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Smart Consumer Cell Phone Checklist (Jeff Burch, Money Book)

Posted on Fri, May 06, 2011

 

WARNING: DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING UNTIL SALESPERSON COMPLETES AND SIGNS THIS CHECKLIST!


Name of Calling Plan: _______________________

Plan cost per month: $___________

Discount(s) (military, retiree, etc.)   - $___________

Estimated taxes/fees/surcharges per month: $___________ 

Contract Termination Fees

Carrier early termination/per phone: $___________

Dealer/Agent early termination/per phone: $___________ 

Cancellation Period(s)
(Maximum number of days you have to cancel plan) 

Dealer/Agent: ______ days

Carrier: ______ days

Contract Length: ______ One Year ______ Two Years

Costs per Minute

# of Anytime Minutes per month: _________

# of Night/Weekend minutes per month: _________ 

_______ Hrs: ___:___ PM TO ___:___ AM

Cost of additional minutes per minute: _______¢ 

Roaming charges per minute:  _______¢ 

Free Mobile-to-Mobile

In-network only ______ Yes ______No

Number of minutes: _________ 

Unlimited minutes:  _________

Internet Use (downloads, ringtones, data, music, etc.)

Subscription per month:  $___________ 

_____ Opt-In _____ Opt-out _____ Internet blocked

Text Messaging

Sending/receiving per message: _______¢ 

_____ Blocked _____ Not blocked

International Calling (verify rates with carrier before calling)

Country: ___________________________________

Per month: $___________ @ _______¢ per min.

International roaming rate per minute: _______¢ 

Block international calls? _____ Yes _____ No 

Monthly Insurance:  _____ Yes _____ No

Cost per month: $___________ 

With a deductible of: $___________

(Replacement phones may be refurbished comparable models.)

Carrier Rebate:* _____ Yes _____No 

Amount: $___________

Deadline to apply for rebate expires on: ___/ ___/ ___

Dealer Rebate:* ____ Yes ____No 

Amount:         $___________

Deadline to apply for rebate expires on: ___/ ___/ ___

Rebate will be paid by company before: ___/ ___/ ___

Manufacturer Rebate:* ____ Yes ____No 

Amount:         $___________

Deadline to apply for rebate expires on: ___/ ___/ ___

Rebate will be paid by company before: ___/ ___/ ___

* Make copies of all rebates and documents before mailing. Rebates more than $50 should be sent certified mail.

 


__________________________________________Salesperson Signature:  Date: ___ /___/___

 

 

__________________________________________Customer Signature:             Date: ___ /___/___

 

Note: Save this document as proof of your negotiated contents of plan. Be sure you understand each item and that document is signed and dated before leaving. 

 

Source: "Mobile Phone Plan Checker - Buying a Cell Phone" at www.ucan.org

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