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Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« on: September 10, 2019, 22:11 »
I've wasted a whole evening trying to cancel a simcard only contract with Vodaphone that costs nearly 22 a month.  I managed to pass all the security checks after which the webchat person said she would transfer me to the disconnection team.  After an hour it logged me out.  I filled in a questionnaire rating them as appalling and requested a copy of the chat but that has not yet been sent to me.  Any ideas how I can escalate this?
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 23:12 »
There is new legislation now making it easier to switch mobile providers.  You should be able to request an immediate PAC code by text -- more info here.

Once you have that, you can, I believe, use it to port your existing number to a new provider.  As long as you're out of contract with Vodafone, once the switch is complete, I don't see why you can't just cancel the direct debit, stopping any future payments to them.
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 09:46 »
I just want to cancel the contract rather than change provider.  The SIM is actually for the door entry system for the building but the contract is in my name and I get reimbursed by the managing agents.  The SIM signal has become very weak in recent months and our electricians/security company have now given us a "world SIM" card that apparently picks up every available provider.  After testing it for a couple of weeks it seems to be working perfectly.  I'm not sure about just cancelling the direct debit because that could get me into trouble with the credit rating agencies. 
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 10:35 »
I've never heard of a world sim. How does that work in terms of billing if you're randomly using different providers

Simon is right about cancelling the direct debit.  I did that once with BT and I received a letter threatening recovery agencies within a few days (even though I was in the right).

I'd probably try again and properly cancel, frustrating as it may be. I've not heard good things about Vodaphone customer services (I suspect they use the BT model  :ack:).

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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 11:41 »
There appears to be a PDF cancellation form here:

https://www.vodafone.co.uk/returns/personal/sim-only/

There is also the alternative to a PAC code, which is a STAC code, which cancels the contract without porting the number to another provider.  Text STAC to 75075.
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2019, 11:56 »
Oh fantastic Simon!  I'll have a go at that.  I'd never heard of a world SIM either and the provider is in Estonia so it comes up as "international" on my house phone.  But it certainly seems to work very well. 
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2019, 13:53 »
Unfortunately that is only for cancellations within 30 days of receiving the SIM.  It's been in use for several years now so it's well beyond that timescale. 
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2019, 14:24 »
Oh, sorry.  I still think the STAC thing would be worth a try, but I guess if you want to be sure to avoid any future hassle, you'll have to contact them again.   ::)
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2019, 14:53 »
I've done it!   :thumb:  I managed to find a phone number and got through straight away to an English person.  The security check took just a few minutes and she explained that I wasn't actually on a contract at all.  It's a 30 day rolling contract that can be cancelled at any time.  She had to transfer me to the cancellation team who tried to persuade me that I had built up lots of benefits and could get a better contract with them and didn't I have a relative who might like to take over the SIM.  Painful really since there is no signal.   ::)  But the 30 day cancellation referred to in your .pdf probably refers to the very contract I was on and not a new contract.  So you did come up with the goods after all Simon!  Another triumph for PC-Pals!   ;D
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2019, 14:56 »
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2019, 19:57 »
I use world sims on DualCom security alarms and they work very well. They log onto the best signal and if that goes down they move across to the next in line up to four providers normally.  ;D
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Re: Cancelling a contract with Vodaphone
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2019, 21:51 »
Thanks very much for the clarification Den.  I wasn't sure if our electricians were winding me up.  :)x
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