Sprint ups the Early Termination Fee from $200 to $350

Posted By on August 31, 2011

Just as we thought consumers were getting a break with the U.S. DOJ blocking the AT&T and T-Mobile deal, Sprint looked to be increasing their ETF by a pretty healthy percentage. Ouch, if you’re thinking about switching carriers before your contract is over.

Sprint today confirmed to Phone Scoop via email that the company plans to change its early termination fee. A Sprint spokesperson explained, “Beginning September 9, Sprint is introducing a new pro-rated policy for ETFs for customers purchasing advanced devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks and netbooks. Customers with these advanced devices will be subject to a $350 ETF, which will be pro-rated based on the number of months remaining, should they decide to cancel service before the end of their service agreement.” Prior to this change, Sprint charged $200 ETFs for those breaking contracts early. AT&T and Verizon Wireless have similar $350 pro-rated ETFs.

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  • We’re actually looking at going with a prepaid plan through Straight Talk.  1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 30 meg of data for $30 a month.  We’re currently with Verizon paying $82 for 2 phones with 750 shared minutes and 200 texts on my wife’s phone.  New ST phones will be on the Verizon network so all the same great coverage.  We’re averaging about 135 minutes a month each so I don’t see us ever having a problem going over the 1k minutes.

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