If you decide to cancel service, it will cost you! Most providers have an early termination penalty. This can range from a flat fee to a charge per month remaining on your contract. This gives you a limited window of opportunity to cancel service without any penalty if you find out that a provider just doesn't meet your needs.
There is an alternative plan that allows you to change the number of minutes and other provisions: Prepaid Cell Phone Plan.
You won't be under contract and you don't have to pay a monthly package fee for having the service. You can buy the airtime as you need it (with some exceptions). And you do not have to pay a deposit for service.
Prepaid is also a way of learning about your usage patterns before committing to a long-term
monthly billing wireless contract.
Advantages of prepaid cell phones:
- No contract to sign, no long-term commitment
- No monthly monthly bill to worry about.
- Better cost control. You know exactly how much you will spend.
- No hidden fees.
- No credit checks needed. Perfect for the credit challenged, since monthly billed plans require credit approval.
- Great if your usage varies from month to month.
- No security deposits. Some monthly plans may require a deposit.
- Topping up your account is easy and you can do it in many ways, at any time, by going on-line, by phone, bank machine or with a prepaid card.
Prepaid cell phones are ideal for:
- People who don't want to be locked into a year-long contract
- First-time cellular buyers who don't know how many monthly minutes they should sign up for.
- People who don't want to go over their budget
- People with damaged or no credit history
- Occasional users
- People who want to buy their children a phone for emergency use