How easy is it to transfer to tmobile?

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  1. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

    Appl3FTW

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    How long does it take to switch over and what "hassle" is involved from moving over from att? do you have to surrender the phone to get tmobile pay ETF?
     
  2. scaredpoet, Nov 3, 2014
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    scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    It took a couple hours for my port to complete from AT&T to T-Mobile. Transfer was very straightforward, and required no contact with AT&T. I did have to bring a copy of my last bill, and give my AT&T account PIN so yah the transfer could be approved.

    The only hassle is that I had to deal with carrier store reps in getting set up, but that's par for the course regardless of carrier.

    As for the ETF reimbursement: You do have to hand in *A* phone. It doesn't have to be the smartphone you're using though. I found an old AT&T Nokia dumb phone in my kitchen drawer, didn't even have the charger. Handed that in and it counted.

    You also do have to buy a phone from them. But this too, can be the cheapest, dumbest phone they offer. At the time I did it was some Pantech model that full price cost $70, which can probably be flipped on eBay for about $30 or so. As for the remainder, you can probably cover that by having someone refer you, to get $25 back, plus unlimited data for free for a year (feel free to PM me if you need someone to refer you).
     
  3. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 601

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    1. Hand in any phone??? or does it have to be the phone you got the contract with? if this is the case, i'm screwed cuz i sell my iphones on my plans.

    2. does it have to be a working one? i have a cracked lcd 1st gen iphone im thinking about trading in.

    3. how long does it take for etf? so basically i pay for etf first and they will reimburse me right?

    if i cancel att and pay ETF, does that make all my iphones unlockable?
     
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    I handed in an old 2G Nokia dumbphone and had $260 left on my contract with an iPhone 5s. T-Mobile took the dumbphone and remimbursed the full amount, minus taxes.

    Not sure about that. They didn't check to see if my phone worked, but there were no obvious signs of damage either.

    Yes. It took two months for my ETF reimbursement to arrive, so I had to pay the ETF out of pocket first, or else I would've been charged late fees and such.

    According to AT&T's policy, yes. Login and download copies of your past bills first, as after you leave AT&T, you need to be able to provide account numbers when submitting your unlock request. And the ETFs will need to be paid before AT&T approves any requests.
     
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  6. o2breathe macrumors member

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    keep phone

    Definitely try to find an older phone to turn in. My friend gave up his messaging phone from years ago and kept his smartphone when transferring in. You do have to buy a new phone though.
     
  7. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    If you travel then don't do it unless you like Edge like speeds
     
  8. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 601

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    So basically they just want you to buy a new phone. Thanks

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    Lol I don't travel much
     
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  10. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    Unless your in a T-Mobile 700A LTE market, I'd think twice about switching. Those high frequencies they love so much really don't travel far, especially indoors.
     

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