Three_Mobile_Broadband - Early termination fees

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If you find yourself wanting to cancel your contract early, check the small print of your terms and conditions. Resolver recommends you always check whether you have a right to cancel a contract early, and at what stage, when signing up with a new mobile broadband service provider. If you choose to cancel before the minimum contract term is up, it’s likely you'll have to pay an early termination fee. For example, if you signed up to a 12 month contract and want to cancel after two months, you may have to stomp up 10 months worth of fees. This is often known as "buying-out" your contract.

However, Ofcom guidance says that if your provider has not provided the service it promised for a period of time, then you may have the right to cancel your contract early without having to pay any exit fees - and you may also be entitled to compensation.

You should know

  • The customer services department of your mobile provider should acknowledge receipt of your issue within 14 days
  • You can take the case to an ombudsman eight weeks after you've raised your issue

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If the matter is still not resolved after eight weeks or if you receive a deadlock letter, you can send your case to the ombudsman. There are two ombudsmen in the telecoms market - CISAS or Ombudsman Services. resolver knows which one to send your case to. It will package your communications and all supporting documentation and send to the ombudsman.

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