Activating my phone onto a different account than I chose when I preordered (AT&T)?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MaxPower49, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. MaxPower49 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 11, 2008
    I am a new AT&T customer (or I will be when my iPhone 5 gets here Friday). I chose to create a new individual account when I ordered my phone.

    After I ordered, I was invited to join a mobile share plan with some other family members (they already have an AT&T account, but not a shared plan). This works out better for me, so I would like to do it.

    I'm told that after I activate my new individual account, I can't transfer the line to another account for 60 days. So, when I activate my phone Friday will AT&T allow me to activate it to my family member's account instead of the new individual account I chose when I preordered the phone?

    I have tried calling AT&T and the CS reps give me different answers every time. Thought I might find some more knowledgeable people here.

  2. RSully macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2011
    From what I remember you need to cancel this account within 30 days or else you're locked into the 2 year contract. This may mean you need to order a new device on their plan, or AT&T might be nice enough to allow you to transfer it. I would go into a (corporate) store when you get the phone with the other account holder and see if they can sort it out in person.
  3. MaxPower49 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 11, 2008
    Thanks. I will go into the store if needed, but trying to keep that a last resort since crowds will probably be crazy this weekend.

    If anyone else knows more about how this works, I'd love the input.

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