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    Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    Anyone know how much it cost to buy out of a cell phone contract? We have four phones on our plan, two contracts are up. One is up in July and the other April 2011. Trying to switch from US Cellular to Verizon or AT&T.



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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    Several years ago it was around $300 for US Cellular, I think.



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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    they have to prorate the termination fee based on how much of the contract you have left.
    I think the standard fee is around $200 per phone so I would guess you will be looking at around $100-$200



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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    You might be able to get out of the July one for free - possibly have to wait a month or two to do that, it depends on US Cellular. The one for next year will cost you more, as Cytech said.


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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    I was thinking US Cellular was $150 per line at the moment but I could be wrong



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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    Try to get your new company to cover it or give you bill credits for the amount of the termination to switch early.


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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    I'm not trying to be a jerk but these type's of threads annoy me. Wouldn't it be faster and more efficient to call US Cellular and ask them instead of what a bunch of random people on a forum think? You have to sort through a bunch of posts that don't answer your question (like this one) to find what some other person thinks they will bill you, only to end up calling them to find out anyway. I don't get it?

    (Ok I'm getting off the soapbox now)



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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    Quote Originally Posted by akellar View Post
    I'm not trying to be a jerk but these type's of threads annoy me. Wouldn't it be faster and more efficient to call US Cellular and ask them instead of what a bunch of random people on a forum think? You have to sort through a bunch of posts that don't answer your question (like this one) to find what some other person thinks they will bill you, only to end up calling them to find out anyway. I don't get it?

    (Ok I'm getting off the soapbox now)
    As you can tell by some of the responses here, sometimes the result is different. As the poster above you put, sometimes the new company will cover the charges if you are leaving one of their competitors. Would I have ever known that if he didn't say it? Nope. It's always nice to get opinions from others or hear their experiences, as you sometimes get told a different story.

    Thanks for your input on the topic though.



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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    My suggestion is when you do switch, keep a copy of your new contract.



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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    Anyone know how much it cost to buy out of a cell phone contract? We have four phones on our plan, two contracts are up. One is up in July and the other April 2011. Trying to switch from US Cellular to Verizon or AT&T.
    Good topic as I am doing the same thing and just talked to US Cellular the yesterday. I'm willing to share the information.

    Original buyout on my single line was $150. I'm 12 months into that contract, buyout is now $90.

    I've talked to a Verizon store here in Madison. That particular store will give you up to $130 dollars to buy out of another providers contract to switch. They give you the money, they don't pay it off directly.

    I've been with US Cellular for 10 years. Love it and never had any issues what so ever. I'm just ready to be able to get new phones when they come out, and not have to wait so I'm going to switch for a period.



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    Re: Buying out Cell Phone Contract

    something ridiculous



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