I want to be able to pre-order (or try to) an iPhone 6 as soon as that pre-order window is open. However, my upgrade date is not until October 12th, which is when my current contract with Verizon expires. I am considering either switching to ATT, staying with Verizon, or even buying the phone off-contract. What are my options, and what's the best way to go about this? Will Verizon bump up my upgrade by a month if I pay my last month ahead of time? Can I sign a new contract with ATT when I pre-order the phone, have the phone be subsidized, and simply pay off the last month of the Verizon contract? If so, how does the porting of my phone number work? Would it make more sense to pay full retail for the phone, and simply not activate it until October? If so, would I get a smaller monthly payment since I'm bringing in my own phone? Or is there a better way of going about this situation? The reason why my contract ends October 12th was I (stupidly) did not pre-order an iPhone5 two years ago and was not able to get my hands on one until mid October. Would definitely not like to repeat that same mistake again!!