Help for those do not qualify for upgrade for iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by elephunkman, May 26, 2010.

  1. elephunkman macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately, I will have to pay the no commit pricing based on my upgrade status. Now, can I cancel my current line on a family plan, pay the ETF, and then open a new line on iDay to get the iPhone?

    I know about the $325 ETF, but that doesn't apply to me because I didn't open my original line after 6/1.

    I do know that the $325 will apply to my new line though, since it will be after 6/1.
     
  2. markyr17 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, you can do this. Your ETF will be about $175... And they reduce it each month you pay on your bill.
     
  3. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    Things to consider might be your phone number. I think once you cancel, it's up for grabs. Some people care, others don't.
     
  4. elephunkman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is there something in AT&T policy saying I have to wait a certain number of days before adding a new line?

    I was just thinking of another option to just add a new line, pay the ETF of the new line after 30 days plus some charges, and then use the iPhone 4 on my current number. That allows me to not lose my number and saves hassle.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm missing something here, so please bear with me.

    You're looking to cancel your contract (or add another line and then cancel it) so you can buy the iPhone 4G at a subsidized price?

    Sounds terribly expensive, Why not just buy the non-subsidized iPhone. Yeah it may not be available on day one. Seems like you're taking some extreme actions just to buy a cellphone
     
  6. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Because it actually costs less to pay his ETF and sign a new line.
     
  7. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Yup, that's what I did. You'll need to see if you can get them to swap the phone # to the new contract so you can pay the lower of the 2 ETFs.
     
  8. ChadRClaussen macrumors member

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    i think the ETF goes down $5 for every month you have paid on your bill
     
  9. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    And people wonder why ETF's and other fees keep going up. :rolleyes:
    With everyone trying to game the system, it's a wonder AT&T doesn't do away with subsidies all together.
     
  10. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    I would LOVE that! Get rid of subsidies and contracts!
     
  11. Sketchr macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. Get rid of both the contract and subsidy and I'm fine with that.
     
  12. Sketchr macrumors 6502a

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    The other half of the game is the service provider requiring a contract.
     
  13. elephunkman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I've given it some thought, but trying to decide which route is better. Opening new line and paying ETF or just going unsubsidized.
     
  14. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    A third option is to keep using what you already have and just wait until you are eligible for the fully subsidized price. Yeah, you have to wait, but by the time you get it any bugs should be fixed.
     
  15. elephunkman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Crap! I just realized something I posted earlier. If I open the new contract with an iPhone4, can I change the phone to a dumbphone to pay the $150 ETF versus the $325 ETF?
     
  16. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    No. The ETF is based on the phone you bought with the contract. The reason why the ETF on smartphones is higher is because the subsidy is higher.

    If you buy the new iPhone and cancel that contract its going to be:

    200 + 325 + 70 = probably above $600 with activation fees and what not.
     
  17. elephunkman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I actually calculated the cost with the 325 ETF and taxes and such and guess what? It came out to extremely close to 599. Well I guess I'm going to buy it unsubsidized now.

    Thank you everyone for the generous input. Mods can close this thread now if they wish.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    That was my point exactly :)
     
  19. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    It would be less if he cancelled the current line that has a lower ETF that has already been prorated to some unkown amount.
     
  20. elephunkman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm actually considering that, but can authorized users add a line at an Apple store? I called my local apple store and they said I could, but I'm weary about it.
     
  21. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    You'll lose your phone number that way though.
     
  22. elephunkman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Not if you give everyone you know your google voice number. :D
     
  23. pcorrado macrumors 6502

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    Why not the early upgrade option? I assume it will be available with the new phone . . . likely for $200 more than the full subsidized price. You will have to up your contract but it is cheaper than buying unsubsidized and certainly easier than canceling/adding lines.
     
  24. elephunkman thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My current eligibility does not let me have anything, I get to get an early upgrade according to AT&T status.

    I'm thinking this. If they won't allow unsubsidized pricing on iDay, will I just get the early upgrade option since I can't qualify for the full upgrade price? Because there's no other option available. Hmm.
     
  25. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Actually, if you pay the $175 ETF on an old line, it's $25 cheaper (not to mention the tax on the phone and the fact that the ETF will be prorated.)
     

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