They will keep sending you a bill....even after you die
Was just wondering what would happen if you just stopped paying your Telstra bill. Or mobile phone bill to be more specific. Or how do you suspend your account haha not that I need to do that or anything
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You'd probably get a few warnings and reminders then your service would get cut off. Then they'd send the debt collectors after you and there'd be more to pay as you've failed to hold up your end of the contract.
What did you think would happen? A slap on the wrist and a stern talking to?
And you'd get a black mark on your credit file...
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My aunty nearly got taken to court from Optus last year when she moved to Dubai and didn't cancel her contract. She had setup direct debit, but for one reason or the other the payment wasn't going through. She came back to Perth and checked her PO box. She was due in court the next day. lol
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If you don't pay your bill, you are breaking the contractual terms you signed up for, and incurring a debt. Telstra (or any supplier in this situation) can apply to have you declared bankrupt, to get their money, and/or to have your salary/wages garnished to pay back what you owe.
Once all this is on your credit history, it's very hard to get rid of it.
If you are having problems making a payment, talk to them to arrange to pay it off in instalments. Don't simply stop paying your bill.
If in trouble... call the company you owe money to and say - you're in trouble... If they're decent, they'll do their best to work something out with you.
If they're a bastard of a company, they'll not care that you're defaulting, and just let you get into massive debt... then they'll take action.
Telstra will always give you payment plans for your bill to pay it off in installments, or you could get an extension. If you want to cancel your contract, you have to pay an ETC fee, just read your contract and the details will be in there
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You could charter a boat and flee to Mexico I guess. How close are you to your family?
Telstra has the ability to block all outgoing calls and data - rending your phone essentially useless. They will then cancel your service and send you a final bill with all cancellation fees intact. After that you'll start getting debt collectors on your ass, and a default recorded on your credit history.
You don't want a default, they're nasty. Planning on applying for a homeloan in the future? Don't count on it if you don't pay your bills.