Originally Posted by DallasFlier
Man, you're just full of novel ideas! First, you think there should be a class action lawsuit against T-Mobile because although you're not a customer and don't plan to be, they should unlock a locked phone you bought on eBay, even though you knew their unlock policy before you bought it. Now you think there should be "congressional intervention" so you don't have to pay an ETF even though the company has provided you a phone at a subsidized price, saved you about $200 and paid the difference themselves. My own novel idea is to read the contracts, read the carrier's policy on unlocking - and if you don't like them, simply DON'T sign the contract and DON'T buy a locked phone from eBay! How's that for novel?
I believe you may have misunderstood me. I have no problem with ETFs, I have no problem with paying them if I break a contract it just seems that it situations like here:TIME TO SCORTCH THE EARTH. i left verizon and they charge me $165
that a little prorating would go a long way towards good businessmanship. And the carriers only subsidize phones because it is financially prudent, many ppl couldn't/wouldn't be able to have service without it,(subsidization). And what if the customer provides their own phone? A few I know of will provide month to month service, but I'll bet that their are some that still would require a contract.
As for my unlocking tirade, in my defense, I did not know T-mobile's policies in advance. And I was upset over it mostly because it makes no sense, it seems backwards. Unlock the phone under contract/still subsidized, but not the one that they've already made their money on?
And the word novel means something different, new, unusual. So my idea really was novel.