Ok, my experience.
Background: I signed up for this deal in June 2017. For whatever reason, it didn’t expire until yesterday (July 31, 2018) and like an idiot I milked it up until the last day.
Advice #1: Cancel a few days or a week before your drop dead date. Don’t stress yourself out trying to get 100% of the value vs. 98%.
Process: After hearing that you could conceivably sign up for the 1 year deal with your spouse’s SSN, I did the following.
Bought 2 $5 MintSim trial card kits - you’ll need 2 kits with 4 SIM cards. Yes 4. No, I don’t know why they make you do this. But trust me, you will.
Port out to Mint (which is a T-Mobile MVNO) from Sprint using their trial plan. This will keep your phone number, which is a necessity for me since I’ve had mine for 15 years now.
Upgrade to whatever minimum Mint plan is available - I did 5 GB for 3 months for me, 2 GB for 3 months for my wife in case the Sprint thing failed. Rates aren’t that bad - it was $60 for 3 months for the 5GB and $45 for the 2GB plus taxes. For me, this totaled about $115.
You will need to use the 2nd SIM card to swap out the 7 day Mint trial to the “full” Mint 3 month dealio. That’s annoying. But it is what it is.
Once you’ve ported out everything to Mint, now you need to port it back in.
Call Mint (213-xxx-xxxx) and ask them for your account number and PIN. You’ll need it to port back into Sprint. They will ask you why you want it. Say “For my recordkeeping” and they will accept that. Your PIN will almost certainly be the last 4 digits of your phone number, but affirm it with Mint. Your account numbers will be long - longer than Sprint’s in my case anyways. You’ll need them for both phone numbers, so ask for both.
Link to the Sprint Unlimited sign up page (Google “Spring free for a year” and it’ll pop right up). Input your current information - you’ll need your billing zip code, SIM card #, and I can’t recall but I think it’s IMEI or MEID or something like that, but you can easily find whatever they ask by Googling the steps) - and then Sprint will ask you to set up AutoPay.
Input credit card info and finalize. It will spit out a screen with your confirmation # (long and alphanumeric) plus a 7 digit(?) PIN. WRITE THIS DOWN AND DON’T LOSE IT. You’ll need it if anything goes awry.
- Swap out the Mint SIM for a Sprint SIM and wait. They will force you to buy Sprint SIMs even if you got them locally (which I did). Which will cost you about $18 for 2 SIMs and $5 each for any additional ones.
Took more than half an hour to get my wife’s line active (primary), then she had to do some approving to get my line (secondary) added to the account. She got an email about it, so just follow whatever the email tells you to do for additional lines.
Note that you can have up to 5 phones, so you might be doing this step several times if you’re taking advantage of that element. It also means you’ll need 2 Mint SIMs and 1 Sprint SIM per line you want to add, so keep that in mind.
Go to Mint’s refund page and fill out 1 form per line and ask for a refund under their 7 day refund policy.
STEP I’M CURRENTLY IN They’ve asked me for the IMEI number of the chip on the accounts being cancelled, so make sure you write these down unless you want to pop out SIM cards or want to squint at the teeny-tiny numbers on a nano SIM.
Theoretically, once you respond with this information, they will refund your purchase within 7 business days. If not, chargebacks are there for you.
- Enjoy 14 months of free Sprint - it goes through September 30, 2019 - at whatever savings you want to impute. For me I value it at $1,400 ($100/month for 2 lines of unlimited talk/text/data and 10GB of hotstpot…YMMV).
I would conservatively peg 8 hours to do all the above. It’s probably more like 5-6, but if something goes wrong you’ll be on hold for a bit. Get a movie or two queued up and it won’t be so bad. I would advise those with offices at work to do this then - the actually amount of time needed to actively do stuff is modest, but the waiting and queuing is where the time sink is at.
If I can help, drop me a line. If I missed stuff here, I’ll come back and correct it.
But since I had to struggle through, this should help someone out there who wants to save a cool $1K+. And if you have 3 kids and a wife, it’s really more like $2K.