AT&T Possible Loophole to cheaper iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Alexwithad, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Alexwithad macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2009
    There are probably others like me that aren't eligible for the $200 iPhone 3GS because their contract isn't up and they don't have an iPhone 3g. Well I just noticed something, I got my LG Vu in December and my contract has a year and half before I can get a new phone. But I can get the iPhone 3GS for $400 (such a discount...right?). But anyways, I saw their early termination fee is $175 but then they lower it $5 each month you pass being their customer. So if you terminate your contract early for example I'd be paying $155. I then can open up a new account with AT&T and get the discounted iPhone 3GS for $200 right?

  2. uneek1 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2009
    This came up last year and didn't work for some reason or another but say it did so you pay 155+200+46(new customer activation fee)=401 or pay 400+18(existing customer activation fee)..and lose your number and go through a lot of paperwork..just to save 17USD..imo not worth it.
  3. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2008
    Yea, I called AT&T about this and both reps I talked to reluctantly gave in that yes this would work. Two catches though:

    You dont get to keep your number and you pay a $36 activation fee instead of $18 upgrade fee. My ETF would be $120 so I would be saving about $60. Not really worth it to me to lose my number that I have had for like 5 years. If you weren't eligible for the early upgrade of $399/$499 then it might be worth it as you would be saving significantly more money.
  4. Alexwithad thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2009
    Good point on the activation fee, I completely forgot about this! Either way I'm willing to pay my $400!
  5. GelleCC macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I have kind of a crazy question. The question isn't long, but maybe the story is. So please bare with me.

    I'll start with the story:
    My friend had at&t and bought an iphone 3g plus 2yr contract last year when they came out. Around december, he quit the contract and had to pay his ETF. He sold me the phone for $175. I activated it, jailbroke it, and unlocked for use with tmobile (who I have). That's the story. Here's my question.

    Can I start an account with AT&T and be eligible for the $200 iphone then cancel the contract after a month of service as to not have to return the phone. So i'd be paying $401+one month of service for a no contract phone rather than $599 for a no contract phone? I know it's not unlocked yet, but I have faith.

    Or could I try the call within the 3 days of signing up and saying i want to cancel because (make up excuse-no reception in my area) then ask to keep the phone in case I want to sign up with at&t again?
  6. DjPiLL macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2009

    You can keep your number. Buy a used Virgin Mobile phone off ebay, and port your number to Virgin. Load the Virgin account with $10 bucks on the basic 20cents/min plan.

    Then port your number back to ATT a few days later after you get the new phone. Problem solved.
  7. KingHuds macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2008
    If you come back on the same number within six months you resume your contract though.
  8. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    If you terminate your account with ATT - isn't there a waiting period before they allow you to sign a new contract?
  9. savior1974 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    Just do what I did.

    Open up a new line via family plan
    buy the iPhone under that line
    get it activated on your main line
    cancel the iPhone data plan on the second line
    In 31 days cancel the second line on your account.

    iPhone = 299
    cancellation fee = 175
    Cost of other line = 10

    total is 485 dollars for a 32gb without extending your contract, and you keep your number.
  10. nyekon macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2009
    59 days.

    Wow that's a ton of savings. early upgrade price $499 + tax. You saved yourself a whole ~ $40
  11. savior1974 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    Keep in mind, since my bill is under 100 dollars, I was not eligble for an early upgrade till december. So actually I saved myself 240 dollars, I don't have to wait 6 months, and I don't have to extend my contract.

    Not too bad if you ask me.
  12. nyekon macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2009
    OP said they are eligible for the early upgrade.
  13. MahdiG35 macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2009
    kinda confused... Why would you cancel the data plan on the second line? and also I thought they won't let you cancel data plans on iphones. Also isn't At&t going to require you to return the phone? And also you have to be in a family plan already, right?


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