Google is also charging an ETF for the Nexus One

Google is also charging an ETF for the Nexus One
You probably don’t find paying for early termination fees cool, but carriers do make a point when imposing one, since you’ve first bought the phone at a discounted price, which means compensation should be paid to the carrier. In the case of the HTC Nexus One, the moment after the 14-day return policy period has ended, you’ll have to pay from $50 to $200 to T-Mobile, should you decide to cancel your contract. However, you should bear in mind that Google is also charging those users, who purchase the Nexus One at a subsidized price. You will be charged the difference between the phone’s retail price and the price you have paid for it. For example, if you have bought the N-One for $179, you will be charged $350 ($529 - $179 = $350), in addition to the ETF you’ve paid T-Mobile. Google will impose the "Equipment Recovery Fee" if you decide to skip out during the first 120 days of service and the 14-day grace period has ended.
Google is also charging an ETF for the Nexus One


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8 Comments

1. rwrife

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2009

This is a normal procedure for service resellers like Google, MobileFly, etc. The service provider will give them a commission for signing up a new subscriber, but they only get paid after certain number of days.

2. gba2000

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

Normal procedure for the most part. If you buy a phone with contract price and you cancel within 14-30(depends on carrier) you either return phone or pay no contract price(the difference). Also, google charges a $45 restocking fee.

3. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Seems to me this is ridiculous. If the whole point of an ETF is to recover money lost by the subsidization of the handset, and people buy the handset from only one of the two companies, why should people be getting the shaft from two different companies? This sounds like a corporate-networked form of double taxation! Between this, and the fact that Google isn't providing the kind of device support a company should with a product they targeted to the masses, brings down my opinion of Google. At least when I need service on my Apple products, I get it. I've never had anything but great experiences from the people at the Mac stores.

6. lovinlissa1984

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 29, 2009

no matter how much it sucks you have to realize you are purchasing from 2 different companies Google AND T-moble) They both don't want to lose out on money Google wants there money back for the phone and T-moble wants there money back for the 2 years of service you re-neged on. Its a matter of keeping from losing money. If people have such a problem with these fees. why don't they just not buy the phone. If enough people didn't purchase it. Google would realize they cant do that to a customer. This is the beauty of capitalism. Dale

7. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I understand what you're saying, but that still doesn't make sense to me. The ETF is essentially to cover the cost of a subsidized phone. If you buy a subsidized phone from T-Mobile, then it would only be appropriate to be charged the ETF, but to then be slapped with an ETF from Google, a 3rd party in the deal, when you purchased the phone from T-Mobile, is ridiculous. T-Mobile has already payed for the phone from Google that you purchased. Likewise, if you bought directly from Google, I can also agree with an ETF from Google, but since you have not purchased anything from T-Mobile, I would not agree with an ETF from T-Mobile in that case, since T-Mobile hasn't ACTUALLY LOST any money. The contract you sign with T-Mobile in that case is just for prospective air time in the future, since you didn't purchase your phone through T-Mobile, they aren't actually out any money.

4. thismancooks

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 04, 2009

If the phone fails to deliver on it's expectations and is being returned for that reason (including poor support) the consumer should not penalized.

5. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Please this is america presidents been doing this for years as for as failing to deliver on it's expections and the world country suffers lol

8. CANUHEARMENOW

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

Thats the beauty of freedom...IF YOU DONT WANT TO BUY THE PHONE AND FOLLOW THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS....DONT BUY THE PHONE....simple right?

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