New number worth an iPhone 6 Plus

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jharvey71884, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. jharvey71884 macrumors regular

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    Currently I have an iPhone 5C. No complaints how it runs things hardware wise, although I do get some lag here and there. The only major thing I want is a bigger screen - MUCH bigger.

    Currently I have had my number for ten years. I have a Verizon contract and it's still pretty early. Was told I could get Edge in February. I signed my contact, I knew what I was getting into, I don't have a problem paying EFT - I'm not one of those guys that thinks they owe me something. Don't want to switch to anything else: T-Mobile (no stories here even), had Sprint and it was bad, and AT&T is not good according to multiple neighbors.

    Well my son broke my iPad mini. I used it for Twitter, web browsing, email, and to check how stories show up on my companies mobile site. I think the 6+ would be the perfect solution. Problem is that Verizon told me to get one, I would have to start a new line and lose my number. I'm a sports reporter and have built up quite a few sources over the year. Worried about getting new information to them.

    For the gallery, how big of a pain is switching numbers and is a new phone worth it?
     
  2. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

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    Couldn't you open a new line, when your 6 comes put your 5C SIM in it and your new sim in your 5C? Wouldn't that let you keep your number on the new phone?
     
  3. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    Honestly...I would just buy the phone outright.

    I don't understand why verizon would tell you that....seems odd.

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    That's an idea as well. Get the 6 plus with the new line, move the 6 plus to your old line, and out a dummy phone on the new line. Think it is called a ghost line? Cost ten bucks a month?

    Never done it myself.
     
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  5. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

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    Like everyone else is saying though just buy it full retail, its the best option for you.
     
  6. jharvey71884 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, full retail I guess is an option. Probably could even throw $200 if I sold the 5C. Then I would always have an upgrade down the road available for the 6+S if it's nice. I appreciate the response...just hard to throw that much money down....:mad:


    I thought dummy lines weren't an option anymore. I could be wrong.
     
  7. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I did I sold my 5S for around $500 and used that to pay full retail on the 6, I don't like being in a contract and I don't like EDGE.

    I'm not a sure about dummy lines per say, but if you are going to start a new line, they can't tell you what phone to put on that one, all you have to do is switch the SIMs and you can get your iPhone 6 on your old number and your 5c on your new number.
     
  8. jharvey71884 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I wish they would just let me pay my early termination fee to them right then and there in the store, but keep my number. I would do that in a heartbeat.
     
  9. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    How would they know it's a dummy line? Add a new line with the 6 and then swap the SIM.
     
  10. jharvey71884 thread starter macrumors regular

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    But I'm paying $40 for that line a month? Correct? I didn't think they let anyone drop data anymore.
     
  11. Skittlebug macrumors member

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    It depends on how bad you want it. I have been hoping for a bigger screen for years but have refused to switch to Android because I am fully invested in the Apple ecosystem and I'm a total fan girl. I was so excited about the 6+ that I would have done almost anything to get one, including changing my number. I love my 6+. If you want the 6+ that bad then go for it but if you're on the fence then I'm not sure you want it bad enough which means you will be disappointed later.

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    I thought dummy lines weren't an option anymore. I could be wrong.[/QUOTE]

    Wouldn't that be a dumb business decision? If we want to pay them more $ every month for a service that isn't even getting used you would think they would celebrate that. SMH.
     
  12. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure if this still works but it has in the past.

    Buy a prepaid flip phone from some carrier other than Verizon for like $10. Port your number to that company. Your number becomes active in the flip phone, it cancels your contract and your ETF goes on your bill immediately. Wait a few days and pay your bill online or over the phone.

    After that few days, call Verizon and say that you ported out but it was a horrible mistake, the service with xyz company is so inferior. Tell them you want to come back.

    Normally they will port your line back in and set you back up with your old phone. Here's where you tell them that, in your haste, you got rid of the Verizon phone. Now you can buy a 6/6+ at full price. Or - if you get the right retention rep, even at a discount.

    As I say, I have seen this work in the past but not sure if it still will.
     
  13. jharvey71884 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was thinking about doing that, but I think they put a stop to it...read that if it is within 60 days, they will revive your original contract.
     
  14. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    That's why I mentioned paying the bill as soon as the ETF hits. I don't know if they can reinstate your contract if you have paid the ETF.
     
  15. Arnezie macrumors 65816

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    What i did,
    add another line on my account
    receive new iPhone 6 and activate on new line
    then switch sim cards and use with original line
    call and cancel additional line
    out of pocket $561 for new phone
    $211 phone
    $350 early termination fee
    Activation fees waived
     

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