ChatterBank1 min ago
Getting out of a mobile phone contract
My friend is struggling to pay her phone bill with Vodafone. She took on an 18 month contract which had half price line rental for 6 months as seemed a good deal. Now the 6 months is up she is struggling to pay the full month rental price, not only this but also the Company are offering so much better deals. She enquired with Vodafone but the person was not very understanding of her situation and only offered to give her a text 'Bolt on' costing more money as this is really all she uses the phone for but as I say even if she stops using the phone she is struggling with the monthly bill. Is there anyway she can get out of this or does anyone know of anyone being able to change to a cheaper tariff.
appreciate your help.
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Tell her to find the best deal she can with another service provider, one that she can comfortably afford. She doesn't have to sign up to it just have all the info on it.
When she has this phone up Vodafone and enquire about how to cancel her current contract. They will ask why she wants to do this. If she says it is because she has found a better deal elsewhere usually Vodafone will try to match that deal as they will rather keep her on a lower tariff then lose her custom altogether.
Tell her not to mention that she can't afford her current deal but she needs to be firm with the bit about wanting to cancel her contract.
I've done this a few times now to get the tariffs I want or to get a new phone I want, you'd be surprised what they will do to keep customers and stop them going to their competitors
Try asking for the tariff to something she can afford.
Failing that, there are three options.
a) If she has the premier insurance - this allws her to opt out of the contract for what ever reason (even if she decides she doesn't like the colour of the phone)
b) Look t the contract and find a 'breach' in the terms (on their part. Tell them about this, and that as a result you would like to nullify the contract.
c) 'Frustration of Contract' - prevention from continuation of the contract due to circumstances beyond the control of both parties - e.g. illness
Last option is difficult, but may be used to come to some sort of agreement. I suppose that the most ovious answer that I should also have included would be dissolvement of the contract by agreement - just ask.
Just because they are a big firm does not mean that they write legally binding contracts - you would be suprised the amount that try it on, just taking a chance that they will get away with it!
Joannie10, the last time I did it I was 6 months into an 18 month contract. I found the new phone I wanted with a much better deal through Orange on the internet. I phoned vodafone and asked how to cancel my contract. They asked why I wanted to cancel so I told them I have found a better deal with a better, newer phone with another service provider. I had to explain what exactly the deal was and they started offering me alternatives. I stayed firm and refused the alternatives and said i can still get a better deal elsewhere with the new phone for free and then they started to offer me even more. In the end, they offered me 500 mins of calls to any network at any time, 1000 texts and pic messages etc, free evening and weekend calls (not included in the free minutes), half price line rental for first six months. Monthly price �40 which is much cheaper than my bills were at the time. The only thing was that I had to pay �120 for the new phone. When I moaned about that they didn't charge me for the first three months line rental to cover the cost of the phone and the six months after that were still half price.
You have to be firm and persistent, like I said before you will be surprised at exactly what they will offer you to stop you going to a competitor.
While erimus1 is correct that often contracts can be challenged it's unlikely that a contract directly with Vodafone would be this way.
You can of course refuse to pay but thats a road you really don't want to go down, your friends credit rating will be effected badly and that will just lead to further problems.
It all depends on what is meant by "struggling", is it struggling in the sense that she gets �1000 a month, pays �900 on rent �60 on food and the phone is �40 or is it she spends money enjoying herslef and the phone is a low priority.
WoWo, I don't see how I'm talking at crossed purposes. Please explain?
I was 6 months into an 18 month contract paying up to �130 a months, of which, the line rental was about the same as it is now but with less benefits to it. My bills are now �50-�60 including line rental and insurance.
If you read through your contract there will be some form of termination clause in there.
The point I was making is that if you are firm and find something better and more affordable elsewhere then use it against them to get what you want, its called negotiation and the terms are the original contract are largely irrelevant. I have changed tariffs mid contract previously as well.
Joannie10, just make sure that your friend doesn't reveal the real reason. As with any form of negotiation if you show them a weakness it can be exploited.
The worst that has ever happened to me is that it took a few calls. Usually, if you do not get a satisfactory response from the first call, THEY will call you back within a couple of days to chase up on a possible upgrade or new deal. Don't forget most of these people will work on some sort of commission based scheme. If they sell you a contract, they will get benefit personally so its worth hanging in there.
Good luck to your friend.
i work for a mobile company and deal with this type of thing everyday ur mate is still in contract and says she wants to disc as shes seen a better deal then they wont try to match it as she is in contract with the deal that she has signed up to, they will only try to match competitors at the end of the term.
if she is struggling to pay then they maybe able to set up a payment plan for her she would need to speak with a credit control team to get this sorted
I have a simular problem, I am with T-mobile on an 18 month contract, I have completed 12 months but I have seen better deals around, the one I want is actually with t-mobile, they said I cant change until September, I said I then wanted to cancel my contract and they said I could at a cost of �97
I dont want to pay this but I do want to change
Any ideas how I can cancel my contract?
Hope this helps!!