How can I switch carriers?

TitanBrett

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Got my first iPhone 2 months ago, love the phone and HATE AT&T, I drop calls all the time, several per day. Is there any way to switch to Verizon without paying the $300 for cancellation and $200 for new phone? Is it possible to sell my current phone for some amount to help defray the cost?

Thanks
 

andyACEcandy

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lol... what do you think that paper is that you signed with AT&T?

It's a contract.... that you agree to... that says you are basically stuck with them for 2 years and if you want to cancel, you pay the ETF (early termination fee).

So, no there is no way to cancel and switch providers without paying an ETF lol sorry
 

TitanBrett

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Looks like I can sell it for $300+, that covers ETF, so $200 for a new phone, well worth it to get away from AT&T.
 

aziatiklover

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lol... what do you think that paper is that you signed with AT&T?

It's a contract.... that you agree to... that says you are basically stuck with them for 2 years and if you want to cancel, you pay the ETF (early termination fee).

So, no there is no way to cancel and switch providers without paying an ETF lol sorry
Wrong there is actually a way which is obvious for him. Drop call in his area or bad reception with att!
 

Roessnakhan

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Why are you asking 2 months later, when you should have canceled your service within the allotted window (the first 30 days)?
 

TitanBrett

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I wasn't at my home for the first 3.5 weeks I owned it, by the time I realized it was going to be such an issue it was too late
 

baller1308

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I've heard that if you cancel before 6 months of service you'll either have to return the phone or buy it outright.
 

Stealthipad

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I've heard that if you cancel before 6 months of service you'll either have to return the phone or buy it outright.
You will be buying the phone when you pay the ETF.

The OP needs to sell his ATT iPhone and use that to pay off the ETF and move to Verizon if he wants.

AT&T is not going to give you a break after the first 30 days.
 

ET iPhone Home

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I think if you go to ATT directly, they can verify through their systems if you have poor signal in your area. If this can be proven, I believe they will work with you, maybe, releasing you from your contract, but they will access a fee for not reporting it within the 30day trial period since you kept it for 60days.
 

TitanBrett

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Nov 18, 2011
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You will be buying the phone when you pay the ETF.

The OP needs to sell his ATT iPhone and use that to pay off the ETF and move to Verizon if he wants.

AT&T is not going to give you a break after the first 30 days.
That path seems the best, have to buy another phone but worth it to get out of this
 

pilot1226

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That path seems the best, have to buy another phone but worth it to get out of this
The termination fee is prorated too, usually subtracting by around $10 or $20 per month from the original amount - just so the carriers can recover the subsidized pricing on the phones.

The phone itself is locked to AT&T if you didn't know that, so you would indeed have to buy another phone if you were planning to switch to Verizon.

Yes, you could sell it on Craigslist or eBay. Be wary of chargeback scams on eBay. I'd demand a money order or regular cash for Craigslist dealings.

You don't necessarily have to get a brand new iPhone 4S with Verizon, too. You could consider getting an iPhone 4 at a lower price if the money is tight.

Don't forget to talk with customer service too at Verizon. I'd suggest either doing it both online AND in an official Verizon retail store. Mention to them that you want to switch to Verizon but they are going to hit you with a big termination fee. They may give you some credit for your first month of service. Keyword: MAY.

My mother and father in law actually switched from Verizon to Sprint, and at the time they combined about 3 promotions. Sprint actually owed THEM money for switching! They had free activation ($36 per line), free LG Optimus S (I think these are like $200 per phone now with contract), and $100 per line that you port over for new service!

So, they didn't have to pay anything to Sprint for their first few months except for the initial bill - Sprint doesn't apply your credits until you're outside of your money-back guarantee return period, so you're locked in as a customer.

Still, not a bad deal. I'd call Customer Service on the Verizon end and see what they have to say. Worst thing they can say is no.

And also, if you're not happy with service, call AT&T support. I've found them to be quite helpful and maybe they'll even give you some credit if you mention that you may cancel your service and port to Verizon despite any termination fee.
 
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