ATT just hooked me up with a sweet workaround to allow me t upgrade to the new iPhone

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  1. egeek84 macrumors 6502

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    Alright, so like many of you, I ordered my iPhone 4S back on launch day last October. I've been happy with it but I knew once the iPhone5 leaks started coming out, that I would be upgrading to the new one.

    My upgrade eligibility was recently changed to early upgrade meaning I pay the 250 on top of the phone price.

    Unfortunately, money has been really tight for me and just by selling the phone itself on craigslist, I would only have enough to buy the new iphone 5 with the same 64 gigs of space (I really can't see myself with anything lower)

    Anyways, heres what I did:
    I called ATT and explained to the rep that i've been a loyal customer since 1998 and that I am on a family plan and that I spend over 100 a month yada yada
    He said he couldn't do anything. AT this point, I told him to transfer me to cancellations. ( I didn't expect cancellations to do anything but I thought it would be worth a shot)

    The cancellations department is actually called the "customer relations" department.

    I got a very friendly guy on the phone who clearly was invested in trying to keep me as a customer.

    He ended up doing the following for me:

    Putting me on a lower voice plan that is ONLY offered from his department (450 anytime with primary line costing 40 and each additional 10 dollars with up to 4 additional lines) that is 10 dollars cheaper than the plan im on now which is 550 anytime and 50 dollars a month. (Since I don't use voice much anyways, this was an even better plan for my needs)

    So I ended up breaking even and i'm going to use that 10 dollars im saving and just add a new line to my account when the new iphone goes on sale and then have that phone assigned to my number and have a "dummy phone" attached to that line.

    And as a bonus, the awesome guy hooked me up with 4000 free rollover minutes and free texting for 6 months as well as a small account credit for my inconvenience.

    TLDR : I wasn't really expecting ATT to bump my eligibility date since I hadn't finished fulfilling my 2 year contract but they hooked me up with a way to avoid paying the 250 I otherwise would have had to pay and now I am VERY happy :) So call and ask to be transfered to the customer relations department, they just may help you out like they did with me! :)
     
  2. GoreVidal macrumors 6502a

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    That's your first problem. You're spending all your money on an iPhone. You really have your priorities all $%&#ed up.

    Not to mention, that workaround only works for your particular circumstance. You're burning $10/mo on a "dummy" phone just to get a new iPhone? Wow...just wow.
     
  3. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    The $10 a month for two years ($240) is still cheaper than the $250 early upgrade fee from AT&T.
     
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Any existing at&t customer can add a new line for $10 per month (at least on the regular plans). You couldn't even afford $10 more per month yet are getting the iPhone 5. Screwed up priorities indeed.

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    Sure, $10 cheaper. A big deal if you can't afford even $10 per month :rolleyes:
     
  5. whoknows87 macrumors 6502a

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    I still dont get why people still sign contracts and actually have a minute limit, you can never have a set bill every month it's something different, I still don't see the Hook up for the iPhone 5, I would hold off on the upgrade if money is tight better yet upgrade and sell it on eBay within the first week of release you will end up making a few bucks, I'm sure the i5 will be around for a while
     
  6. egeek84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Who are you to judge my spending habits? Go annoy someone else.
    And if you had read my thread, you would notice that i'm not really spending an extra $10 since I am saving $10 by switching to a cheaper plan that offers me 100 less anytime minutes per month (which doesn't really affect me since I never use all my anytime minutes as it is and also have a huge rollover surplus) but that also allows me to add up to 2 additional lines (since the one im on now is capped at 3)
     
  7. glitternarwhal macrumors member

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    Oh yeah...sweet hook up indeed. Good job on saving that 10 bucks.
     
  8. egeek84, Sep 9, 2012
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    egeek84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow, sour grump, party of one, your table is ready. I can easily afford the $10 dollars but the family plan i'm on now is capped at 3 lines and I have 3 lines already activated and I have no need for more minutes so it would have been pointless to upgrade to a more expensive plan. Thus, this customer relations only plan serves its purpose wonderfully for me.
     
