If you own the phone and paid for it outright then why would you commit to a 24 month contract?
Buy the phone outright and get a 12 month sim only contract. You'll save a hell of a lot that way.
Agreed, consumer protection is non-existent in Hong Kong, but I don't think i could just walk away from a contract in Australia, The UK, the US or anywhere with developed consumer protection laws, or am I missing something?
Simple to say, this would apply to the consumer using a wireless contract also.
That clause would allow consumers who are leaving town to get away without paying the contract in full - perhaps with a cancellation charge which recovers installation / admin fees.
However, the problem is - you have to compensate for that phone you bought.
Have not seen any unlocking contracts which allow you to unlock your phone once you move, if the phone is not paid for. At the very least HK phone are not locked.
Yes, there are plenty of ways the consumer could have some reasonable protection in the event of unforseen circumstances. The point is there are generally not. A competent regulator would ensure this, but this is HK.
What's wrong with paying for the remaining months for the 1st year? OP signed the contract knowing the terms in advance.
To the OP, if you are not stable in HK then get a prepaid card. You made a choice and you're probably on here asking how to get our of your apartment lease. There is a discount associated with longer term agreements and OP wants both the discounted rate and benefits without the commitment. It really isn't fair.
I have a phone contract and my work provides a phone. So essentially I'm paying for something I don't need. But it's life, I left it on autopay.
Is there a way I can not pay my income taxes because I changed jobs? Or moved abroad. Where does it stop?