Can you buy subsidized iPhone on Verizon and the switch immediately to T-Mobile?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tirexstorm, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. tirexstorm macrumors regular

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    I am currently on Verizon and pre-ordered an iphone 6 from them. I am considering switching to to T-Mobile. Can I take my subsidized iphone 6 over to T-mobile and have T-Mobile pay my ETF and keep my subsidized phone? I feel like there has to be a catch or that I am missing something.
     
  2. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    You have to give TMobile a phone for that to occur. Just buy some cheap one off CL and then TMo will pay off the ETF
     
  3. tirexstorm thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can I give them my iphone 5?
     
  4. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Sure. Anything. Maybe you'd want to keep that? Pick up an old BB off CL
     
  5. NoCleverSNForMe macrumors regular

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    You have to turn in your Verizon phone to T-Mobile then buy another iPhone 6 from T-Mobile. The ETF promotion is only applicable with a trade-in and purchase of another device from T-Mobile.


    PS Some folks have been able to get around this by turning in a flip phone to T-Mobile, but in my opinion, it's just too messy. My concern would be that T-Mobile would not pay you because the Verizon ETF on a flip phone is $200 and smartphones is $350.

    Much easier to buy the phone directly from T-Mobile, like I just did. ;)

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    If you have a Verizon iPhone 5, sure! That would work. But again - why would you buy an iPhone 6 from Verizon, have T-Mobile pay the ETF...then buy another iPhone 6 from T-Mobile?

    Remember, it's BOTH the trade-in AND purchase of a new device.

    From the T-Mobile website: In order to qualify for this ETF offer, you must be switching from a postpaid plan on a contract with another carrier and port your current numbers to T-Mobile. You would need to trade-in a mobile phone or tablet and purchase a new device with T-Mobile.
     
  6. kornberg macrumors member

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    Can you buy subsidized iPhone on Verizon and the switch immediately to T-Mobile?

    Buy a cheap phone off of craigslist and trade that into t-mobile. I did it for 3 lines. Traded in 3 iPhone 3G's and got a credit of 50 per phone. The cheapest phone that I've found is the Alcatel one touch and it's 120.
     
  7. turbineseaplane macrumors 68030

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    Just for clarity.

    If you're a T-Mobile Prepaid customer, you can simply pop your SIM card into the Verizon iPhone 6 and be working instantly (since Verizon iPhones are all GSM unlocked).
     

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