Monday, May 24, 2010
Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 05:00 AM
"Plan on bailing to Android on Verizon like Fake Steve Jobs? That's going to cost you nearly double on new plans compared to current costs because AT&T is changing its Early Termination Fees (ETF) from $175 to $325."
This is starting June 1st this year, and could be as innocuous as just bringing their fees in line with other carriers such as Verizon and T-Mobile. Verizon raised their ETF to $350.00 USD from $175.00 USD in November of 2009, and T-Mobile/Google had an ETF for Nexus One phones of $550.00 USD, which is more than the phone cost. Or it could be that something more sinister is afoot! The other line of thought is that AT&T is going to lose their exclusivity deal sooner than later, so they want to lock in the upcoming 4G iPhone owners for as long as they can. AT&T says it's much ado about nothing in their open letter to customers. The timing is suspect don't you think?