Buying an iPhone as a gift - cheapest method?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Orlics, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. Orlics macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2009
    I'm interested in buying a couple of iPhones sometime this fall to rip my friends off when I go back home outside the US. :p There's an official premium for each model to get them as gifts (with no plan), but I've heard that it's actually cheaper to buy one with a plan then cancel the plan. Does anyone know if this is actually possible, and feasible for someone who already has an iPhone with an AT&T plan? I.e. do they only allow one customer to sign up for one plan at a time?

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    Just pay the no contract price for the phones. Honestly, I can't understand this obsession with committing fraud to cheat AT&T out of the iPhone subsidy. Where did you people learn your morals?
  3. Orlics thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2009
    Well I honestly had no idea it was fraud. I thought they'd be getting their money anyway through my "cancellation fee."
  4. christyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Salt Lake
    you'd need to add a line to your account, buy the iPhone, pay for the first months service and then cancel the line.
  5. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    AT&T isn't stupid, you aren't going to outsmart them by coming up with this genius plan that they have never thought of themselves. There are many threads on here describing how much it costs to start a new plan, cancel it and keep the phone. In the end, you end up saving very little money going that route and it's a royal pain to go through the whole process. I wouldn't recommend it.
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    AFAIK, the number of lines you can have at one time is based upon your credit score.
  7. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    Ship one from Hong Kong if you have a way to do so (do you know anyone there?), a 3GS costs about £430 and it comes factory unlocked.
  8. HazwayA macrumors newbie


    Aug 19, 2009
    ebay or craigs list

    deff is the best way to buy an iphone with no contract you can even buy new ones in the box

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