Get Out of Your Verizon Contract with No Fees!

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If you’re like me, that is, if you’re an Apple fanboy who gets his cell service from Verizon, the iPhone announcement has posed a dilemma for you.

One one hand, in June you’ll be able to get your hands on what very well might be a revolution in mobile technology. On the other hand, paying hundreds of dollars in cancellation fees isn’t exactly a delightful prospect. So when I read the news that, because of a minor hike in text messaging rates, anyone can get out of their contract for free, I felt it was my duty to inform the masses.

Come March 1st, the price for text messaging to people in North America rises to 15¢, up from 10¢, and because this constitutes a material change in our contracts, we can get out without any fees whatsoever. After that, you could stay on Verizon, paying month-by-month, or switch over to Cingular and do the same thing until June, when you can line up with the masses and joyfully accept your shackles from a new overlord two-year contract, eight months of which you’ll probably touch your iPhone only once, for fear of smudging it (you know you do it with your iPod).

[Via Engadget]

EDIT: I did a little snooping around to see if I could find anything confirming or disproving this, since many people have been skeptical, and I found a juicy little tidbit on the Verizon site.

“Our Rights To Make Changes
Your service is subject to our business policies, practices, and procedures, which we can change without notice. UNLESS OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW, WE CAN ALSO CHANGE PRICES AND ANY OTHER CONDITIONS IN THIS AGREEMENT AT ANY TIME BY SENDING YOU WRITTEN NOTICE PRIOR TO THE BILLING PERIOD IN WHICH THE CHANGES WOULD GO INTO EFFECT. IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE YOUR SERVICE AFTER THAT POINT, YOU’RE ACCEPTING THE CHANGES. IF THE CHANGES HAVE A MATERIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON YOU, HOWEVER, YOU CAN END THE AFFECTED SERVICE, WITHOUT ANY EARLY TERMINATION FEE, JUST BY CALLING US WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER WE SEND NOTICE OF THE CHANGE.”

60 days after March 1st is April 30th, just a month before the iPhone comes out, for those considering a hitus of service as an option while in between evil entities eager to suck the very soul from your body carriers.

37 Comments

John Weber

Tell Verizon they can stick it! Recycell.com will activate your Verizon cell phone and you dont have a contract. Monthly plans, text, and no HUGE bill.

abel bautista

ive had them all and they all suck. I want to get out of my vw contract but i signed up in dec 07. where can i check for new price hikes or info so i can get sum leverage on these a$$ bags and get out of my contract. im a customer and i have 2 pay retail. but a new custmr gets it for a 1.3 of the price. thats b.s. please email me if u have sum info or theres a new hike that just came out.

willl

Is there a way to cancel if you move to a location with no verizon service?

ben

I hate verizon too

they suck

call verizon and ask them to send you a copy of the SIGNED contract

most likely if u did this online

they don’t have a signed copy because they are to lazy to send you a copy and make sure you sign it

soooo if theres not signed contract

your not obligated to anything

now are you?

Beth

In September my youngest daughter started college at Purdue which is about 4 hours from where we live in Evansville,IN. She wanted all of us to be able to call oneanother, so she got a verizon contract family plan. Well, my other daughter which is in college, too decided that she was going to call and text her friend from Jimaca. She really didn’t think nothin of it because there wasn’t no international code that had to be dialed before the number and I really didn’t think it was a problem until we receieved a text on Dec.26,2007 saying that we owed them(Verizon) 3,570.00.I called them and explained to them we did not know that it was not a US phone # due to not having a code before it. So anytime he called and text her it would also charge us big time!! They would not work with us or take any of the charges off at all. If it was Cingular or T-Mobile they would have made some kind of arrangements being that we was never late and had no other problems. Doe’s anyone know how we can at least get out of paying the Contract early cancelation fee? Please help!!

Luke

I just got my iphone in the mail and now have the task of getting out of the vzw contract. I spoke with them on the phone this weekend and found out the following:

1. They aren’t going to let me out without a fight

2. The text message change won’t help you out of the contract if you’ve got a messaging plan

3. The sales guy that told me my ETF would be pro-rated last July lied. It’s not pro-rated unless you signed up after Nov ’06.

If anyone has any ideas, let me know: info@bumwheel.com

ben l

dose any one know about any upcoming breaches or any that happend recently cuz verizon is VERY SNEAKY

and send you charges and taxes like crazy

PLZZZZZZZZ anyone with ANY info. on getting out weather its taxes or the admissions fee rising again????????

also dose anyone kno if the reuglation fee or something like that has the same affect cuz mine changed from .04 to .05 last month

so dose anyone know??????????????/

also has anyone hear of/ had luck with challenging them to find the origional photocopy of the singed contract?

PLZ RESOND or email at sportsmonkey74@hotmail.com I NEED OUT

amazon moondoggie

yo Rob C. – Lawyers working for big companies and small all work hard to limit outlay, liability and responsibility. Why, oh why, should the individual not use the exact same measures to protect themselves? The idea that common folk should not avail themselves of all possible protection, that those should be reserved for business and goverments, is absurd. (not to mention propagted by those gov’t and businesses who would rather you did not.)

