Here is AT&T's ETF policy: »www.wireless.att.com/learn/artic ··· fees.jsp
said by TurtleFan:
-edit boy, what kind of scam is this? Apparently if you fall into the 'advanced' category, you have to pay double that of people with 'normal' phones. Was it always like this, and is there anyway to cut the bill in half?
Yes, the advanced phones have a higher termination fee because they have a higher value than feature phones. You can't expect to get a $700 phone for $99-$200 and then be able to walk away from the contract leaving the carrier out $500-$600. The phone is subsidized by the carrier allowing people to purchase a phone that they ordinarily may not have the money for. A portion of your bill goes toward the phone's cost and as you pay for the phone during the contract the carrier reduces your liability.
We can't determine what your 'correct' balance should be because 1) we don't know your phone type (ETF's start at $325 for smartphones and $150 for featurephones), and 2) we don't know how long you were in contract (ETF decreases as your contract matures).--
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