How To Get Out Of Your Current Phone Contract

As you might remember, BGR posted an interesting guide to getting out of a T-Mobile account for free before it expires. Now two more guides have come out of the woodwork for users of Verizon and Sprint Nextel, as well as a few other techniques.

As with the T-Mobile guide, getting out of a contract ahead of time relies on finding a loophole, which means the company in question has to have made a change that makes the service at east theoretically more expensive for you, the user. Here are a few recent rate changes from some of the major carriers:


A Verizon user and reader of the pro-consumer website the Consumerist says that Verizon recently increased their Federal Universal Service Charge, and was able to use this as an excuse to get out of their contract without an ETF. Here’s Verizon’s notification of the new charges:

The Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC) is a Verizon Wireless charge that is subject to change each calendar quarter based on contribution rates prescribed by the FCC. On July 1, the FUSC changed to 2.42 percent of assessable wireless charges, other than separately billed interstate and international long distance charges. The FUSC on these charges changed to 11.4 percent.

Sprint Nextel

There are some conflicting reports that Sprint Nextel is going to be eliminating their SERO plan, or forcing existing customers to switch to unlimited data “everything” plans. If that doesn’t work or doesn’t apply to you, you might be able to wait for an SMS rate change.


Check out the guide for T-Mobile here.

Other Methods

You could try selling your contract over a service like CellSwapper, CelltradeUSA, or Resellular, though they charge $14.95, $19.99, and $14.99 respectively. Otherwise you could always move out of your plan’s coverage area, join the armed forces, or die. Of course, if you do the last two, you’ll probably not have much time with that iPhone.

[via The Consumerist]

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