AT&T Eases Its Contract Regs, Fees

Nation's biggest wireless provider follows Verizon's lead, pressuring the rest
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 1:22 PM CDT
AT&T Wireless is introducing looser plan restrictions and fees to allow customers greater flexibility.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Wireless giant AT&T is following Verizon Wireless in loosening restrictions on customers who leave or change their calling plans. Flat early termination fees will be pro-rated, and plan alterations won't result in contract renewals. The move will put pressure on beleaguered No. 3 provider Sprint, writes the Wall Street Journal.

Sprint has lost more than 1 million customers this year, due to difficulties integrating its Nextel network, and expects to lose another 337,000 contract-bound customers in the third quarter. AT&T's changes won’t take effect until early 2008 and the total amount of the reduction is still undetermined, according the company.