Avoid cell shock, read the fine print
London Community News
With the back-to-school season around the corner, tech-savvy students are often looking for a new cell phone package to start the year off right. But the provincial ministry of Consumer Services is warning while it's exciting to get the cell phone with the latest technology, it's also important to carefully read any wireless services contract before signing.
Margarett Best, Consumer Services minister, stressed when signing a new contract, think consider any long-term financial implications in order to avoid “cell shock.”
By asking questions, and reading and understanding the contract, students and parents can avoid surprise fees on future bills.
Here are some points everyone should know before entering into a contract:
• Shop around: Since many wireless agreements are for a two-year or three-year period, be sure you're getting the deal that offers you the services and goods you want, at the best price;
• Keep a copy: Ask for a written copy of your contract. Read the fine print to make sure you understand all of the terms before you sign;
• Compare and contrast: When you get your first bill, check it carefully against your contract to be sure you are only being billed for what you agreed to;
• Honesty is the best policy: Remember, vendors cannot make false, misleading or deceptive representations about what they are selling you; misrepresentation is illegal.