Prepaid will not matter since there is no contract and termination fee.
As far as postpay or 1-2 year contracts there has been mixed responces from previous carriers to the deffinition of a "Material Change" in the contract terms, i too wonder what customer service position US Cellular will take.
The term of this service agreement is 24 months
Go straight to (b)
(a) Term. The charges for cellular service are specified in your chosen rate plan. In exchange for United States Cellular Corporation, d.b.a. U.S. Cellular, (the Company) agreeing to limit any increase in these rates as explained below. You agree to maintain cellular service under this Agreement for an INITIAL TERM ("INITIAL TERM") the length of which (12 or 24 months) is specified in your chosen rate plan. After the expiration of the initial term, this agreement will continue for successive 30-day periods (i.e. month to month) (Renewal Period), until you notify the Company of your intentions to terminate the Agreement in accordance...
ok first you cant get a new phone if u cancel the contract unless you take ur number to someone else or cancel with us and then get a whole new account with a new number and a new contract.
Actually there is a churn policy, if you cancel an account and the choose to open another account within the next 60 calender days, then the old lines HAVE to be reactivated to reduce churn and will be reactivated with the old contract and equipment.
Text messaging is an optional service and not a part of the contractual part of the service agreement as the customer can have this service blocked or removed if on a plan at any time during the agreement.
This should help to explain things. As it was stated, when the rates increased before, there was little concern over being able to terminate the service agreement. Besides, us cellular's legal department is there for a reason and would have certainly done its research on this subject.
As for getting out of your contract early, when the rate went of last spring from $0.10 to $0.15 the answer was no and I will assume the same now.