After 8 iPhones And 14 SIM Cards, AT&T Still Won't Waive ETF

After 8 iPhones And 14 SIM Cards, AT&T Still Won't Waive ETF

AT&T seems determined to fix Mike’s problem. Only they can’t, apparently, because in the past 9 months he’s gone through 8 iPhones and 14 different SIM cards, and still can’t get a phone that does everything it’s supposed to do. (Like ring when someone calls.) Normally an 8-smartphone customer might sound like someone who’s being too hard to please, and maybe that’s Mike, but let’s face it: this is AT&T and it’s the iPhone, so most of the issues he lists below sounds completely plausible. [More]

Huge Nexus One ETF Magically Shrinks As FCC Investigates

Huge Nexus One ETF Magically Shrinks As FCC Investigates

The Washington Post is reporting that the ridiculously huge ETFs for the Nexus One are magically shrinking as the FCC continues to investigate the fees. Google has shaved $200 of the “equipment recovery fee” it charges if a customer breaks their contract with T-Mobile after a 14-day trial period. [More]

Verizon Shrinks The List Of Phones Subject To $350 ETF

Verizon Shrinks The List Of Phones Subject To $350 ETF

Verizon has dropped 10 phones from its list of models that will trigger the high $350 early termination fee. Cnet wonders whether this is Verizon’s way of trying to make its “advanced devices are expensive to service” argument more palatable to the FCC, as the remaining models are all smartphones. [More]

AT&T Announces Proposed Settlement Over ETF Class Action Lawsuit

AT&T Announces Proposed Settlement Over ETF Class Action Lawsuit

Chris wrote in to us this afternoon, “I found this gem in my AT&T wireless inbox [today]. I received no notification it was there, just happened to notice that I had a new message from AT&T online.” It’s an announcement that AT&T Mobility has arranged a proposed settlement over a class-action lawsuit concerning early termination fees. If it’s approved, there’ll be a settlement fund created from which AT&T customers “may receive monetary or other benefits.” [More]

Verizon FiOS Early Termination Fee To Double This Week

Verizon FiOS Early Termination Fee To Double This Week

Are you planning to sign up for Verizon FiOS service? If you wait until this Sunday to sign up, you’re going to be liable for a higher early termination fee. The fee for ending a two-year contract will more than double, from $179 to $360. [More]

Google And T-Mobile Will Charge Up To $550 To Break Your Nexus One Contract

Google And T-Mobile Will Charge Up To $550 To Break Your Nexus One Contract

If you’re interested in the new Google/HTC Nexus One smartphone with a T-Mobile contract and can look past the problematic 3G access and buck-passing technical support, that’s great. Just, before you go through with the purchase, make sure you really, really like the phone and the service. Because, according to the Android fan site Phandroid, T-Mobile and Google have partnered up to charge you as much as $550 in “equipment recovery” and early termination fees. Update: T-Mobile has confirmed that they will be charging their own ETF on top of Google’s fee. [More]

30-Day Window To Cancel Sprint Without Penalty Starts Tomorrow

30-Day Window To Cancel Sprint Without Penalty Starts Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, Jan 1, 2010, you can cancel your Sprint cellphone contract without early termination fee. They are increasing monthly regulatory fees from $.20 to $.40. This constitutes what is known as a “materially adverse change of contract” and means you can break the contract without penalty. An official Sprint spokesperson officially confirmed this for us. A few things to know: [More]

FCC Commissioner Says She's Not Happy With Verizon's ETF And Billing Explanations

FCC Commissioner Says She's Not Happy With Verizon's ETF And Billing Explanations

At least one official with the FCC is not impressed by Verizon’s latest explanations of its Early Termination Fees (ETFs) and Mobile Web billing practices. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn released a statement (pdf) last night where she called Verizon’s explanation “unsatisfying” and “troubling,” and she closed with the fighting words, “I look forward to exploring this issue in greater depth with my colleagues in the New Year.” [More]

Verizon Denies It Charges You $2 Each Time You Mistakenly Press A Certain Button On Your Phone

Verizon Denies It Charges You $2 Each Time You Mistakenly Press A Certain Button On Your Phone

Last month, David Pogue at the New York Times published a tip from a self-described Verizon employee. The employee accused Verizon of deliberately rigging its system to trap customers whenever they accidentally press the “Get It Now” or “Mobile Web” buttons on their phones–even if they cancel the operation immediately, they’re charged a fee of $1.99 each time. Both Pogue and the FCC asked Verizon to explain why this happens. Verizon’s response: it doesn’t, and Pogue and the hundreds of people who wrote in to confirm this practice are all crazy. [More]

Sprint Fee Increase Is Your Chance To Escape Without Early Termination Fee

Sprint Fee Increase Is Your Chance To Escape Without Early Termination Fee

Sprint has confirmed they will increase monthly regulatory fees from $.20 to $.40 on January 1st, creating an opportunity for customers to drop their contracts without incurring an early termination fee, which could save you up to $200. [More]

Senate Introduces Bill To Rein In Early Termination Fees

Senate Introduces Bill To Rein In Early Termination Fees

Yesterday, four senators introduced legislation to make cell phone early termination fees be actually related to the cost of the phone. [More]

AT&T Waives $645 In Early Termination Fees For Reader With No Service

AT&T Waives $645 In Early Termination Fees For Reader With No Service

Reader Y0himba was a loyal and happy customer of AT&T Wireless. But then the iPhone 3Gs became cheaper and proliferated, and he told both Consumerist and AT&T that his family’s phones became completely non-functional. But this is not a complaint–it is a tale of victory.

Verizon Wireless To Hike ETFs On "Advanced" Devices

Verizon Wireless To Hike ETFs On "Advanced" Devices

Are you looking to get a smartphone on the Verizon network anytime soon? Make sure that you like it before you sign a contract, since starting November 15th, Verizon will be imposing a higher early termination fee—up to $350—on contracts for “advanced” devices. That means smartphones.

Frontier Communications Has To Pay Back Early Termination Fees

Frontier Communications Has To Pay Back Early Termination Fees

If you signed up for Frontier Communications’ Price Protection Plan—a combo phone and broadband package—between January 2007 and September 2008, and you canceled the agreement and were charged an early termination fee (ETF), you may be getting some cash back.

Video: Ditch Your Cell Phone Contract For Free

Video: Ditch Your Cell Phone Contract For Free

In this video, a blonde dame in glasses shows you how to escape your cellphone contract for free with several tried and true tips for defeating those $175 early termination fees.

Tmobile Raising Overage Rates 9/01 – Cancel Without Fee

Tmobile will be raising overage rates September 1st, and customers can use it to cancel without early termination fee.

Bas Rutten Does Not Like Cell Phone Contracts

Bas Rutten Does Not Like Cell Phone Contracts

Here’s a funny commercial starring Bas Rutten for some prepaid cellphone company. You probably shouldn’t try this with your own cellphone company, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking like Bas while disputing that ETF.

AT&T Rep Tells iPhone-Crazed Customers To Cancel AT&T Contract

AT&T Rep Tells iPhone-Crazed Customers To Cancel AT&T Contract

Arnie and his wife have a fever, and the only cure is more iPhones. A shiny new iPhone 3G S to replace the clunky old 3G iPhones they’ve been forced to use, to be precise. Frustrated that the cell phone business insists on subsidizing the gadgets by only offering a sane price to new customers, or customers willing to upgrade, Arnie called AT&T. That’s when he stumbled on a solution that’s almost hilarious in its simplicity.