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Understand early termination fees

If you buy a device under a term contract and cancel service before it ends, we’ll charge you an early termination fee (ETF).


Learn more about early termination fees

An early termination fee (ETF) applies if you:
  • Agree to a contract for wireless service, also known as a service commitment, at the time of activation or upgrade. 
  • Cancel service before completing the term period. 

These contracts often apply when you purchase a discounted device in exchange for agreeing to the service commitment. The type of device you purchase determines the final ETF amount.

New or AT&T Certified Like-New deviceEarly termination fee
Smartphone with data service$325 minus $10 for each full month of completed service commitment 
Basic phone, tablet, mobile hotspot, AT&T Wireless Internet, or other connected device  $150 minus $4 for each full month of completed service commitment 

Example: You purchased a tablet with a 2-year term service commitment but canceled service after 15 full months. The ETF would be $90 – or 150 minus $60 ($4 multiplied by 15 months of completed service).

Heads up: A service commitment or contract is different from an installment plan.

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