If you need to return a modem to CenturyLink, it is important to follow the packing and shipping instructions below, to ensure your package is processed correctly and avoid any unreturned modem fees.
Select the button to start the return label process. On the UPS site, click "Continue as Guest" and then follow the instructions to get your return label.
In addition, see a few special notes that apply if you are canceling service, returning a faulty modem, or using a self-provided modem.
Important note: If you are canceling service and you lease your modem, or if you are ordering a replacement CenturyLink modem, you must return your current modem within 30 days to avoid equipment charges of up to $200.
After entering your name and address on the CenturyLink returns site, you will have two options. Don't have a printer? Not a problem. There are options that don't require printing.
Next, follow these steps carefully to ensure your package arrives safely and is processed correctly, to avoid unreturned equipment charges.
Wondering why we can't simply provide the return address? It's because the package needs to have the official UPS return label on it in order to be tracked and correctly linked to your account.
If you lease your modem
If you lease your modem from CenturyLink, you must return the modem within 30 days from the date you cancel your service. If you do not, you will be responsible for the full retail cost of the equipment.
If you purchased your modem
If you cancel service within 30 days of starting new service, you can be refunded for a purchased modem. The modem must be in new, working condition, and we must receive the returned modem within 30 days after the date you cancel service.
If you have had CenturyLink service for more than 30 days and you purchased your modem, we invite you to return the modem, at no cost to you, and we'll be happy to recycle it.
If you recently subscribed to internet service and opted to use a non-CenturyLink modem to connect, you can return the CenturyLink-provided modem. We strongly recommend that you complete set-up and installation to verify that your own modem works with our network before sending the CenturyLink modem back to us.
Be sure the modem is in new, working condition, and follow the packing and shipping instructions.
You may return a CenturyLink modem leased to you. Once CenturyLink receives the returned modem, your lease will be canceled. If you do not see the lease cancellation take effect after 30 days, please chat with us.
You may return a CenturyLink modem that you purchased if you are requesting the return within 30 days of purchase. A credit will be issued once we receive the returned modem. After sending the modem back, if you do not see the appropriate credit on your bill after 30 days, please chat with us.
If you believe your modem is faulty and needs to be replaced, contact technical support first to confirm that your equipment needs to be replaced. Our team will help you determine if your modem can be repaired.
If you are confirmed for a replacement, the cost of a replacement will be covered in any these cases:
We can send your new modem immediately, or you can send us the old modem before we ship the new one. Your customer service agent can help you decide.
Important: You must return the old modem within 30 days of receiving a replacement to avoid being charged the full retail cost of the modem.
If your modem is no longer under warranty
If your warranty has expired, our technicians can still help you troubleshoot the problem and confirm whether you need a new modem. Your agent can tell you how to get the best price on a new modem with any available promotions, and help you decide whether to lease or purchase. Chat with our customer service team to get started.
Not sure what to do with your old modem? Send it back and we would be happy to recycle it for you.
Did you know that less than 20% of discarded electronics were recycled worldwide in 2019? We are doing our part to keep e-waste out of landfills, but we can't do it without you! Please follow the return instructions above and the link below to ship your old CenturyLink modem* back to us, and we will refurbish or recycle it — at no cost to you. Thank you for your partnership in this important initiative.
* Please check for a CenturyLink sticker or logo on the modem before returning, to ensure it is a CenturyLink modem. Note that if your modem is still under warranty or leased and you need a replacement, you need to contact our support team to order a new one before returning your current modem.
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