AT&T ETF Raised for Smartphones

AT&T [T] is raising the ETF (Early Termination Fee) for those who sign a new contract starting June 1 this year.

The new early termination fee, specifically for smartphones here, is being raised from $175 to $325 and as AT&T say, to make it more fair for those who get cheaper phones.

The idea is, and we think that it’s fair approach, that if you spend less on a device, your early termination fee should be less. If you spend more, your early termination fee should be more.

Those who go ahead and purchase a feature phone or messaging phone will pay $150 vs the $175 previously charged. The ETF for netbooks also follows the same rate as the smartphones and to get out of a netbook contract early, you’ll also be asked to pay $325.

One important thing to remember here is that if you have a current contract, you are OK, but if you sign up for a new contract, for example when the iPhone 4G is launched next month, you’ll be charged the $325 to end early.

It makes you wonder if AT&T are losing exclusivity by trying to tempt customers to stay with them rather than cancel.

Via: Gizmodo


  1. MsJoanne says

    What it makes me want to do is jailbreak my iPhone. That’s what it makes me want to do.

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