iPhone 5s Verizon Loop-hole

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  1. BygSii, Sep 14, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2013

    BygSii macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2012
    Hello all,

    Question. I have a share everything plan with an iPhone 5 since July. If I add a line, get the iPhone 5s for $199, then swap serial numbers, cancel the add a line after a month, pay the $350 early termination fee, will I then successfully have upgraded to the iPhone 5s without using an upgrade, and without paying $700.00 outright, and instead theatrically only pay $550.00, will this work?
  2. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
    Yes it will work fine.
  3. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    I agree.
  4. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I just have a single person plan, no share everything plan. My contract is up in February, at which point my fiancée and I will be getting a plan together.

    Can I add a line to my plan, get subsidized pricing on the 5S, and still be done with my contract in February (of this upcoming uear, 2014)?

    Or would doing this extend my contract?
  5. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Saint louis, MO

    your contract will be extended on the second line for 2 years. You could bring her line over as a third line. or do the same as the guy above and disco & pay the 350 termination fee...
  6. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    One thing to keep in mind however is the phone line has to be activated throughout the VZW return policy, which I believe is 14 days. Otherwise they wont cancel the line they would want the device returned. But for most people this is no big deal.
  7. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Don't forget the $35 new line activation fee/$30 upgrade fee plus monthly fee.

    So $550 really comes out closer to $600 when factoring in partial month of service and data vs $650 full price.

    Verizon bean counters did their math back in late 2009 when they noticed a high uptick in people buying Motorola Droid original and than paying the $175 ETF. So they jacked up the ETF to $350 in early 2010.

    ATT was a little stupider for longer since many of us added a line for the $199 subsidize iPhone 3GS and pAid the $175 ETF. But ATT finally changed their ETF right before the iPhone 4 launch in June 2010.

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