AT&T jacks their ETF, claims its unrelated to the next iPhone

AT&T spider.If you’re thinking about terminating your relationship with AT&T, do it fast. Come June 1, AT&T is raising its early termination fee from $175 to $325. According to the company, this has nothing to do with the impending release of the next iPhone.

Right, guys. Right. That big influx of customers you’re sure to get, not to mention all of us idiots who will re-sub to get the next iPhone, we have no bearing on the decision to nearly double your ETF fees. If anything, consider this your warning if you haven’t made the switch yet. I love my iPhone – believe me, I do – but I loathe AT&T. If you think you might hate it enough to call it quits before your two years is up, be ready to part with $325.

Oh, and in case you weren’t completely convinced this is about the iPhone, AT&T said it will be lowering the ETF for feature phones, down to $150 from $175. So just those new iPhone subs get screwed? Got it.

Source: WSJ


iPhone Safari bug could bury you in fees

iPhone fees could bury you.The iPhone is mostly dummy-proof, at least in the sense that you won’t find yourself accruing hundreds of dollars in fees because you stumbled on a bug in the mobile version of Safari. Or so I thought. As it turns out that very thing is possible, and not all that hard to pull off.

As I’m sure you know, Apple allows very few apps to run in the background on the iPhone. The iPod is one, but you might not be aware that Safari is another. Safari will continue to stream data from some web pages even while the app is “closed.” It can be extremely useful for playing internet radio stations that don’t have their own apps, but in the case of motion-jpegs, a filetype used for things like cam feeds, the user might not know the app is still streaming content, and potentially racking up some crazy data charges.

Obviously there are some pretty specific circumstances surrounding this problem. For one, you’d have to be in data roaming or traveling or somehow or another not on an unlimited plan. That’s not something we’ll see stateside too often. If you were caught in that situation, though, it would be pretty easy to generate a grand or two in overage fees I’m sure.

Luckily the solution is as simple as the problem. Just make sure you close any pages with auto-refreshing content if you’re worried about it.

Source: MobileCrunch


AT&T Could Cut iPhone Plan By $10 to Win Subscribers

AT&T to lower iPhone plan?In completely unshocking news, AT&T may be planning to reduce the cost of the iPhone plan by $10, reportedly to boost sales. With the impending release of OS 3.0 (already on beta 5), the sole provider for Apple’s baby would probably see plenty of converts.

This latest price-cut comes after plenty of others, all of which have aimed to get more iPhones into more hands (around 17 million just last year). When the iPhone first hit, it was retailing for a massive $599 for the 8GB model. I remember laughing out loud when I saw that number and wondering how long before it would drop by several hundred. That day has come and gone, leaving the provider set to save patient consumers an extra $240 over the two year contract for the phone.

Now if only we could get Apple to drop to the BOGO offers we’re seeing for the RIM’s Storm. If only.

Source: CNet