New ETFs for data devices
Months 1-3 of service: 350 for cancelling
Months 4-6 of service: 250 for cancelliing
Months 7-12 of service: 175 for cancelling
Atleast after the first year you are back to a standard ETF. The people who are cheating the system are doing it within in the first 2-3 month, not the 11th month. And after a year, most of these smartphones plummet in value. $220 to get out of my contract after a year, for a blackberry curve 8330 is insane!!!
You know jerkbags out there are doing stuff like this and that is why they are changing it.
I do like Cwcanty's idea of a tier system
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howard... not sure where you are getting confused... going back to an ENV from an Android is doing just that?
Step one... buy an android (or other advanced device) you will be in a 2 year contract with $350 ETF if you cancel SERVICE completely
Step Two... Switch back to an old phone or non smartphone (such as an ENV) and you will still have the $350 ETF on your contract... But you will not be charged an ETF unless you cancel
Step three... when you switch back to a dumb phone you will have to drop your Data package... They don't care as long as you keep your line ac
Retail on the Droid: 549 (or so)
Pricing on droid: 199 (after rebate)
Early term: 175
First month: 100 (set up charges and prorated charges)
Why should it be cheaper to create churn?
Now, I do agree there should be a tiered system, so after a year it drops to normal, but I can see the logic behind it.
I can see people leaving now for some of the other carriers where they go month to month, 50 dollars and get unlimited everything.
By the way I went to a corporate store today to check out Storm2. I was not impressed.
By the way, though Verizon is my main phone, I also use my AT&T as a back up. For where I live, both phones have the same coverage. I am thinking of just getting rid of the Verizon phone and going with the Gophone if Verizon starts pulling crap like this. Is Verizon trying t...
Or, sign the contract, and keep the plan for the full contract term.
This fee has NOTHING to do with services offered.
This new ETF policy does not effect me at all because I buy all my devices RETAIL so I have no ETF. If you hate contracts that much, do the same.
If you think it's completely "fair" that you can profit by creating churn for a company, then you're the one that is brainwashed.
First off... This is advanced data devices (droid, BB) if you are thinking Go phones that is a totally different thing. Lets see... $550 -$600 Android... $40 refurb samsung at Walmart. See the difference.
Prepay will also be limited to native network and customer service is basically non existant, if it works for you... great, that is why carriers offer it, there is a market for it. But if you think that you are going to find a BB or Android on prepay and pay less then $200 for it upfront and have no service issues in the area of Data (which is why you get an advanced device) then have at it.
Look it is this simple.. you sign contract you get $350 to $400 off device......
I don't think we can ever go back, I just don't see the majority of consumers coming up wit that kinda of cash. Think of Christmas shopping for a family, Dad BB Tour, Mom ENV 3, Son Chocolate Touch, Daughter Env Touch.... that will be $1300 dollars please, would you like to buy a car charger today yeah that is going to happen