Non Contract iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by carfac, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. carfac macrumors 65816

    carfac

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    So if I walk into an ATT store with a non-jailbroken, totally virgin iPhone GS, can I get a month to month contact? Would it have no ETF? Can you get just service... and the iPhone web add-on? What would happen?

    Or can I just buy a phone there for "full" price and get a non-term contact?
     
  2. renewed macrumors 68040

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    Paying full price will allow you to get a non-contract iPhone 3GS. Still tied to AT&T, however, it can be month-to-month.
     
  3. carfac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Cool. And no ETF, right?

    Can I come in with a phone, or do I have to buy it from them?
     
  4. renewed macrumors 68040

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    Should be able to come in with a phone and just get a SIM from them, albeit the phone should be IMEI clean (not stolen lol)...

    No ETF because no contract. You paid for the subsidies by buying a full price phone, or avoided them by bringing in your own.
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    while no etf, enjoy paying the same rate plan everyone who does have a subsidy pays lol

    makes no sense to me
     
  6. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    It's really pointless to supply your own phone and still sign up with AT&T. You are paying the subsidy for a phone you already own! The monthly plan is the same.

    Buy a new phone and get a new contract. Sell your other phone. :D
     
  7. carfac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. It is also an option if you hate ATT and know there MAY be an option to be away from ATT in, say, March, but want an iPhone now....
     
  8. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502

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    It might also make sense if you have access to a cheap used iPhone and you know you will want to upgrade in a few months when a new iPhone is released.
     
  9. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

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    It may also make sense when you know for certain, ahead of time, that your overall requirement for service from AT&T will be for a limited duration of less than 2 years and hence there would be a guarantee of an ETF to contend with if you go on contract.

    Or, if circumstances dictate that you must sign up for cellular service NOW, but there is a particular piece of hardware you know for certain you'll be wanting to acquire but it isn't available yet, then it may also make sense to defer cashing in on your subsidy until that new piece of hardware becomes available.

    Otherwise, you're correct: If you know you're going to be purchasing cellular service on an ongoing basis no matter what, and you know that the circumstances leading you to choose AT&T as your service provider will not change for at least the next two years, then it only makes sense to accept the subsidy on a new phone.
     
  10. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Or you can also but the non contract phone and use it on a GoPhone plan. $60 unlimited calls and test, just no data included.
     

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