How Much Does It Cost to Cancel My Dish Plan?

DISH is a satellite TV company famous for its adherence to their service agreements. The cost of cancelling a DISH plan can be very high as they charge $20 for every month left on your contract. It is not recommended to enter into a long-term contract with DISH. To cancel a DISH plan, you have to contact customer service. You can do so via phone, email and live chat.

How Much Does It Cost to Cancel My DISH Plan?

The DISH network is a satellite TV provider with many subscribers. As can be expected, their service agreements are designed heavily in their favor.

The best choice you have is to only sign short term agreements with DISH so that you do not enter into drawn out agreement negotiations with them. Whenever you decide to cancel your DISH subscription you can be sure that it will cost you much in cancellation fees.

DISH Plan Cancellation

If you do have a long-term contract with the DISH network and make the choice to cancel your plan before the contract is over, you will be subject to early termination fees. DISH will charge you $20 for every month left on your contract so for a one-year contract, the maximum amount you should pay in early termination fees is $480.

Most people have two-year contracts with DISH which means they can pay almost $1,000 in early termination fees if you cancel your plan in the first month. The network has built its business around these contracts and they will enforce with all their might.

You can hardly avoid paying the above fees in any scenario. Even when you cancel your DISH plan in response to a hike in their prices, you will still be required to pay the fees.

In the rarest of cases, some customers have ben able to avoid paying the fees so by explaining their situation to the company. However, these cases are so rare that it would be best not to try and see out the rest of your contract.

The strict adherence of DISH to their service agreements means that if you want to cancel your DISH subscription because you are moving to a new location, you would be better served to convince the person moving into your place to continue enjoying the DISH network. You will have to come to an understanding with them as to a payment plan.

The best way to avoid paying early termination fees to the DISH network is to not get into a two-year contract unless you are sure that you will see out the contract. If you must, choose a shorter-term contract that will result in less termination fees if you do decide to cancel your plan.

DISH satellite installation also includes a receiver, remote control or even a DVR from the network. When cancelling the service, you will have to ship these back to them or risk paying a fee for them.

To cancel your DISH plan, you can contact customer service through the following methods:


DISH has several customer service phone numbers including a new customers line, a deals and packages concierge and a moving & address change concierge. You should ensure you call the right number to cancel your plan.

The phone lines are, however, always available and the best option for cancelling your plan. You can obtain the customer service numbers from GetHuman.

Live Chat

You can also have a live chat with DISH customer service representatives and ask them to cancel your service. The live chat is also fast and always available which makes it a very effective method for this task.

You should have all your customer information ready before initiating the chat. You can retrieve the link to the live chat from GetHuman.


The DISH customer service email address is another option for requesting a plan cancellation. An advantage of using email to change your plan is that you will not be bombarded with the constant offers and perks that customer service representatives offer to keep you on their network.

Visit GetHuman to get the DISH customer service email address.

How Much Does It Cost to Cancel My Dish Plan?

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