- Jun 20, 2005
If you start a contract with Verizon, it will cost $350 to cancel that contract. AT&T is only $175.
Verizon is still $175 for dumb phones, since they don't have a huge subsidy.If you start a contract with Verizon, it will cost $350 to cancel that contract. AT&T is only $175.
Alright, if you think they're outrageous, then pay full price for the phone. Verizon will gladly not charge you an ETF then as you're not locked into a contract. They DO give you that option.Expensive early termination fees are outrageous to begin with! People wanting out of their service plan says something about the company. If the company is good then people wouldn't want out, even if there is no termination fee.
I thought of it as a bad thing that Verizon is so desperate to hold onto their customers by raising the price of cancelation, and then they're releasing commercials bashing the iPhone and what it can't do.We are AT&T we are cheaper to leave then the other guy! So if you decide to leave us it will cost you less. Because we at AT&T and we are cheaper to quit!
yep that will work!
They did not follow Verizon lead there. All the cell companies were forced to do the prorated ETF by the government cracking down on the abuse of the ETF.Verizon is still $175 for dumb phones, since they don't have a huge subsidy.
It wouldn't be surprising if ATT followed with the higher ETF. They also followed Verizon's lead in pro-rating ETFs, which didn't used to happen.
Why does it have to be one or the other? AT&T doesn't lose money by subsidizing the phones. They more than make that up with their over pricing.Alright, if you think they're outrageous, then pay full price for the phone. Verizon will gladly not charge you an ETF then as you're not locked into a contract. They DO give you that option.
C'mon guys, this is not ancient historyThey did not follow Verizon lead there. All the cell companies were forced to do the prorated ETF by the government cracking down on the abuse of the ETF.
The iPhone did that first, remember? I always figured that Verizon got that idea from ATT & Apple. They must've seen how many millions were willing to be forced into a data plan, and drooled.A better case to point out is AT&T following Verizon lead on the manditory data plans for all smart phones..
I agree. It would be nice to bring your phone with you (purchase elsewhere). The carriers certainly aren't paying retail for the units.What I want is for carriers to charge me _less_ monthly if I don't have a subsidy (a.k.a. phone loan) to pay back.
If I have paid off the phone, or buy the phone secondhand, or pay full price from the carrier, then by golly my monthly fee should be lower than someone who's subsidized for hundreds of dollars.
They don't make that money up if you cancel two months into the contract, which is exactly what people are doing. Yeah, they make LOTS of money on other people who fulfill their contracts, but that doesn't mean its ok to let other people take advantage of the system just because you make enough money off other people. Business is business and profit is profit. Shareholders care about the latter.They more than make that up with their over pricing.
They could do that, but AT&T has been advertising that EDGE is an acceptable solution outside of their 3G area. By advertising that Verizon 3G is not acceptable they are also saying their EDGE is not an acceptable solution.AT&T should take Apple's lead and really pound the fact that GSM's 3G (AT&T) allows for concurrent voice and data, while CDMA 2000's 3G (Verizon) only allows for one or the other at a time. In other words, while Verizon has tons more 3G coverage, we can still do much, much more with our 3G than they can with theirs.
Yea, but in America the attitude of "the world revolves around me and my needs" is rampant which is obvious here. Complaining over the ETF is stupid. You think it's outrageous? Fine, don't participate. I can bet before the next iPhone is released AT&T matches Verizon's policy. Then what?hmm... in the UK it's worse than just an early termination fee.. you have to pay off the whole contract. If you're 9 months into an 18 month contract at £45 a month ($72), you have to pay 9*£45 = £405 ($648) as your early termination..
yes, that does drop month by month, but at least you can get out early with a standard fee..