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T-Mobile Tackles Prorated ETFs

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Jun 23, 2008, 11:46 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jun 23, 2008, 11:54 AM

Today T-Mobile announced that it will begin prorating its early termination fees. Rather than deduct a dollar amount each month, T-Mobile has taken a different route. ETFs for both one- and two-year agreements are $200. During the last 3 to 6 months of a contract (91 to 180 days left), the ETF drops to $100. During the last 3 months of a contact (30 days to 90 days), the ETF drops to $50. For customers who choose to cancel a contract with less than 30 days remaining, they will pay either $50 or the amount of the last month of service, whichever is less. This means customers who are in the first 6 months (for 1-year contracts) or first 18 months (for 2-year contracts) of their agreements will still have to pay the full $200 ETF to cancel.

source: T-Mobile




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Jun 23, 2008, 11:02 PM


I had to join this forum to say it!!!! This just saved me ah 100 dollars that i didn't know how i was gonna come up with!!!!! I'm canceling on the 28th. HELL YEAH!!!!
Don't get too excited man. When VZW enacted their prorated ETFs, they only took effect on new contracts signed (activations and upgrades, and I think at the time price plan changes). Existing contracts were not grandfathered in. Before you cancel, ...

Jun 25, 2008, 9:00 PM

woooopi who cares we need hot phones tmobile

come on the phone selection the tmobile have right now it makes me cry I'm about to pay what ever and go to verizon and get that lg dare real soon tmobile great price plan whack phones!!!!! and so so services

Jun 23, 2008, 2:09 PM

wait what?????????????/

I just cancelled two lines with tmobile and im paying 200 per line! 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿 bastards~!!! i still owe 150.0 for my last cancellation!
It wouldn't have mattered, It only applies to Customers who sign up or extend there contract after June 28th.

Jun 24, 2008, 7:53 PM

Not in effect just yet

So I called Tmobile customer care ( i am a current customer looking to get out) they told me that I would still have to pay the 200 ETF and that they had no idea about this new proration of etf's.

My contract ends October 22, 2008. I want to hurry up and take advantage of the sprint everything unlimited for 99.99 before it goes away. I think that will be the best plan around for data users as well for people who talk quite a bit.

Anyways I called and this so far has not held true. I will keep you guys posted if I find anything else out. Take care all!
I don't think its going anywhere anytime soon. But if you so wish, wait a month or two, drop your tm plan down to the cheapest and quit after Oct.

Jun 23, 2008, 12:18 PM


This is why I left tmobile they suck at everything! 🙄
I don't get that you don't like Tmobile and yet your username is New 2 T Mobile
Its at this point that I remind EVERYONE that a carrier actually recoups the "subsidy" price of phones within the first 4 months of active service.

I still believe ALL carriers should allow one to bring their own phone, unlocked, or previously acti...
Yeah we suck at everything thats why we have the best rates and are number one in customer service for what like 5 years now. Yeah your right we suck at everything. 🙄

I'm sorry we can't give you free service, free phone and let you leave whe...

Jun 24, 2008, 12:21 AM

Do we relly need government intervention?

This is one of the last major carriers to play ball, and I like that they did things a little differently. if the FCC can mandate prorated etfs, what's next? rates? minutes? connection speeds? And if so, why worry about monopolies, because we'll al be the same.
jskrenes said:
This is one of the last major carriers to play ball, and I like that they did things a little differently. if the FCC can mandate prorated etfs, what's next? rates? minutes? connection speeds? And if so, why worry a
No, we don't need government intervention but we do need the threat of government intervention.
...i couldn't have said it better myself. 1 step closer to communism. 😈

Jun 23, 2008, 7:23 PM

Sprint Already Does This....

I know from working at Sprint that this was one of Dan Hesse's first changes and any contract signed after November 2007 can now be pro-rated on the termination fee.

Is T-mobile the last or the second to jump on this bandwagon?
Well, screw that, cuz they are still asking for 200 bucks. And I've had so many dropped calls. 😡
this prorating style is different than sprints, verizons or att's.

They went a little bit different route and i think it was a good move.

Jun 23, 2008, 1:29 PM

a comparison

6 Months Left
VZW/ATT = $85
T-Mobile = $100

4 Months Left
VZW/ATT = $75
T-Mobile = $100

3 Months Left
VZW/ATT = $70
T-Mobile = $50

2 Months Left
VZW/ATT = $65
T-Mobile = $50

1 Month Left
VZW/ATT = $60
T-Mobile = up to $50

When talking about 1 year contracts, add $60 to all the VZW/ATT prices
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