cancelling at&t contract to keep Iphone(ETF+600$)!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ibsheks, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. ibsheks macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2008
    hey, what happens if i cancel my contract? an at&t rep tld me i'll have to pay
    $600+etf,, was he just scaring me?? or do i jst settle my bill & pay the ETF then keep the fone :) .. has anyone done this before?
  2. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    You pay for the remainder of the month + $175 - $5? for each month you have paid already. No $600 fee unless you have a few lines.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Wrong. They're probably charging him/her for the remaining cost of the phone since it was subsidized with a 2 year contract, the ETF and whatever else they wanted to toss in there. That's a move LA Celluar (now AT&T) pulled on me 10 years ago.
  4. Inukami macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    No? Your paying the ETF on the contract so that doesn't make sense.
  5. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    The ETF is for the service only not for the phone. Sounds like if you cancel the contract you also have to pay the remainder of the subsidized fee of the phone.
  6. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    That's what ETFs are for, to cover the subsidized cost of the phone. You're basically paying back the discount on the phone over the 2 year contract. Breaking the contract means you have to pay back the subsidy. It shouldn't be $600, iPhones aren't that expensive.
  7. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    Its not 600. You pay the etf and bill only, as long as its been over 30 days. If its under you pay no etf and have to return the phone.
  8. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    A $175 fee on top of a $200 phone doesn't add up to the $600 retail price.
  9. AustinSTI macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    It comes closer if its a 16GB. It's likely $300 + $175
  10. thecellar macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2008
    if its after 30 days, the just charge you the remaining balance and the etf.
    before 30 days you have to return the phone or pay the unsubsidized price, and your remaining balance.

    i was in this situation in august , now might be in it again in december.
  11. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Plus at least one month's bill, since you have to keep the phone for 30 days, plus perhaps an initial activation fee.

    So 300 + 30 + 75 + 175 = $580

  12. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Yes, they are that expensive. Here they cost 499€ ($634) or 599€ ($761) with taxes but they are not subsidized. In other countrys where the phone can be bought non-subsidized it costs about the same.

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