Carrier AT&T - switch to Next from Udp, no ETF?

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  1. mnpmac macrumors member

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    i have two lines on UDP family plan and given all the changes att is making I don't mind switching to next (cost is not a concern even though I have done the math and Udp saves so much more over two years).
    My iPhone 6 is not yet eligible (got it on launch day) but my wife's 5s is. I don't want to wait until Feb when att allows me to break my contract with no etf.
    Do you know if att will allow both lines to switch to next and not charge me the etf now? (And of course I keep my 6).
    Yes, I can call or chat with them but wanted to check here first. If not, I will talk to them next week and update this thread.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    From what I understand you can get out of your contract if you walk away from your UDP with no ETF charges.
     
  3. mnpmac thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes but from what I understand I can do that in feb once the $5 increase happens. I want to do it next week- want to know if I can avoid etf
     
  4. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    As long as you're staying with AT&T, there shouldn't be an ETF.
     
  5. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

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    There would be no ETF as you are not leaving ATT but if you are currently under contract, you will have to fulfill the remaining time left on it before you can do an upgrade with Next.
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    There's never an ETF if you're staying with AT&T obviously :D
     
  7. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

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    Consider the following when deciding when to call them:
    http://www.macrumors.com/2015/12/30/att-two-year-contracts-ending-january-8/
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2497256,00.asp

    It seems that they may make it easy for you to change to NEXT within a few weeks.
     
  8. BentTable123 macrumors member

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    You can switch to next but you need to buy a new phone. Why don't you just upgrade your 5S to a 6S with a 2 year contract and save a lot of money. You can then use NEXT when your 2 year contract is over. With your 6, I would just keep it was is under contract and either buy your next phone unlocked from apple or NEXT. There's no savings in converting it from contract to Next just yet.

     
  9. mnpmac thread starter macrumors member

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    But then when it is time to upgrade my 6 to 7, I would have to not only go on next but also mobile share. Right? Won't it make higher overall cost with one line on udp and other on mobile share?
    If I switch to next and mobile share now, I am hoping that I get to keep my 6 (in addition to 5s).

    I did chat with att earlier and the rep said a) I can keep udp on the second line and upgrade to 6s with next (in fact he insisted that I don't give up udp!) and b) if I do want to upgrade my first line, I need to go to a store as they are better able to give me good deals.
     
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Next is just a finance plan for new phones. I can't see how you could "switch to next" and keep your existing phone. ;)

    It also appears that AT&T may be ending the 2 year subsidized plans completely in the near future: http://www.macrumors.com/2015/12/30/att-two-year-contracts-ending-january-8/
     

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