I gave a months notice to quit my contract which was ending anyway. At first I was told there would be a charge for leaving VM but then told that by giving the months notice I wouldn't be charged; in fact I got a refund of £30 approx.
Good luck. Keep pressing VM until you get a better deal. I used to periodically phone in and threaten to go over to a competitor, and the retention dept. always offered me a discount.
I am in this same situation. Difficult circumstances have led to our having to relocate outside of the service area, and in that case it seems that the early termination fee policy is unjust and perhaps designed for the protection of the company at the expense of people who have been faithful customers. It adds insult to injury to be charged a fee in this circumstance. Further, I am aware the SKY waives this fee if you relocate outside of their service area.
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Tried moving my services to my new house after being evicted from my current house to be told they don't cover that house but next door have it, so now GOT to cancel and now want to charge me £180 cancellation fee, it's not me that can't continue the contract I was happy to move the services but is that my fault vm can't supply