Josh Pigford

@Rob C: Don’t be a sensationalist. If you stopped for even 10 seconds and actually read through some posts on the blog, you’d know good and well this “whole blog” is not about “a new cell phone and how to get out of contracts.”

It’s one thing to stand up for something you believe in. It’s another to twist the truth to make a point.

Rob C

I think it is time for you guys to put your life in to perspective…. Think of ALL the problems in the world. Not the popular ones like Iraq and the whole middle east, but like unempoyment, homeless people, desease, and all the other things affecting Americans today…. Yet this whole blog is about a new cell phone and how to get out of contracts YOU SIGNED!!! Does anybody hold themselves accountable for thier own actions anymore?

person

I am too late its June and the iPhone is approaching! Now how do I get out! Will i be without the amazing iPhone for two whole years! someone please help me.

Rachael

did this work for anyone else??? will it work if i still payed my bill in March?

David

This worked like a charm for me! Make sure and do it before April ends.

Fred Light

I contacted Verizon, and this is what I was told….. the text message service is NOT part of the actual contract. If you don’t want it anymore, they can put a BLOCK on the text messaging, but since that is not part of the actual contract, it does not constitute a change in the contract – therefore a cancellation fee would still be in effect.

Andrew

If I have a contract that doesn’t include text messaging, can I take advantage of this?

Michael

Everyone has different experiences. Verizon tried to charge me over $1k for four months in a row, when I used barely 3-400 minutes on a 900 minute plan – not to mention how I would constantly lose service in the larger cities in my area – now that I’m with Cingular, my bill hasn’t gone over $65 (EVER), and I -always- have coverage.

Ed

No doubt the whole phone not lasting the 2 years… If I get the iPhone I hope that changes everything. The phone I have now is half the price of the iPhone (yeah I paid 250 for my phone). But now it just randomly doesn’t have service. The only thing the cingular people said was send it in for a new device. Oh great.. so in another six months my phone will be broken again??? But then again in six months the iPhone will be here so I guess it does work out.

Terry

I had CingularWireless for about a year and half. The service, including customer service, was so poor I broke the contract to go with VerizonWireless. That was over 4 years ago and I have no regrets. I, for one, won’t switch to ATT/Cingular no matter how great the iPhone may be.
Like Charlie, at least I can talk on my Verizon phone…

Charlie

Great information! It still kills me that the iPhone will only be offered through $#@*% Cingular/ AT&T. Everyone has their own nightmare and AT&T was mine (try a $650 bill becuase I lived in a fringe area) and Cingular service is the worst rated in the country (had that too). Of course, Verizon won’t let you do anything without paying through the nose for it- but at least I can talk.

I just wish Apple had bought airtime and run their own service- yea, I know it’ll never happen, but I can dream…

Richard Neal

Michele: If you pay your bill anytime after March 1st, that counts as accepting the new contract, and any leverage you had is gone. I’m not sure about the messaging package, however, but you could always cancel it now.

Michele

So does this mean that we lose the right to end out contract if we use the phone in any way after receiving written notice? How would they know exactly when we received it? All this info has me confused. Maybe someone could post a list of answers to all the questions, such as… If we have a package that includes messaging do we still qualify to breal our contract? Etc.

Meme Ninja

I get & appreciate what you’re saying. And in a fair & just Universe you’d be right, but my lawyerly reading of… “IF THE CHANGES HAVE A MATERIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON YOU, HOWEVER, YOU CAN END THE AFFECTED SERVICE, WITHOUT ANY EARLY TERMINATION FEE…..”

So, ok, I can send/be sent a message(“HAVE A MATERIAL ADVERSE EFFECT”)…. but all Verizon has to do then is disable your SMS capabilities (“END THE AFFECTED SERVICE”).

More power to the customer service warrior who wins this fight, but I don’t see Big V rolling over en masse on this one. My Blackjack dreams depend on my being wrong…..

Richard Neal

Rob, I wholeheartedly agree. I’ve gone through three phones in two years, lost one, and another broke out of warranty. Of course, I could always pay $10 extra a month for “insurance” against loss or damages, but with my luck, that phone will end up lasting me four years.

Rob

Nice post. I was thinking of switching to verizon a few weeks ago, as my contract with T-mobile is up, but news of the iPhone has me thinking twice. What bugs me is that the iPhone will only be carried through Cingular. It’s like when the Razor came out and it took like 2 years to get it anywhere else. Did I mention that the phones they give you don’t even last through the 2 year contract half the time? The entire cell phone industry is a scam, I swear.

Steven

Check your contract carefully. A lot of people thought the same thing when Cingular raised their texting rates but Cingular had a loophole to keep that from happening.

I’ve tried finding the thread for that but can’t

James

Txts in Ireland cost 5 cent, and depending on the recipients network, might be totally free. Traditionally prices should go down… not up. Crazy Yanks!

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