreement to arbitrate conflicts with the JAMS Policy on Consumer Arbitrations Pursuant to Pre-Dispute Clauses Minimum Standards for Procedural Fairness (the "Minimum Standards"), the Minimum Standards in that regard will apply. However, nothing in this paragraph will require or allow you or Sprint to arbitrate on a class-wide, representative or consolidated basis.
(3) The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party's individual claim. YOU AND SPRINT AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN AN INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PUTATIVE CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING.Further, unless both you and Sprint expressly agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. If any portion of this provision is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void.
(4) We each are responsible for our respective costs, including our respective counsel, experts, and witnesses. Sprint will pay for any filing or case management fees associated with the arbitration and the professional fees for the arbitrator's services.
(5) An arbitrator's award will be a written statement of the disposition of each claim and will also provide a concise written statement of the essential findings and conclusions which form the basis of the award. The arbitrator's decision and award is final and binding, with some limited court review under the FAA, and judgment on the award may be entered in any court with jurisdiction.
(6) As an alternative to arbitration, we may resolve Disputes in small claims court in the county of your most recent billing address. In addition, this arbitration agreement does not prevent you from bringing your Dispute to the attention of any federal, state, or local government agency. Such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against Sprint on your behalf.
No Trial By Jury and No Class Action
IF FOR ANY REASON A CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT IN ANY WAY PROCEEDS IN COURT RATHER THAN IN ARBITRATION, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE CLAIM IS AN ACTION, COUTERCLAIM OR ANY OTHER COURT PROCEEDING, WE EACH AGREE THAT TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, THERE WILL NOT BE A JURY TRIAL OR CLASS ACTION AND WE EACH UNCONDITIONALLY (1) WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY AND (2) WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO PURSUE DISPUTES ON A CLASSWIDE BASIS, INCLUDING JOINING A CLAIM WITH THE CLAIM OF ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY OR ASSERT A CLAIM IN A REPRESENTATIVE CAPACTITY ON BEHALF OF ANYONE ELSE IN ANY OTHER PROCEEDING.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold Sprint and our subsidiaries, affiliates, parent companies, vendors, suppliers, and licensors harmless from any claims arising out of or relating to your actions, including, but not limited to, your use of the Service and any information you submit, post, transmit, or make available via the Service; failing to provide appropriate notices regarding location-enabled services (see "Location-Enabled Services" section); failure to safeguard your passwords, backup question to your shared secret question, or other account information; or violating this Agreement or any policy referenced in this Agreement, any applicable law or regulation, or the rights of any third party.
Providing Notice To Each Other Under The Agreement
Except as the Agreement specifically provides otherwise, you must provide us notice by calling or writing us as instructed on your invoice. We will provide you notice through one or more of the following: in your bill, correspondence to your last known billing address, to any fax number or e-mail address you've provided us, by calling you on your Device or any other phone number you've provided us, by voice message on your Device or any other phone number you've provided us, or by text message on your Device.
Contacting You Regarding Billing and Collections
You expressly authorize, and specifically consent to allowing Sprint and any of Sprint's agents to contact you in connection with any and all matters relating to unpaid past due charges you owe Sprint. You agree that, for attempts to collect unpaid past due charges, Sprint and any of its agents may contact you at any mailing address, telephone number, cellular phone number, email address, or any other electronic address that you have provided, or may in the future provide, to Sprint. You agree and acknowledge that any e-mail address or any other electronic address that you provide to Sprint is your private address and is not accessible to unauthorized third parties. For attempts to collect unpaid charges, you agree that in addition to individual persons attempting to communicate directly with you, any type of contact described above may be made using, among other methods, pre-recorded or artificial voice messages delivered by an automatic telephone dialing system, pre-set e-mail messages delivered by an automatic e-mailing system, or any other pre-set electronic messages delivered by any other automatic electronic messaging system.
Other Important Terms
Subject to federal law or unless the Agreement specifically provides otherwise, this Agreement is governed solely by the laws of the state encompassing the billing address of the Device, without regard to the conflicts of law rules of that state. If either of us waives or doesn't enforce a requirement under this Agreement in an instance, we don't waive our right to later enforce that requirement. Except as the Agreement specifically provides otherwise, if any part of the Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the rest of this Agreement remains in full force and effect. This Agreement isn't for the benefit of any third party except our corporate parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, and predecessors and successors in interest. You can't assign the Agreement or any of your rights or duties under it, unless we agree to the assignment. We can assign the Agreement without notice. You cannot in any manner resell the Services to another party. The Agreement and the documents it incorporates make up the entire agreement between us and replaces all prior written or spoken agreements—you can't rely on any contradictory documents or statements by sales or service representatives. The rights, obligations and commitments in the Agreement that—by their nature—would logically continue beyond the termination of Services (for example, those relating to billing, payment, 911, dispute resolution, no class action, no jury trial) survive termination of Services.