Early Termination Fees

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  1. Jmclark macrumors regular

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    This thread is for people who have/are switching to AT&T from other carriers, especially Verizon. I am planning to within the next month or so, maybe on the launch date of the new iPhone, if I have the money.

    The question I had was about the ETF. This will add an extra $95 to my purchase of the iPhone. My question is, since it's probably coming out after June 20th (the end of my billing month), when would I pay the ETF? Would I pay it right away, or would I wait until July 20th?

    I kinda would like to know, since if I have to pay it up front, then I have to wait longer to get the phone. :mad: Oh well, any people who could help/guide me through the ETF process?
     
  2. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    This just happened to me! Ok, I switched from verizon to AT&T. The Verizon EFT fee went on my last bill. For example, for me, my cycle ends on the 26th. I ported my number to AT&T on the 18th. On the 26th, Verizon sent me a bill that was one month (the month I'd used) + the EFT fee, which was due the 21st, just like usual. HTH :D
     
  3. Jmclark thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, so if I just get it right after my billing cycle ends, then I won't have to worry about paying the ETF until next month?
     
  4. Vanilla Cocoa macrumors member

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    Keep watching Consumerist.com. Cell phone companies sometimes make changes to their contracts, and when they do that you can terminate the contract for free. (They can't just change the contract on you without providing you that option. If that's how it worked, then I'd just let AT&T know I'm changing the price of my plan to $1.00 a month.)
     
  5. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    Exactly! Mine was due the exact same time as the next months bill normally was, it just had an the EFT added on.
     
  6. Jmclark thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, thanks. I'll probably be able to get the new iPhone on the lanuch now. :D
     
  7. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    You're welcome! And yay! :D
     
  8. Jmclark thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry for the bump, but I was just curious for people that have switched.

    What did you bring with you when you got the iPhone? And what exactly do I do to switch?
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    Bring your account number from your existing carrier, and ATT will do the switch for you. There's really no work for you to do other then providing the details they need to execute the transfer. After that be sure to cancel your old cell phone coverage.
     
  10. theman510 macrumors 6502

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    Won't activating the AT&T account automatically cancel the existing prior service? If you port your number over I assume.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Why?

    I had to call Verizon and cancel my account and if I hadn't done it, they would have blissfully kept charging me even though I had no phones with them. They are under no compulsion to cancel the account after the phone was transfered.

    Bottom line, never assume anything, especially when its concerning money or getting billed.
     
  12. theman510 macrumors 6502

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    I was going off of this: http://banagale.com/how-to-switch-y...n-wireless-to-att-cingular.htm/comment-page-1

    as well as a few other places where I read it. #'s 4-6

    It looks like AT&T will cancel the verizon account when you port your number over. But I'm still on verizon waiting to do this once the new iphone comes out so i could be wrong here.
     
  13. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    When I ported my cell number from Verizon to AT&T, I had my mom under my plan. She stuck with Verizon while I moved my number over to AT&T. After the porting of my number was complete, I called Verizon to have the family plan converted to a single line for my mom. Next month, the bill came with the ETF. So you probably will want to call Verizon before/after you port your number to AT&T.
     
  14. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    When I ported my number last week, when AT&T contacted Verizon, Verizon cancelled my account. However, there's no harm in calling Verizon just to make sure it was done :)

    To answer Jmclark- I ordered a refurb iphone online. When it arrived, I just had to activate it. AT&T had already ported the number halfway when I placed my order. So as soon as I activated the iphone, the port was complete and I was able to use the iphone. The procedure is different if you buy in store.
     
  15. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    It's always good to call as a CYA; although 99% of the time porting your number to another carrier will automatically cancel your existing cell service with your existing carrier.
     
  16. brent0saurus macrumors regular

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    i'm at the consumerist now and don't see anything about contract changes. will they just post it when it happens?
    it'd be nice if there was a section for this. someone should make a website that tracks when you can cancel your contract without an ETF! kind of like the macrumors buyers guide.

    ie. Cancel Now! Contract Just Updated!
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    As stated, I had to call. When I got my iphone and transferred my phone # to ATT I was surprised to see that my verizon account was still active. Luckily, I had not waited too long in checking. Now I don't assume anything, when my wife got an iPhone, I called and made sure the account was going to be cancelled (again when I did call I found out it was still active).
     
  18. Jmclark thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, I'll have to check with Verizon after the switch. But when I go to AT&T is there anything else I need to tell AT&T or Verizon about leaving my contract?
     
  19. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000

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    Nope, just your account number for Verizon and you'll be set :D
     
  20. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    If you are porting your number from Verizon (or any other U.S. carrier, for that matter) to AT&T, all you need is your Verizon account number and a valid ID.

    When AT&T initiates the porting of the number, Verizon will cancel your account automatically and apply the ETF. You will be able to make calls immediately but it can take up to 24 hours before you can receive them (though it took considerably less for both myself and my wife when we switched).

    Good luck.
     
  21. Impatient macrumors newbie

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    Consumerist is a great website but if you're planning on waiting for them to post something about verizon changing their terms of service and thus allowing people to cancel their contracts without an ETF you might as well wait out your contract. I'm thinking Verizon knows people like to jump ship for the iPhone and with the impending new iPhone release I don't think Verizon is going to be looking to give people the opportunity to do so by changing their terms of service right before WWDC.

    (FYI- I'm one of those people who are looking to jump ship from Verizon for the iPhone. I'll also be breaking a contract that ends in Sept 2009 to do so)
     
  22. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    Man...with your contract expiring that close I'd just wait it out. Two months after release...no ETF, no waiting in line to get the phone, a software update (or two or three) will make general bugginess less likely, etc.
     

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