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Ready To Exit Your Verizon Contract With No Termination Fee? Now May Be Your Chance

The Regulatory Charge on your Verizon bill could potentially increase from $0.13 to $0.16 starting July 1, meaning you’ll have an opportunity to get out of your contract without having to pay an ETF (early termination fee).  The change in amount of the fee is minimal of course, but according to Big Red’s Verizon’s customer agreement, these tiny changes are enough reason for you to walk away:

Can Verizon Wireless Change This Agreement or My Service?

We may change prices or any other term of your Service or this agreement at any time,but we’ll provide notice first, including written notice if you have Postpay Service. If you use your Service after the change takes effect, that means you’re accepting the change. If you’re a Postpay customer and a change to your Plan or this agreement has a material adverse effect on you, you can cancel the line of Service that has been affected within 60 days of receiving the notice with no early termination fee.

If Verizon has been making you steamed with all this tiered data nonsense, or you’re just fed up with them in general (everyone has their own horror stories with carriers), according to The Consumerist, just call up VZW, and ask to be transferred to the Retention Dept. You’ll then use this information to tell them that this 3 cent difference is a Material Adverse Change, and you want out of your contract with no fees.

They will tempt you with freebies most likely, or try to tell you otherwise than what you would like to hear, but if given any grief, just take it to their supervisor. If you’ve been trying to escape the Red Army’s clutches, then now could be your chance. Good luck.

*Note – We should point out that by exiting your contract, you would then be subject to tiers.

Via:  The Consumerist

Cheers Jose and everyone else!

  • MsDas

    I’ve tried and tried to cancel without a fee and no luck! Would anyone be nice enough to help me out? lol.

  • msdas

    It’d be a great help if someone did the call and canceled my contract with them. I’ve tried and tried, and no success. I’m sick of verizon.

  • Dreamyangelrose

    thanks so much!

  • Paul Lechocinski

    they actually refused to cancel my account due to the charges above. They said by offering me the difference in the charges (72cents) that voids the chance to cancel without a fee. This was a supervisor that told me this.

  • Slimanus182

    It does not work!!!

  • Slimanus182

    This is not true I tried to cancel the contract and my bill has not been affected therefore they are not liable to change. The users of verizon are being grandfathered in and this change does not affect them.

    • mario7


  • the issue is if you have unlimited data and then someone on your family share plan upgrade their phone you then have to change your cell phone plan and poof lose your unlimited data

  • Ussenterncc1701e

    Just got out, wahoo, it’s a bit of a pain, you need to do your research, and be firm, but it works.

  • DroidX87

    Question, I have 3 lines can I exit one or is it the whole contract in general? Plz answer b4 I do it n have to exit totally which I don’t want! Jus the extra line….


      I called to cancel two lines of three, the tier 0 support said it could be done.  After a ten minute hold she offered me a $0.24 credit to make up the difference, after a few minutes of hagling I asked for her supervisor.  She gave me the same offer, a ten minute back and forth, albeit very polite, debate before I asked for her supervisor, she said I would be contacted in 24-48 hours.  So be warned all, this may not work, Verizon is warned and prepared.  I’m arguing with them on the basis of: the contract does not stipulate that the change in contract price may be mitigated by credits to the account, rathe it does clearly state that I may request a cancellation without an Early Termination Fee.  Wish me luck, I’ll report back when I’ve settled it.


    Just called Verizon, they are “experiencing higher than usual call volumes” lol

  • Anonymous

    AT&T sucks everywhere in a 500 mile radius here. Sprint roams on Verizon’s data network while maintaining a CDMA network for calls. There is no TMobile here. Where would I go? As bad as Verizon may be, it is head and shoulders above all other options I have.

  • Winningdesigns

    I remember years ago (many years ago) sprint decided to increase the amount they were going to charge for individual texts by a few cents. Ppl were saying the same thing, threaten to cancel your account and get free stuff. Well the only thing anyone ever got was a guarantee of a price rollback in your contract or sign you up for a text package deal.
    The only thing Verizon is going to do is credit your account and when they do that, your contact is back to the way it was. You tell them your not happy and are going to cancel your account. Their response, go ahead cause now you WILL have to pay your ETF. I’m sorry to say but your not going to get any free phones, free upgrades, or anything.
    Think about it, Verizon credits your account a few pennies but you decide to cancel and depending on how many lines you have, then their happy cause they now can start collecting on those ETFs…..and boom goes the dynimate.
    I have been there and done that and this is always the end results. However if you have the gift to sweet talk then by all means give it a shoot. Whats the worst that can happen, They say no.

  • Kalel316

    Tiered Data will only change for new customers and current customers upgrading from “feature” phones to Smartphones after July 7th. If you have unlimited data now you will have it for the life of your contrac even after upgrading. This tiered data hysteria is really lame. Furthermore, this whole .03$ change is even stupider, do you really think Verizon would allow something as small as .03$ give customers an out? While I anticipate most of you will call in and attempt to get some discounts or credits on your bill, nobody will be allowed to leave without the ETF being charged.

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  • Mrsense

    How much time do I have to use this excuse to terminate my contract with VZ without the ETF?

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  • Verizon won’t force you onto a tiered plan if you have a contract with them before July 7. I heard that Verizon plans on getting everyone on the tiered plans over time (I imagine every Verizon customer with a data plan will be tiered within 2 years). When you go to get that shiny new phone at a Verizon subsidized price, you will have to renew your contract. When you renew, you will be herded onto the tiered data reservation.