So you’ve seen the Verizon tips, now check out five from an ex-Cingular sales rep that just might save you a few dollars when trying to get out of a contract. If you have any others, please leave us a comment.

Tip 1

Avoid contract extensions by changing your rate plan at a store. “If you want to change your rate plan, do it in a retail store instead of on-line or over the phone. Officially after 1/2 of your contract is over a rate plan change results in a contract extension, but I’ve never once seen that rule enforced in the store.”

Tip 2

Upgrade more often with a higher priced rate plan. “[Cingular’s] upgrade policies are similar to Verizon’s, if someone’s rate plan has been 75 dollars or higher (including features, but excluding taxes) for the last three months, they can upgrade 1/2 way through their contract.”

Tip 3

Make the store compete with the website. “Remember that the retail stores can match prices for the cingular website, so check those prices before you go into a store.”

Tip 4

Use the internet for $20. “Also, regardless of what kind of phone you have a $20 mediaMAX data package will give you unlimted access to the web that will not use your minutes, whether you’re using a phone, a PDA, or even a laptop card.”

Tip 5

Get the rebate in the store, and at home. “Try to get the rep to give you the rebate in the store, they’ll be likely to do this if you agree to get accessories. You can get go online and print out the rebate form from www.cingular.com and send it in anyway.”

[via Consumerist]