(Closed) Breaking a cell phone contract

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

T-Mobile, like the other carriers, has a pro-rated structure for ETFs (early termination fees). The pro-rating is a recent development, though, and only came about after some big class action lawsuits. The standard ETF is $200, and can go down to $100 or $50 depending on how much time is left on the contract. (The less time remaining, the lower the fee.)

T-Mobile’s policy only got enacted in June 2008, however, so the pro-ration applies to new or renewed contracts starting on that date (6/28/08). I would check with the account holder to see when he/she signed the contract. If it’s before that date, you might be on hook for the full $200.

There’s a class action lawsuit – pending, I think – that provides some financial compensation for T-Mobile customers that paid an ETF before that date. I know because I’m one of those customers! But I can’t remember how or where you sign up to be a member of that class, and the window to sign up may have closed already.

Hope that helps!

Post # 5
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@pendola – you should be able to find this out on their website. be careful to read the fine print, i ended up slapped with a $525 bill for breaking my contract!!yikes!

Post # 6
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

are you talking about breaking your contract in order to go on one with your fI?

I have AT&T, and when I talked to them about breaking my contract on my parents’ plan in order to join together (he’s on his mom’s, too), they told us there’d be no fee for that.

Post # 9
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hello again! If your Fiance isn’t under contract, it is way cheaper for him to migrate to T-Mobile rather than have you pay $200 to switch to AT&T. Your Fiance won’t have to pay anything for leaving AT&T. But obviously there are many other reasons besides cost for switching carriers – coverage, service, phone selection, etc. Hope everything works out!

Post # 10
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you can, just stick it out rather than pay the fee for breaking your contract.  ATT now has that “A list” feature so you may have your FH look into that and then it wont cost him any minutes to call you. Also, when you are ready to switch to your FH plan it shouldn’t cost anything to add you except for the activation and montly fees.  The trick is that you can upgrade anytime for free and change some of the add ons with no penalty, but you cany go to less minutes without penalty with ATT.

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