AT&T ETF cheaper than non-upgrade price?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by econoar, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. econoar, Oct 6, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2011

    econoar macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2007
    So many of us who are early iPhone 4 adapters aren't getting offered an upgrade eligible price. The price for a 32GB is $549. However, doing some simple math something doesn't add up.

    AT&T's policies state this:

    Now, the iPhone 4 came out in June '10 so for most of us we'd fall into the $325 ETF minus $10 for every month of service we've paid.

    $325 - (17*$10) = $155 to terminate a line early.

    Then, you go get the 32GB $299 price with a new 2 year contract. So, all in you're at $454 versus $549. Am I missing something?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Nope it is just like that. However, I don't know if you can carry your number over to the new contract.
  3. supervelous macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
    Is this serious? The Iphone 4 came out in June 2010, not February
  4. BamaATL macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2007
    I don't recall the iPhone 4 coming out in Feb 2010.

    ATT version came out in Jun 2010.
    Verizon version came out in Feb 2011.
  5. econoar thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2007
    You're Wiki wrong.
  6. BamaATL macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Nope. You've got that dead wrong.
  7. econoar thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2007
    Still cheaper though. ETF would be $135 now. 299+135 = 434 instead of 549.
  8. supervelous macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
    No, I have AT&T, I got my iphone on day 1, actually the day before it was released in stores in the mail.

    You have it mixed up, the ATT iphone was released in June 2010, and the Verizon Iphone was released in February 2011

    Edit: See someone beat me to it....
  9. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    Mine would be 185+199=384, which is still cheaper than 449.
  10. supervelous macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
    Well 325 minus 10 for each full month, 16 months = 160. 325-160 = $165, so I'm not sure where $135 is coming from..but yes it could potentially be cheaper than paying full retail.
  11. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Yes, but then you'd be on another 2yr contract, and you'd be screwed again when iPhone 6 comes out which will likely be the major 'tock' form factor heavy update.

    3GS -> 4 kind of transition.

    However; if you pay retail, and don't renew contract, when iPhone 6 comes around, you'll be able to do renew contract then at the standard low rate.
  12. econoar thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2007
    The $549 requires a new contract though. It's $749 for unlocked, no contract.
  13. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    As someone else said, you'll lose your number. Also I've seen posts stating that AT&T won't allow you to open a new account for 30 days after terminating early, but I can't find a policy to that effect in writing on their website so I can't vouch for its accuracy.
  14. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Went thru this with my sons line as he went on his own plan, if you terminate your contract via ETF you lose the number, also you will be required to go thru a new Credit Check as well, it is like you were moving from one carrier to another, you start ALL OVER again, no way around it.
  15. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010

    IMO, it's not worth it to jump through hoops and lose your number. Especially the part of having to go through the credit check/$500 deposit again.
  16. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    You can't.
  17. BamaATL macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Makes sense. If you could save money by terminating and then opening a new account with the same number, everyone would do it.

    You best bet is to call and say you are considering canceling because it is cheaper to move to Verizon. Plus you could take your number with you. They may give you a break to make it worth staying.
  18. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    You could change carriers to get the discounted rate and keep your number. You'd pay the ETF then sign a new contract with Sprint or Verizon.
  19. Crager724 macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    God's Country
    Would anyone happen to know how much the 16GB iPhone 4S will cost, non-upgrade price?
  20. econoar thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2007
    You can keep your # if you go from AT&T to Verizon?
  21. AnthroMatt macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2011
    Mesa, AZ
    If you can have a multi-line account, why not just add a new line, port out the number you want to keep to a prepaid carrier, then port the number back to replace the number on the new line you just added?

    Will AT&T not permit this? With Sprint that was never an issue.
  22. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Absolutely ... and save money.
  23. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Should be $549.00 if Apple sticks with the current model for an outright purchase with no contract attachment.

    I am wondering if Apple will sell unlocked 4S as they currently do with the 4 which is sold at full price $549.00
  24. maximus96 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    you can port your number to google voice and have it ring whatever new number you get. people call your old number, your new iphone rings...dial out from the google voice app and your old cell number would appear in the caller ID...its a $20 fee to port tho' i believe...
  25. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    terminating your contract early usually means either porting your number to a new service or losing it. If you want to terminate and continue with the new service provider and a new phone, things get VERY tricky. I suppose you could port to a gophone and then port back...confusing stuff

    the cheapest option would really be to add a line as a family plat (+$10/month) and use that to get the new phone, then throw the sim in a dumbphone and call and cancel the data plan. THen you can upgrade every year

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