Canceling an iphone on ATT

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by knight42, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. knight42 macrumors newbie

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    Hey All

    Am wondering if someone can give me some advice.

    Im from England, but going to stay in America for at least the next three months. I have been looking at the ATT iphone stuff as I need a phone when im out there.

    As I understand it, I can buy an iphone (or rather an American friend of mine can on their account) I can use it for say three months (paying the monthly bill as well) then cancel the account for $175 and keep the phone, which I could then unlock and bring back to England.

    Can anyone confirm this? Is it easy to cancel, I dont want my friend to end up with over a years worth of monthly charges if we cant cancel it (well I would still pay, im not gonna abandon them, but you know what I mean!)

    If anyone has any advice id be really happy, Thanks people!!
     
  2. nehunte macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, you're pretty much spot on. You'll have an activation fee and some proration charges on your first bill which will make it a bit higher. And you'll have taxes on the $175 ETF, which will make that higher. But other than that, pay the ETF and unlock it and you're set to go with a nice iPhone to use in Europe. Good luck with it.
     
  3. mackpro macrumors member

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    If you are willing to pay the $175 cancellation fee AT&T will happily cancel the line for you, i know this for a fact.
     
  4. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    Yep this is so true. It's easy to cancel a line here in the US.
     
  5. knight42 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    wow, thanks!

    Its really crazy. A pay as you go 32gb iphone 3gs is £538 ($880) in England (granted you do get a years worth of free data, but no extra call minutes)

    So I have no problem paying;

    iphone $299
    Monthly (3x $80) $240
    Termination Fee $175

    = $714 (plus a bit more for taxes etc)

    Still works out a lot cheaper, and I get data/phone minutes when im in the US, seems a bargin. Hope it works!
     
  6. knight42 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Second point as well that really surprised me about this.

    I havent had an iphone on contract here in the UK on o2, I have just had a pay as you go, so am only speaking about ALL the other contract phones I have had.

    If you want to cancel your contract you would need to pay your basic payment for EVERY month left on your contract, so canceling a phone could cost you hundreds of pounds.

    Thats why I wanted to check with people in the know, as its a different system there, I know ATT takes a lot of stick, but seems they have a much fairer system!
     
  7. chstr macrumors 6502a

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    your math is kinda off. Taxes are gonna be more than a BIT. the phone will be about 350 after taxes. I think activation is like 35. your monthly bill will probably be closer to 90 or 95 with taxes, higher end if your in NY. and you mentioned something about a free year of data in england? That actually seems the better deal to me
     
  8. knight42 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah sorry about that, my math is always a bit off! I still think running it this way will save money. Last time I was in America for a month using my o2 Iphone and it cost me $70 in a month (And that was very light use of the phone) so with the minutes/date I will get in the US, it should work easier.

    Unfortunately the free data from o2 only works in the UK, outside I believe its £6 a MB, so soon adds up.

    I do take your point though, will have to sit down with a calculator and work it out more precisely!
     
  9. mackmgg macrumors 65816

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    I don't know the exact cost, but I do know that you can buy an iPhone in the US without a contract for around 700-800 dollars. This way you won't have to go through the whole process of canceling
     

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