How To Get Out Of A Cell Phone Contract Continued
Another completely legal way to get out of your cell phone contract
is to transfer the contract to another party. Keep in mind that although this is legal, the new person may have to pass a credit check, and they may have to sign a new contract that extends longer than your current contract.
There are several websites that are completely devoted to swapping cell phone contracts, including CellSwapper.com and CellTradeUSA.com.
Before swapping cell phones:
Clear all personal data off your phone.
Contact your cellular provider as they will do most of the work.
Follow the cell phone providers’ instructions to the letter.
Things to think about for the future:
- Research cell phone coverage and service reputations
- Talk to neighbors or co-workers with that cellular service to find out how the coverage is in your area
- Make sure you know what the early termination fees are before signing a contract
- Read all the fine print for your cell phone contract
- Research the reputation of the cell phone carrier with Consumer Reports.org.
"Locked in a Cell: How Cell Phone Early Termination Fees Hurt Consumers" includes analysis of a phone survey conducted by the polling firm IPSOS North America of 1000 U.S. households in July 2005 and one key finding from that survey is that: “Nearly half (47%) of cell phone customers would "switch cell phone companies as soon as possible" or "consider switching cell phone companies" if early termination fees were eliminated.”
Canceling Cell Phone Contracts
Of course, if all you want to do is get out of the contract, you can simply cancel the contract and be prepared to pay the early termination fees to the cell phone carrier.
If you purchased the cell phone at a kiosk, pay the termination fee to the kiosk provider as well. In order to know what rights you have in this situation, your best bet is to contact a personal consumer protection lawyer or financial lawyer
Whocanisue.com can help you find an experienced consumer protection attorney in your area to assist you with the complicated nuances of contract law and consumer protection.