I'm on Verizon and want the iPhone

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  1. Sharrock macrumors newbie

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    However my contract doesn't expire until September. Instead of paying the full non-contract price for it, could I theoretically cancel my current contract, eat the ETF (which would only be about $90 since I signed up before they raised the EFT prices) and resign a new contract for the iPhone and keep my number?
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    That would cost you the same or a tad less than just paying full price.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Once you cancell you will lose your number.
    And they wont let you resign with the same name for 30-90 days after.
     
  4. Sharrock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I'm hearing that the 16gb without a contract is $650. After canceling and resigning a new contract it comes out to roughly $300.
     
  5. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Did you factor in loosing your number? Activation fee? Prorating charges? Higher taxes due to larger bill in first month?

    All that adds up to more than $300.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    You'd lose your phone number and also would verizon make you wait 30 days (or longer) before signing a new contract and offer the phone with the subsidized price?

    I think it would be easier (not cheaper) to add a second line, get the iPhone and cancel your original line. You'd still eat the ETF but you avoid any potential waiting period (of one exists)
     
  7. TEG macrumors 604

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    So VZW, doesn't allow you to upgrade, at upgrade price with 6 months or less on your contract. Damn, that sucks. Your ETF idea might be the best, but they might change their mind about upgrading within a few month of the release.

    TEG
     
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Oh I know, call up to Verizon Customer Draconian Care and threaten you are leaving to AT&T for the iPhone if they don't give you a discount with less than 6 months on contract.
     
  9. Sharrock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmm, interesting. After cancelling the original contract can I transfer my original number to the iPhone?
     
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I'd wait until your contract is up. It is easier and cheaper.
     
  11. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Have you gone online to your VZW account and checked your upgrade eligibility?

    I would think you could still get a partly discounted upgrade price, which saves some money at least.
     
  12. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    You do realize I was being serious? Any Verizon rep with brains would figure out that a customer like that (having years being with Verizon) was not worth loosing.
     
  13. Sharrock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I've checked it, all it says that I have until September.
     
  14. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    Good luck, but vz is the worst carrier to deal with when it comes to asking for early upgrades. They just killed early upgrade program and it shows they will not offer early upgrades on iPhone 4. Also, if u are eligible on September, then that's more like 8 months away. It won't be easy.
     
  15. suMMx macrumors regular

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    that seems to be the only question with this scenario. This is what I hope to do, however it's possible VZW might just tell us to F off and you would be stuck with a new number and no recourse.
     
  16. djransom macrumors 68040

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    Nope. It would be easier to add a line to be honest.
     
  17. Olivia23 macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I'm going to do add another line for the iphone. When I get it, I'll just call Verizon and activate it on my number.
     
  18. whiteyanderson macrumors 6502

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    Do you have unlimited data on your existing line already?
     
  19. Sharrock thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would another option be going on the website, signing up for a brand new contract and just port your number over to the new service plan?
     
  20. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    No...
     
  21. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    LOL. No. That won't happen.
     
  22. 2056 macrumors 6502

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    once you've paid the etf, your number is terminated unless you port it to another carrier.

    the number must remain active at all times in order to port it and keep it.

    say you activate a prepaid line on t-mobile ($30 for the phone, mins, and sim) and port out your verizon number, so it's not lost.

    i'm thinking that you should be able to port that prepaid (original number) to the second line you had opened up with verizon.
     
  23. Alaerian Guest

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    Here's your soulution.

    WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER.

    Seriously, your life will continue without an iPhone until then. Stop trying to essentially scam the system.
     
  24. stewart715 macrumors 6502

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    There are no activation fees on Verizon or prorated charges if he cancels.

    He's correct. The phone would cost him $199 + tax + $90 EFT which = roughly 300 bucks.

    Although, you would lose your number. I don't believe that's worth it though.
     
  25. suMMx macrumors regular

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    "scam the system", are you serious? Verizon is scamming it's customers in every way imaginable, we're just being creative.
     

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