AT&T Increasing Early Termination To $325

Posted May 23, 2010

AT&T will be increasing the early termination fee from $175 to $325 for all smartphone customers starting June 1st. Apparently the change has “nothing to do with the iPhone or any other device,” but I don’t know if I believe them or not yet. AT&T referred to Verizon’s increase in ETF price when making this change. The reason why companies have early termination fees is because they subsidize the up-front cost of mobile devices, making it more affordable for people to buy. For every month you stay on contract, the fee is reduced by $10. [GeekSugar]