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Braun

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#1 10 years ago

Hey there,

Yesterday I lost my baby iPhone. Yes yes I know very sad. This morning I give my cell phone company a call and ask them to block it so no one can use it. I then go on to ask how much it will cost to replace my phone which cost me 199$ with a 3 year contract. I am told 650$+tx (WTF!). I then ask how much it is to cancel my contract, 350$. Now can someone explain to me why the hell cell phone companies would rather lose you as a client than give you a phone for at least half price when you already have a plan with them!? I mean I pay over 100$ a month for my bill so they are making money off iPhone users. It doesn't make sense to me that a company would make it more simple to make you leave the company than to buy a new phone with them. So basically I save money by cancelling my contract and getting a new phone with another company, either way they are going to force me to take a new 3 year agreement from the date I buy the phone....WTF!?




Moose12

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#2 10 years ago

Was his name john, and he sounded indian and was talking to you through a re-route from British Columbia, but he was actually in New Dehli?




Braun

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#3 10 years ago

Yes, Oliver actually lol.




stylie

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#4 10 years ago

I am responsible for 10,000 wireless accounts at the corporation that I work, in addition to anything telecom related... 100+ office systems. You know how you go through prompts... for this push 1 for this push 2 for that... I set all that up as well. We do not use iphones, but I admin a 400+ user Blackberry environment too. To give you an idea of our buying power, I just cancelled text messaging for the entire corporation, this will save us $10,000 a month!!! Of course, the IT department retains text messaging! Yeah the $199 was the new line of service. I just had to authorize a $250 payment for a crappy phone that was out of warranty... still under contract. If the phonne dies and the contract is out, I switch carriers, unless the geographic area is such that only Verizon will do... Tie that effer to your wrist!




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#5 10 years ago

Yeah but you don have to pay for it. I've been with this company for 5 years and they shit in my face.




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#6 10 years ago

Nice to get a phone for cheap price but most of them are quite scamish like this, even by the proper companies. I'd never buy a contract phone. iPhone is often available just from those in Europe, and that's one of the reasons I'd never get it. (N95/96 for the win)

Incredible $350 for cancelling the contract, never heard of anything like that. Are you sure it would be cheaper to cancel it than let it be (is there a monthly fee?) and you not using it? ;)




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#7 10 years ago

Yeah its about 100$ a month I have a little more than 2 years left so...haha yeah 350$ is worth it.




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#8 10 years ago

Rikupsoni;4752395Nice to get a phone for cheap price but most of them are quite scamish like this, even by the proper companies. I'd never buy a contract phone. iPhone is often available just from those in Europe, and that's one of the reasons I'd never get it. (N95/96 for the win)

Incredible $350 for cancelling the contract, never heard of anything like that. Are you sure it would be cheaper to cancel it than let it be (is there a monthly fee?) and you not using it? ;)

Well considering its 199$ to get the phone + 350$ to cancel the contract it still adds up to 550$ for a contract free phone. And a new iphone is 650$ right. Well I'm no expert, but usually you can get the phone a bit cheaper when its locked, as they don't expect the vast majority of their users to be capable of unlocking the phone.

I hate telephone companies and their schemes. 3 years is a LONG time. They know 90% of people will either want a new phone within that time, or something will happen to that phone. So the telephone companies try to confuse people as much as possible, get them to sign a long contract and draw a bunch of money from them.

My advice: Buy a used unlocked phone. Pay half the price of a new one, and buy a durable one for pete's sake that'll last until its outdated. Now you don't have any contract + cheaper minutes and text messages.

Oh and don't get me started on the iphone. You pay 200$ to get the apple on the back of it.