Hello! I am reviewing my options to get my hands on the iPhone 5, despite not being eligible for upgrade. My apologies if these ideas have been debated in other threads, but i'm not necessarily getting the answers to questions I have. I currently have a launch day 4S, white, 32GB, Verizon. My early termination fee would be $270 ($350 minus 8/mos of service@$10/month). I would like to purchase a 16gb Black i5, and preferably keep my number and stay with Verizon. Also, I would plan on selling the 4S, and lets assume I could get at least $350 for it on the open market. So, my options as I see it: 1) Add a line for $9.99, buy a subsidized i5 for $199, pay ETF of $270. Total cost: $479. Downside - I would lose my number, right? 2) Do the above, except instead of adding a line with Verizon, go to AT&T, buy a "free" or cheap phone, port my number, then port it back over to Verizon within 14 days and receive a new subsidized i5 from Verizon, along with my original ported number. Cost: $270 Verizon ETF / random AT&T stocking and activation fees ($50?) / $199+$36 activation i5 price on Verizon...for a total cost of $555. But I would get to keep my number. 3) Sell the phone on eBay/Craigslist/etc (est. $350), purchase unsubsidized for $649. Total cost after selling the phone: $299 Any other tricks/tips that I'm not thinking of? Many thanks for the help here!