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How to get out Bell cell phone contract

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Mar 12, 2005
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How to get out Bell cell phone contract

I have a three year bell plan, and about 2 and half year left. I want to get out this crappy plan which cost me 60+tax. However, bell told me I need to pay 720$ something to get out of this? Is there any easy way to get rid of it? Thanks.
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Contracts are legally binding. Once two parties agree to a contract, no one party can unilaterally terminate the contract unless it is a provision of the contract (most likely Bell can terminate the deal at any time). However, most phone contracts have a provision in them explaining how you can have the contract terminated. That usually involves you 'buying out' the contract at a one-time fee. Considering you have 2 years left, at 60/month thats like 1500 approx. 720 is less than that, but you don't really get anything out of it but getting out of the contract. Signing the paper does have legal consequences, which of the time are engineered to benefit the big corporation. You get a 'free' phone, which in reality probably cost the company like $20 for and they advertise it for like $400 and then give you that huge deal for signing up! You pay for it one way or another.

Options are: break the contract and risk either legal action (unlikely because it would cost more for a lawyer than they would get from you, although if you lost at court you would probably have to pay their legal costs, people don't go to court over 1500 usually, you might be able to make them settle for less) or loss of credit score. Try to offer Bell less than 720 and see if they bite, they probably won't.

Either option above will be a pain in the ass. 60/month for a phone seems to be the norm today for most people. See if you can reduce the options on your plan and you could probably knock it down by 20/month. People usually have features they never use or don't use enough to justify paying for it. They think 'oh I need unlimited texting' when in fact they use fewer texts than the cheaper alternative of like 1500 texts a month. People often pay for answering machine, caller ID and other features when it isn't really necessary for them (I think caller ID should be free and standard btw). The point is people say 'oh it's only $5/month for unlimited texting incase I really need it' and in reality that adds up to 180+tax on a 3 year plan. Check how you use your phone via your bill and either cut back on usage or reclaim money by reducing features to how you actually use it. I pay $35/month for my Bell bill which includes like caller id, 1500txts and some amount of minutes I don't know about because I don't talk on the phone a lot. If you have a data plan consider adjusting it as well or adjusting your usage because it's expensive without a plan. It's all about self restraint and compromise when you want to save money.
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Seriously? You've had it 6 months and you're already looking for ways to weasel out of it? Some people's children...
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Easiest way, pay the $720 fee like you agreed to do when you signed a 3 year contract. As much as I don't like Bell, signing up for 3 years and then trying to find a way to sneak out of your contract after 6 months is a bit sleazy.

Trying offering your phone and plan to someone on some classifieds somewhere, might have to sweeten the pot with a cash advance but its better than $720.
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The way I see it you have 2 options:

Either fake your own death and move to Zehuatanejo

or

Pay up.
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$720!?

Can you please tell us what plan and phone you have?

I had a nice retention plan from Fido which included te 6GB data option. I was paying $50/month from September(start of my contract, so 33months left). I wanted to switch with Wind and asked on how much is it to opt out, they said $500 ( I got the 16GB IP4 ).

Luckily, I found someone to take over my plan w/o giving up my phone. I'm now with Wind with that fancy $40 plan :razz: with an expensive $600 alarm clock courtesy of Fido.
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I thought the ECF was $400?

Regardless, to the OP - you signed a contract. You knew what you were getting yourself into.
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Bell takes their contracts very seriously. You can check for a death clause but that's probably about the only out without the hefty penalty.

Next time put a little more thought into it before signing any contract for anything.
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DLFB wrote:
Jan 19th, 2011 2:11 pm
$720!?

Can you please tell us what plan and phone you have?

I had a nice retention plan from Fido which included te 6GB data option. I was paying $50/month from September(start of my contract, so 33months left). I wanted to switch with Wind and asked on how much is it to opt out, they said $500 ( I got the 16GB IP4 ).

Luckily, I found someone to take over my plan w/o giving up my phone. I'm now with Wind with that fancy $40 plan :razz: with an expensive $600 alarm clock courtesy of Fido.

Sell the phone because the iPhone 4 is still in huge demand which can make you back a lot of your money.
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woof wrote:
Jan 19th, 2011 5:13 pm
Bell takes their contracts very seriously. You can check for a death clause but that's probably about the only out without the hefty penalty.

Next time put a little more thought into it before signing any contract for anything.

Pretty sure your estate pays out of your contract in the case of death.

So you're screwed, even in death.
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Nov 15, 2009
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if you read your contract, it says early cancellation fees are $20/ month and a maximum of $400
they are trying to stiff you
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Aug 11, 2008
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you probably have a voice and data plan, so the max would be $600 within the first year, $400 for voice and $200 for data.

But since you have a voice and data plan, $60+tax is almost the minimum unless you got a palm pre. You can get rid of your data, pay the data cancellation fee of $200 and bring your plan down to the basic $25 plan. Or even change the plan to a lower priced voice and data plan, but they still start at $50 a month.
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Unfortunately, you signed the contract so there's really no easy way out. Although $720 seems quite excessive.
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aggronieszka wrote:
Jan 19th, 2011 9:58 pm
Pretty sure your estate pays out of your contract in the case of death.

So you're screwed, even in death.

Actually I believe BellTV does a no penalty contract cancellation in the event the contract holder dies. Don't know if the cell phone division is the same though.
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