Getting out of your cell phone contract | News
Before I share this information, let me say I'm big into honoring contracts.
I'm big into both the company and the consumer honoring a contract. Two-way street, my friend.
A smart phone upgrade, like the release of the iPhone 4S, is not a legitimate excuse for breaking a cell phone contract.
However, USell.com (www.usell.com), a site that enables consumers to sell their gadgets for cash or trade-in value, offered these suggestions for getting out of a cell phone contract:
* TALK YOUR WAY OUT. "It is possible, though difficult, to talk your way out of your contract," wrote Doug Feirstein, USell.com's co-founder and CEO. "Your case will be helped immensely by having a legitimate complaint about the service (for example, living outside of the coverage area) or your device.
"Go into the conversation with a detailed description of the carrier and plan you'd like to switch to, and why your current carrier and plan do not meet your needs."
* TRADE YOUR WAY OUT. "All carriers offer an option to transfer service to someone else," wrote Feirstein, "and this is likely your best option for getting out of your contract. For a relatively low fee (typically $20-25), people looking to get out of their cell phone plan can effectively 'swap' it with people looking to get in (to avoid activation fees and a full 2-year contract).
* GET OUT ON A TECHNICALITY. "Changes to terms of service or pricing will often offer a 30-day grace period to cancel your contract," Feirstein said. "Be prepared to prove it though: you may need to show an old bill or your signed contract to verify the changes."