T-Mobile Will Pay Your Early Termination Fee If You Switch

Today T-Mobile isn't crashing any parties. Well, not directly. But the magenta carrier has found another way to get up in the faces of its competitors. Ultimately, it's a move that may make the other carriers prefer the party-crashing: It's going to pay for you to move away from its rivals. The carrier thing is… » 1/08/14 3:50pm 1/08/14 3:50pm

Don't Call It a Dump Truck: This Massive Mineral Hauler Transforms Into…

When massive, open-pit mines like the Minera Escondida—in Chile's Atacama Desert—need to pull millions of tons of minerals out of the ground each year, they rely on fleets of huge, "Ultra-Class" haul trucks. The ETF Haul Train, however, pulls four times the minerals of these stone-toting behemoths with just one driver. » 11/09/12 11:30am 11/09/12 11:30am

Sprint Nearly Doubles Early Termination Fee—Just Like Verizon Before…

You used to be cool(er) Sprint. Now we're hearing that you're raising your pro-rated ETF (Early Termination Fee) to $350 from $200. Just because AT&T and Verizon are charging $350 doesn't you need to raise yours. » 8/31/11 1:28pm 8/31/11 1:28pm

French Cellphone Contracts Will Be the Death of You

Thought getting out of cellphone contracts here in the US was bad? Sorry. It's got nothing on what American-in-Paris Leonora Epstein went through trying to break up with Orange. This is her story. Quelle horreur! » 12/20/10 1:20pm 12/20/10 1:20pm

AT&T Jacking Up Early Termination Fees To $325

Anyone signing an AT&T contract after June 1 is in for a nasty surprise if ever in the mood to break it: The early termination fee for smartphones is being raised from $175 to $325. Here's AT&T's ridiculous explanation: » 5/21/10 3:44pm 5/21/10 3:44pm

AT&T Reaches $18 Million Settlement in New Jersey ETF Class Action Case

Without admitting any wrongdoing, AT&T Mobility has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging that their flat-rate early termination fee was unlawful. If the settlement is approved, AT&T will pay out a total of $16 million in cash and $2 million in "non-cash benefits" to NJ residents whose AT&T wireless… » 1/26/10 12:41pm 1/26/10 12:41pm

Verizon: Don't Worry Guys, That Super High Early Termination Fee Only…

After making lame excuses to the FCC for their suddenly doubled ETF, Verizon has now partially backtracked: The ETF is only doubled for phones people actually like! Cancel those dumb featurephones whenever you want! You're welcome, America. » 1/19/10 10:19pm 1/19/10 10:19pm

Verizon FiOS Set to Double Early Termination Fee to $360

Oh, Verizon. Will you ever stop breaking our hearts? First it's a $350 ETF for smartphone cancellation, and now you've gone and upped the ante even further for FiOS customers. » 1/14/10 1:00pm 1/14/10 1:00pm

The FCC Finds Verizon's Termination Fee Defense "Troubling"

Verizon's been defending its ridiculous $350 smartphone early termination fee to the FCC, but those folks aren't having any of it. In fact, the five-person committee dealing with the issue thinks Verizon's answers are "unsatisfying and, in some cases, troubling." » 12/23/09 9:04pm 12/23/09 9:04pm

Verizon Defends $350 Early Termination Fee to the FCC

Have you guys heard? Verizon needs to charge a $350 ETF on smartphones to survive! Otherwise they won't be able to pay for their network! Wait...that doesn't make any sense. » 12/21/09 9:48am 12/21/09 9:48am

Senator Introduces Bill to Smack Down Early Termination Fees

Amy Klobuchar, True America Hero and Senator of Minnesota, introduced a bill in Congress today in response to Verizon's doubled early termination fees, aiming to limit them. » 12/04/09 3:40am 12/04/09 3:40am

Get Out Of Your Sprint Contract ETF Free Until The End of the Month

A tipster claims that Sprint has tacked on an additional .25 cents in administrative fees, which means that you can escape with no ETF (early termination fee) until January 31st. » 1/19/09 8:00pm 1/19/09 8:00pm

Flee Your Sprint Contract Without Paying an ETF

Hey guys, it's that time of year again: Break out of your current Sprint contract without paying an early-termination thanks to a materially adverse change of contract. Our fedora-wearing cousins at Consumerist note that a 99-cent administrative fee increase per line going into effect Jan. 1 falls under that rubric,… » 11/17/08 5:40pm 11/17/08 5:40pm

Sprint Finally Pro-Rating Early Termination Fees

The specifics have not been announced, but Sprint will finally join Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T in pro-rating their early termination fees » 10/21/08 4:26pm 10/21/08 4:26pm starting as early as December. That means the fee drops each month you spend with the service instead of paying a flat $200. []

How to Get Out of a Cell Contract Without Paying an ETF in Many…

If you try to get out of your cellphone contract without paying one of those blasted (and newly illegal in California) early termination fees, you're going to need a meticulously planned and researched counterargument for everything they throw at you. It's not a small undertaking, and you'll meet hostile resistance… » 8/02/08 3:30pm 8/02/08 3:30pm

Judge Rules Early Termination Fees Are Illegal and Violate California…

A California County Superior Court judge has just ruled that early termination fees from cellphone companies violates California state law and are illegal. What's this mean to you? Sprint Nextel has been ordered to pay $18.2 million in reimbursements to customers who already paid their ETF, and to stop trying to… » 7/31/08 5:00pm 7/31/08 5:00pm

T-Mobile Raises Text Message Prices (Meaning You Can Ditch Your…

T-Mobile is hiking its SMS rate to 20 cents a text (up from 15), effective Aug. 29. Annoying, unless you want to get out of your T-Mobile contract. Raising prices is typically considered a material breach of contract, meaning you can weasel out of it with a bit of elbow grease and persistence (to show that it's a… » 7/01/08 10:45am 7/01/08 10:45am

Cellphone Companies' Early Termination Fees Compared

Consumerist's taken all the early termination fee news we've reported on lately and shoved them into an easy-to-read graph to show you what's up. If you're talking two-year contracts Verizon and AT&T are tied for the best at the start, but T-Mobile beats them somewhere around the 22nd month. For one year contracts,… » 6/27/08 7:00pm 6/27/08 7:00pm

T-Mobile Makes Early Termination Fees Less Ouchy in Confusing Increments

As promised last year, T-Mobile is finally reducing its early termination fees, so breaking your contract to get some actual 3Gness won't pound you quite as hard. Instead of declining month-by-month, the fee goes down in weird increments. » 6/23/08 1:50pm 6/23/08 1:50pm

AT&T Lawyer Says Early Termination Fees Are Good For Consumers

According to Ars, one AT&T attorney told the FCC yesterday that early termination fees we pay for leaving our contracts before the designated time are actually a great deal for us. His reasoning was that "ETF-backed term contracts give consumers the ability to lower their monthly charges and upfront handset costs in… » 6/15/08 6:00pm 6/15/08 6:00pm