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I've read through your facts.
You are correct in your thinking in general. However, the issue in this case is whether it was an actual change to the contract or whether they were just clarifying their position.
Also, you are incorrect in your statement that "by law any change to the language in a contract is "material".
What is and is not a material change is a question of fact for a court to determine.
Just as an example, if your contract required you to send your payments to one address and the company changed its billing department to another address, but changed nothing else about the contract then it is extremely unlikely a court would find that to be a "material change" or allow you to escape from the contract due to that change.
However, whether Sprint deems it to be non-adverse isn't an issue either, the issue is whether it is adverse, not whether they call it that or not.
If you do feel that the changes were material then you would want to hire a lawyer that does "Civil Litigation".
You may also want to file a complaint with both the FTC and the FCC about Sprint's actions.
Also, cell phone providers rank only slightly above politicians, car salesman and, unfortunately, attorneys, in the way they are perceived by most people so you start into a case knowing that they have to overcome a built in bias against them with a jury.
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