Note: This article was written Mar '17
Ever had to sit through a seemingly endless call being asked a ton of questions just to cancel a contract?
This is a pretty universal situation. Whether it is a cell phone contract or your internet, service providing companies often don't make it easy for you to cancel a contract.
However, there are a number of legitimate situations where having to cancel your contract is unavoidable. This is the case even if a company, such as Comcast, has generally provided you with a great service.
If this is the case and you want some tips and tricks about how to cancel your Comcast internet service, then we have you covered in this article.
Why Would I Want To Cancel? And If I Do, Is There A Termination Or Cancellation Fee?
Whether you are moving house or changing to a different internet provider, there are a ton of reasons to cancel your internet service.
Of course, the problem is that there aren’t many reasons that your internet service provider would want you to cancel. As such they often make it as hard as possible to go through the cancellation process. As well as this, depending on your contract, you may have a hefty cancellation fee that you have to pay if you want to leave.
The amount you will have to pay will usually depend on your contract. Most people have an early termination fee in their contract, which Comcast may try to get you to pay when you leave.
Another fee mentioned is the fee for unreturned equipment. When you take out a contract with Comcast, your router, cable box and some other equipment is actually rented to you, not given to you.
As such when you cancel, you will need to make sure to return this or they could add the device rental fee onto your early termination fee.
How To Cancel Cable, But Keep Internet (XFINITY)
Now that streaming services such as Netflix, Google Play, and Hulu are becoming more and more popular, you may find that you don’t really watch much cable TV anymore.
If that is the case and you want to save yourself some money, it should be possible to cancel only the cable TV part of Comcast. In fact, depending on your contract this could save you quite a bit of money. Money which could be put towards other streaming services that you actually want, or simply saved.
The way to cancel your service is to drop into one of their shops or give them a call. However, some of the advice below about canceling your contract may well be useful for you, so please keep reading.
How To Cancel Comcast XFINITY Internet
During the process to cancel Comcast XFINITY, there a few things it is best that you prepare the following, to help everything go as smoothly as possible.
- Your reason for leaving
- A list of equipment to return
Before You Call Comcast
Before you call, it is best to decide two things. First, what do you really want from the phone call? Be aware that there is a chance that they may offer you a better/different deal to keep you as a customer.
As such, you should decide if there is anything that would make you doubt your decision to leave Comcast, and decide beforehand whether it is really a good idea or not. After all, you don’t want to be rushed into signing a new long term contract without thinking it through!
Second, you need to think of a reason for leaving. Of course, it is alright to be truthful, however, for a hassle free experience, people often recommend telling the customer representative that you are simply moving abroad as this will make it pointless for them to try to sell you a new contract.
Sticking To Your Guns
Now that you have your reason for leaving decided, as well as a decision as to whether or not you could be tempted back in, it's time to give them a call!
The Comcast rep will likely try to stop you from canceling, this could be by anything from offering you a new service, to warning you about the early cancellation fee.
However, as long as you stick to your story you will eventually be passed to the correct department where you will be able to cancel your contract.
Returning Comcast Equipment
As mentioned above, a crucial part of the cancellation process is returning your equipment. This can usually be done by either dropping it off at a Comcast store, dropping it off at a UPS store, or by using a Comcast pre-paid shipping label. The customer representative will confirm this.
Before returning your equipment, it is a good idea to confirm with Comcast about what exactly you need to return. This can be done on the phone when you call up to cancel.
Also, just in case, it can be a good idea to take pictures of your equipment and its serial numbers as you are sending it off, and get a proof of postage if possible.
Make Sure Comcast Confirm That The Account Is Cancelled
Once you have canceled your contract and returned everything to Comcast, it is always helpful to give them a call just to confirm that everything has been canceled correctly. You can ask them if you have any outstanding balance to pay, and also confirm that all your equipment arrived properly.
While it isn’t that likely that anything will have gone wrong, by giving them a call early on, you can reduce the chance of having an unexpected bill from Comcast in the future.
Hopefully, you have found our guide useful! Please ask any questions you have in the comment section below, or feel free to share this article on social media.