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Do You Pay Attention to Your Cell Phone Contract?

Cell phone contracts have been a bone of contention with customers ever since the invention of the cell phone, but news that some cell companies are going to loosen their policies on contracts means a little more freedom and a few less bones.

This past weekend the Washington Post reported that AT&T and Verizon Wireless are going to let customers make changes to their calling plans without automatically extending their contracts. In addition, AT&T is going to reduce the fees consumers pay for breaking their long-term contracts. While the changes may seem minor, the change could prevent the wild cancellation fees of $200 and up that some people end up paying to get out of their two-year cell contract.

To be honest, I only pay attention to my cell phone contact when I'm ready and looking for a new phone. Do you pay attention to contract dates?


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LKopel LKopel 9 years
I have a Tracfone with no contract. I love it! I wouldn't go back to contracts or monthly bills.
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
2 more weeks til i get out of mine with sprint!!! can't wait!
colieoats colieoats 9 years
AT&T, formally Cingular, gets a call from me probably every month about bill related issues. I try to keep a close eye on things, but sometimes their lingo is lost on me.
chiccox3 chiccox3 9 years
oh geez..i wish t-mobile offered that! i have a 2 year contract with them but i want out already and i have a year to go :(
rosey rosey 9 years
I'm still using my parents' familyshare plan so I don't even think about things like contracts! Why bother keeping up with such things if you don't have to?
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I am also glad to hear about these changes. LONG OVER-DUE!
eeliabethc eeliabethc 9 years
Every two years, my cell phone contract renews and I get a new phone!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I know the approximate date. I'm glad Verizon is letting us make changes to our plans! :woohoo:
silvermoon silvermoon 9 years
I used to be on the Nextel network - but ALWAYS had a ton of problems. I called customer service at least 2-3 times a week with problems. Eventually I contacted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and filed a complaint. I asked that the only resolution I accepted was to be let out of my contract early with NO cancellation fee. About a week or 2 later - I received a letter from the FCC and Nextel saying that I owed them NOTHING. My account was at zero and I switched to another cell company.
mrsyuen mrsyuen 9 years
I have an idea but I'm gonna stick with my carrier.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I know the exact date!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Nope. My husband takes care of all that. I spend, he pays! Ha!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I haven't the slightest clue when my contract ends :-\
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yupp! :) I think it's important. I don't want to loose money ebcause I don't know what's going on...
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Only when I'm looking for a new phone...
horcruxes horcruxes 9 years
the only reason i know is because i've been trying to get out of my contract without the early termination fees. such a pain. i don't want to switch, but my mom thinks that she can handle an iPhone. i say she's crazy!!
gvsb gvsb 9 years
usually no... but i have been looking to upgrade to a blackberry and i am thinking of going with another carrier that has better pricing. so i contacted verizon and found out my contract ends november of 2008, and it will cost me $175 to terminate it.
toxic_boi2004 toxic_boi2004 9 years
I had tmobile since 04 and I'm stuck till o9 ouch I know because I wanted the sk3 and I got it last year but I want an I phone but 200 to change carriers is rediculous.
mayara mayara 9 years
I kind of know, but I've been taken a little off guard when I received upgrade offers, as I'd lost track of time a bit. The last offer I got I only took up for one of the two phones under my name, as my husband had misplaced his and also didn't get along well with it. I like my phone well enough, even though it is a few years old, so that I didn't replace it; it works for me and has a better interface and structure than the newer ones as far as I'm concerned, and I have no need for my phone to do any of the new fancy things they have cell phones doing that I have other devices more suited for. If it hadn't been for my offer to my husband to replace his when we got the offer, I wouldn't have made any changes to the account at that time.
Liz7757 Liz7757 9 years
I really should keep track of when it ends, but I don't. I had had the same phone for years before I realized I was due for a free upgrade. Gotta love how they'll remind you about new offers that don't actually save you money in the long run, but not when you can get a free phone!
Linny Linny 9 years
i only keep track because that's when i'll get an upgrade. i'm thinking about switching carriers this time so i'll be on the same as the rest of my family. i can't wait until January to get a new phone but i don't know what i want yet.
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
My mom annoys me about it. That's how I "remember".
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
I always know when my contract starts and end becuase my mother is always bugging me to switch carriers. I still haven't tho.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I'm not much of a carrier hopper so I normally don't pay attention to my contract. Also I really haven't found much of a difference in any of my carriers. Verizon has great coverage in the states but you really can't travel abroad with their phones. T-Mobile & Cingular/AT&T have really been about the same. I guess if I hated the service or wanted to jump carriers I would care more.
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