Early contract termination with AT&T

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  1. umiwangu macrumors 6502

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    Hi everybody,

    I really do apologise if this has been addressed before, but I'm suffering from information overload, esp here on this forum (and Google).

    I'm going back to the US in December and I would like to get a new iPhone 3GS. I have a 2G that I purchased from eBay and shipped over here, but I would like to get a new one.

    Now, according to the AT&T salesperson I spoke with via chat, if I get a new 3GS with a plan, I can terminate the plan after one month for $175 (reduced by $5 for each month I keep the plan). She said they will also unlock it for use on any networks.

    Is this true? Would they really unlock it? Has anyone else gone the early termination route?

    Thanks!
     
  2. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    It is my understanding you cannot get an iPhone unlocked in the US.

    The $175 early termination fee I have seen quoted before, so it is probably correct.

    If we could get our phones unlocked here in the US by buying out our contract, I'm sure the lines at AT&T/Apple would be out the door.

    I know I would be the first in line.
     
  3. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I knew something was fishy there. And salespeople wonder why they are not liked.

    Ok, thanks for the help. I guess what I could do is get the iPhone 3G, terminate early, and get it unlocked with whatever the latest tool is. Or is the latest baseband unlockable?
     
  4. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    You can buy factory unlocked phones from reputable vendors, but they will cost more than the AT&T price plus $175 cancel fee.

    3G unlocked-$599
     
  5. savior1974 macrumors regular

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    This is the route I took. I didn't want to extend my contract another two years so I opened a new line on our family plan, bought a 32gb 3GS on that line (299) and then cancelled the line after a month (175)

    Total price was 299+175=475 bucks with no contract, which is better than the 699 it would have been.
     
  6. Sledneck36 macrumors member

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    + $30 for the data plan they made you get... $505 total
    I see ATT is now offering a $60 unlimited plan. talk & text.. I still can find if that includes data.. It would be cheeper for me to get those plans (4 of them) and only be paying $240 and not $300 that I pay now. The IPhones would need to be unlocked.
     
  7. savior1974 macrumors regular

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    I wasn't charged for the data plan because I called and transferred the 3GS to my main phone number the same day I opened the secondary family plan account so I was able to remove that data plan without any charges for it. Then I just left no phone on that account and then canceled it 30 days later.
     
  8. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But the important thing is.... Did they unlock it for you? I'm assuming they did not.
     
  9. savior1974 macrumors regular

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    No they do not unlock it for you. But that can easily be done in 2-3 minutes with Blackra1n and Blacksn0w. (Provided you have the older boot rom.)
     
  10. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's the big issue then, isn't it. And I guess all the new iPhones come with the newer boot rom.

    The 3G is also affected by the new boot room, or can it always be unlocked?
     
  11. iPhone-power macrumors 6502a

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    I have not read where anyone has posted of a 3G with the new bootrom. It seems to be just on the 3GS model.
     
  12. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Uh, yeah, it is only the new 3GS's.
     
  13. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I appreciate it.

    And I'm assuming purchasing a 3G straight off Apple.com won't work, as it'll need to be activated with iTunes....
     
  14. iPhone-power macrumors 6502a

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    Where is this plan ? I don't see it anywhere on AT&T website. The $59 plan isn't unlimited anything, not text, not minutes.
     
  15. Sledneck36 macrumors member

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    I saw it advertised on TV and found it under the pre-pay section of the ATT website
     
  16. iPhone-power macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I will check there.
     
  17. iPhone-power macrumors 6502a

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    OK, so there is a GoPhone unlimited talk & text plan for $59 a month (prompts to Sledneck36 for the lead) and you can add 100 MB of data for $19.99.

    So thats $79.98 a month, a much better deal with unlimited talk & text than I am paying for an iPhone.

    What gives AT&T. [​IMG]
     
  18. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So you can get this GoPhone plan with the iPhone? Or do they force you to get that data plan?
     
  19. iPhone-power macrumors 6502a

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    My guess is I doubt they want you to use this with the iPhone.
     
  20. umiwangu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, probably not.
     

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