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ETF for Nexus One May Reach $550

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Jan 6, 2010, 11:22 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

According to Google's terms of sale for the Nexus One, both Google and T-Mobile will charge customers an early termination fee for breaking their contract. Google said customers who buy the Nexus One for the T-Mobile contract price of $179 will be charged $350 if they cancel service within 120 days. That $350 goes to Google. T-Mobile will also apply an ETF of $200 to any customer who breaks their contract with more than 180 days remaining on that contract. The total ETF can hit $550, which is more than the unlocked version of the Nexus One costs ($529). Those who buy the unlocked version at full price won't have to worry about these ETFs.

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Jan 6, 2010, 11:55 AM

If the FCC did not like vzw upping their ETF....

they are going to have a field day with this one. What right does google have to charge an ETF? The price of the phone is subsidized via the carrier, not the OEM. Unless there is some weird deal going on between tmo and google here, this isnt right. Still, the combined ETF being more than the phone itself is outrageous!
First, google's is only for the first 120 days. So after 4 months, it drops to whatever T-mobille charges ($200). Unlike Verizon's which on decreases at $10 per month.

Cost to break N1 contract After 121 days:

Cost to break Droid contrac...
Actually, Google is acting as a reseller in this instance. It's common for a reseller to have their own ETF on top of a provider's.
I have no problem with the Manufacturer an Cellular Carrier having early termination fees. They might be huge companies but you cant blame them for trying to watch there backs an not wanting to take a big hit on a cell phone, because somebody wanted t...

Jan 6, 2010, 12:00 PM

Can't say you weren't warned...

If you don't like the ETF, pay full price or don't buy the phone...nuff said.
yep. Good point.
You could also not break your contract. You will still have 30 days to test the phone to see if it's to your liking.
I agree. However, the same thing that applies to Verizon's crazy ETF applies here. It is NOT a good thing for consumers.
Will the price of my committed contract be less if I pay full price? The carriers claim that the price includes subsidizing the device. If I pay full price, I should get a better price, Right?

Jan 6, 2010, 6:40 PM

How it works: this is T-mobile cheating people

This is the same for almost any independent dealer.

First, the dealer's (Google's) cancellation fee may only be if you cancel and don't return the phone (I haven't read Google's terms to know if they allow for this long return period). The dealer doesn't get paid by T-Mobile if you cancel within 4 months, even though T-Mobile is going to collect an ETF from you.

So if you activate today, then cancel next month, T-Mobile gets your ETF... AND doesn't have to pay the dealer! What a scam against their own dealers. The dealer did their part and got you to sign up (and not return the phone within the trial period), but they still lose the phone. Thus, dealer ETFs were invented.

It would be generous of Google to allow a 4-month return ...
Full Retail Price Only.

And tmob lost out on all of your monthly fee's for service for 23 months. So yes, they have a right to recoup their loss. Again, dont like the rules? Buy full retail or dont break a contract.


Jan 6, 2010, 6:17 PM

Too bad...

Google did not take this opportunity to offer the phone at the retail price only. This is a step in the right direction. Someday someone will have the stones to say, "If you want this phone...pay for it. Period."
Until I get a break on service fees for using non subsidized phones, whats the point of buying full price?

Tmob is the only one has had the stones to do this.

Why pay $600, then pay the same monthly fees as some clown who got his phone for $200....

Jan 6, 2010, 4:53 PM

Holy Churn Batman!


Jan 6, 2010, 12:57 PM

ETF for the Dr. Evil Smartphone = $1 Milllllion Dollars!

But there will always be someone dumb enough to buy it the first day it's available.


*insert doctor evil smily*

Jan 6, 2010, 12:16 PM

Wow !

This phone better be a great as they say, or they'll be a lot of pissed off customer having to pay $550 to cancel. I personally think it's an awsome device. Hopefully it comes to Sprint soon since they're making a CDMA version...
It's going to be an amazing phone... not sure it's leaps and bounds above the Droid like some people seem to think (yet) but it deff has more room to grow.

Jan 6, 2010, 11:35 AM

i dont have to worry at all!

since i'm not buying it!
i had bad experience with capacitive screen!
then what kind of phones do you like.

Jan 6, 2010, 11:48 AM



Thats ridiculous. Etf's are supposed to compensated for the subsidy for the phone. In this article it says that the etfs will add to be higher then the Full retail price. Is there something that I am missing?
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