Can you escape an AT&T contract if you move out of the country?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Let's Sekuhara!, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Let's Sekuhara! macrumors 6502

    Let's Sekuhara!

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    If you move out of the USA does AT&T allow you to terminate your contract without penalty, or are you stuck with the early termination fee?

    The answer to this question influences whether I will buy an iPhone or not.

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  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    I'm assuming the process is similar to Verizon's. You should have to send or fax them proof of new address, and then they will credit your ETF.
     
  3. Let's Sekuhara! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you.
    OK, one more question:

    Can I reactivate the iPhone on a carrier of that other country?

    So for example if I walk into a SoftBank shop (assuming SoftBank has shops?) in Japan and show them my U.S. iPhone and be like "please connect me", will they?

    Just want to make sure the hardware would not be a lost investment.
     
  4. outphase macrumors 65816

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    You will first need to unlock your phone. IIRC, new 3GSs are resistant to jailbreaking and unlocking by extension. I could be wrong if anything has changed recently.
     
  5. stridemat Moderator

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    Not sure but if you do not buy yourself out your contract then surely the iphone would still belong to the carrier?????
     
  6. nyisles84 macrumors regular

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    not unless they give you back the money you piad for the phone, which they won't. The phone is yours.
     
  7. stridemat Moderator

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    I was thinking more if you were on a tariff where you did not have to pay for your iphone? Or do you not have this in the USA?
     
  8. grantsdale macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, uh, no.
     
  9. Let's Sekuhara! thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK, that's good to know.
    So if I'm not certain I will be living in the U.S. for the next couple of years I should probably continue to refrain from getting an iPhone since it could be a waste of two or three hundred dollars.

    You buy a phone, you move, then you need to buy another phone.
    I'm probably best off not buying into their exclusivity games.
     
  10. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Having moved to Germany and back, I would advise against it if you are not sure when you will move. You will have to pay the ETF (I did) and then there is the hassle of getting the phone to work overseas. Best just to get where you are going and get a phone from one of the carriers there.
     
  11. gemz1000 macrumors newbie

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    No, you paid for the phone, AT&T can't take it away from you.
     
  12. mattroman246 macrumors 6502

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    Haha it's phrased like you're draft dodging AT&T. Man i gotta get out of this contract before things get bad...I've got to leave this country!
     

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