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How enforceable are cell phone contracts?

Asked by Brian1946 (28249points) 1 month ago

My wife and I are trying to switch from Verizon, to perhaps T-mobile.

Maybe our next carrier will pay off the entire remainder of our Verizon contract.
If not, what might happen if we decide NOT pay the remainder, and switch anyway?

If you’ve switched carriers, what was your experience?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

You signed a contract; it is it enforceable !

elbanditoroso's avatar

Legally, the old carrier can (and will) bill you for the remainder of the contract, subject to what you signed in the first place.

The won’t take you to court – that costs them too much money – but they will charge you the remaining amount no matter what.

@Brian1946 – if you do go to T-Mobile, think seriously of the Unlimited 55-and-over plan. I have it for two lines, and it is a heck of a deal.

bob_'s avatar

They might not send you to the big house, but for sure they’ll send some bill collectors your way, and hit your credit score.

Forever_Free's avatar

it is enforceable and don’t plan on getting out of it.
The only option is for the potential new carrier to pay you the money that it costs to bow out of the other carrier. That game doesn’t happen anymore between carriers.

Good luck

Zaku's avatar

In my limited experience, the company I switched to offered to take care of existing contracts with other companies, as part of their offer to switch to them. I think this is pretty common, but could be very expensive if you have a contract with another company and the new company doesn’t feature that.

Brian1946's avatar

@Zaku

What company did you switch to?

Zaku's avatar

Credo Mobile. They use the Verizon network. I like them because they seem to have affordable non-annoying plans, and they seem rather nice both towards their customers, and in terms of not giving money to causes I dislike. They donate some to progressive organizations. (So the opposite of AT&T and many other phone companies.)

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