Customers usually would want to leave service for various reasons. But out of them all, the major one is unsatisfactory service.
So why should a customer pay a fee or penalty for leaving something that they didn't like in the first place?
Is this a PENALTY?
Before learning about how to avoid AT&T's early termination fee, let’s first try to understand what is these fees all about. In simple words, the early termination fee is nothing but a penalty that you have to pay for canceling a device service contract by AT&T.
While buying a device, there will be a contract with a specific time limit. If you cancel the service before, then ETF is charged.
For the 08 months of use total monthly charges completed is 08x $ 4 which equals to $32.
So, the final ETF that you will need to pay the company is
$150 - $ 32(08 months x $4) =$ 118
Ways to avoid AT&T early termination fee
Now that is has become quite clear that AT&T's early termination fees are quite substantial and unfeasible for the customers.
There are some excellent reasons to avoid them and ways not to pay them. One of the significant ways to avoid this charge is canceling the contract and by getting a new wireless carrier at a subsidized price, which will be cheaper.
Many carriers these days are providing the option to trade-in the current AT&T phone and get a new one.
For this, the carrier provider tends to cover the termination charge up to a certain percentage.
Also keep the AT&T account active while trade-in, so that the number can be ported easily. The info and the number will be shifted easily from one carrier to another.
After the number is ported, get the previous plan canceled. After the cancellation, submit the AT&T ETF bill to the new carrier. This way the new carrier will pay some of the ETF or even full in some cases.
30 Days Period. If you have terminated the connection within the 30 days period you can get the fees waived off. But to make sure it is waived off, check the terms of contract that you agreed on taking the new connection.
No Service. Also when you want to shift your connection to a new address; but there the service is not available, you can ask AT&T for fees waiver.
But in both cases, the fee waiver is subject to the agreement made at the time of contract.
If you are unsure about the terms, you can contact customer support for immediate solution.