Is it too early to ETF my 5c from ATT?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hillbilly181, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. hillbilly181 macrumors member

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    I want to pay $325 and ETF and use T-Mobile. Do they let you ETF right away? It's a lot cheaper than buying unlocked too, $549 vs $99+$325.
     
  2. Knowimagination macrumors 65832

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    First yes its too early most likely.

    Also how are you going to use your AT&T locked iphone on T-Mobile?
     
  3. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    I believe it's also 1st months service (whatever that is for you).

    So $99 + $325 etf + $36 upgrade fee + 1st months service (mostly likely $70 for most single line customers). At that type of money you might as well just go buy a T-mobile 5c off contract no?
     
  4. D3TSURA macrumors member

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    How long have you had the 5c. Usually you have 14 days to return your device and cancel your contract and not pay an ETF.
     
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  6. hillbilly181 thread starter macrumors member

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    I live in CA so it's 30.
    Isn't T-Mobile unlocked $549?

    Thanks guys. I was thinking it'd be cheaper to just pay ETC than to return.

    EDIT: T-Mobile site says $22 x 24/mo Cost monthly. So thats like $500+ and a monthly bill (and maybe 24 month contract on the phone?)
     
  7. Knowimagination macrumors 65832

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    You are honestly better off returning. If you will save any money it will be negligible and still leave you with a phone locked to the AT&T network.
     
  8. hillbilly181 thread starter macrumors member

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    That's crazy. Even if I pay ETF I can't use my phone on any other network?
     
  9. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Did you specifically buy an unlocked version? If not then no, it's not crazy ;)

    Carriers do that to avoid customers that would game the system by buying and immediately canceling to save a couple $.
     
  10. hillbilly181 thread starter macrumors member

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    Doesn't paying ETF unlock the phone?

    **** att im getting out of you whatever you wanna do to try to lock me in. pathetic company. 5gb data. <--rofl
    such a fake service
     
  11. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Definitely not.

    5GB of data is more than enough for their normal client base. As long as you aren't constantly streaming pandora/netflix or downloading torrents with it you should be fine.
     
  12. LagLiquidators macrumors member

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    After your contract is up, you can request AT&T to unlock your phone but they don't have to. They didn't unlock my 4S after I upgraded to the 5.
     
  13. forcetactic macrumors 6502

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    There's tax on the ETF too. I live in Cali and my ETF which was supposed to be $315 turned out to be $375 after tax.
     
  14. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    :eek:

    Wow, thats rough. H8 greedy California taxes :(
     
  15. hillbilly181 thread starter macrumors member

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    Lol I'm just gonna return then.
    I'm not giving them a penny of my $375 ETC.

    They don't even unlock your phone for use with other carriers after you pay them $375+$36 Upgrade+$99 for the phone? Are they ****ing moralless? What the hell am I gonna do with my phone once I unlock it with you.... stay with you?

    ATT is terrible. I can't wait till VOIP becomes mainstream and ATT dies a slow death like blockbuster and tower records.
     
  16. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    Alright people. AT&T will unlock any phone if you fufill your financial commitment, i.e. paying the ETF.

    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/

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    IF THE OP PAYS THE ETF, then AT&T will unlock his phone and he can use Tmobile.
     
  17. Knowimagination macrumors 65832

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    What you are attempting to do is the reason that AT&T does not unlock the phone after paying an ETF.

    Otherwise every person that wanted an unlocked phone would make them waste resources setting up accounts, canceling accounts etc just to save a few bucks.
     
  18. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Good. Glad you made the right choice :)

    Hope you enjoy T-mobile.
     
  19. Knowimagination macrumors 65832

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    Interesting I have had experience that goes against this, wonder if this is a relatively new thing?
     
  20. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Of course there's also the fine print at the bottom ;)
     
  21. hillbilly181 thread starter macrumors member

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    It's the same cost to return anyhow after an outrageous $375+ fee with CA tax.

    $375+$99+$36 is already $510
     
  22. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Hope it works out for you. Let us know what they say :)
     
  23. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    it's not cheaper...
    need 1st month, activation fees, etc...

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    Yes, if you pay the ETF, they have to unlock it, it will take at least 14 days after the 1st month for them to process it. You can pay off the grid $2 online and get it in half an hour.

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    it isn't that new, ~ 2 years I think
     
  24. LagLiquidators macrumors member

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    Me too.
     
  25. hillbilly181 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm gonna return this iPhone.
    I called the T Mobile store and I can't get the JUMP program.

    Monthly Payment:

    70$ Unlimited EVERYTHING (Including LTE Data). NO THROTTLE.
    22$ 16 GB iPhone 5c (+$99 one time payment for 5s)
    10$ Jump Program (Includes Insurance. $150 deductible for cracked screen)

    This is a NO CONTRACT plan.

    So it comes out to $102/mo + tax. Benefits are unlimited everything, including data. T-Mobile is great in LA so I don't have to worry about coverage. It is good. After 6 months, I can switch out my 5c for the new iPhone if I want, whenever that comes out. You just pay a new upfront fee (if there is one) and then it assumes the new monthly fee, whatever the new phones monthly fee is. 5s and 5c are $22. You then give back your old phone.

    $102/mo. Unlimited Everything, No Contract. Upgrade every new release. Reliable service. Sold.

    I'm gonna do this.

    I just go to ATT and return my phone and cancel my line right? Is it that easy. Do I get my $50 tax returned too?
     

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