Last Updated: Nov 08, 2012
Here's some helpful information for you if you're part of our Account Spending Limit Program. The decision to place you in the program is based on information provided to us by an outside credit service when you authorize a credit history check.
About your spending limit
Your Spending Limit is the monthly maximum amount of spending per phone on your account based on your credit decision. For accounts with multiple phones, the total spending limit is calculated as the number of phones on the account multiplied by the spending limit per phone.
For example: If an account with 3 phones has a spending limit of $250 per phone, the spending limit for the account will be $750 (or 3 x $250 = $750).
The Spending Limit Program Charge and autopay
A $4.99 monthly Spending Limit Program charge will be added to your account, but we will waive that fee if you sign up for autopay and have your payments automatically deducted each month.
When checking out, you can sign up for autopay by credit card. Once you've signed up for My Sprint online, you can also choose to autopay from your bank account. We'll send you an email to confirm your enrollment. Your payment will be deducted from your credit card or bank account on the due date you see on sprint.com, on your email reminder (if you signed up for eBill online), or on your paper bill.
Managing your Spending Limit on your phone
The Spending Limit Monitor allows you to view your account balance at any time, tracks your out of plan charges against your spending limit and allows you to pay your bill – all from your phone.
Note: If you do not have a data plan, you may incur casual data usage charges when you open your mobile web browser and navigate to the Spending Limit Monitor. However, once you access the Spending Limit Monitor, you will not incur any additional data charges, as the Spending Limit Monitor tool itself is free of charge.
To access the free Spending Limit Monitor:
Going over your limit
If your average balance per phone exceeds your spending limit, your outgoing phone calls will be routed to our finance group for payment. If your average balance per phone continues to exceed your spending limit, all phones on the account will be temporarily deactivated until a payment is made that brings the account balance below the spending limit.
When your phones are reactivated from nonpayment, you may be charged a reconnection fee of $36 per account. The reconnection fee is subject to change without notification.
Staying within your limit
Depending on your usage patterns, automatic notifications are sent to help you stay within your limit. All texts we send related to your spending limit are free to you. You can easily monitor your minutes, text and data usage by dialing *4 from your phone (or *5 for Spanish). To check your account balance, payments posted, or credit/debit adjustments to your account and your current status, you can sign in to sprint.com, or call 800-639-6111.
Note: Taxes, fees and assessments are not included in the daily balance calculation but are applied to the spending limit at the end of your billing period.
Who receives spending limit notifications about your account
If you have a one-phone account, you get all the notifications. If you have multiple phones on one account, you select one individual to receive all notification messages, making it easier to manage your group's bill and reducing the chance of service interruption. (Note: If you didn't specify someone, we designate the first active phone as the account owner who gets the notification.)
The fastest way to pay is either online at sprint.com or by dialing *3 on your Sprint phone.
You can make mid-month payments if you wish. You don't have to wait and pay at the end of your billing period.
Your deposit will be refunded after one year of Sprint service as a credit to your account. If this results in a credit balance, you can request a refund for the difference. If you discontinue Sprint service before a year has passed, your deposit will be refunded, minus the amount of your outstanding balance and early termination fee, if applicable. For deposits made by credit or debit card, we'll credit your account. All other refunds will be made by check. Except where required by law, your deposit won't earn any interest.
SIM-locked GSM-capable devices cannot be unlocked for use with 3rd party SIMs when active on a spending limit account. You will not be able to access international roaming on GSM networks with your spending limit account.