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    Carrier covering ETF's for switchers???

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    I could have sworn a xmas or two ago that there was a carrier offering the cover ETF cost for anyone who was switching to their network.

    Does anyone remember that or am I a nut case?

    (Mod's- if its the latter- please delete this thread and i will go back to rocking bath and forth in my basement closet)
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    WeLl as far as I know every carrier is pinching their pennies right now... They aren't paying for anything more then they have to

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    I had a friend that switched from Fido to Rogers and she did not have to pay the ETF for Fido. I think that in order to qualify, you have to have about a year left with your old contract. I may be wrong.

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    You might enjoy this info....

    http://consumerist.com/5032081/video...ne-without-etf

    You may be able to use increased text message charges or the new data charges to get there....
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    I never heard that, but I know most carriers in the US are prorating ETF's now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krosli View Post
    I had a friend that switched from Fido to Rogers and she did not have to pay the ETF for Fido. I think that in order to qualify, you have to have about a year left with your old contract. I may be wrong.
    That because the are owned by the same parent company.

    No carrier will cover the termination fee for another carrier. Think about it. People would go crazy and the carriers would lose money.

    Ted Rogers died this morning at the age of 75. I am going to turn off my phone for a minute of silence.

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    I remember a really really long time ago (probably an irrelevant time since it was so long ago) that there were a few companies that were paying ETFs for people switching. BUT, it might have been a private company doing it too, because I think I was approached with the offer by numerous mall kiosk phone vendors. So perhaps it was just the vendor paying the fee and not the actual phone company. I'm not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peguero View Post
    I could have sworn a xmas or two ago that there was a carrier offering the cover ETF cost for anyone who was switching to their network.

    Does anyone remember that or am I a nut case?
    Fellow nut case here...

    Yes, I do remember that. A great memory that will likely not be repeated with the rapidly declining sales numbers, and the crumbling economy. I've noticed in speaking with the carries I use, they are now playing hardball where once there was some latitude.

    Cheers...


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    The wireless market in the U.S is for the most part saturated. There aren't the hordes of new customers to sign up as there once was. Carriers have 2 options either a) appeal to younger customers via family plan type deals or b) poach customers from another carrier.

    Having a mobile phone is not really a luxury item as it once was, currently my berry is my primary phone, I like many of my friends dont have landlines. Our mobiles are our only phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peguero View Post
    The wireless market in the U.S is for the most part saturated. There aren't the hordes of new customers to sign up as there once was. Carriers have 2 options either a) appeal to younger customers via family plan type deals or b) poach customers from another carrier.

    Having a mobile phone is not really a luxury item as it once was, currently my berry is my primary phone, I like many of my friends dont have landlines. Our mobiles are our only phones.
    Precisely! I stopped using a land line long ago. Also as you mention to gain market share the carriers must lure customers away from their competitors. That's why the "exclusives" are so prevalent. The forecast for this year is one of continuing decline in sales, so it should prove very interested just how the carriers handle this, and what the potential impact it may have on handset prices.


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    Cellular South currently is ofering to cover fees for early termination up to $200 per phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peguero View Post
    Carriers have 2 options either a) appeal to younger customers via family plan type deals or b) poach customers from another carrier.
    If someone would poach me and pay my ETF I'd be gone from Alltel in the blink of an eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcobb607 View Post
    Cellular South currently is ofering to cover fees for early termination up to $200 per phone.
    wow that is the full cost of most ETF's
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