There are plenty of articles out there on how to cancel Vodafone contract without paying but few offer value.
If you are in a situation where it is necessary to cancel a Vodaphone contract, you must still consider potential charges.
So, is it even possible to cancel a Vodafone contract without paying?
There are a few ways you can possibly get out of a Vodafone contract without paying a dime. Unfortunately, most of these options depend on a situation where Vodafone is at fault, not the other way around.
This article covers all the details about cancelling Vodafone contracts. Read further to find tips on cancelling without paying.
When you enter into a contract with Vodafone, you are expected to see it to the end.
If you choose to leave the contract before its end, Vodafone stipulates that you pay an early termination fee.
For instance, if you get into a 12-month contract, you must end the 12 months. In case there is a need to cancel the contract in between, charges apply.
When you apply for contract cancellation, Vodafone has up to one month to process it. Usually, you are required to issue a 30-day notice for contract termination.
Vodafone will process the final termination fee and you will be charged the final bill within 22 days of leaving your contract.
The fee you pay mainly depends on whether you are on a mobile or broadband contract.
The charges you pay to leave Vodafone are determined by the mobile operator.
However, they are calculated from your pending bills on your account.
If you do not know how to calculate, simply request your bill from Vodafone.
- For mobile users, find your pending bill by texting “INFO” to 85075 or visiting https://www.vodafone.co.uk/
- For broadband users, call 03333 040 191 and ask for your leaving fee
Alternatively, you can calculate your cancellation fee yourself.
Note: There is no direct option on how to cancel Vodafone broadband contract without paying. However, there are tricks to cancel without fees.
When it comes to calculating cancellation fees, you have the freedom of doing them yourself.
If you are ending the contract before it is finished, Vodafone will give you a discount. The discount is for paying the amount in a lump sum.
To calculate the outstanding and cancellation fee, Vodafone uses three key factors.
- They add together all the outstanding monthly charges for the remainder of the contract.
- They then subtract the VAT payable for the amount
- They then subtract 2% of the accumulated amount as a discount
Note: This doesn't apply to business customers.
Let us say you have a contract that costs £45 a month. If you receive a monthly discount of £10, you pay £35 each month.
Assuming you have about 6 months left when you decide to leave, this is how charges are calculated:
- Charges for the remaining months will be (£35) by 6 = £210
- Less VAT (20%) from £210 =£168
- Less an early payment discount of 2% from £168 = 164.64
Your early exit charges for that plan will be £168. This is however not true in all situations since there are situations when the company has to take fault for termination.
Cancellation charges for broadband users are slightly different from mobile charges.
Here are the steps to follow when calculating the exit fee for broadband.
- They calculate all the outstanding monthly charges for the remainder of the contract
- They then calculate the VAT for that amount and subtract it from the total charges.
- They then calculate any potential savings they will make from your early departure.
- They then add VAT for the amount at the current rate.
Note: If you pay your cancellation fee on time, you will also receive a 1% discount on your final payments
If you have a contract with Vodafone regarding the purchase of a device you can also end it.
You can end the contract by paying the full amount at any time. Once you settle your contract, you can also terminate the associated connectivity plan.
In this case, you will not be charged any amount for early contract termination.
Note: Instead of cancelling your contract, use other alternatives to evade the associated charges.
From the above calculations, it is evident that charges apply to most or all contract cancellations.
If you are in a situation where you want to leave a contract with Vodafone without charges, explore alternative ways.
Some of the alternative ways you can use are as follows:
If you are using a Vodafone device you can change to another device without necessarily cancelling your plan.
If you choose to upgrade your phone through Vodafone, you will pay an early termination fee.
This means that you have to pay the full fee for the plan even if you have not used it.
You can sidestep this requirement by getting a different device. Simply buy a SIM-free handset from retail markets such as Amazon.
The good news is that you are allowed to use your new phone with the existing plan.
In other words, you do not have to pay an early termination fee. Use your Vodafone plan until your contract term expires then switch to your preferred network.
If you are experiencing poor network coverage, you have the option of cancelling your contract without paying.
All network providers have a provision for the cancellation of contracts if the network is really bad.
If you are unable to use the plan but your network provider refuses to cancel the contract, take legal action.
Although not recommended, it is a way out of the predicament.
If you are leaving the UK, you will not be forced to pay for your contract termination.
If you are relocating to another European country, you may still be able to use your plan there.
For those moving to countries outside Europe, it is not a must to keep the contract. Only keep the contract if you will be visiting the UK regularly.
This may give you chance to use your plan whenever you visit. Further, you will also enjoy the benefit of retaining your current UK number.
If you choose to terminate your contract, you have two ways of completing the process.
You can either choose the formal contract cancellation process or use the PAC and STAC approach.
For the standard method of cancellation, you must issue a 30-day notice. Within this period, you will continue being charged normal monthly fees.
These Notice Period Charges can be avoided if you use the PAC or STACK approach.
In this method of contract cancellation, all you have to do is request a STAC or PAC code.
Notice period charges were banned for STAC and PAC codes starting in July 2019.
The recommended way for canceling your contract is the PAC or STAC code approach.
Simply request the code when you are ready to switch mobile operators or numbers. You will terminate the contract without Notice Period charges.
This article has tried to provide tips on how to cancel Vodafone contract without paying. The tips provided within the article are all legal and will not get you into trouble.
You can evade making the mandatory charges if you have a good reason.
The tips above should be enough to help you end your Vodafone contract without paying.
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