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Google Says Nexus One $350 'ERF' Is Necessary

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Jan 12, 2010, 4:12 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google sells the Nexus One directly to consumers, with or without a T-Mobile contract. The Nexus One costs $529 without a contract and comes unlocked. In order to receive a subsidized price of $179 (for new customers), T-Mobile requires a two-year contract. It has come to light that customers wishing to break their Nexus One contract early will not only have to pay an early termination fee to T-Mobile ($200 in first 18 months), but also an "equipment recovery fee" of $350 to Google. Those who break their contract in the first 120 days will pay a total fine of $550, which is more than the full retail price of the Nexus One. Today, Google defended its ERF as a method to recapture some of the subsidies it gives contract customers. A Google spokesperson said, "This is standard practice for third-party resellers of T-Mobile and other operators." This $550 far surpasses Verizon's $350 ETF, and the $175 ETFs levied by other network operators.

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Well, let's see... muchdrama Jan 12, 2010, 10:51 PM
Man Up. Stop crying. And look at the facts people. cwcanty Jan 13, 2010, 12:10 AM
Amazon charges $250 Globhead Jan 12, 2010, 6:49 PM
For those who DON'T Think it's ridiculous: Who is subsidizing this thing? bluecoyote Jan 13, 2010, 3:31 PM
The Biggest question is why is the ETF or ERF or what ever, more then the cost of the phone? Disrespect Jan 12, 2010, 7:09 PM
Everyone just now noticed? thizmobile Jan 12, 2010, 10:40 PM
think about it this way carlsberg Jan 13, 2010, 7:02 AM
Nice!!! murmermer Jan 12, 2010, 5:11 PM
Nice try Google! PACWEST Jan 12, 2010, 5:31 PM
An easy explanation mnweb6 Jan 12, 2010, 9:55 PM
everyone cries but...... eltoro210 Jan 12, 2010, 7:50 PM
It's so simple!!! Kayslay34 Jan 12, 2010, 5:15 PM
htc rapage one Coil Jan 12, 2010, 6:29 PM
Put it back in the oven... bluecoyote Jan 12, 2010, 5:00 PM
 
 
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