Widow Struggles to Cancel Dead Husband's Phone Plan

Her phone company canceled the account the same day it was contacted by NBC4 about the story

By Christina Cocca and John Cádiz Klemack
|  Saturday, Dec 14, 2013  |  Updated 11:48 AM CDT
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A widow trying to cancel her deceased husband's cell phone has discovered that the task proved to be more difficult than she could've ever imagined. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Pacific Palisades for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

John Cádiz Klemack

A widow trying to cancel her deceased husband's cell phone has discovered that the task proved to be more difficult than she could've ever imagined. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Pacific Palisades for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

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A Southern California woman mourning the death of her husband finally mustered up the strength to cancel his cell phone plan, only to find the phone company would give her the runaround.

Judy Silk’s husband, Daniel Cogan, died in November from colon cancer. As she began to put his finances in order, she realized she needed to cancel his T-Mobile plan.

“They asked me if I had a PIN number and I said no,” Silk told NBC4. “And they said, ‘What’s the last number he called in the last seven days?’ And I said, ‘Well, he passed away a month ago.’”

T-Mobile’s customer service suggested she go to a store, but the store employees couldn’t help her either, she said.

Silk even offered to send the company a copy of her husband’s death certificate, but she said the manager on the other end of the phone said they could only cancel with a PIN number.

“They said to me, why did I wait a month to call them, that it would've been easier if I would've called sooner,” Silk said. “I said I had a few things going on than to call T-Mobile."

The same day NBC4 contacted T-Mobile regarding Silk’s situation, T-Mobile canceled her husband’s account.

Silk got the call from T-Mobile while she was being interviewed by NBC4.

“Hello?” she answered. “Great. And the phone is canceled, thank you.”

The phone company representative told SIlk they noticed they charged her for the prepaid account two times, once in November and once in December. Silk was offered a refund and was appreciative, but she had some words left to say.

“"It was really painful for me to have to make the call and painful for me to have to go through arguing with your supervisors and managers and be told that it was too hard for them to do because I waited a month,” she said on the call. “It's just not right.”

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