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Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.35% 14.30% 14.12%
Airline 15.17% 15.16% 15.10%
Cash Back 15.26% 15.23% 15.27%
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Sprint customers considering defection got a carrot a week ago, when analysts started talking about Sprint getting the iPhone in October.

Starting Sept. 9, they’ll get the stick. Sprint confirmed to Pay Dirt that a week from Friday, it will raise its early-termination fee on new contracts from $200 to as much as $350 for owners of smartphones, tablets, notebooks and netbooks who leave their contracts early. The amounts will be prorated at an as-yet-undisclosed rate, depending on the number of months left on your contract.

It’s yet another sign that Sprint is likely getting the iPhone, says Todd Day, an industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan, though the carrier hasn’t confirmed the rumor. Early termination fees give the carrier a way to offset the deep discount they typically offer for the phone itself. “They expect a lot of iPhone sales, and they don’t want customers to buy those phones [at a discount] and then turn around and leave for whatever reason,” he says.

AT&T and Verizon Wireless have introduced similar charges in recent years as they offer more expensive technology. AT&T increased its maximum early-termination fee from $175 to $325 last year for smartphones, tablets and netbooks. Verizon Wireless charges up to $350 for smartphones, netbooks and tablets. On both carriers, basic phones carry much lower fees.

Although the fees drop the longer you stay under contract, they never completely zero out — there’s always going to be a cost to leave even a little early, says Schwark Satyavolu, a co-founder of comparison site BillShrink.com. Still, the early termination fees needn’t be too much of a deterrent, depending on your phone. As we’ve previously reported, resale prices for some of the hot handsets are often enough to recoup the penalty for leaving early, plus cash left over for your next handset on a new carrier.

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Apple CEO Cook’s deleted Super Bowl tweet
Google CEO Pichai gets $199 million in stock
What to expect from Whole Foods earnings
Sears warns on sales, to speed up closures

The sad truth of why retirement
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Burberry sues, says J.C. Penney copied its designs

S.F. real estate looks like it did before dot-com crash
Every major city in the world, in one map

Americans quitting their jobs hit a nine-year high
NFIB survey hints wage gains are fleeting
Job openings are second highest on record

Recipe for less boring Oscar speeches

What to know before buying Beyoncé tickets

How to get mortgage approved: hope for sunny day

Can oil get so cheap that it won’t pay to extract it?
Oil sinks under $29 as EIA lowers price outlook
Barron’s Buzz: How low can the price of oil go?

99 Cent Gas May Be on Its Way
99-cents-a-gallon gas may be on its way: 24/7 Wall St.

Is the gold rally the real deal or ‘fool’s gold’?
Teen can keep $20,000 gold bar found in lake
Gold one of Wall Street’s best bets early in 2016
Gold futures stretch win streak to five sessions

Why is everyone freaking out about ‘CoCos’?
Convertible bonds are alluring as stocks fall
 
Deutsche Bank co-CEO says bank is ‘rock solid’
Deutsche may buy back billions in debt: FT
Why the selloff in European banks is ominous

This stock market has been Europe’s best in 2016

Strategists are arguing that stocks need a true purge

A strand of Lennon’s hair is selling for $12,000

White House forecasts decade-best economic growth
Obama proposes $4.1 trillion federal budget

Five questions that Janet Yellen must answer
Yellen may say goal is not to slow the economy
Fed: Too white, too male, too many bankers?
Expansion won’t die of old age: S.F. Fed study

Facebook, Amazon are the keys to tapping this market
French regulator threatens to fine Facebook
India bans Facebook’s free Internet service


Europe’s battles: migrants, ‘Brexit’ and ECB
German output, exports drop in December
Roubini: Welcome to the New Abnormal


This has been the No. 1 car in America for decades
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127.74MDow Volume:
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Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,014 -13 0.08%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,269 -15 0.35%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,852 -1 0.07%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,079 -6 0.29%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/33772884/delayed 1,194 -5 0.43%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2260836/delayed 28.44 +0.50 1.79%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 5,632 -57 1.00%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 8,879 -100 1.11%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 3,998 -69 1.69%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 15,913 -528 3.21%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 7,928 -195 2.39%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 309 -5 1.58%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,444 -27 1.08%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,846 -239 1.49%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 19,288 +105 0.55%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,763 -18 0.63%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 24,021 -266 1.10%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,568 -55 2.10%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.13 +0.00 0.08%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 114.38 -0.74 0.64%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.45 0.00 0.06%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.70 0.00 0.41%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 95.89 -0.16 0.17%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 89.21 -0.07 0.07%
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/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 1.70 -0.03 1.58%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.24 0.00 0.00%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.68 0.00 0.00%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 1.79 0.00 0.00%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.42 0.00 0.00%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime -0.01 +0.01 65.20%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2260836/delayed 28 +1 1.79%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/33772884/delayed 1,194 -5 0.43%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/25518691/delayed 362 +1 0.14%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/48241424/delayed 15,880 -79 0.50%
S&P F
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AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 94.99 -0.02 -0.02%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/59527964/composite 678.11 -4.63 -0.68%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 12.20 -0.07 -0.57%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 37.51 -0.30 -0.79%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 11.35 -0.24 -2.07%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 36.65 -0.46 -1.24%
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Business 13.12% 13.11% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.35% 14.30% 14.12%
Airline 15.17% 15.16% 15.10%
Cash Back 15.26% 15.23% 15.27%
Reward 15.28% 15.25% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.21% 18.18% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.88% 22.88% 22.73%
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