If you're looking at leaving Sprint for another carrier, it should be pretty easy, given carriers no longer push their two-year agreements. You may end up only having to pay out the remainder of a given month, or whatever you may owe on a device you're financing.

Here's what you need to know.

Do I cancel my account over the phone or online?

You can only cancel your contract over the phone or in person. To do so, either dial *2 on your Sprint phone or call 1-888-211-4727.

What kind of fees will I have to pay when I cancel my service?

You're likely going to be looking at a few different fees if you decide to leave Sprint, depending on which type of service agreement you have.

Billing charges

Depending on where you are in your billing cycle, you'll have to pay the remaining balance for the month due at the time you cancel your service.

Early termination Fees

In your user agreement/contract, you agreed to pay an early termination fee (ETF) if you cancel your phone service before the end of your contract. Sprint has two types of ETFs: one for smartphones and other connected devices and another for non-smart devices, such as flip phones.

The ETF for smartphones and other connected devices is up to $350 per line and up to $200 per line for non-smart devices. The total amount of your ETF is prorated, based on the number of months you have left on your contract. Obviously, the earlier you terminate, the larger your ETF will be. Check out Sprint's ETF page for a full breakdown of fees.

Is there any way I can avoid paying these fees?

There are no guarantees, but here are a couple of things you can try to get out of paying these charges:

Poor service

Tell them their service sucks, but don't be so blunt about it. Explain that you aren't getting what you're paying for. For instance, you can tell them that the reception in your area is lousy.

New provider pays your fees

You can also try to get your new provider to pick up your early termination fees. Some carriers are happy to do this to bring you on board as competition for cellular service providers is fierce right now. You might just have to trade in your phone and buy a new one on their network.

What is the easiest way to get out of a contract?

If you don't want to sit on the phone and listen to Sprint's retention spiel, just explain that you want to cancel your service because you're moving to another country.

You can also try and simply take your phone to a new provider. That carrier may in turn pay off your cancellation fees in order to gain your business.

The bottom line

You can cancel your Sprint service at any time, but if you cancel it before your contract is done, you may have to pay early termination fees on top of the balance remaining on your cell phone bill.

You can try to get out of paying these fees by telling them you didn't get what you paid for or getting your new provider to pay them on your behalf, but you're ultimately responsible for paying them.