At&t Cancel Fee Question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eriffic, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. eriffic macrumors newbie

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    hey guys, i want an iphone, but am currently on a family plan on tmobile. all i see on ebay are like 700-800 unlocked iphones. i was thinking if this was possible : go to the store, get a new activation for at&t iphone for $199 then cancel the plan after a couple of days, which would cost $175 fee to cancel. total of that would be around $375. is that possible? let me know thanks.
     
  2. DMC-12 macrumors 6502

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    This is what I am in the process of doing. The one problem with this is that, as I have heard, AT&T may require you to return the phone if you cancel within the first 30 days. However, when I spoke to an AT&T rep, he said that the iPhone would be "considered my property" once I payed for it at the subsidized price. AT&T really makes it hard for schemers like us though; my first bill was for $122, and it came only about a week after signing my contract. This included the activation and other arbitrary fees, but the due date for payment is the 28th-- about 3 days before my 30 day period is up! So, I have a feeling I will end up entering a new billing cycle if I try to wait until the night of the 30th day.

    I've spent hours considering every option I have in order to end up paying the least in fees, but any way I look at it, they have me screwed. It will end up costing $600-700 in the end, which I knew going into it. I wish I hadn't been so anxious to get an iPhone. Although most 1st Gen iPhones are going for only a few hundred dollars less than this on eBay, I'd recommend trying to get the best price on one of those and forget the iPhone 3G. (But I do like the fact that the 3G's battery is not soldered in.)
     
  3. Opie macrumors 6502a

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    Get a first gen man. You wont be able to use the 3g on tmobile and i dont think the new firmware is unlocked.
     
  4. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    As opie points out, you can certainly go through all that trouble, but you still won't be able to use it on T-mobile. As of right now, a first gen phone would be your best bet.
     
  5. skubish macrumors 68030

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    ATT 3G does not equal Tmobile 3G. Buy a 1st gen. iPhone.
     

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