Sprint intends on increasing the Early Termination Fee (ETF) for smartphone, tablet, and notebook users to $350, up from the current $200. The change would takes place on September 9.
The proof comes from the leaked internal document above. The document states that this is only for “advanced” devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, and notebooks. This will go into effect on contracts signed after that date. It should be noted that changes for authorized dealers normally apply to corporate Sprint stores too.
The change puts Sprint in the same level as its two biggest rivals, Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
The new and higher fee will apply to Sprint’s smartphone users as well as subscribers that use tablets, netbooks and notebooks that connect to Sprint’s wireless network.
Sprint said that the $350 fee will be pro-rated for users based on the number of months that remain in their contracts — meaning the longer you stick with your Sprint contract, the smaller the early termination fee will be if you have to break it early.
While neither Sprint nor Apple has officially confirmed this news, Sprint is expected to begin selling Apple’s iPhone 5 when the company launches the product sometime later this fall.