Pay off phone before trading in on AT&T Next?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by netnothing, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. netnothing macrumors 68040

    netnothing

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    Wondering if this is possible. Say you have AT&T Next 12. You are all paid up through 12 payments and you preorder the next phone. At this point AT&T is expecting you to turn in your old phone once you receive the new one. What if before the new one arrived, and after the preorder, you decided to pay off the old one so you could sell it?

    Is that possible? Or once you compete this preorder, are you forced into sending in the phone?

    Granted this probably wouldn't happen much, but just wondering.

    -Kevin
     
  2. bueller1 macrumors 6502

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    Don't give the phone in and they will simply charge you for the remaining installments that you owe. I called to ask the same question.
     
  3. spades1412 macrumors 6502

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    Yep, simply do not send the phone in.

    I cancelled my preorder. My upgrade eligibility was reinstated within 10 minutes. I was then able to log into my AT&T account and pay off the remaining balance.
     
  4. southerndoc macrumors 65816

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    Wait, you said you had Next 12 and you've made 12 payments. Isn't Next 12 only 12 payments?
     
  5. DoofenshmirtzEI macrumors 6502a

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    20 payments. You can trade in after 12, or pay all 20 and own the phone outright.
     
  6. southerndoc macrumors 65816

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    Gotcha
     
  7. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    It seems foolish to give AT&T the phone. Just pay it off and sell it yourself. You will make out better that way.
     
  8. PTVMan macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. My iPhone 6 payoff balance was $299 and I sold it on Craigslist for $500.
     

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