Free Press Lambasts Carriers Over ETF Defense

Google, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile all banded together this week to defend their early-termination fees to the Federal Communications Commission. Some of the penalties to get out of your smartphone contract run up to $350, but the companies say the cost of subsidizing smartphones is hefty, and it’s only fair for customers to shoulder […]

AT&T Settles ETF Case for $18 Million

AT&T will shell out $18 million to former customers who say they were unfairly charged high fees to get out of their wireless contracts. Individuals involved in the class-action suit could get up to $140 back, according to the Associated Press. These early-termination fees have been getting a lot of close scrutiny in recent months. […]

Verizon Adjusts Early Termination Fees

Verizon recently got a smack on the wrist when an FCC probe concerned itself with the reasons the carrier had increased its early termination fee (ETF) from $175 to $350. Therefore, Verizon has responded to the “attention” by taking 10 handsets off of its “advanced phones” list, which were subject to the ETF. Although some […]

Verizon Gets Until Monday to Explain $350 ETF to FCC

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) has until Monday to explain its high “advanced devices” early termination fees (ETFs) to the FCC. The nation’s largest wireless carrier recently hiked the ETFs on netbooks and smartphones to $350 from $175. That raised eyebrows at the FCC. Verizon was to have responded to the FCC’s request for an explanation by […]

Spotting, Avoiding Costly Cell Phone Plan Fees

With both Verizon Wireless’ and T-Mobile’s early termination fees in the headlines this year, advocacy group Consumer Action has outlined four tips to help spot and avoid ETFs in the event you want to dump your wireless carrier for a prepaid plan: Determine if you are even in the ETF “penalty box.” Many consumers are […]

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