Monday, January 17, 2011
Yes, it is finally true, Apple's exclusive deal with AT&T is over, and the Iphone will now be available from Verizon. Verizon is widely believed to be a much more reliable carrier (though, some question whether the Iphone will test Verizon's system).
What if you already have an AT&T iphone and you want to walk away from the contract so you can get a Verizon Iphone? (The hardware in the phones are slightly different, so you cannot use your AT&T phone on the Verizon network).
The folks at LifeHacker have posted a how-to guide-- that is, how-to efficiently breach your AT&T contract. They discuss (1) how to figure out the early termination fee owed to AT&T (here's an ETF calculator) and then (2) how to eliminate or avoid that cost by, among other suggestions, reselling your old phone. The advice is quite entertaining -- with suggestions such as attempting to negotiate out of the early termination fee (described for some reason as "unethical"), challenging formation based on unilateral amendments, or assignment/novation.
[Meredith R. Miller]