I searched but couldn't find a similar situation so I thought I would post here and see if anyone could help me.
In June or July of 2002, I got my first cell phone at sprint. I got a free phone because of a special they were having (I did not know that it required a two year contract). I bought the phone with my mom as a cosigner, got a receipt and went on my way.
I had several problems with the phone (had to go back and get new one the first week I had it) and it eventually wouldn't work at my own house. I went into Sprint to see what they would do for me. They didn't do anything except tell me to either buy a new phone, or just use the one I had. At this point I requested a copy of my contract (which I should have recieved when the phone was purchased) and left.
I never signed anything binding me to any length of a contract. My contract did not even have 2 years written or circled on it anywhere.
I returned the phone on the month anniversary of purchasing it because I wasn't satisfied with the service at all. I paid for that month in full and gave the salesperson at Sprint my phone because it was such a piece of crap I didn't even want it. She told me that they would still charge me an early termination fee to which I told her was unacceptable. She put me on the phone with a customer service rep who went through everything that happened and told me I was all paid up and I wouldn't be charged for anything other than the month of service I had already paid for.
I was eventually sent to collections and after each dispute, they simply transferred the debt to another agency. I first tried calling Sprint, but all they did was give me the run around and use scare tactics to get me to pay.
I am now at the point where I want to build credit. My score right now is a 660 and I know this 4 year old debt is hurting me. I could resolve it by paying, but it is the principle of the thing. This company screwed me over and I don't want to pay. What can I do?