A Few Mobile Contract Horror Stories
from Dump Your Contract Month
Andrew Moore-Crispin • June 1, 2012if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
Over the course of the Ting Dump Your Contract Month sweepstakes, we collected entries and invited the mobile contract-afflicted to share the sweeps with their friends. Despite the fact that doing so would edge the odds ever so slightly further out of their favor, people obliged.
After people entered the sweeps, we offered a text box where they could share their mobile contract horror stories. And there were some pretty horrific stories. Many of the stories that we received were a little too uh… vitriolic to share. We did promise catharsis in the text box beckoning mobile contract horror stories, so I guess people just let loose. We were surprised by the sheer length of some of the stories too. Seems the mobile contract-afflicted have a lot to get of their collective chest.
If you submitted your mobile contract horror story, know that it was read, appreciated and taken to heart. Thanks so much for taking the time. Except that one in all CAPS. What’s up with that?
We’re not going to post the ones that call other mobile service providers out by name. That wouldn’t be very Ting of us. It does narrow the field somewhat though…
Following are a literal few of our favorite horror stories. Thanks again for taking the time to share.
It’s been a long time coming that someone recognized that the carrier should be billing for data and bits plus whatever costs they pay for a phone number at their target margins, not some hodgepodge of costs that have no connection to a user’s real impact on the network! Looking forward to Ting’s success!
I am currently in a contract with 2 feature phones. I have 1400 minutes and Unlimited text with NO DATA plan. My bill is $136 per month. I keep looking at Ting.com and seeing that I could have phone, text AND data for less than half of what I’m paying now. HELP ME!!!
I absolutely cannot handle that stuck feeling anymore. I need to feel free again. I also need to stop paying $118 a month just to have a smart phone.
Fun facts from the mobile contract horror stories:
Total word count of all stories submitted: 1,323
Word and punctuation occurrences across all stories:
- “Contract”: 11
- Dollar sign ($): 12
- Exclamation points (!): 32
- “Help”: Three
- “bend over”: Just one… but it was a very colorful one.
The Ting Dump Your Contract sweeps ended at 8:59 this morning and we’re no longer paying out early termination fees (ETF). Even factoring in ETFs though, you’ll probably still come out on top with Ting. You can see ETFs by carrier here then grab a couple of your wireless bills and try the Ting Calculator to see how we stack up.