Getting Out Of A Cell Phone Contract?
According to the terms of Sprint and Verizon’s service contracts if they change your rates, you have the right to cancel without paying an early termination fee.
You must actually cancel the service, you can’t just cancel your contract and keep the service on a month-to-month basis. You should be able to get a representative to allow you to port your number to another provider, just be sure that they notate the account that the ETF should be waived.
There is a blackout period with all carriers after you cancel service, so you won’t be able to cancel and then resign with the same company just to get a free phone.
It may take repeated calls to customer service until you find a rep willing to release you from your contract.
Be sure to make note of the rep’s ID number in case there are any problems after your service is canceled.
“Beginning January 1, 2008 Sprint will asses 2 new monthly charges per line. An administrative charge of $.75 and a regulatory charge of $.20 to help defray the cost on us that other telecommunications carriers charge Sprint…The Administrative Charge is not a tax and is not an amount we are required to collect from you by law.”
“If you are not currently subscribed to a Messaging Package, beginning March 2, 2008, the price for sending Text Messages to the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico – as well as the price for receiving Text Messages from anywhere – will increase from $0.15 to $0.20 per message per recipient….If you do subscribe to a Messaging Package, your package rates will stay the same.”