How to Avoid a Mobile Termination Charge

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How to Avoid a Mobile Termination Charge
Avoid termination fees when cancelling your mobile service. (contract 20309 image by pablo from Fotolia.com)

As a mobile phone user, you come into agreement with your mobile service provider regarding various terms of service. The terms of service stipulate what you can expect as a consumer of the mobile services and what the mobile service provider expects from you. One of the things that the mobile service provider expects from you is that you stick to the agreement that you sign, also known as a contract. If you fail to honour the agreement, a penalty will be assessed.

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    Use "pay-as-you-go" or prepaid services for your cell phone. These type of services allow you to pay for your mobile service in advance each month. No contract is required. Because you don't have to sign a contract you can cancel your service at any time without penalty. You don't have to worry about a fee after your service is cancelled because all of your fees have been paid in advance.

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    Cancel your mobile phone service within the first 14 to 30 days (days vary by provider) of signing a contract for service. Mobile service providers give you the first 14 to 30 days as a courtesy just in case you decide you don't want service with the company. This period of time is like a "test drive" of the mobile phone. If you turn your phone back in and cancel your service within this period, you will not be penalised with a termination charge. Contact your mobile service provider to find out the exact number of days you are allowed to cancel without penalty.

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    Avoid terminating your mobile phone service if your contract has not expired. Most mobile phone carriers require a one- or two-year contract when you sign up for cell phone service. If you cancel your service you will be charged an early termination fee for cancelling the contract. This fee varies but in most cases is between £113 and £162.

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    Transfer your contract into another person's name. In order to do this you must visit your mobile service provider with the person you want to transfer the contract to. The individual will have to undergo a credit check before he can assume your contract. This will prevent you from being charged an early termination fee. However, when the contract is transferred to the individual it will be like signing a whole new contract for one or two more years.

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