How To Get Out Of Cell Phone Contracts
These days, it seems like almost everyone has a cell phone, even children. The ease of use and accessibility of cell phones have taken the world by storm, making it easy to stay connected no matter where you go. However, what if you want to get out of your cell phone contract?
Usually there are fees associated with ending your contract early. However, there are some legitimate ways that you can use to try to end your cell phone contract early and avoid the early termination fees.
In an article about a survey conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) Consumer Program Director Ed Mierzwinski is quoted: “Not only does this new survey find that more than three out of four Americans want these unfair fees eliminated, but our economic analysis also shows ….these penalties have cost consumers more than $4.6 billion in the last three years.”
Cell Phone Contracts
Cell phone contracts are written to protect the cell phone carrier to the greatest extent possible. Almost all contracts have a clause where you will be charged an early termination fee should you want to cancel the contract early.
There is one loop hole in the contract where you can get out without ending up with an early termination fee. That is when the cell phone carrier changes the terms of your contract materially by adding another charge to the contract.
You usually have 14 to 30 days to end your contract due to the material adverse change in contract and you won’t have an early termination fee. If you are looking to get out of your cell phone contract, watch for such changes.
Material Adverse Changes in Cell Phone Contracts
- Raise in text message rates
- Increase in prices for replacement equipment
- Increase in charges for mobile-to-mobile rates
- Monthly contract price increase
- Increase in price for any service you are currently using
Another avenue to consider is to speak with an attorney who specializes in consumer law before making any hasty decisions about contract cancellation. Whocanisue.com can help you find an experienced financial lawyer
in your area to assist you with contract and consumer law.
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