Cingular Wireless Complaint - Fraudulent Terms - cell phone contract
BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA -- I already posted, but I want to add this comment since my experience has gotten worse. According to my customer profile, my contract ended July 12. I signed on with AT&T in 2002 and extended it for 1 year. So I called Cingular last night to cancel my service and was told that I would get a $175 penalty for early cancellation. I couldn't understand this since I've been patiently waiting for this very day. The explanation was that my actual date is now July 14. (I swear to God this is true.) She said that when my service was interrupted for 24 hours last year (the day I left my phone at work and thought it was lost) it changed the contract end date. So I said "okay then cancel it as of the 14th." I was told that because they cannot change the billing date, which is the 12th and that a bill was generated today, I have to pay for the entire month ending August 14. I said that was ridiculous and, even though I shouldn't pay a single dime, to bill me for 2 days. The answer was "we do not prorate service." This is not the information I originally had, but with Cingular, who knows? Truthfully, I was hoping to switch carriers and keep my number but it will take a few days and I cannot pay for 2 different plans. Why should I? My contract began 3 years ago and I wish to cancel it without a penalty and with no further bills for service. The only solution is to continue using Cingular with my lousy service and I assume I'll be on a month to month plan. Then I'll switch a week before the billing period and just be paying for 2 plans for a few days. I have to believe that there can't be a cancellation fee on a monthly plan since I didn't sign anything. I truly think the way they've been handling my contract for several months is illegal, if not completely unethical. There should be a Class Action Suit against this very dishonest corporation. Maybe there already is.