End of Contract - Disconnection Fee??!!!!

Ive just been contacted by my provider, UW (use them for elec, phone, broadband and mobile) and been told the contract is finishing for broadband. If i choose to move another provider i have to pay them £10 as a charge for "disconnecting". I've never seen this before with any previous provider. It sounds like some kind of scam?! Anyone got any idea if this is even legal? thanks in advance :)


  • oldernonethewiser
    oldernonethewiser Posts: 1,713
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    I presume the minimum term is ending.

    They have, on their T&Cs, a disconnection fee of £10.
    Things that are differerent: draw & drawer, brought & bought, loose & lose, dose & does, payed & paid

  • littleboo
    littleboo Posts: 1,471
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    It seems they do charge a disconnection fee, its in the current schedule of charges
    Is that what you signed up to?
  • Y2005J
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    wow! what a scam, thanks for the reply.
  • BoGoF
    BoGoF Posts: 6,802
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    Y2005J said:
    wow! what a scam, thanks for the reply.
    It would only really be a scam if they hadn't notified you of the charge when you signed up. You agreed to these terms.
  • Kim_13
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    Just because a term is in a contract does not mean that it is fair - it just means a court hasn’t found it unfair/it hasn’t been banned yet. Shell broadband used to have such a fee but I believe that they no longer do, probably because the average consumer wouldn’t expect to have to pay any fees to switch provider having seen out the minimum contract period. It’s pretty dubious to me.
  • Hoenir
    Hoenir Posts: 1,298
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    Y2005J said:
    It sounds like some kind of scam?
    Purely to cover the cost of a few minutes of someone's time and their on costs. 
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