Thursday, February 14, 2008

Cancel Your Wireless Contract Without Paying for the Early Termination Fee

Many consumer groups and customers feel that the early termination fees that are charged by wireless carriers are unfair. This fees prevent people from withdrawing their commitment to a wireless contract and discourages them from transferring to another service provider.

These complaints eventually caused some networks to become less strict with the early termination fees of their wireless contracts. They have done away with fixed fees and have chosen to go with prorated fees which are more consumer friendly. However, the dispute on early termination fees are not yet over. For instance, a class action suit has recently been certified against Verizon Wireless due to the early termination fees they have charged their customers.

Early Termination fees may dampen the spirits of unsatisfied wireless customers but there are actually legal ways to terminate a contract with out paying a fee. A customer simply has to read the wireless contract he signed in order to discover these ways. Let me enumerate some of the ways in which people can cancel their cellphone contract without paying any termination fees.

One of the best ways to avoid paying an early termination fee is by canceling your wireless contract within a month or thirty days of accepting it. I've looked at the Terms and Conditions of many contracts and thirty days seems to be the standard for the early cancellation of a contract. I even found out that with AT&T you can even receive a refund if you cancel your contract within three days of signing it.

However, you will still be charged for any services that you used within this 30 day period. Returning the device and accessories that are pert of the long term deal or wireless contract is also a requirement. Here is a statement from AT&T's terms and conditions that deals with early cancellation:
You may cancel your service, for any reason and without incurring the Early Termination Fee, within thirty (30) days of signing your Wireless Service Agreement, PROVIDED, however, that if you cancel service you will remain responsible for any service fees and charges incurred. If you cancel within three (3) days of signing your Wireless Service Agreement, you will be entitled to a refund of your activation fee, if any. If you exercise this option, you may be required to return devices and associated accessories purchased in connection with your Wireless Service Agreement.
Another way of escaping from a wireless contract without spending a dime for the early termination fee is by canceling it after the carrier initiated a "material" change in the contract. Mobile phone service providers, give their customers to opt out of their contracts if a change they made causes adverse effects. Customers who cancel their contract within a certain period after the material change takes effect are not required to pay any early termination fee.

This statement from Sprint Nextel's Terms and Conditions describe cancellation after a material change in the services and also includes the conditions a customer has to follow to become exempted from paying an early termination fee,
We will provide you notice of material changes, and may provide you notice of non-material changes, in a manner consistent with this Agreement (see "Providing Notice To Each Other Under The Agreement" section). If a change we make to the Agreement is material and has a material adverse effect on Services under your Term Commitment, you may terminate each line of Service materially affected without incurring an Early Termination Fee only if you: (a) call us within 30 days after the effective date of the change; and (b) specifically advise us that you wish to cancel Services because of a material change to the Agreement that we have made. If you do not cancel Service within 30 days of the change, an Early Termination Fee will apply if you terminate Services before the end of any applicable Term Commitment.
These are just a couple of legal ways of ending a troublesome contract. I'm sure that there are a few more ways to end your commitment to a wireless contract you find unacceptable. The best way to find one is to read the contract or ask questions. I hope this information can help you become free from an unwanted wireless contract.

1 comment:

John Smith said...

If you don't succeed to discover an individual on cell phone who has the power to unsubscribe you, deliver an e-mail to the deal with discovered. Ask for canceling the subscription, and also discuss about your cell phone contact to the workplace with enough time, time frame, 30 days and season. Apart from this, create an identical correspondence and publish it to the deal with offered by them.

Cancel Subscription