Penalties are the main reason people don’t cancel their phone contract and jump ship to a newer better and fancier phone. Well there are 2 ways that you get out of any cell phone contract. The Passive Aggressive way and the Aggressive way.
The “Passive Aggressive” approach takes just a little patience and your cell phone company might need some motivating but it does work.
The entire idea is to make it cost more to keep you as a subscriber than it does to let go. While you could keep calling customer service for an hour every day, it is much easier to just switch your phone to “Roam Only”.
The cost to most people is Zero but it might not work for some phones. This works best for Sprint cell phones as they usually don’t lock down that feature. You could also but a cheap used phone on eBay that is unlocked or has this feature.
The reason this works is that it costs your phone company money to use other (roaming) cell phone towers. Eventually they will come to realize that they don’t want you as a subscriber. If you have an unlimited data plan, this might work out great for you. Just sync your email via roaming and send all your text messages the same way.
The Aggressive way is to complain about any contract change. You can’t change your contract. The cell phone company can’t change your contract either. If they changed anything in your contract, most notably any new fee or pricing structure, your contract is now void. They will give you a hard time about it. However if you’re persistent they will let you off the hook. You will need documentation though in this case. Note the specific contract change(s) and use them as leverage in your phone call.