Buying an iPhone without credit history and Early Termination Fee

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  1. velascarlos macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,

    I am a student who has just land on the USA. I am gonna stay here for 8 months as an exchange student studding abroad.

    I pretend to buy an iPhone 3GS with a 2 years contract with AT&T and break the contract after 8 months (when I am going back to my home country) and pay the Early Termination Fee (175$ - (8x5) = 135$)

    I was today on an AT&T store, and when I was about to buy the iPhone they check my SSN and they realize that I haven't any credit history (obviously, because this is my first time on the USA), so, they asked me for a 500$ deposit refundable after a year.

    At that moment I told them that I was planning to break the contract after 8 months because of my exchange student circumstances and I asked them if I will receive my deposit back even I break the contract and pay the ETF. They answer that they will give me back the deposit minus the ETF, so I will get my deposit back.

    The point is that I am not sure that they will give me back my 500$ deposit if I break the contract before a year. They told me "yes" today, but they can tell me "no" after 8 months. I have neither see that written on the AT&T website..

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

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    They have no grounds for holding your deposit provided you have paid for the service and paid their termination fee upon closing your account.
     
  3. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt anyone on this board is as good a source of information about your issues as AT&T itself. But I would call them and ask to talk to a supervisor before signing up. The sales person in the AT&T store is motivated to sign you up and may not be worried about what your situation will be when you leave the US.
     
  4. velascarlos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your answer, I was wondering that probably someone has been on the same situation, he has pass throw that and he could now if they will return my deposit back if I get the ETF...
     
  5. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    The deposit is so you don't just walk away and never pay a bill. After 8 months they will give you your deposit back, if you're worried ask them to write it in your contract.
     
  6. Tom G. macrumors 68000

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    VelaCarlos,

    From what you wrote I believe that what you will get back will be $365.00 not $500. However you will not have to pay the ETF as they will have taken that amount out of the $500.00 deposit. It is a common business activity here. In the end you come out the same.

    I would however check with an AT&T supervisor, and even if you can,get it in writing.

    By the way, welcome to America and I hope you have an enjoyable stay and when you go home you carry with you lots of great memories.
     
  7. velascarlos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Tom G. and.. do you know if it would be possible to keep my same phone number and pass it to prepaid when I finish the contract anticipate after paying de ETF?

    I mean, use the iphone with the contract, then finish it anticipated and go to an at&t prepaid plan keeping the same phone number..
     
  8. Tom G. macrumors 68000

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    I can't say in this particular instance, but that is normally not a problem. AT&T can give you better info about this than I can, but keeping your phone number when changing services is an accepted practice here. I did it when changing from Verizon to AT&T.
     

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