Can I keep my # if I switch providers in the 30 day return window?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zorinlynx, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. zorinlynx macrumors 601

    zorinlynx

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    Florida, USA
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    I'm thinking of upgrading to the iPhone 5. I'm on AT&T, but have no idea what their LTE network is like in my area. If it sucks, I'd consider switching to Verizon. Can I do this?:

    - Upgrade to iPhone 5 on AT&T.

    - If it sucks, during the 30 day return window, purchase a Verizon iPhone 5 and port my number.

    - Once the number is safely ported, return AT&T iPhone 5 within 30 day window.

    Will porting the number cause an ETF? Will my AT&T iPhone 5 become unreturnable if I do this? I know I can return the phone within 30 days, but I don't want to lose my phone number, which I've had since 2004!
     
  2. dave006 macrumors 68030

    dave006

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    Since you are a current AT&T customer, if you don't like the LTE service after you upgrade then you should return the iPhone 5 and revert your account during the 30 day window. No ETF, you just pay the $36 upgrade fee and any voice / data service used during the 30 period.

    Then you could reorder an iPhone 5 for Verizon and port. However, you might not like the Verizon service so I would not port to Verizon until you have a chance to check out the Verizon service.

    You can order a Verizon iPhone 5 starting a new account and get a new Verizon number, then after you confirm / verify that you like the service / coverage you can request a port.

    Dave
     
  3. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

    zorinlynx

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I think I'm going to go ahead and order the AT&T iPhone 5 64GB, then take my time deciding. It seems I'll have 30 days to return to exactly the place I was before ordering, so it gives me a good chance to try things out without risk.

     

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