As the recession deepens, as many as 60 million Americans are cutting cellphone costs, according to a study published Thursday by the New Millennium Research Corporation. One way to get fairly new cellphone devices and accessories, often free, without having to agree to a two-year commitment or pay an activation fee is to use Celltradeusa.com and Cellswapper.com.
It’s a little-known fact that cellphone carriers will let you swap contracts with another person. They just won't help you do the hard work of finding someone who actually wants your contract and the phone that came with it. Celltradeusa.com and Cellswapper.com facilitate contract and cell phone swapping. The person looking to get out of their contract submits details about their carrier, the length of time remaining on their contract and any incentives they can offer. The sites then match the owner with the seekers. Once users confirm that a match has been made, the person who is unloading the contract pays the site a fee, $20 for Celltradeusa and $25 for Cellswapper. The departing customer calls the carrier and informs it that he has found a match. The other party then calls the carrier to confirm, and to give the carrier a chance to review its prospective new customer’s credit record.
Source: NY Times