  9. braddick macrumors 68040

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    So you got AT&T to also credit you a small amount for your inconvenience.
    Well played.


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  10. egeek84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Apparantly there are lots of bitter Bobs on tonight who are likely venting their frustration of not being able to get the new iPhone by trolling in others threads. To those who this thread helps out in any way, grats and enjoy your new iPhone! That's all for now! Peace PS- it's better to not say anything at all if you don't have anything nice to say, just a friendly tip ;)

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    It's not about the credit. It's about ATT offering a resolution to a unfavorable situation that (judging by past threads in the recent days), i'm not the only one experiencing. Anyways, i'm over it. I'm happy and stoked for Sept 12, Later!
     
  11. GoreVidal, Sep 9, 2012
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    I'm buying mine unlocked on launch because I can afford it, not sure who you are referring to.

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    Please do let that be the last we hear from you.
     
  12. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    I think the point is more that it isn't paid up front and instead over 2 years while still being $10 cheaper.
     
  13. glitternarwhal macrumors member

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    This doesn't make any sense. I don't see how you're getting the idea that the "bitter bobs" aren't able to get the new iPhone. Do you have access to their bank accounts/etc.?
     
  14. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    People who are financially (as well as morally) bankrupt tend to assume that.
     
  15. Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

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    Hey NorCalBear, thank you for taking a good amount of your time to type and post this helpful info :)

    P.S. don't worry about or even respond to the snide idiots in the thread that try to act smart by putting you or others down... they will just bring you down to their pathetic level and beat you with experience ;)
     
  16. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    I rather pay $240 over a period of 24 months than pay $250 upfront. It may be a total saving of $10 but it's over a period of time.
     
  17. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    $10/mo. + taxes and fees. In the end, you lose.
     
  18. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    How is he losing when he saves $240 upfront ? Taxes and fees for an $80 plan would be like $3-5 extra per month. He's tight with money at the moment, not for the next 24 months in which the extra money he spends each month would hurt him.
     
  19. mcdj macrumors 604

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    If AT$T were a cab driver, they just took you thru their secret short cut; AKA 4 left turns.
     
  20. John Adams macrumors regular

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    Then how about NOT buying a new phone if he can't afford one?
     
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  22. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    It's just extra liability. What if funds are even tighter in the future and then there is an additional line termination fee hanging overhead?

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    Chances are, with a long history with AT&T, he's still on the unlimited data plan. All you have to do is call and voice your opposition to the throttling policy. They immediately offer you an advance upgrade to an LTE phone. Chances are pretty exceptional that the new iPhone will be an LTE-capable phone. You walk away with no extra "dummy line," a new phone at a deep discount, and no long-term commitment to a line you don't intend to use.
     
  23. Ceviche Lover macrumors regular

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    if you cant afford a new phone, just dont get one. jesus christ, going thru all of this hoopla to just get a new phone. get your priorities straightened out. WTF is a 'bitter bob'? save your $240 for use it to buy some literature on managing your finances.
     
  24. Dstopsie macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm I don't think I would get another line I dont really need.

    I called too, I am customer since 1997 and I got $25 instant credit, 6 months free texting and a $250 credit on my account towards the out of pocket costs for my new phone. All without another line. Additional lines come out to be over $15 with the taxes. I think my deal is sweet cuz I'll sell my 4s for $350 so I'll actually come out a bit ahead.
     
  25. scottw324 macrumors 6502

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    Or you could just not upgrade. There is a thought. Your 4S is barely a year old and will get the full iOS 6 upgrade, do you really need the iPhone 5?

    The only reason they are hooking you up is because they do not want their customers bailing on them to Verizon or Sprint. I plan to dump AT&T and switch to Verizon when the new iPhone gets released. I am still using my iPhone 4 from launch day 2 years ago. if I could use it on Verizon I would just switch but it isn't compatible.
     

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