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Break Cellular Contracts Legally??? November 18, 2007

Posted by Tell it like it TI is! in cellular contract, cellular contract cancellation, cellular contract termination, sprint contract.

PTIers  I received my November Digital Spin newsletter and I saw an interesting write up about being able to legally get out of your cellular contract with no termination or cancellation fee.   As PTIers know, I have always been intrigued with the perceived “ironcladness” of contracts that you really never physically sign!  I have tried to share most of my experiences with Sprint with the PTI community with hopes that we could figure out how to demand better service or get out from under the contractual “rock” so that we could explore other options.  I have to admit I never  thought about “perfectly legal” ways to end contracts, but the newsletter mentions two interesting sites.

The first is www.cellswapper.com and the other is celltradeusa.com .  Both of these sites seem to let you place your contract in an auction pool allowing others to view them and take them over.  The assumption is that this leaves you fee free!   I am looking for ANY PTIer that has experience with either one of these services as I have not tested or tried either one.

I couple of things that I would like to know is how easy the carriers are making it to transfer contracts, and why a contract that others are getting out of would have appeal to someone else? 

PTIers, I would love to hear how this works in detail and what your personal experiences (good and bad) are.

You know what to do… TELL IT LIKE IT IS!!!!


1. Tell it like it TI is! - November 18, 2007

The more I think about this the more annoyed I get! Think about PTIers, just think about it!

What kind of industry treats customers so bad that a third party industry is created to overcome its deficiencies!! If these two websites and the concept of plan transferring takes off, the carriers themselves should be ashamed of themselves!!! This is clearly a result of poor customer repsone, service, and appreciation. Forcing plans on customers that don’t fit, not letting them out and tricking them with hardware offers only to tighten the shackles.

I will be watching the industry reaction closely to see what carrier will step up and be the first to change their direction.

Just telling it like it is.

2. Fast Follower - November 18, 2007

I’d buy another guys contract to get a shorter contract period. Why sign up for 2 years when I could possibly sign up for a shorter time period?

3. Marc - November 19, 2007

I used celltradeusa.com to get out of my Verizon Wireless contact over a year ago. Since then I signed up over the phone directly with Sprint for 12 months which I just fullfilled and now I plan on taking over a sidekick plan from celltrade that has 3 months left on it 🙂 I always wanted a sidekick but never wanted to commit to a 2 year contract. The person is just giving it to me for taking over the contract plus some accessories… I negotiating now!

I’m a celltradeusa fan for life!

4. Marc - November 19, 2007

BTW – the celltradeusa.com link in your 2nd paragraph is wrong…

5. Jer - November 19, 2007

Sounds like Marc is on the celltrade payroll. By the way, you had better capitalize USA part of your domain name or else it could be read cell-tra-deusa!

6. Tell it like it TI is! - November 19, 2007


Fast Follower, for once it seems you have a point. You are right, you could pick up a shorter term to simply try out a new carrier! Good point.

Marc, looks like you have passed the reality check. Looks like you have a real life positive experience. BTW, I changed the url. Thanks.

Hmmm… what do PTIers think? If this concept really takes off, how will the carriers respond. Do they care that folks are trading their plans? Will they try to resist and not allow folks to do it? If two friends want to get out of their respective plans, are there any “interesting scenarios” that allow both to get out?

I don’t know why, but it doesn’t seem that this is carrier-friendly…what is it? How long will it be before we see the infamous “TRANSFER FEE”?

Like the ole Otis Redding tune… I gotta believe that, “Change is gonna come”!

Just speaking my mind and TELLING IT LIKE IT IS!

7. Fast Follower - November 20, 2007

Just thinking like a carrier….I think they will fight this.

8. Christopher Patton - November 25, 2007

I’m sure carriers will try to fight this, but how long can they really hold off? Consumers are smart and they’re talking on the internet. It’s only a matter of time before consumers find another way to get what they want, be that by finding another loophole or making carriers listen to consumers to compete.

9. Tell it like it TI is! - November 25, 2007

Man… this scenario sure sounds familiar doesn’t it, PTIers??? Take a look at the US Auto Industry. For so many years, there were three choices…GM, Ford, and Chrysler. For so long, customers tried to tell the big 3 that they weren’t happy, they wanted better quality, they needed more dependability, they needed better gas mileage, they wanted more excitement, among a host of other things. However, automobiles were such an integral part of American lives, Americans continued to give their dollars…unwillingly. The Big 3 fooled themselves into thinking that folks were either spending their dollars because they were pleased with the products, or they thought that they would never lose the business based on the industry’s tradition of churning customers among the three competitors…..needless to say the rest is history!!!

I gotta tell you customers looking for loopholes, and innovative ways to get away from companies coupled with carriers setting traps so that customers can’t get away is the beginning of the end!!! One doesn’t have to be a prophet to tell what the final chapter of this play looks like! Get ready for the next American Tragedy!

Just telling it like it is.

10. Fast Follower - November 25, 2007

The tragedy may happen. But how long will it take. In the case of the Big 3 autos it took 30 years (beginning with the first oil shock in the 70s). Even then, consumers had a free choice to buy other automaker’s products – (Toyota, Datsun, Mercedes, Renault, Jag, Volvo, Saab, etc). The cellular companies are trying to lock people in.

How many cellular consumers will continue to be frustrated until there is real choice?

11. Tell it like it TI is! - November 25, 2007

It won’t take 30 years…I am sure of that. This is the wireless revolution. Unlike, the industrial age, there are not smoke stacks and factories to build. This will be like the Ali phantom punch when he was fighting Liston. It happened so fast that even today there are some that still don’t believe it happened. Mark my words.

Just telling it like it is!!!

12. Fast Follower - November 26, 2007

Might it be Google getting in the game?

13. Tell it like it TI is! - November 26, 2007

Maybe Google is the Toyota of the bunch…but needless to say someone is going to come in and change the game! Watch….

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