Verizon Wireless has discretely cut ten handsets from its list of devices subject to a $350 Early Termination Fee (ETF). No official annoucement has been made on the change, but the carrier’s list of so-called “Advanced Devices” subject to the fee now appears to include only smartphones and netbooks.
The Advanced Device List filed with the FCC in mid-December contained a number of multimedia phones, including the Motorola Krave, the Samsung Rogue and five LG devices. Verizon’s current list is stripped of those devices.
Verizon’s ETF fee for devices on the Advanced Device List is $350, twice that of the fee for devices not on the list.
In its December filing with the FCC on the matter, Verizon Wireless said “Advanced Devices generally have more complex chip sets, microprocessors and licensed software that perform more functions than regular phones.”
More specifically, the advanced category includes those devices which feature dual processor chipsets, Wi-Fi and HTML browsers. It is unclear whether Verizon has changed its official criteria for the list. A Verizon spokesman was unable to answer queries about the change.
Verizon Wireless came under FCC scrutiny in early December after it doubled its ETF for netbooks, smartphones and some feature phones. No official action has been taken on the matter.