unless he continue behaving that way.

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Are these two sentences equivalent?

I promised the angry customer that his connectivity problem would be solved sooner if he didn't continue behaving in that manner.

I promised the angry customer that his connectivity problem would be solved sooner unless he continue behaving that way.
 
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Look at the verbs:

Sentence 1. promised, solved, didn't- they all agree in tense.

Sentence 2. promised, solved, continue- not the same tenses.

The only way your second example would work would be: ...would not be solved [STRIKE]sooner[/STRIKE] unless he [STRIKE]continue[/STRIKE] stopped behaving that way.

Further, it's foolish to use the word promise for something you are absolutely not in a position to guarantee. Perhaps there is some other problem beyond your personal control that will prevent a resolution of the connectivity problem. Much better to say, 'I told the angry customer that his connectivity problem would probably be solved sooner if he stopped behaving in that manner.'
 
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