Cancel Your Cellphone By Dying

Here’s a tip for quitting your cellphone AND avoiding cancellation fees, straight from the mouth of a former wireless call center rep, Davros.

If the account holder has died, most cell phone service providers will cancel the account with no early termination fee.

It’s sort of like that scene in Mark Twain’s Americana classic where Huck Finn attends his own funeral…

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  1. Ben Popken says:

    Skippy writes:

    “My brother-in-law died a few months ago. Unfortunately he didn’t leave a
    will, so the family is currently going through the tedious legal process
    of having an executor appointed. All of his creditors were informed, at
    least, and most of them seem to have accepted the fact that they will be
    getting paid sometime in the next few months once all the legal
    shenanigans are dealt with.

    Of course, that’s not quite good enough for Rogers Wireless. They sent a
    lovely letter to “The Estate of ——–”, which includes a lot of
    boilerplate related to “protecting your good credit” and threatening to
    send the outstanding bill to a collection agency.

    Attention Rogers: HE’S DEAD. I don’t think that he’s very concerned
    about his credit anymore.”

  2. leefo says:

    Skippy,
    I’m sorry to hear of your brother-in-law’s passing. There’s nothing like receiveing mail addressed to a deceased relative, etc. Some companies will do just about anything to get paid.

    For the rest of you: You might want to really give some serious thought regarding using this “technique” to get out of your cell phone contract. For one, it’s extremely bad taste. I realize for some that means little to nothing.

    The following statement settles it for me: “Be careful what you ask for…”

  3. Markarian says:

    This is good, as long as you don’t want to keep your number :P