How To get out of AT&T iPhone Contract ???

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by macman4291, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    can anyone help...My bill has gotten out of hand, I just want to sell my 3G iPhone, get a new touch, maybe even a new nano too if I can get a deal good enough on my 3G iphone....but does anyone know how to avoid an early termination of contract fee...that actually is proven to work..thanks
     
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    Flhusky

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    Your bill isn't going to get any cheaper with the HTC Touch. Its still a smart phone and most carriers are going to get a base service package + data package out of you.

    If your switching away from AT&T you can LIE and claim your moving to an area where AT&T has no coverage. BUT i think they require proof.

    Other then that I've not heard of a reliable way out of the $175 fee.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    You'll have to pay the termination fee. The only other option is to not pay and have them destroy your credit. Not a good option.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure he meant the iPod Touch... not the HTC Touch phone.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    you could have someone else take over your line... but that might be hard to find.
     
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    For that one guy, I was refering to the new ipod Touch, not that HTP or whatever touch, I would switch carriers or something....But their isnt anyway to get out of contract, Ive heard their are little things in your contract that you can sneak out of it
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    you can get out if the raise text messaging rates... but i doubt they will anytime soon.
     
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    You signed a contract knowing that there is an early termination fee.

    I think you need to pay the ETF.
     
  9. macrumors member

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    You could easily sell the iPhone 3G, then with that money turn around and pay for your Early Termination Fee, heck you may even have enough left over to buy your touch and/or a nano. Ebay is you friend. I have been with Verizon and Alltel before going with AT&T to get the iPhone. I left early with each one of them but never incurred an ETF fee because I ebayed the phones and used the money to pay the EFT and still had a little left over. Just my two cents!!
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Just a thought, can I keep breaking contract and sign up a new control with iphone to make money?

    sign up contract, get iphone, sell iphone on ebay for 700$. Break contract and pay 150$ fee and pocket 550$ free money???? then of course redo the whole process...
     
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    eplchamps0304

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    you wont pocket up to $550 more likle $150
     
  12. macrumors 68010

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    Hah, if it sounds as simple as you're putting it, you should do it.
     
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    eplchamps0304

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    you knew you couldnt afford the bill for 2 years but still you jumped on the iphone. well you could just sell your iphone and have a data less plan without a smart phone, no need to break your contract.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    I think you have to wait to sign up again with ATT or something, i doubt they are going to let you do that.
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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    yeah it sound too good to be true but I think it doable.
    Im under a contract in a family plan with a friend of mine. If it worth it to terminate my line and sign up under my own name and make some cash I might consider it.
     
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    PNutts

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    Call your carrier and see what you can work out.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    I sold my 1st Generation iPhone and switched to Verizon, and I still haven't gotten hit with the termination fee (switched about 3 months ago). So I don't know what I did that was special, but so far I'm unscathed from my early termination...
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    I think ETFs are going by the wayside and ATTN ex VZW customers.


    I have had serveral contracts with VZW which i left early and paid ETFs on 2 of them. One i got out of because i moved and my new area was a dead zone. Anyways the other day i get a notice in the mail that a California court ruled VZWs ETF unlawful. If your paid an ETF between july 23, 1999 and August 10, 2008, your entitled to VZW paying it back to you. I entered my info and i will be getting $350 back. Not sure if you can bring this up for leverage in canceling AT&T but its worth a shot
     
  19. macrumors 68010

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    You should do it. Base on YOUR logic, it sounds like a profitable plan. I am looking forward to your response upon receiving the first bill.
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    I also believe I heard if you live in Cali they did away with them. I believe it was a new law in the past few months? Here is the vz site in case anyone needs it
    http://www.verizonetfsettlement.com/
     
  21. macrumors newbie

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    At the end of october I'll be in NY and would love to buy a 3G handset but I am not a US resident and so I would be eager to know if I can sign a contract, cancel it the other day, pay my ETF and after that unlock the iphone by ATT? :confused:
    Would that szenirio be possible? My girlfriend is working for an airline so I am pretty sure she will get a contract.

    any ideas?
     
  22. macrumors 68000

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    In general, AT&T does not provide any unlocking services for iPhones.

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    To the OP: Are you planning to rid yourself of cellular phones outright, or just to replace your iPhone with a "normal" phone on a cheaper plan? If it's the former, then you *might* be able to avoid the ETF if you can convince somebody else to take over your plan.

    Alternatively, you might get lucky and AT&T might suddenly decide to increase their rates - AT&T's terms of service state in part:
    On the other hand, if you just want to replace the iPhone with a non-smartphone, then you should be able to sell your iPhone, buy a new cheapo GSM phone outright (either AT&T-branded, or else unlocked), and pop your old iPhone's SIM into it. As of that moment, you'll be eligible to drop the data plan and opt for any voice plan you wish, without breaching your original contract and without needing to pay any termination fees.
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    what about having an iPhone bill is getting out of hand? Are you texting too much? Talking past your minutes? How do you know this won't happen with the new phone?

    Pay the etf, don't try to weasel your way out... It's cuz of people like you that makes companies so cautious in dealing with real cases of people needing to opt out of a contract for REAL reasons...
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    Amen.

    Everything I do in life I plan for it to be much higher than it really is.
     
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    SchneiderMan

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    i have the first iphone and its on pay as u go, now i want the 3g iphone but i dont want to pay the high fee. can i buy the 3g and then cancel my contract/plan with att and still keep the iphone? that wont do anything to my credit right? thanks!
     

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