How do I break a cell contract with out paying the cancelation fee?

by admin on April 18, 2011

Alright lets start.About a year and a half ago my spouse purchased 2 dwelve phones from alltel with a 2 year contract. Then to ur surprise a couple months later alltel goes down and sells to verizon. Ok we sucked it up and everything was ok until 4 months ago. First lets start with that we don’t really use the phones much both of us just text mostly(got unlimited txt) and if we use the phone it always for no more than 3 min, but the point is we never have gotten close to even using up all of our minutes. So it started 4 months ago my wife lost her phone(which was on the side of the couch) for like 2 weeks. I had my phone and I used 80 min that month. then in the same month my phone broke, so by the end of that billing cycle i know for a fact (i checked the timer on all calls) both me and my wife had used 180 min.. Then we got the bill 0 saying that we went over 185 min., i argued with the phone rep. and told him there is no way we had gone over because we never had before and plus both phones were missing or not functioning for 2 weeks and both of us had called to tell them that her phone was lost and that mine the end we ended paying them we couldn’t win the fight even with evidence.ever since then we keep on going over our min. by 80 or 180. I’m tired of paying this much and want out.i tried breaking the contract by telling them i didn’t sign a contract with verizon But i did with alltel and the rep said he couldn’t because both companies merged. Oh here’s the funny part supposely i pay 0 for two lines 500 minutes (1droid 3G and a behold 1g), internet, and unlimitedd text and im still using the old alltel signal or satellite. I came to find this out after we went to the verizon store after moving to the house because we both of us get get very low signal(no 3G and always on 1 or no bars). The dude told me i could break my contract cause of that and was honest to tell me that verizon doesn’t do well at all around here. so he started to do when he asked me if I had originally had alltel and i responded yes. suddenly his face turned kinda paled and told me he had some bad news that i couldn’t break the contract because alltel has antannas or some stuff that are suppose get me a signal out here and hence couldn’t break the contract.the guy was honest and told me that several people had this problem and that people have had cussed him out and had gotten punched in 1 occasion. he also told me he had talked to company directly to help people out(he called the company to figure what was happening too) but had done it to many times that if supervisor saw him doing it again he could have gotten fired cause he had already gotten written up about it. So this most of my problems and a can honestly say i hate verizon and want then to go down(had verizon before and the screw me over bad back then too i had to pay almost 00 to get out of my contract and pay 2 month bill that had gone over min. and was making international phone calls with out the service (bunch of bull)).. i have have done research and found that finding some one to take over your contract is the best way to go and that is a good place to do it. I’m just kinda sketchy about because i never herd or known anyone who had done this. so if u can please give some feedback about it and if anything more ideas to break my contract.thank u guys very very much. oh and if any people out there also got problems contact the bbc and fcc to report them so verizon can get there heads out of their ass.

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    joe r April 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

    sure your "call timer" on your phone is going to show less than what is on your bill…

    the call timer on your phone shows actual usage – your bill is charged in per minute increments…

    so for example – if you were to make 10 – 30 second calls, your call timer would show 5 minutes (300 seconds) but since you are billed in one minute increments – your bill would show 10 minutes of usage… which is why the call timer is not an accurate way to keep track of your phones usage, every carrier has a way to track your usage either from the phone, or on line, so that you know where you stand with your allotted minutes.. so if your call timer says that it was 180 minutes, i have absolutely no doubt that your usage is over 182 minutes…

    i am sure that your account has already been notated about your attempt to get out of the contract, so it will be difficult for you to break the contract with out paying the ETF… but you did sign a contract to get those phones at a highly subsidized rate – you did not pay full retail for those phones, they are $200-$300, or even more than what you paid for them at full retail…

    a contract swap service like the one that you provided in your question is one of the few options that is available to you to attempt to get out early..

    claiming that you are entering into military service, and will be stationed abroad is another way that will usually get you out of a contract..

    doing your homework, then playing dumb is another way – find out where verizon does NOT have service (almost impossible since they have some of the best coverage) then claim that you will be moving to that location, pretend like you want to keep your service, but act surprised, or disappointed when they tell you that they do not have service available in that area.. then you can make your attempt to request to get out of the contract..

    but like i said before, your account has probably already been notated that you are attempting to get out of the contract with out paying the ETFs, so you may have limited success with the last 2 methods…

    Robert W April 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

    If you signed a contract, you will have to pay an early termination fee. It’s a contract and there is no way to cancel it for free. As the months go by, the term. fee gets lower but it will never completely disappear.

    Carl N April 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Verizon is usually willing to negotiate and do retroactive contracts. Open your wallet. Tell them to take out what they need. Yeah, it sucks, but you can probably get 2 phones, 1400 minutes, and data for about $150 a month. Steep, but that will cover all of your ills and they’ll renew your contract for 2 more years. If that’s not suitable, go down to 700 minute family plans.

    Stephen M April 18, 2011 at 12:34 am


    Way too long of a post to read, but that is just about the only legit reason I can think of.

    Riki April 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

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