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Old 06-06-08, 10:42 AM   #1
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Getting out of our cell phone contract

I took a new job a few months ago, and get extremely poor reception in the building on my T-Mobile phone. My co-worker has AT&T and it works just fine for her.

I also have a new commute, and now have a bunch of patches where I don't get good reception.

We recently re-signed our contract for two years so my wife could get a sorely-needed new phone, but I'm wondering if there is any way I can get out of it without having to pay the fee. Because my phone is almost unusable for 8-9 hours a day and that's unacceptable to me.
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Old 06-06-08, 10:44 AM   #2
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Nope. You need to shell out the fee which usually runs about $200.

I think VZW is looking at ways to stop the cancellation fee.. but T-Mobile you gotta pony up the dough.
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Old 06-06-08, 10:48 AM   #3
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I forget the name of the website, but I ran across something several months ago in which you post your contract details and other people (maybe looking to try your carrier) will "take over" your contract. From my understanding, as long as the contract is completed, the carriers don't care who foots the bill.

Obviously, a big carrot to have somebody pick your contract over someone elses is to include incentives (15% company discount, my phone for free, etc).
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Old 06-06-08, 10:49 AM   #4
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if they change there user terms you can usually get out. not sure how often that happens
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Old 06-06-08, 10:49 AM   #5
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Contracts can be hard to get out of but sounds like it might be worth the fee. How much would it be?
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Old 06-06-08, 10:50 AM   #7
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Here are two trade sites:

http://www.cellswapper.com
http://www.celltradeusa.com
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Old 06-06-08, 10:53 AM   #8
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if they change there user terms you can usually get out. not sure how often that happens
It happened awhile ago with a carrier because of txt msg changes, VZ had a change about a year ago. They don't typically let people know about opting out, but if you do some google searches you can find out about possible changes.
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Old 06-06-08, 10:53 AM   #9
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Ooo...interesting. I'll have to look into that.

It's not that I have a problem with their service...it's just that it doesn't really work well for me anymore. I had some friends that moved into a new house and their phones simply didn't work there anymore. I don't know how they resolved it but I would think that things like that would be reasonable reasons to part ways without incurring a big fee.
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Old 06-06-08, 11:57 AM   #10
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I was going to try "getting out of my contract" with Cingular via one of the policy change loop holes once... in fact I called a couple times and went exactly by the script that is posted on some of the sites about this. It never worked for me, but I am not the best "salesman" either. In the end I had my mom take it over while I got a Verizon plan with my wife.

Along similar lines, we are looking to get a new phone because my wife's doesn't have bluetooth, and the law in CA is about to change. Unfortunately our current plan has about a year left on it. Is the only way to get a cheap phone to go through eBay? My wife is just a bit afraid of getting a stolen phone that has been blocked or something.
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Old 06-06-08, 12:25 PM   #11
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I once got out of a cell-phone contract by saying I was moving to a city where my provider -- Sprint, at that time -- didn't have any coverage. They did ask for the ZIP code, which I gave to them, and I was let out of the contract. That may work for you, if you can find a city where T-Mobile really has zero coverage.
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