Originally Posted by CosmoNut
This kind of stuff just sticks in my craw. Whether it's an apartment or cell phone lease, it's completely unreasonable for any company to make sure they're going to get their money out of you even if you have found that their service is pathetic and despicable.
Always get dropped calls? Pay up to get out of the contract.
A/C always breaking down in your apartment? Pay two months rent to leave.
And when you get service better then you expected, and they come to you and say "Our contract says you'll only get 300kbps data transfer, and you're now getting 2mbps, so we want you to pay $20 more a month", or, "You're contract says you get no AC, but not that the AC works, we want more money!", you'd say "No, I have a contract!".
A contract is a contract. They can argue whatever they want. To be truthful, I don't know whether they're required to have opt-out abilities at all. Since when did it become OK to just say "Hey, I don't like the terms of my deal, I want to leave it, and I don't want to pay the other party for breaking this deal."
Originally Posted by wilco
That's for subsidized phones, Einstein. What justification does AT&T have for such a fee in this situation?
Any more bad news, and Solipsism may need a new piece of technology to wank to.
Um, you signed a contract, ergo they have expectations that you will abide by the contract. Again, why do you have expectation you should be able to cut loose from the contract just because you want to?
Originally Posted by DaveGee
In a related line of thought...
How does this fly with the notion that Apple will be selling the iPhone in their retail stores and NOT signing up AT&T accounts/contracts?
I believe you need to sign up with AT&T before you can activate or use your phone. And I think you'll have to do that in the store, not later. There's no reason not to do this, its not like they'll have many options for plans, maybe two at the most.