ETA fee or cancel data?

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  1. teamjaycub, Oct 23, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2011

    teamjaycub macrumors 6502

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    EDIT: TYPO on title I meant ETF, not "ETA fee", lol.

    Hello, I have calculated that my ETF for all my lines right now would be $260.
    My contract ends 12/20/2011. I currently am on AT&T.

    I currently have 2 iPhone 3G (2008 model) and 2 Samsung Solstice.
    Could I buy like 4 $10 phones at like Wal-Mart or somewhere, and stop paying for data for those phones? Would it be cheaper to pay the bare minimum for 4 lines for 2 more months, than to pay the $260?

    I plan on getting 4 iPhone 4S on either Sprint or Verizon.

    Here's a picture of my current plan
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  2. vitzr macrumors 68030

    vitzr

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    There are several variables, I'm sure you can do the math.

    As someone whos currently with AT&T and Verizon, I say remember the old adage... The grass is not always greener. And

    Buyer beware.
     
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604

    wordoflife

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    Yep.
    I don't know if it will be cheaper (bare minimum bill + price of cheap phones) but you can figure that out when you look at the plans. I can't remember what they are charging these days. But yeah, you can remove the data plan.

    In fact, you can probably accomplish this with 1 phone. Just insert SIM from line 1 into dumb phone, cancel data. Then, Put SIM from line 2 into dumbphone, and remove data. Continue the process.
     
  4. brand macrumors 601

    brand

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    AT&T requires that you have a data plan if you have a smart phone.
     
  5. teamjaycub thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But, what if my phone "broke", and I bought a new cheap phone?
     
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Even "dumb" phones can cost a lot without contract. There is no way they will be like 10 dollars.
     
  7. teamjaycub thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Actually you can get a 12$ AT&T phone at Walmart.
     

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