If the Sprint iPhone 4S is indeed unlocked, can't you pay the ETF and save $100?

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  1. b24pgg macrumors 65816

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    I'm planning on taking an unlocked iPhone for my cousin living abroad in December and was going to buy an unlocked 16GB for $649 once it becomes available in November.

    But now that we know the Sprint iPhone 4S is SIM unlocked out of the box, couldn't I legally buy the subsidized 16GB from Sprint for $199 then immediately cancel the contract and pay the $350 early termination fee to get the phone for $549?

    Am I missing something here?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    sure can
     
  3. utl768 macrumors 6502

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    theres prolly some loophole that u need to have service for a certain portion before they let u pay the etf
     
  4. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Yeah, there is first month's service and activation fee.
     
  5. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's what I'm thinking too...just don't know what it is.

    The Sprint Return Policy says they will refund the activation fee and you only pay for the service you use...which if I cancel before activating should be $0, right?

     
  6. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    I'm pretty sure you'll be forced to pay at least the first month bill which kill an chances of you saving $100.
     
  7. utl768 macrumors 6502

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    until you activate i dont even think the contract starts
     
  8. F123D macrumors 68040

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    This is what I'm thinking too.. I don't think they'll refund all those items if you're keeping the device.
     
  9. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Upon further reading, I think you're right. Oh well.
     
  10. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    Still, if the GSM side is truly unlocked and there's no catch, then you're probably better off paying full retail for a Sprint 4S than for an official unlocked 4S. Think of it this way:

    Both retail for the same price. Both can be used on any GSM carrier. The Sprint model can also be used on Sprint. So when it comes time to resell, you actually have a bigger potential market.

    Definitely the way to go if you're ineligible for an upgrade w/ AT&T
     
  11. verwon macrumors 68030

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    That's ONLY if you're returning the phone, with the cancellation!
     

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