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    When you sign up with cellular carrier, you usually have to agree to a
    1 or 2-year contract, which comes with a stiff early termination fee.
    As an incentive though, the carrier offers a new phone for free or
    provides a handsome rebate for the phone.

    Suppose though I already have a phone, and I don't want a new one.
    What incentive does the carrier then have? Can I subscribe but get
    them to waive the 1-year contract, so that I can quit at any time (just
    like a pay as you go plan, but without having to prepay in advance)?
    Or like a sucker, am I still locked into a 1-year contract whether I
    like it or not---and they keep the phone?




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    Evan Platt
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    Re: Don't need the free phone with cellular contract

    On 31 Jan 2005 03:22:28 -0800, [email protected] wrote:

    >
    >When you sign up with cellular carrier, you usually have to agree to a
    >1 or 2-year contract, which comes with a stiff early termination fee.
    >As an incentive though, the carrier offers a new phone for free or
    >provides a handsome rebate for the phone.
    >
    >Suppose though I already have a phone, and I don't want a new one.
    >What incentive does the carrier then have? Can I subscribe but get
    >them to waive the 1-year contract, so that I can quit at any time (just
    >like a pay as you go plan, but without having to prepay in advance)?
    >Or like a sucker, am I still locked into a 1-year contract whether I
    >like it or not---and they keep the phone?


    Depends on the carrier. Some of them will, some of them won't. But if
    they require a 1 or 2 year contract, they won't offer you anything
    else if you don't want the discount on a phone. So take the free phone
    and sell it on eBay.
    --
    To reply, remove TheObvious from my e-mail address.



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    Re: Don't need the free phone with cellular contract


    Evan Platt wrote:
    > On 31 Jan 2005 03:22:28 -0800, [email protected] wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >When you sign up with cellular carrier, you usually have to agree

    to a
    > >1 or 2-year contract, which comes with a stiff early termination

    fee.
    > >As an incentive though, the carrier offers a new phone for free or
    > >provides a handsome rebate for the phone.
    > >
    > >Suppose though I already have a phone, and I don't want a new one.
    > >What incentive does the carrier then have? Can I subscribe but get
    > >them to waive the 1-year contract, so that I can quit at any time

    (just
    > >like a pay as you go plan, but without having to prepay in advance)?
    > >Or like a sucker, am I still locked into a 1-year contract whether I
    > >like it or not---and they keep the phone?

    >
    > Depends on the carrier. Some of them will, some of them won't. But if
    > they require a 1 or 2 year contract, they won't offer you anything
    > else if you don't want the discount on a phone. So take the free

    phone
    > and sell it on eBay.
    > --



    Interesting. Can anyone name a carrier, which does not try to lock you
    into a 1 or 2 year contract if you don't need a free phone?




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    Carl.
    Guest

    Re: Don't need the free phone with cellular contract

    <[email protected]m> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > When you sign up with cellular carrier, you usually have to agree to a
    > 1 or 2-year contract, which comes with a stiff early termination fee.
    > As an incentive though, the carrier offers a new phone for free or
    > provides a handsome rebate for the phone.
    >
    > Suppose though I already have a phone, and I don't want a new one.
    > What incentive does the carrier then have? Can I subscribe but get
    > them to waive the 1-year contract, so that I can quit at any time (just
    > like a pay as you go plan, but without having to prepay in advance)?
    > Or like a sucker, am I still locked into a 1-year contract whether I
    > like it or not---and they keep the phone?


    If you can't get them to drop the contract, don't buy direct from the
    carrier. Go to Amazon.com or some other online shop that will pay you to
    take the phone after rebates. Sometimes you get more than $100 back in
    rebates (net including the price of the phone). Then you wouldn't have to
    e-bay your brand new phone for much to make the total payout match an early
    termination fee. And if you don't end up canceling before the year is over,
    you are $100-200 ahead.





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