Cell phone contracts can be tricky to get out of. But whether you're cutting back on expenses or you just don't want the cell phone anymore, it's important to explore all avenues of getting out of your cell phone contract for free. Here are a few secrets to ending your cell phone contract that won't cost you a dime.
Switch ownership. You may be able to ‘sell' your contract to someone else, or at least have them take over your contract for you. Ask family or friends if they need a cell phone and tell them the terms of your contract. If they agree, you can get out of your cell phone contract for free simply by calling your cell phone company and giving them the new owner's information. You can also try websites like CellSwapper and CellTradeUSA to find people willing to take over your contract for you.
Go overseas. If you are in the military, you can end your cell phone contract for free if you are going to be overseas and out of your cell phone's usage area for more than 6 months. This is a free service to all soldiers.
Find a glitch in your paperwork. If you're lucky, you may be able to get out of your cell phone contract for free by voiding your contract agreement. Find an error in your cell phone contract and bring it to the attention of your cell phone service provider. If it's substantial and you complain enough, you may be able to get off the hook and out of your contract.
Switch to prepaid. Depending on what cell phone company you're with, you may be able to skirt the contract issue by changing plans to a prepaid one. Prepaid allows you to only pay for the services you need. And if you don't use the services, you don't pay for the phone. Easy enough right? The only issue with this solution is that some companies may not let you downgrade your contract without paying a price. Look into this option to see if it will work for you and let you get out of your cell phone contract for free.
Be a pest. If you're fed up with the service (or lack thereof) from your cell phone service provider and you've complained enough, you may be able to get out of your cell phone contract without paying anything simply because they want to please you (or get you off their back!) Be consistent with your complaints, ask to talk to managers and call every day until you can get out of your contract. It's a time-consuming solution, but it may just get you out of your cell phone contract for free.
When you sign a cell phone contract, remember to read the fine print. And don't always go for the cheapest (and often longest) contract. You don't know what your needs will be in 3 years, so don't commit to anything you're not sure of. It may seem like more money for a shorter contract, but if it ends years earlier to your satisfaction, you will have saved yourself a bundle.