Carrier ATT To Tmobile Pre Order Question

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  1. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Hello,
    Here's my dilemma.

    I currently am on a 2 year contract with AT&T.

    Start date: 9/12/2014
    End date: 9/12/2016

    I plan on switching to T Mobile.

    IF I pre order tonight on T Mobiles website 9/9/2016, will it trigger the ETF and start the whole transition process with T mobile? Or will all that occur when I get the phone on 9/16/16, which by then my AT&T contract would have ended.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. mynameisjeffLA macrumors member

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    I'm literally, and I mean literally, in the same exact boat as you.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Did you hear about that trade in offer T-Mobile has going on right now. Apparently you can trade in your previous iPhone, for the new iPhone 7. But, like you, and I'm in the same boat and don't know how or when to switch.
     
  3. 12vElectronics thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I did and want to take advantage of that promo.

    I can't be the only one who pre ordered on first day for the 6/6+ cycle. We're all in the same boat. Anyone can help?
     
  4. mynameisjeffLA macrumors member

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    Here is something I was thinking about maybe, possibly trying:

    Since I want to avoid any ETF AT&T may charge for switching over (a few days before my contract expires).

    I was thinking about pre-ordering the phone on T-Mobile, as a "New" customer. Then by the time I get the new iPhone from T-Mobile, and I can cancel my AT&T and switch my number over to T-Mobile. No ETF fee's from AT&T since technically, I cancelled after the date.

    THE ONLY WAY thus could be a problem, is if T-Mobile sticks me with the "new" phone number, and won't let me switch to my old AT&T one.

    This is only a problem if you really want to keep your old phone number.
     
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Anyone think to call up T-Mobile and ask for clarification?

    I've never heard of a situation where you couldn't port in a number on top of your current number. I suppose if that happens you just return everything to T-Mobile.
     
  6. yomnym macrumors 6502

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    They wont port your number over until you have the phone. When i did this back with the S7 edge galaxy i even got a different number with the pre ordered phone, once it arrived i had to call to get my number ported. This is usually also takes about 24 hours maybe less. Considering this will all take place after 9/16 your contract will have expired with ATT already.

    Even though it asks for your number and account info when you switch to T-mobile, to cancel ATT, they wont do a thing lol.

    I just came on board with T-mo about two months ago, did my ETF reimbursement and all which too over two months. If you have any questions, i could assist.

    I actually took 4 lines from ATT over to T-mo and had ETF with all of them, so i'm pretty informed and experienced with the process.
     
  7. 12vElectronics thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I don't want to do the whole new customer/port number over thing. Too many risks not willing to take.

    I guess my question is when someone PRE ORDERS a phone, does anything actually happen? Or does it just put you on the list of people that get a phone shipped out next Thursday? Does all the "activation/port over/ etc etc" start when you get the phone and activate it OR is it done pre order day?
     
  8. ezegonzalez macrumors newbie

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    I'm on the line with an AT&T rep, I'm in the same situation. Here's what they told me, if you pre'order it tomorrow the line wouldn't port out until the phone is activated, let's say on the 16th when it arrives. Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 11.40.53 AM.png
     
  9. mynameisjeffLA macrumors member

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    So what are you going to do?

    And what did she say after you gave her your reasons for leaving? Lol.
     
  10. 12vElectronics thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So does that mean we CAN pre order 9/9/16 and not have any issues regarding the etf?
     
  11. mynameisjeffLA macrumors member

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    Yeah, well more specifically for us, since we both expire on 9/12/16. If someone for instance, started their contract on the 22nd or whatever, then it may be a bit different since they would still be on contract by the time they get their phone.

    But since 9/16/16 is after 9/12/16, we shouldn't worry about any ETF's anyways.

    This is my assumption.
     
  12. phillytim macrumors 6502a

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    Good for you for being straight and honest with AT&T!

    I've been a customer there since 2004, and I'd change in a heartbeat for a better deal with another carrier (so long as their signal is good in the areas I frequent).

    They screw you for being loyal, which gives you the right to screw them back and take your money away from them!
     
  13. ezegonzalez macrumors newbie

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    She tried to convince me to change to a cheaper plan, but it doesn't compare to the grandfathered plan I had. With the 2 year contracts gone and no more subsidized phones, it doesn't make sense to stay with that plan anymore. So T-mobile here we come, we will be joining my in-laws plan, making it $40 per line and "unlimited data". The phones I might get from Apple because T-mobile wants me to turn in my 6 plus, which I know I can still get at least $300 once AT&T unlocks them for me.
     
  14. mynameisjeffLA macrumors member

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    But the T-Mobile deal is that if you turn in your iPhone 6, you will get the new iPhone 7 for free (assuming it's in great condition). So you will only be paying the $40 or whatever you said you pay on your in-laws plan.

    If you go the Apple route, you will still have to pay the price on your in-laws plans, PLUS you will have a separate bill with apple for about $32 or so. So you will be paying $40 + Apple's ($32), instead of just $40.

    Maybe I'm wrong though. This is all confusing, Lol.
     
  15. yomnym macrumors 6502

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    Thats exactly what i had just replied to, not sure if you missed it, see post # 6
     
  16. ezegonzalez macrumors newbie

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    T-mobile would also require you to pay a monthly fee for the phone. They won't require you to put any down payment if you turn in your old 6 or 6S and get the 7, they do require $120 if you get the 7 Plus. After that you pay maybe $36 a month for 24 months. Apple charges $41 but it comes with Apple Care and they don't require you to turn in anything. This is my understanding so far.
     
  17. 12vElectronics thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Right.. this is for us specifically..

    So are we pre ordering tonight at 12:01? Lol!
     
  18. yomnym macrumors 6502

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    Guys lol not sure if you're missing my posts or simply aren't interested. You wont have any issues as i mentioned twice before here(post #6 and 17), i did this a few months ago. When you pre-order, nothing happens, until you get your phone there's no activation or cancellation of anything. I did this with 4 lines, from ATT to T-mo.

    So order away and when you get your phone post 9/16 you'll be out of a contract.
     
  19. mynameisjeffLA macrumors member

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    Awesome!

    Just curious, what are you doing this year?

    Are you going to the T-Mobile deal thing for the iPhone 7?
     
  20. yomnym macrumors 6502

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    Actually just buying outright from apple. Doing the Note 7 return due to the bang bang thing with the batteries. Dont have an iPhone right now to trade in for the T-mobile deal.
     
  21. mynameisjeffLA macrumors member

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    Okay, so now I am on-board.

    So now is what do next? As far as the T-Mobile deal. Do I bring in my current iPhone 6 to the store for inspection? Where do I actually pre-order (to get the trade-in deal)?
     
  22. yomnym macrumors 6502

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    Dont quote me on this but knowing t-mobile if you ship in the trade in you have to probably pay up front and then you get the credit once they inspect the device. Not sure how it goes if you walk into the store. Call them up.
     
  23. 12vElectronics thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Sorry I think I overlooked your post.

    Thanks for the useful information!

    So I think I will be doing the pre order tonight. Like stated earlier, I guess the whole pre order thing is just to get me in line. Nothing "official" happens tonight. Good to know!
     
  24. mynameisjeffLA macrumors member

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    I'll be online tonight at midnight. Let's keep each other updated on our progress.
     
  25. yomnym macrumors 6502

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    Rest assure even if they ask for account number, paskey and number to port, not a thing will happen. I did this 4 times lol.

    I'll be placing my order tonight as well, cheers.
     

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