About switching carriers

martosprint

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Hypothetically speaking, if my new iPhone 5s gets damaged beyond repair I assume having apple care will replace it with a new or refurbished one. If Apple decides to replace it with a new iPhone can I switch carriers at the time? In other words if I have Sprint now can I request that Apple give me a replaced iPhone with ATT of would they replace it with another Sprint iPhone? Just curious about this.
thanks for a reply
 

MattMJB0188

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Hypothetically speaking, if my new iPhone 5s gets damaged beyond repair I assume having apple care will replace it with a new or refurbished one. If Apple decides to replace it with a new iPhone can I switch carriers at the time? In other words if I have Sprint now can I request that Apple give me a replaced iPhone with ATT of would they replace it with another Sprint iPhone? Just curious about this.
thanks for a reply
It doesn't work that way buddy.
 

eyoungren

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Hypothetically speaking, if my new iPhone 5s gets damaged beyond repair I assume having apple care will replace it with a new or refurbished one. If Apple decides to replace it with a new iPhone can I switch carriers at the time? In other words if I have Sprint now can I request that Apple give me a replaced iPhone with ATT of would they replace it with another Sprint iPhone? Just curious about this.
thanks for a reply
Unless you bought at full price you signed a contract for service with Sprint. That means you are with Sprint for two years. Apple just sells the phone and provides the warranty.

Apple will replace your phone with the exact same thing you have. Even if you paid the full price and did not sign a contract with Sprint. Apple is only obligated to replace the exact model you purchased, nothing more, nothing different. You can always buy a new phone from Apple with a different carrier though.

But if you leave Sprint you will be charged ETF. Sprint has paid Apple in full for your phone that if you bought subsidized was not the full amount. Sprint, like all the other carriers will want that money back.
 

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