In the most recent cingular bill there is a notice that SMS rates are going up to .15 a message.
Like i said in my post on getting out of cellular contracts the best way to get out is when the carrier’s raise their rates like in this case.
Page 6(page 8 of the pdf) of the terms and conditions of having Cingular service state the following,
“IF WE INCREASE THE PRICE OF ANY OF THE SERVICES TO WHICH YOU SUBSCRIBE, BEYOND THE LIMITS SET FORTH IN YOUR RATE PLAN BROCHURE, OR IF WE MATERIALLY DECREASE THE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA IN WHICH YOUR AIRTIME RATE APPLIES (OTHER THAN A TEMPORARY DECREASE FOR REPAIRS OR MAINTENANCE), WE WILL DISCLOSE THE CHANGE AT LEAST ONE BILLING CYCLE IN ADVANCE (EITHER THROUGH A NOTICE WITH YOUR BILL, A TEXT MESSAGE TO YOUR EQUIPMENT, OR OTHERWISE) AND YOU MAY TERMINATE THIS AGREEMENT WITHOUT PAYING AN EARLY TERMINATION FEE OR RETURNING OR PAYING FOR ANY PROMOTIONAL ITEMS, PROVIDED YOUR NOTICE OF TERMINATION IS DELIVERED TO US WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE FIRST BILL REFLECTING THE CHANGE.”
Just call up Cingular and explain why you want out for free.
If they want to see their own terms pdf, instruct them to go to cingular.com>personal plans>support and on the right is a link for the terms and conditions.
Want to port your number out?
It’s slightly more complicated, but just ask them to notate your account to waive your cancellation and then port it out to another carrier
I CAN’T STRESS THIS ENOUGH-WHETHER YOU PORT YOUR NUMBER OUT OR CANCEL OUTRIGHT BE SURE TO GET THE REP’S NAME AND ANY COMPANY ID INFO IN CASE OF ANY PROBLEMS!!!
If you get a stubborn CS agent ask for a manager or just keep trying!
Good luck and be sure to post back with success or failure stories!