Mis-sold a contract? How to get out of it

I think that the Communications sector is the worst for communication and is thoroughly appalling when it comes to customer service. I’ve taken Virgin to CISAS, the communications ombudsman twice (won both times) for starters. I also wonder if the fact that this is the only sector that has two Ombudsman services (CISAS and Ombudsman Services Communications) is because they have twice the amount of complaints than any other sector!

Ben bought a mobile ‘phone from Phones 4u and a contract with Vodafone. Ben bought a ‘phone with a Vodafone contract from Phones 4u. He was told that after one year the monthly fee would reduce by £5.00 a month but this did not happen.

Ben wrote to complain to Phones 4u and was offered £60 as a goodwill gesture (i.e. the difference). Ben’s letter stated that he actually wanted to terminate the contract but both Phones 4u and Vodafone refused to do this. We emailed CEO’s, heads of operations and we had to refuse to pay for transactions of ‘phone calls when Vodafone refused to deal with anything in writing! We quoted the Misrepresentation Act and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (a misleading practice because it would appear that the sales person led Ben to take a different transactional decision than he might have taken if given the full correct information.) As stated on the Advice Guide “If the statement made by the sales person is false and it influenced your decision to buy the service, this is called misrepresentation. If this is the case you can cancel the contract without charges and may be able to take legal action for compensation. A false statement which influenced your decision to enter into a contract is also an example of an unfair commercial practice This is a criminal offence” We got a further £90 from Vodafone.

For ensuring that you are not paying too much for your mobile ‘phone see this great post from SkintDad 4 Ways to Stop Overpaying For Your Mobile Phone.

For more advice about complaining about mobile ‘phones see How to end 3 problems with your mobile ‘phone (& get your money back). More advice, guidance, tips and template letters for the most common complaints against your communication provider see the bestelling book.

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10 Responses to Mis-sold a contract? How to get out of it

  1. Alan Campbell says:

    My Daughter had wished to upgrade her phone and we went to the local shop in Irvine to do so. We were told it would take about 2 weeks to arrive. after a number of visits over a 2 month period we called Vodaphone direct as we weren’t getting anywhere.Bare in mind my daughter had broken her phone no useage for a couple of months. We were told the Shop had cancelled the phone. We went back to the shop to find out why. As I suspected the shop hadn’t cancelled.
    I also enquired to Vodaphone and to also ask what the £17.50 I was being charged for was. My FREE tablet that I hadn’t really wanted was line rental. When I have 3 tablets in the house and Free WiFi to run them from prompts me to say I had been “Miss Sold” is an understatement.


  2. Bradley Broughton says:

    Hi, I worked at go mobile for a while in a franchise, and the contract I was put on was quite a large price for a 19 year olds first phone contract… I’m now stuck paying £50.99 for a phone I don’t like and a tariff I don’t really use, so I had a Samsung s4 mini on a Vodafone contract and I was getting 3gb of data with unlimited minutes and texts and I was only paying £20 a month but now I’m paying way to much… help 🙁

    • The Complaining Cow says:

      Please read the post above and the links within. They do not have to do anything unless in breach of any laws.

  3. Diana Smith says:

    Virgin Media passed me as customer for my broadband and telephone to talk talk when l expressly said l did not want talk talk as a provider and that they still owed me £60.00p from problems l had with them in 2006 that l had not got over.
    Virgin when chased up told me via a line manager there , that l needed to complain to CISAS about talk talk.
    On speaking to CISAS they told me they did not mediate with talk talk but neglected to tell me who they did meditate with.
    This l was misdirected and somehow my banking details and personal details were passed to talk talk.
    I have never had any bills , paperwork or e-mail from either my time with Virgin or talk talk.
    I do not consider l have any contract win talk talk but they just used grooming techniques to keep me on he hook and kept promising me a faster speed , which was never going to happen.
    I did hope because they were finally speaking to me , that l might at last get the £60.00p compensation they promised in 2006, but again grooming techniques to get me on the hook saying it would be looked into and was even promised a cheque in post twice that never materialised.
    I did finally get a letter from Virgin Media saying at the time of passing me to talk talk , that talk talk were their ” trusted partners”.
    Apparently l was one of over 93,000 customers that Virgin Media passed to talk talk .
    I am mystified how my bank a count can be plundered for large amounts for a service l was never instructed to cost ?
    OFCOM recommended l swop to another provider as talk talk ignored OFCOM telling them l was a vulneable person living on my own and still cut my line and Internet off, when it was connected they threatened to do it again.
    On swapping talk talk added £400.00p to my supposed bill for a contract broken they say , when l never agreed to any contract.
    My bank saw nothing wrong in £243.00p going out of my account in June 2016 even when l tried to claw the a unit back saying thT l did not have a contract with talk talk.
    It was December 2016 when l eventually got the amount taken back.
    At this time l swapped to another provider and that appeared to get them mad as now they are sending e-mails to their site that l cannot open , but the subject matter says they want £927.00p.
    Any contact with The Communications Ombudsman is fragmented with no one there answering on the number they give you.
    I have had a head injury and been unable to post anything to them , so they are ruling on what talk talk has provided and ignoring me.
    OFCOM just say they are not there for individual complaints an they refuse to acknowledge l am one of potentially many of the originL 93,000 who will be eventually complaining…

  4. razorback28 says:

    if a company has sold me a buisiness phone contract, but i am not a buisness and stated at the time that i no longer operate a buisiness, is this mis-selling? and can i use this to get out of a bad deal?

  5. Joe says:


    I took on a gym membership and was told by the sales person ‘I could cancel any time’. cancelled my Direct debit and now they are stating its a 12 month contract and that I owe them £380.00.

    They have already passed my debt on to an agency who are bombarding me with calls now. I have explained my situation to the gym but they just seem to be ignoring my point that I was mis-sold this and just keep repeating what they claim I have entered into.

    Any advise would be greatly received. Many thanks

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