ATT ETF Loophole?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 1981d, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. 1981d macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    I left ATT for Verizon a few weeks ago, and just realized something that didn't seem significant at the time. I had a 4s and pulled the trigger on an early upgrade on 9/20 for a new 5s. A few days later I ported out my numbers to Verizon and cancelled my ATT account. ( and returned the ATT 5s) By that time, they had recalculated my ETF from $140 with the 4s to $325 for the 5s. After I cancelled, I chatted with CS to get my $325 ETF removed because I had returned the phone within the 14 day time frame. The rep verified the return and then waived the $325 ETF. Now I'm looking at my final bill and they never reinstated the $140 ETF for the 4s. So, it looks like if you early upgrade, wait a few days, and then return the phone, you can essentially get out of an ATT contract after 1 year w/o paying an ETF. I guess it would be useful for people like me who are midway through an ATT contract and want to switch carriers.
  2. joeshmo2010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Make sure they don't bill you once more for the $140. They may do that on a second "final" bill.
  3. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2008
    may or may not appear if they do an audit. Sometimes they will catch it.
  4. 1981d thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    no, I chatted with them and they verified that this is the final final bill.
  5. Loqui1286 macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2013
    Hopefully they don't realize their mistake and you get a friendly bill down the line.
  6. maximus96 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
  7. 1981d thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    Yup. But I also have the final bill as well that reflects the waived fee.
  8. Fission macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2013
  9. cnotes2019 Suspended

    Aug 17, 2013
    I'm telling on you for telling on him

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  10. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I can smell a second bill coming to you…

    Also, it would not be called a loophole, more like a rep doing things wrong in your favor IF they never charge you.

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