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AT&T's prorated ETF gets detailed

Darren Murph

Nearly half a year after AT&T followed the crowd and announced that it too would be transitioning to a prorated ETF, the details have finally emerged. Starting on May 25th (read: don't ink a new AT&T contract on May 24th), new and renewing subscribers who enter into one- or two-year service agreements will "no longer be required to pay a single, flat early termination fee." Rather, the $175 charge will be lowered each month that one stays in contract by $5, which doesn't exactly zero out after 12 / 24 months, but we reckon it's better than being forced to cough up the full $175 with two months left on your deal. Oh, and those eying a month-to-month / prepaid plan will still find what they're looking for -- sort of a win-win, yeah?

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