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T-Mobile Settles ETF Lawsuit

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May 13, 2009, 3:44 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

T-Mobile has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over early termination fees. Members of the class (subscribers who paid T-Mobile's flat-rate ETF of $200 between July 23, 1999 through February 19, 2009) are eligible for a $125 settlement or credit towards T-Mobile's HotSpot service. T-Mobile made it clear that this settlement does not equate to an admission of wrong-doing. The total cash outlay for T-Mobile to cover all the claims is expected to be about $11.5 million.

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Tmo Slave

May 13, 2009, 4:38 PM

I guess...

this goes to show if you whine, complain and act like a child you will get your way. They signed a contract saying they will keep the service for 2 years. Not our fault you washed your phone and don't want to pay for a new one. So T-mobile pays out an extremely large sum of money and then people wonder why monthly services increase and phone prices increase. So don't blame T-mobile for the prices going up blame the a$$hats that sued T-mobile.
A lot of these people had to pay $200 for ending their service only a month or two early, so they are NOT responsible for "prices going up" just because they want some of that back.

That's the whole point of this lawsuit. All carriers, including t...
Man, "Tmo Slave" is a very understated name. Just because they agreed to something doesn't make it morally right... see my other reply for why I say that.
I can see both points of view, I guess. I do think that ETFs have always been excessive, but at the same time, nobody forced them to sign the contract. Like you said, this is just a case of "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" - if you complain loudly ...

May 19, 2009, 6:43 PM


So there saying if I canceled a plan 2 years ago there going to pay me back?

May 13, 2009, 3:58 PM


If not an admission of wrong-doing, then what is it???? Confused
This is dumb I say if you sign a contract then *ucking honor it or shut the *ell up and pay the etf T-mobile settled this because who knows what could have been the outcome I agree it is not an admission of wrong doing!! that would be me and my neighb...
They decided to settle instead of continue with full-blown court proceedings. In other words, T-Mobile has decided it worthwhile to spend $11.5M now and say "We don't think we did anything wrong, but we'd like this to go away, so here's some mo...
It's a "This lawsuit is more of a headache than it's worth and fighting it is not worth the cost of legal fees. We'll just have to create more paperwork for customers to sign because they are obviously not smart enough to read what they already have....
It's cheaper than 20 years of court fees which would result from these tards dragging this thing out. Ding.

May 16, 2009, 11:38 AM

None of these people...

seemed to have a problem with ETF's when they signed their contract for their shiny new phone. The fact that they settled was a blessing to these idiots, their contract easily stands in court. Merry Christmas, morons. Glad I don't have T-Mobile and have to deal with the financial fallout from this retardation...

May 13, 2009, 6:17 PM

messed up

>.>;;; what is their grounds for suing them for something they agreed to?
The grounds are, it's a ridiculous one-sided scam. True, they agreed to it.

But if you %$&# people over bad enough, you can end up losing.

Especially when a reason is claimed for why a fee is necessary, and further investigation reveals tha...
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