The FCC Will Investigate Verizon's Ridiculous $2 Online Payment Fee

Verizon's announcement that hey, no biggie, but they're going to charge you two dollars a month just for paying your bill online didn't just catch our attention. It's also apparently perked up a few ears at the FCC, where hopefully glorious, government-appointed justice will rain down on our carrier oppressors. » 12/30/11 1:34pm 12/30/11 1:34pm

AT&T Early Upgrades Just Got $50 More Expensive

Not yet upgrade eligible but itching for a new handset? Things just got a little bleaker if you're an AT&T customer. As first reported by Android Central and confirmed by BGR, AT&T is increasing its off-contract early upgrade prices by $50 for all smartphones—including iPhone 4—and by $150 when purchased with a 1-year… » 4/04/11 1:27pm 4/04/11 1:27pm

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

Judge Rules Early Termination Fees Are Illegal and Violate California Law

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

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

AT&T Starts Reducing Early Termination Fees

AT&T doesn't have to wait for the FCC to tell it to pro-rate early termination fees, they're starting to do something similar already. Now, instead of paying the maximum fee of $175 no matter when you quit, you'll get $5 off for every month you're with the company over the course of your contract. If you end your stay… » 5/27/08 11:48am 5/27/08 11:48am