Can I save my new contract upgrade?

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  1. cjrulli macrumors regular

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    I currently have an iPhone 3G I bought and fixed off of a friend. However I am a VZW customer and do not have an AT&T phone plan. If I were to transfer my number over and start a new contract, would I be able to save my upgrade allowing me to get the iPhone 4TH Gen subsidized?

    Or should I just wait it out, and start up the new contract then?
     
  2. skball123 macrumors regular

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    I am not sure on this one, but I would wait it out.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Call up AT&T and ask them if you can bring your own device (iPhone) and port your number from verizon without signing a 2 year agreement. This way when the new one comes out you'd be out of contract and eligible for a full upgrade.
    Maybe try going into an AT&T store in person.
     
  4. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    You'd have to sign a 2 year contract...but your upgrade eligibility will remain, I think.
     
  5. cjrulli thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does it necessarily have to be a 2 year?
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Thats false.
     
  7. cjrulli thread starter macrumors regular

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    Are you sure? I was just told on the Apple Discussion forums by two people if I do not use my subsidy at the start of my contract I will be able to use it whenever I see fit.
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Don't take anyones guess. Like I said talk to AT&T directly.
    It doesn't go by subsidy but by contract.
    If your under contract you have to wait 18 months to renew and get another subsidy on your account.
    Sometimes AT&T will tie you up to a contract by just opening up an account and just giving you a simcard but no phone. I saw it happen before to a relative.
     
  9. cjrulli thread starter macrumors regular

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    I called but the rep had no idea what I was talking about, tried explaining it to her 2-3 times and she kept stumbling on words and wasn't sure. Guess I'll take a trip down to AT&T sometime this week.
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I hear you. Sometimes I get the dumbest reps too.
    After 2-3 trys I finally get to someone that has a clue on what they're doing:)
     
  11. TSX macrumors 68030

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    If anything just unlock it go to T-mobile on a pre-paid plan (I think) and when the new iPhone comes out make the switch.
     
  12. joebobthehob macrumors member

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    Start service with no contract. Then at any time you can get a new phone if you're willing to sign a contract.

    Believe me, AT&T won't give you any trouble over doing the upgrade. They want you under that contract. You just have to be absolutely sure that the initial service gets set up without a contract.
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Exactly.
     
  14. cjrulli thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is it possible to start service without a contract?
     
  15. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    I opened an account with 3 lines. The 3rd line used an exisiting unlocked phone. 7 months later I was able to add a subsidized phone with no problem. A NEW single line account may be different but if you ADD a line you can "bank" your subsidized phone.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Cool, gotta make sure he sets up everything correctly at the beggining I guess. Dont leave it up to AT&T to do you any favors.
     

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