Is a dummy line with AT&T the cheapest way to upgrade?

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  1. redsoxguy676 macrumors regular

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    I currently have the 5s on AT&T and my contract is due to end on 9/21/15.

    I have read about getting the $10 dummy line with AT&T, that way every other year one of the lines is eligible for full upgrade pricing.

    Is this a good way to upgrade without having to do AT&T next or the early upgrade price of the subsidized price plus $250.00?

    Also can someone tell me the easiest way to sign up for the second dummy line to pay $10 a month for it?
     
  2. Blueline29 macrumors 68020

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    When I did it for the 5, I just added a new line and got the new phone on it. Supposedly, there's a way to then switch the numbers from your 5S to the 6 once you get it just by calling AT&T, but the woman I spoke to with AT&T at that time screwed something up and I had to run into an AT&T wireless store to have them do it. It was no big deal; they took care of it in about 3 minutes. So then the new line was attached to a RAZR and the iP5 moved to my main line.

    I did call back in to make sure that there was no data or messaging or anything enabled on the dummy line (I'd be fire-pissed if I got dinged for a spam text or something), just to make sure that it stayed at $9.99 + tax per month.
     
  3. jtp098 macrumors 6502a

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    https://www.wireless.att.com/cloudexpress/upgrade/crossUpgrade_faqs.jsp


    ATT has a new feature to make this easier.
     
  4. karmatourer macrumors 6502a

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    I added a 2nd line for $9.99 2 years ago and couldn't be happier.I get a new phone every year now and sell the old one for big $$$$.
     
  5. beebo87 macrumors member

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    haha i've been trying to get this answered as well. this is probably the route i'm going... i just want to make sure that after i go to apple and add the line, i can swap numbers and cancel one of the data plans.
     
  6. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    yes it is. the best part is you can sell your old phone to pay for the new phone upgrade. free upgrades FTW.
     
  7. Usertame macrumors newbie

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    Have you checked to see if your able to upgrade on Next? something like 80-90% of on contract customers are able to upgrade using Next. I very rarely see someone not available for next. If that's an option that is what I would do.

    Otherwise, you can add a line (next or 2yr) use the new phone and have your number put on the new Iphone. ( just tell them you want the Iphone 6 on your number).

    You can also sell your old phone if you wanted. It wont be able to be unlocked until your contract ends tho.

    If you tell me a breakdown of your bill and plan and can check to see the options and prices.

    Or use this yourself: http://www.myattmst.com/MST-HOME.html

    Go to
    > calculators > consumer > Choose your plan and follow the instructions.
     
  8. redsoxguy676 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So basically I can go into a store next Friday and tell them I want to add a $10 line and have the 6 or 6+ transferred to my current number?
     
  9. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

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    This does not work when you're on an individual nation plan. People that used to do this were already on family plans. And now that those are gone, this method is no longer a viable option.
     
  10. beebo87 macrumors member

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    If you're already on a FamilyTalk plan you're still eligible to keep it and add lines to it. So it still is an option for some of us I believe.
     
  11. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    So, you pay another $10 or $120 a year to have that other line?
     
  12. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Just something to consider:

    Early upgrade:
    $450

    Dummy line:
    $200 + $10*24 = $440 + taxes and regulatory fees

    In the end, you're paying around the same. Only difference being with early upgrade, you need to pay it all upfront. Both are still less than MSRP, though.
     
  13. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

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    Only if you're already on it. People neglect to mention this, then others read about it and go into the store and freak out on the rep because their "friend just did it, why can't I?"

    But yes you are correct. Also the line cap is 5 on family talk.
     
  14. redsoxguy676 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright since the dummy line is not an option for me, since my early upgrade date isn't going to be till the Monday after launch day (9/21) will the manager at my local corporate store do an override to move my early upgrade date up a few days?
     
  15. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    just call att and ask to add another line to your acct. Once you have that extra number, you can then preorder the phone or use that number on the 19th in store.
    again your math is off because you are mixing up 1 yr and 2 year costs.

    early upgrade fee is 450.
    dummy line is 10 x 12 months (1 year) 120
    selling old phone is 300
    buying new phone is 300

    so you pay 120 over the course of 1 yr for a dummy line and selling the old phone cancels out what you pay for the new phone.

    if you do the early upgrade, selling the old phone will still pay off for the new phone but you will have also paid 450 ETF instead of 120 monthly service. so it's 330 dollars more expensive.
     
  16. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    I'm not mixing up anything. Even if the 1 year cost for the extra line is just $120, you're required to keep it for 2 years so your total cost for that line is $240. That's what people should look at. Sure, you can use your main line to upgrade in the 2nd year but you still need to keep paying $10 for that dummy line until the contract is over.

    If you do the early upgrade, you just pay the slightly discounted rate of $450. There's no separate ETF but early upgrade does extend your contract by another 2 years.

    You can sell your old phone regardless of whether or not you do the early upgrade or the dummy line.
     
  17. redsoxguy676 thread starter macrumors regular

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    If anyone can answer, since my early upgrade date isn't until the 21st of September will a manager at my local AT&T store override that and let me do an early upgrade a few days early?
     
  18. TAI182 macrumors regular

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    Yes.
     
  19. maximus96 macrumors 6502a

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    i recall reading that the early upgrade price is only good once every 18 months, so you can't keep early-upgrading every 12 months like you can with the ghost line.

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    the date within the month doesn't matter, you're already eligible to upgrade on 9/1.
     
  20. redsoxguy676 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I also used an early upgrade for the 5s. That's why I'm kind of thinking AT&T won't allow it two years in a row. I called 3 local corporate stores and all 3 of them gave me different answers regarding moving the early upgrade date by a couple of days.

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    But since I am only eligible for an "early upgrade" and not a fully subsidized phone this year the date stays as 9/21 which was the date of the 5s release, or so I'd imagine from what I've been reading.
     
  21. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    You should be able to. The amount for the early upgrade is actually more than fully discounted upgrade fee + ETF ($199 + $205 = $404).
     
  22. miamialley macrumors 68030

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    They definitely should. Explain you may as well pay the ETF and switch providers and get the new phone for full discount. They will have no choice.
     
  23. redsoxguy676 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm... So realistically if I go to the store and tell them I want to pay the account off early by paying the eff then tell them I want to buy the iphone 6 with a new two year contract they would do it?

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    If I pay the etf I could still keep my account and the same number correct? Since at that point I'd be a "month to month" customer.
     
  24. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    That's the thing. Last time I asked AT&T if I could just pay ETF without cancelling my line so that I can unlock my phone (international travel), they said they couldn't do it. They'd have to cancel my line and I'd end up losing my phone number.
     

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