Thinking about buying my fiance the iPhone 5...

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    but she lives in Spain for now and won't be here permanently for another few months.

    Could I add a line to my verizon account and explain them the situation to put her line on hold until she gets here? I WILL call them obviously, but just wanted to run it by you guys first, instead of you know, actually calling someone and talking.

    Theoretically, I figure that there is a $40 per line, per month fee, and any other charges would fall under my shared plan of 4GB. So if she's not using any data, the most I'd pay extra a month would be the 40 bucks right? Maybe they'd wave that if I explained the situation, but if not, she could use the unlocked phone over there and I'm only out 40 a month? Her hand me down iphone 4 from me is really on it's last legs.

    thanks in advance
     
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    You can do a seasonal suspend for like 10 bucks or something like that. But yeah, the only charge would be the extra 40 bucks a month, plus taxes and regulatory fees.

    Why not wait until she gets to the US to add the line? If you put the account on hold, she wouldn't be able to use the phone anyway. :)
     
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    well if it's unlocked you can't use it in another country? I'll do the suspend thing I guess yeah. I would wait but she kinda needs a new phone now, and she may not be here for another 3 months
     
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    Do you mean you'd send it to her and she'd use it on a network over there, while having the Verizon account here suspended?
     
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    Eric374

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    My advice is to never buy a woman anything electronic and expensive until after the marriage is done. Been burned too many times to keep doing that.
     
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    Since it's for his fiancee, that's pretty close to being married.
     
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    date better women/buy cheaper gifts
     
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    There's still a chance they don't end up married. Although I sincerely hope that doesn't happen. The OP just wants to know if he can suspend service for a few months. A Verizon iPhone 5's SIM card slot is unlocked when you first buy it. He probably wants to add the line, buy the phone and send said phone to his fiance in Spain where she will presumably use it on a GSM carrier/prepaid SIM carrier until she comes back here. In those few months, service is $40 per month which isn't chump change and he probably wants to suspend/hold service but still buy the phone now and all.

    I'm pretty sure if you called Verizon and explained to them your situation, you can probably "pre-buy" the phone but start your 2-year contract when your fiance gets back.
     
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    Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Been there, done that.
     
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    you've played horseshoes with hand grenades? sounds intense
     
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    Great advice!
     
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    Redheads. Same thing.
     
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    No different then getting married and getting divorced. Been there, done that.
     
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    I understand what you are trying to do and if you are ok with paying the around $40 a month then you should do that so she can have a phone to use before she comes here.
     
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    touche
     
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    thanks for all the comments and suggestions. To me, $40 isn't a killer if she gets a better phone and I'm done Christmas shopping for her in one fail swoop.

    you can trim a micro sim into a usable nano sim correct?
     
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    BigMcGuire

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    Are you in the USA? Doing a fiancee visa? I did that with my wife (married 11 months now). She was in Peru. I waited till she got out here before buying her an iPhone. Since Verizon charged basically $30/10 mins in Peru I figured it would be better to wait till she got here. So I got her an iPod Touch so at least we could iMessage and Facetime while we waited (forever) for the US Govt. to approve the Fiancee Visa process.

    Verizon allows you to halt a line but it's kinda expensive - probably better than paying the $40/mo but not by a lot.

    Just make sure she doesn't accidentally turn off airplane mode overseas - insane insane international charges. Hence why I went the iPod Touch route vs buying here and bringing it to her when I went to go get her.

    Best of wishes :)
     
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    you can suspend your line for free (up to 3 months..maybe 2 months) on verizon i think
     
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    I've been suspending my Verizon line without billing for 2 years now.
     
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    Yes you can.
     
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    thats awesome im going to suspend mine now. i have an extra one i used for an upgrade to keep my udp
     
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    FYI, I always suspend it online so try to do the same.
     
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    will do thanks again hommie
     
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    Why not just add the line when she gets to US?
     
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    he wants to buy her a subsidized iphone for christmas, but he doesn't want to pay for the added line for the few months she's not here.
     

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