Monday, February 21, 2011

T-Mobile Alters its Wireless Contract Early Termination Policy

Here's a mobile phone contract update for T-Mobile subscribers. The carrier appears to have changed its policy towards the Early Termination Fees (ETF) for its mobile phone contracts.

The new T-Mobile Early Termination Fees (ETF) policy indicates that consumers that are moving out of the carrier's coverage area or overseas will be charged with the fee. However, customers moving overseas due to military deployment will not be charged with an ETF.

This T-Mobile Early Termination Fees (ETF) policy change took effect on February 8th, 2011. This means that consumers who cancelled service (without paying the ETF) before February 8th will not be charged with the fee.

So why did T-Mobile enforce this new cell phone contract policy? Well, the word on the street indicates that the change was made to discourage the abuse by some consumers who are specifically moving out or signing contracts before they knew they were moving overseas.

What do you think of this change? Do you think that it's fair?

Stay tuned for more wireless contracts news and information.

Monday, February 14, 2011

No-Contract Android Smartphones

A number of consumers have shied away from handsets that are paired with cell phone contracts in an attempt to save money. However, no-contract phones are usually simple devices that are meant for occasional users. Fortunately, the landscape has changed and t is now possible to purchase a solid Android smartphone without being tied to a mobile phone contract.

Let's look at the no-contract Android smartphones that are available in the market.

Huawei Ascend
Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS are offering the Huawei Ascend as a prepaid Android smartphone. Features for this phone include 3.5-inch HVGA display, Swype keyboard, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 16GB card slot, and supports 3G and Wi-Fi.

LG Optimus V

The Optimus M is available via Virgin Mobile for only r $149.99 off-contract. The features for this no-contract Android smartphone include Wi-Fi, GPS, EV-DO Rev. A, stereo Bluetooth, and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

LG Optimus M

The main features for this phone include Wi-Fi, EV-DO Rev. 0, GPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and Bluetooth. The Optimus M was launched with a price of $229 with no contract.

There you go. Three solid smartphone that can be purchased without a cell phone contract. If you don't want to be bothered with ETFs, credit checks and other fees, then check out these handsets.