If you switch from the iPhone you will get charged a termination fee.
I went to my local AT&T store to see if I can get a Windows Mobile 6 based smartphone so I can get a password app and docs app on a phone ASAP without waiting for a SDK from Apple.
If I do want a new phone an AT&T, I will need to pay the termination fee as the iPhone contract is totally separate from all other phones they carry.
Oh well. If I have to pay a termination fee, maybe it will be back to Sprint again.
- 11-02-2007, 09:32 AM #2
It's all about the money; they want to capture the customer acquisition costs - either through you staying a customer for 2 years, or through the termination fees.
I predict within 5 year, locked contracts and terminiation fees (large ones) will have gone the way of the dodo. The effect is to limit competition, which sucks for customers.
- 11-02-2007, 03:24 PM #3
1. You pay the full retail price for an iPhone (no subsidy).
2. You pay an ETF if you drop your AT&T contract to leave AT&T.
3. You pay an ETF if you switch phones from and iPhone to another AT&T phone (and probably incur another contract with ETF).
Wow - Mr. Jobs gets the iPhone owners coming and going doesn't he?
This is probably due, in part, to AT&T's guarantee to Apple of over $400 on every iPhone sold over the life of the contract (in addition to the initial purchase price cost) from the monthly fees.
- 11-02-2007, 06:27 PM #4
You're right; I misread the post.
Yes, In this case, intras-ATT transfer, Apple/ATT rapes you.
Apple should just say, "Here, we are selling iPhone plus unlimited service for two years for $5,000. Prepaid, no refunds. have a nice day."
That way, no monkey business. People know what they are getting. And I'm sure the 1M+ people would still sign up, and Apple/ATT would get their $5B right away...
- 11-02-2007, 09:29 PM #5
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- 11-04-2007, 12:31 AM #7
How long did you have yours? Did you cancel your iPhone plan and just transfer (port) over your phone number to the Tilt?
- 11-05-2007, 09:13 AM #9
Thanks for how you did it. I was wondering if I could do the same thing, since when existing AT&T users bought an iPhone they just added on the $20 iPhone specific data plan. Going in reverse "should be" what you did and should be possible. I mean isn't that the benefit of a SIM card?
The Manager may have been new. I will try what you did techiegirl.
P.S. techiegirl... Did you pay the full price of the device or the subsidy price?
- 11-05-2007, 09:35 AM #11
I just took the sim card from my iPhone and put it in the Tilt. Then I called c/s and told them to switch my iPhone data plan to the PDA data plan because I bought a Tilt. They did not mention anything about a cancellation fee.
As far as I'm concerned, we only get cancellation fees if you switch to a different carrier.