I'm on a 3 mobile contract... i want an iphone 3g! help

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by tijuanamiguel, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. tijuanamiguel macrumors member

    May 28, 2007
    So i'm on a contract until august 09 with 3 mobile network. Not that i'm happy with it, phone has terrible reception, calls drop out etc. they won't let me cancel and yes, i know 'a contract is a commitment' so you can spare the lecture ;)

    one of the options i had was that my local mobile shop does contract buy-outs. i told them i wanted an iphone, but they could buy-out my contract from 3 (£280) sign me onto a contract with orange for 18 months to get 600 mins, unltd texts for £30/month. they said they'd also give me a cash incentive of £50 towards buying a payg iphone, then unlocking it and using it with my orange card.

    my main concern with that is that the payg iphone will be more expensive, plus i don't really want to rely on the fact that i'll be able to unlock it and have it work on my orange sim card with no problems. additionally, the unlimited data plan will be £7.50 a month, which going from my current £15/month to £37.50 is quite a lot... i'd be happy with the o2 £30 plan really.

    is there ANY way you guys suggest i can get on the 02 plan? i really dislike 3's services and rubbish network... grr
  2. senorFunkyPants macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2008
    Have you asked 3 how much they would charge to cnx the contract? £280 sounds too much.
    I would wait until the 3G iphone is out and whether it can be unlocked and then take it from there.
  3. ddk121 macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2006
    Wales, UK
    One of the (only) ways to get out of the contracts is too pay an early termination fee. Most of the time, this means you will pay all of your remaining line rental all in one go. So if your line rental is, for example, £20 a month, you will pay £280, which is the line rental times the number of month left. This is what I'm doing with Vodafone, and I'm unsure if 3 do this.
  4. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    Why not just keep the 3 contract and also start a new iPhone one with O2 at the £30 tariff you want?

    I haven't done the sums but it seems much simpler than the other suggestion.

    Have you spoken to 3 about how bad their service has been for you? You might be able to get some compensation/end the contract because of it.

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