About a month ago I read a post on Consumerist about Verizon raising their text messaging rates by 50% and how you can use that to get out of your contract. (Starting March 1 it will cost you 15 cents to send and receive instead of 10 cents.) I sorted through that post and other posts and comments to construct a cancellation script I could use during the call. They use scripts on us so why shouldn’t we have one too? Then I reported back to Consumerist.
We’ve laid out these steps before, but we enjoy Roosh’s confrontational style. He created the script based on previous Consumerist posts and comments. He talked to three different reps in thirty minutes. Within an hour after hanging up, his phone was off.
A blog saved me $175.
You can view the script here. It’s helping quite a few people cancel without a fee. Even if you don’t want to cancel your contract with them, you should still use it to get a credit on text messaging for the remaining life of your contract. Do it before March 1. Thirty minutes of your time can save you over fifty bucks.
Until my new phone comes in, I’m enjoying the silence.Tweet Follow @rooshv
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Before you hung up you should have offered Verizon a Roosh Protection Plan to cover them for any future cancellations, free for the first 90 days, then only $149.99 a month after that.
I did the same thing with Sprint back in November. It was really easy though, it didn’t take anything like an hour. More like 5 minutes.
Sweatpants, that’s becaue Sprint would probably pay you to be their customer.
Interesting post. I didn’t even realize Verizon was increasing their TXT rates, but I have a TXT plan anyways.
So the real question is what cellular company will you be signing away your first born to now?
I hate Verizon as a company, but they’ve been the best in terms of coverage, etc for me.
I’m also wondering why you wanted to cancel Verizon. I have sprint and was thinking of switching to verizon for the free “in” network calling/texting and service in the metro.
If you travel and rely on good coverage, go w/ Verizon. If you stay in/around the city, go w/ T-Mobile. They’re solid enough and they’re cheaper than the other big providers.
“So the real question is what cellular company will you be signing away your first born to now?”
None. going to virgin mobile prepaid. no contract
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Prepaid might just be the best way to go these days.
All the freakin’ companies are the same. “Good here, shitty there”
Surprised no Iphone like a friend of mine is doing. She quiet verizon because, well, guess it was the same article.
I read about this last week on boing boing – fair play!
I really enjoy the dancing banana.
I’m so glad I use Cingular. They’re the best. :)
I hope it works on ghetto Sprint.
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I try to cancel verizon wireless because I can’t afford it and they give me the option for 3 months suspended service, so I accept it since they wont charge me for the 3 months and give me a chance to pay my big bill, hopely works better that way.