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HELP- phone contract lasts another 20 months but moving out of UK

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    I'm an international undergraduate student about to graduate from Cambridge. I signed a three year contract with the 3 network for my iPhone a year ago, but am leaving the country right after graduation. I will have to pay another 20 months for the phone contract and it will be a complete waste of money, all the money I received from getting a first class degree (which I worked my butt off for) will be taken away and I will be very much in debt on top of that.

    I know I was really stupid to have signed that contract; I really thought I was going to stay on in the UK to work but I haven't managed to find a job. Does anyone have any advice on what to do in this situation? The best thing I can think of is to try and find someone on 3 and transfer the contract to him/her, and offer to pay 50% of the contract to sweeten the deal. I don't personally know anyone on 3. Where I could advertise something like this?
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    I would do two things

    1. Ask to be put on a two year contract

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011...year-contracts

    2. Downgrade your contract minutes and MB so the monthly payments are lower.
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    (Original post by monk_keys)
    I would do two things

    1. Ask to be put on a two year contract

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011...year-contracts

    2. Downgrade your contract minutes and MB so the monthly payments are lower.
    Would the new Ofcom regulations apply to existing contracts? It's not clear from the articles I'm reading.
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    leave it with a friend and tell the friend to pay you (that'll be the best method), you can easily change the number for him/her aswell.
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    If you have facebook, try "items for free or for sale in the Cambridgeshire area". I'm assuming that you know if you'll be able to transfer the contract to someone.

    If I wasn't already a year into my own contract (with a year to go), I would have asked more details
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    (Original post by nirvathema)
    Would the new Ofcom regulations apply to existing contracts? It's not clear from the articles I'm reading.
    Not sure but it's at least worth making an initial phone call. Even if they're not forced to they may well have a policy of changing but only when asked.
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    (Original post by sweety0471)
    If you have facebook, try "items for free or for sale in the Cambridgeshire area". I'm assuming that you know if you'll be able to transfer the contract to someone.

    If I wasn't already a year into my own contract (with a year to go), I would have asked more details
    Thanks so much for that idea! I've posted on two facebook pages. Well, according to my convo with the network, if you're staying in the UK and have an existing contract, you can add another 20 months to your one year contract (and the 20 months will be on a 50% discount as I'll pay upfront). That is if you're interested

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