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How to get out Bell cell phone contract

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I would really love to hear how fair the OP thinks it would be if Bell suddenly called them and told them that they did not care that the contract was for 3 years and they were extending it to 4. I am sure they would be on here ranting and threatening to sue. Why do people think that its fair for them to try to weasel out of legal contract that they sign but complain if the corporation they signed with wants to make them honour it?
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Your best bet quite frankly is to wait for your 1 year to be up, and that should reduce the cancellation fee to $400. Or if you wait for the full 1 year to be up, you can remove the data without penalty, and keep your basic plan as someone else mentioned.
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Hopefully you learn a lesson from this debacle you have gotten yourself into. Never use any Bell product. I myself learned the hard way.
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vdubber wrote:
Jan 19th, 2011 10:43 pm
if you read your contract, it says early cancellation fees are $20/ month and a maximum of $400
they are trying to stiff you
He probably also has a data ECF too, which is additional.

People really have to start paying attention to their contacts they sign with these cell companies. I sign contracts to get free phones too, but I know what I am signing when I do it.
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Ursal751 wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2011 2:29 am
Hopefully you learn a lesson from this debacle you have gotten yourself into. Never use any Bell product. I myself learned the hard way.
The lesson should be "read the damn contract you sign'. This has nothing to do with Bell as all cell phone companies require hefty ECF fees unless you pay a bunch for the phone. This guy should not be signing things he doesn't understand - 6 months into the contact and he wants to bail? This SCREAMS immature.
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bell doesn't have a 'maximum' like Rogers does. you pay $20 for the remaining months.
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al3x89 wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2011 2:38 pm
bell doesn't have a 'maximum' like Rogers does. you pay $20 for the remaining months.

Bell does have a maximum. $400 + your DECF.
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I hate Bell, I hate it when their telemarketers call, when the canvassers come to the door and when they send regular mail with their new improved Internet -NOT INTERESTED - and people should really ask the customer service, before they sign a contract, how much it will cost to get out of.
Anyones better than Bell, who uses Bell for cell usage :lol:
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Barbara Ann wrote:
Jan 25th, 2011 7:19 pm
who uses Bell for cell usage :lol:

People who don't live in Southern Ontario? Population wise Rogers has good coverage but geographically they are missing a lot.
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Hunter316 wrote:
Jan 20th, 2011 11:23 pm
I would really love to hear how fair the OP thinks it would be if Bell suddenly called them and told them that they did not care that the contract was for 3 years and they were extending it to 4. I am sure they would be on here ranting and threatening to sue. Why do people think that its fair for them to try to weasel out of legal contract that they sign but complain if the corporation they signed with wants to make them honour it?
Yeah, sure. That's why there should be a contract termination penalty. However, the amounts they are charging are a bit excessive - and seemingly arbitrary.

I have a blackberry with Bell with 16 months left on a 36 month plan ($65/month for data and voice). They want $540 to terminate. I find that excessive as that is over 50% of my monthly charge. But maybe that's just me and you're right, I'm being a baby. Perhaps if it was $250 or $300...

The fact that these termination fees are going up and up shows just how desperate Bell is getting trying to claw every cent they can milk out of their customers anyway they can.
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cynan wrote:
Feb 18th, 2011 6:48 pm
Yeah, sure. That's why there should be a contract termination penalty. However, the amounts they are charging are a bit excessive - and seemingly arbitrary.

I have a blackberry with Bell with 16 months left on a 36 month plan ($65/month for data and voice). They want $540 to terminate. I find that excessive as that is over 50% of my monthly charge. But maybe that's just me and you're right, I'm being a baby. Perhaps if it was $250 or $300...

The fact that these termination fees are going up and up shows just how desperate Bell is getting trying to claw every cent they can milk out of their customers anyway they can.

Was the ECF not outlined in the contract before you signed it and agreed to it?
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expensive lesson you've just learnt
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dandon wrote:
Jan 18th, 2011 9:21 pm
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.

I don't think you can. There will be a penality charge. A friend of mine living in Waterloo area, where the phone reception for the bell phone is very bad, wants to cancel the service. She is been told that Bell is working on improving the signal but she can not cancel the phone. She got stuck with phone that hardly has any signal.
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It is possible, however very unlikely that you can get out the contract. But, it can be done, and even done for FREE!

Remember, contracts work both ways, not just you contracted to Bell, they are also contracted to you.

Watch your bill very closely every month. If it changes even 1 cent up or down, from what you have signed to pay, or if a service you have signed to have changes in any way. Call them up and tell them they have breached the contract, and you want out, free of any ECF.

This has been done in the past, so there is a precedent for it, but I say your odds of catching them in a mistake is not too likely.

Good luck, but I think you are in it for the long haul.

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