buying an iphone 3g for at&t then canceling service?

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  1. Ipaqman macrumors 6502

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    hi,

    i wanted to buy an iphone 3g for t-mobile. do you know what it would cost me to purchase the phone from at&t, sign up for a new contract and then cancel the contract? anyone done that?

    thanks,
    ipaqman
     
  2. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    600$

    Not 100 % sure but i thought someone posted that as the buy out cost.

    Or $500?
     
  3. Ipaqman thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    Remember, that Tmobile has cruddy 3g and it's not even rolled out in all areas.

    Best of luck and all, but you should double check ATT's plan to make sure that staying with tmobile is worth it.

    I switch from tmobile when I got the iphone and ended up paying less.
     
  5. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    why bother? The iPhone 3G will not work with T Mobile's 3G (even when unlocked). All you will get is EDGE.
     
  6. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

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    yep best thing to do is buy a used 2g iPhone and use it on T-Mobile it will cost you less
     
  7. Flhusky macrumors 6502a

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    Since no one has answered the OPs ?

    Phone $299/$399 depending on model(8/16gig)
    Lowest plan possible + Data = $79.95 + taxes/fee etc etc
    $18 activation fee (should be able to get it waived)
    Here is the trick, you must wait 31 days to cancel the contract or AT&T can reclaim the phone.
    You will suffer a $175 ETF + any billed charges.
    So at the least $575+ for the 8gig $675+ for 16 gig
     
  8. daisuke07 macrumors regular

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    you can try buying the phone and then start complaining that their 3g network and service sucks and you want them to get rid of you without paying the etf. You'll have to call them twice everyday and email them until they can't deal with you anymore and they drop you and if they don't you can have the bbb send them a mail and if they still don't get rid of you then to to your state attorney office and file a complaint with the FTC and FCC
     
  9. anjinha macrumors 604

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    Can you even unlock the iPhone 3G?
     
  10. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    So you are advocating he commit fraud.

    Nice job your parents did there.
     
  11. sergiuria macrumors 6502a

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    No, you can't. And it's going to be at least a couple of weeks more

    GO DEV TEAM! :p
     
  12. daisuke07 macrumors regular

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    or he can make his death like some guy and keep the iPhone
     
  13. Flhusky macrumors 6502a

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    And AT&T still has the right to ask for the phone back. So nothing really comes of this route.
    And as mentioned already its pretty fraudulent to go this route in most cases. AT&T can check your area for issues and IF they don't see anything they could file suit against you. Not likely but still something about Karma
     
  14. daisuke07 macrumors regular

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    It was all just a joke. No one would really go to that extreme. It was just a lady that did that in an article I read.

    But I really think you should just switch to AT&T if you want an iPhone to get everything including 3G and 1 year warranty
     
  15. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

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    and they'll take back your phone or charge you for the price of the phone itself plus the rest of the fees
     

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