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No AT&T? No Problem!

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Want an iPhone but stuck in a contract? Two companies can help you break free.

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As everyone on the planet (and possibly residents of other celestial bodies) knows, Apple's (AAPL) iPhone will be released tomorrow at 6pm.

Well, perhaps not everyone on the planet.

A survey by Harris Interactive (HPOL), the 12th largest market research firm in the U.S., shows that 47% of people surveyed know of the iPhone, 17% are interested in purchasing one, and 9% plan to buy one when it's launched.

But still, it seems as if Steve Jobs & Co. have whipped just about everyone with a larynx into a frenzy about all things "i".

However, early-termination fees imposed by cellular carriers can be tough to swallow:


$175


$150


$200


$200


$250


$200

Are you willing to pay those prices to walk away from your plan?


"You know you want it. C'mon, you know you really want it…"

After six months of hype, the iPhone is hard to resist.


"Just look at it. Don't even pretend you don't want a piece of that…"

Fear not, iPhone phanatics. Your prayers have been answered.

Celltradeusa.com gives the 180 million cellphone users in the U.S. a way out of their contracts without paying early termination fees.

The company "connects those that want to get out with deal-seeking customers that want to get in."

Essentially, Celltradeusa.com is a matchmaking service. Post the details of your plan and your phone (as well as any other incentives you may want to offer, such as accessories) and someone who wants to take over your contract will get in touch with you.



Once you are satisfied with the response to your posting, Celltradeusa.com will facilitate the exchange for $19.95.

Eric Wurtenberg, co-founder of Celltradeusa.com, says the number of people buying AT&T contracts on the site has increased by about 33% in the past two months, as excitement surrounding the iPhone builds.

CellSwapper.com provides a similar service for $5 less.

Adam Korbl, co-founder and CEO of Cellswapper.com, says "thousands of potential Apple and AT&T customers have recently flocked to Cellswapper to get out of their contracts and be ready to sign with AT&T when the iPhone launches."



The carriers don't care who is paying their fees, as long as somebody is. So, it doesn't make a difference if it's you, your dog, or someone you met online.

You get out of your contract for less than 20 bucks.

Whoever takes over your contract gets a less-expensive plan than they would if they signed on month-to-month, they don't pay an activation fee, and they get a phone, to boot.

Most importantly, you are now free to purchase the iSecondComing.


"I'm literally laughing at the people who don't want this…"

Now that you've gotten out of your cellular contract, perhaps you'd like to prune a few other things from your life.

Say, your significant other?

You're in luck-Chicago's Positively Passionate, Inc. will do the breaking up for you.



As Positively Passionate says on its website, its service is "the ultimate tool for people with no desire to deal with the messiness and emotionally draining task of ending relationships" and for those "with little time or little patience for drawn out goodbyes."

Just provide the name of the person you're breaking up with, the reasons you want to end the relationship, and their phone number, e-mail, or mailing address, and $200 (and 24 hours) later, you're free and clear!



If you'd prefer Positively Passionate to do your dirty work live, it'll set you back $1,000 plus roundtrip airfare and accommodations if the soon-to-be-dumped is not located in the Chicago area-but it includes a personalized "Break Up Basket" with chocolates and a CD of your choice.


Breaking up is (not-so) hard to do…

Though, if your ex had used Celltradeusa.com or CellSwapper, the CD would be useless.

They'd have 16 hours worth of music stored in their iPhone.
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