US Cellular customers could’ve bought a subsidized phone after completing a two-year contract without signing-up for another 24-month commitment, but that’s about to change. According to Engadget, the carrier will require existing Belief Plan customers to sign-up for a new two-year contract in order to get a phone they want for less.
Here’s the official statement from US Cellular:
At U.S. Cellular, we are continually evaluating the entire experience we offer to our customers. Beginning later this month, all customers will be required to sign a 2-year contract when purchasing a subsidized device. In addition, a restocking fee of $35 will be introduced as an update to the 15-Day Excellence Guarantee policy and will be charged when a customer returns a device during the 15-day time period. These changes will allow us to invest in improving our customer experience and offering new products and services to our customers.
That “later this month” is apparently July 27th, so if you wanted a new phone without committing to any new contracts, the time to act is now.