How To Cancel Cell Phone Contracts Without Penalty

cell-phone-contracts-by-Wonderlane.jpg Do you hate your cell phone contract?

Is service spotty no matter where you are?

Perhaps you have other problems with your current cell phone provider.

This can be very frustrating, and figuring out how to cancel cell phone contracts is no piece of cake either!

Canceling your cell phone service contract isn’t impossible. You just need to know what to do.

Keep these 3 things in mind before canceling any cell phone contracts:

  1. Many cell phone carriers can charge up to $350 per line to cancel your cell phone contract before it expires. This is very expensive, and you will want to avoid this at all costs.
  2. Cell phone carriers cannot change the contract without your permission. If a cell phone carrier makes such a change (like if Verizon changes its contract), then this could be your opportunity to get out of the contract. Keep in mind, there are rules for canceling this way though, and you will have to talk to a manager.
  3. Be extremely careful when buying your cell phone service contract from a kiosk. Kiosks are not the cell phone carriers; instead they are 3rd party distributors.


How To Cancel A Mobile Phone Contract

So, how do you actually cancel cell phone contracts? Try these ways that others have successfully used to get out of theirs:


Prepaid Phone Plans Are Good Too

If you’re tired of the fixed-year contracts, you could always go with a pre-paid cell phone plan instead. This might be a helpful option until you study the cell phone contracts of a couple providers to find the best one for you.

Most of the major carriers — including T-MobileSprint, AT&T, and Verizon — have their own pre-paid plans, so it’s definitely something to consider from a convenience standpoint as well. In fact, if you already have a contract with them, then they might consider switching you from your contract to pre-paid without a penalty!

UPDATE: How To Get Out Of Your Phone Contract Without Paying A Dime!



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  • Gary M

    i need out of my t mobile contract

  • Unhappy Sprint customer

    You don’t get near what you pay for with Sprint. Me, my wife and kids rarely ever get connection and the only thing Sprint can tell us every time is,”we are currently adding more towers in your area”. It’s pathetic when you can’t get what you pay so much for. I need out of my Sprint contact but can’t afford the cancellation fees for 5 phones. If anyone has any helpful advice, it would be greatly appreciated.

    • Karlly

      If Sprint told you that you could get service when you signed up and you can’t, that should be grounds for breach of contract. It’s not your fault there is no tower near you. Do this as copied from the article:
      “If you’re really unhappy with your cell phone contract, call your carrier often (daily) and complain. Be sure that you get a confirmation number each time — so you have proof you called them. After a few times, if your service has not changed, then call them and tell them you are still not happy and that you are going to contact the Federal Trade Commission, the Better Business Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, and the State Attorney General’s office where their company is incorporated. Then do so, and keep a copy of everything so you have a paper trail. Cell phone carriers don’t like this and will, in most cases, let you cancel your cell phone contract without penalties.”
      My son had Sprint and they told him he could get service where he lived and he could up until about two miles from his home, but that didn’t help him at home and he complained until they let him out of his contract.

    • Karlly

      By the way, Sprint kept telling my son they were adding new towers all the time as well. Try telling them you will pay your bill when you can use your phone at all times. If you aren’t getting service, you shouldn’t have to pay for it every month!!! Of course, they will threaten you with reporting you to the credit bureaus and you can tell them you are reporting them to the FTC, BBB, FCC and SAG’s offices.

  • CellSeattle

    These are all optimistic ways to get out of a cell phone contract. Even T-Mobile did away with the ‘moved out of service area’ clause for cancelling with no fee. Finding someone to sublet your contract is a good idea [much like an apartment lease], however make sure that the other party follows up and actually completes the process – often equipment changes hands, but the service is never switched, leaving you the consumer without a phone, and without a leg to stand on.

    Luckily, the US is heading towards a more European telecommunications model in which the consumer pays full price for the phone, eliminating the need for a service contract.

  • Jon Colgan

    Have you heard of Cellbreaker ( CB cancels unwanted phone contracts, and users pay no early termination fees.

  • Janey J

    Hi Regina,

    Although your article is a couple of years old it is still a really relevant and useful guide for people looking to get out of their contracts today. I paid my contract off by selling my cell and putting the cash towards the buy-out. I’d recommend selling through They compare prices from reputable buyers and I got the highest price for my iPhone 5 through them.