NEW ETF Fee for VZW?

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  1. cereal killer

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    Dean your reading and comprehension skills are indeed lacking.

    I'm saying I can go and buy 15 new phones at full retail and stay on the same plan on the same network and >>>>>>not be charged an ETF...<<<<<

    How hard is that to understand?

    I think your problem is your one of those forum types who doesn't like to be corrected when spreading horrible misinformation : )
     
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    Didn't Verizon have ETF before? I've been with them a number of years and recall them having it and then it just seemed to go away. Even when they were enforcing ETF they never charged me for upgrading or moving to a new phone.

    Wonder if this will be a trend we see being used by other carriers like the old days again.
     
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    ETF is solely there for the purpose of if you are cancelling your contract with them outright. If all your doing is upgrading a phone, you are not going to be charged an ETF fee. The only thing that this is doing is making the fee of breaking the contract on smart / advanced phones more, because they are charged a higher price to get the phones in.
     
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    yeah, they have pretty much always had it. the deal is (vaguely) if you stay with them, just upgrade or downgrade, you don't get charged the ETF. your discount on the device you are switching to will depend on how long you have had your current plan though.
     
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    This is correct. Every 10 months users on verizon's network with a 2 year contract are allowed to do a "annual upgrade" what this is, is your allowed to basically upgrade your phone if you so choose to, at the normal subsidized pricing that you would get if you were a new customer. After 20 months you are allowed to be part of the New Every 2 program, which will give you I think now it's down to $50 off a new phone if you have a plan 79.99 and higher. If you have a plan that is between 34.99 and 79.98 it is only $30.
     
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    That's what I thought. In my case nothing has changed and I'm sure there are others who feel the same.
     
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    This is actually GOOD for most of us. Most of us stay with the carrier long term. The people that jump carriers, get cheap phones, etc jack up prices for us. THey subsidize phones to get us to sign contracts. IF we aren't staying in our contracts they need to find a way to make money again. I'd rather they did this than start raising prices on handsets or plans to compensate.

    now, Verizon sees less of this than GSM carriers, because most of Verizon's phones are CDMA only or their world phones are not capable of GSM in the US, so they can't be used very easily after leaving Verizon.
     
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    CK, nice to see you here from CB. Maybe Dean is CPUgeek from CB... Nah, can't be. Not nearly enough typos and not once did he mention his brother's neighbor's dog's vet's neighbor's sister's friend's step daughter's boyfriend's mom's hair stylist's dog saying something about ETFs.
     
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    If you don't want to pay data fees, don't get an advanced phone....to me, it's pointless to get a phone BUILT for data use and then complain that you have to get a data plan.

    Without the data plan, you just have a cell phone. They do sell those.
     
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    i couldnt agree more... and the higher ETF doesn't bother me i have no plans of leaving the best network in america...
     
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    early termination question

    I'm early in my 2 year contract and want a droid. If I pay the retail price for it, can I then sell my old phone? Is the contract on the line or the phone? I'd love to not pay the full price but if I can sell my blackberry it would recoup some of the cost.
     
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    Once you have the phone, it is yours. The contract is for line. You can do with you your phones as you please.
     
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