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Shutting off my cellphone service questions.

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by alphacat, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. alphacat

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    October 17 my cellphone contract is up. I want to cancel my service that same day.
    I plan on going to the local Verizon store to do the canceling.
    Is there anything special I should do or ask for?
     

  2. MrSmoofy

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    They will probably tell you to call customer service to cancel.
     
  3. bklynpete

    bklynpete Viet Nam Vet

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    My contract is up this month on the 24th with AT&T. I plan on going to Sprint and get a new smart phone, but keep my old number. They (Sprint) will cancel my service with AT&T. No problem at all.
     
  4. alphacat

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    I'll call CS first. Thanks
     
  5. alphacat

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    I'm not going to go with anyone else for a phone. I don't use the one I've got.
    Month before last I used 2 minutes and that was a wrong number. Last month I used zero minutes.
    Good luck with your new phone.
     
  6. jpa

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    Don't waste your time going to the store. They'll just send you away to call customer service. They bend over backwards to get you locked into a contract and try to make it as hard as possible to cancel. Don't be surprised if you get a "retention specialist" who tries to talk you out of cancelling.

    If you don't use a lot of minutes, you might look into one of those prepay or pay-as-you-go phones. It sucks to get stuck in an emergency when you're out and about and you don't have a phone to make a call.
     
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  7. alphacat

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    Thanks, I forgot about the dreaded "retention specialist". It would be very, very hard to change my mind. I don't like paying for something I don't use and I just don't the phone enough to keep it.
    I know that any cell phone will call 911, even if it's not hooked up to a service plan. I'll keep the phone charged up for an emergency but other then that I'll be the one looking for a payphone when a phone is needed.

    I'll look into picking up a pay as you go phone at Walmart. I've seen them there and they don't cost very much. Good idea, thanks.
     
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  8. Ogreon

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    Virgin and Tracfone are the cheapest per month (of those available at Walmart) at your level of usage you will only need one $20 card every 90 days.

    Virgin uses Sprint's network and Tracfone uses Verizon's. You'll be able to get refill cards at most department stores.

    The local Big Lots has a service called H20. They only require a $10 card every 90 days. I intend to give this one a try.
     
  9. alphacat

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    Thanks for the info. I'll check into them. Tracfone sounds like it might be the best for me. I sort of don't like the idea of being phoneless I just don't use them very much. All I get are wrong numbers and calls trying to scam my credit card numbers out of me.
    I have been looking around my neighborhood for payphones and I haven't seen one anywhere. I guess the cell phone killed them all.