Celltradeusa: Walk Away from the Cellphone Contract

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If our handy tips for getting out of your cellular service contract didn't work, here's help: Celltradeusa, a service that's been around for about a year now, claims to be able to get you out of that ball and chain by hooking you up with someone who's looking for a contract. You put up your user profile, listing your remaining contract obligation, and then others can contact you if they're willing to take over the rest of your contract. Celltradeusa ensures a "smooth transfer of responsibility." If you find somebody willing to take over your contract, Celltradeusa charges you $19.95 to be a member and make it happen.

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There must be a catch here. Celltradeusa says the cellular providers are eager to help, and are "happy to assist you with the contract transfer of responsibility." All that has to happen is the person taking over your contract has to pass your cellphone provider's credit check. The company admits that things get a bit dicey if you want to keep your phone number. But it's hard to believe that any cellular provider would be eager to help with anything.

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Anyway, sure would be nice to ditch my cellphone provider and that dreadful Motorola Q so I could get a brand-new cellie for Christmas. Anybody care to share experiences you've had with this Celltradeusa site?

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I used CellTrade to buy out someone's contract and get their Sidekick on the cheap. It worked very, very well for that and all the TMobile people were extremely helpful about transferring ownership of the contract. The hard part was getting out of my Cingular contract and keeping my number, which turned out to be impossible. What wound up happening is that the guy who took over my contract ended up with a new contract with a no-longer-offered rate plan (which is why he wanted my contract) and my fee got waived because the retention rep was very nice. Do not use CellTrade to get out of your contract if you want to take your number with you, period. It's really not an easy thing, and not even a guaranteed thing. At least, not with Cingular.