Cancel a 3rd line with Verizon and unlock the phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kapalua12, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. kapalua12 macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    United States
    I have 2 phones on the same Verizon plan and have the opportunity to purchase another Verizon phone through the Apple Store as an additional line on my Verizon plan (this would then be the 3rd phone on my Verizon plan). Is there a means of purchasing this phone at subsidized price and then terminating it's plan for that new 3rd phone only with Verizon within days and unlocking the phone for resale to a friend? Verizon must give a week or so to cancel a new line without penalty?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You cancel the line, you're on the hook for the ETF. I think if you replace the phone with a flip phone to remove the data plan, you can keep it active.
  3. kapalua12 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    United States
    The data plan is the shared data plan among 3 devices so I cannot really terminate the data plan and incur no fees can I? I'm keeping the other lines with Verizon.
  4. Charadis macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2010
    There is an eft per line that you have with your account. In this case, Verizon has a $350 eft per smartphone line you opened when you signed the contract, regardless whether our switch the phone out with a non smart phone or retain a smartphone on the line. If you cancel within the grace period, you can return the phone without penalty, but I believe you must pay the first month of service. Sent from my iPad.
  5. takeshi74, Oct 7, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Sure but you have to return any subsidized device as well to avoid ETF.

    If that's the case then removing the data plan is irrelevant. However, you'd stil have to maintain the new line to avoid ETF.

    You don't get something for nothing. You get a subsidy on the device in exchange for a contract on the service. If you don't intend to keep the service then you pay the ETF. Alternately, you can avoid the hassle of the additional line entirely by paying the unsubsidized price on the device.

    It's all on the Verizon site for you to reference:

    Additionally, the Verizon 5, 5c & 5s are unlocked.

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