Question about being on contract

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  1. matt555 macrumors newbie

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    I am currently on contract with Verizon since the 6 came out, I have a reservation for the 6s at Apple. Can I pay full price even though I'm still on contract (like losing my phone, right?) and then sell my 6 without the sim? I don't know if Apple will sell me a phone if I am still on contract.
     
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  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    You can always buy a phone for full price. Doesn't matter if you are on contract or not for that. You can easily switch to it as well and do what you want with your current/older phone.
     
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    Exactly. The contract is all about the service not the phone.
     
  5. netnothing, Sep 13, 2015
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    Not if its a subsidized contract.

    EDIT: Never mind. I was wrong. Apologies.

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  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    The terms of the carrier contract are still about staying with the service and perhaps with a particular feature as well, but not about the phone or what you can do with it or anything like that. Buying a full price phone has nothing to do with any of that.
     
  7. random person macrumors 6502a

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    From talking to ATT I was told that you can simply switch to the new phone even if on contract and buying outright. It just means you are still on contract and therefore will be paying extra per month until the contract expires. A subsidized phone means you pay more per month until the contract expires. That's how they recovertheir subsidy. But the phone is yours to do with what you will.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Nothing is preventing him from buying an unlocked phone full price and sticking his old sim into the new phone.
     
  9. netnothing, Sep 13, 2015
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    If the original phone was purchased under contract, then that contract will have to be paid off one way or another to pay for the full cost of the phone.

    Buying a phone at full price would normally give a discount in service.

    EDIT: Never mind. I was wrong. Apologies.

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  10. netnothing, Sep 13, 2015
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    Correct. But he would still have to pay the full old contract. He wouldn't get a discount for the full price phone.

    EDIT: Never mind. I was wrong. Apologies.

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  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, that contract would be paid off by staying with the service for the agreed time period, even if it is with a different phone thst was later bought at full price. As for a discount, sure, one wouldn't apply in that case, but that doesn't seem to be part of what was being asked about.
     
  12. edlex macrumors 68000

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    My understanding is that the subsidy is on the price of the phone you previously purchased. As long as you're paying full price for the new phone, either through the upgrade program or buying it outright, the carrier is no longer subsidizing anything. At least that's how it is with sprint. When I placed the order for the upgrade program there was no carrier authorization necessary.
     
  13. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Ok thanks.
     
  14. maflynn Moderator

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    Correct and he realizes this:
     
  15. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Yup clearly I misread the original post. I have since deleted my response.

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  16. EW800 macrumors 6502

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    I have two phones that are currently under contract with Verizon - one year through the two year deal. I just called Verizon to see if there is any way I can pay the early termination fee to get out of the remaining one year. No dice, unless I completely terminate service and give up the current numbers. I was hoping to buy my way out of the contract, but no can do. :(
     
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    If you do that you will have to close your account and lose your phone number.
    Just get one full price and then sell your old phone to offset the cost.
    That's what most have been doing for years when they had no available subsidy.
     
  18. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Wow....that sucks. Completely opposite from AT&T.

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  19. EW800 macrumors 6502

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    I believe that is just what I am going to do. Thank you.
     
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    When I asked AT&T a few years back if I could pay off the rest of the etf and get a new subsidy after a year they said no. AT&T Rep told me I'd have to close the account and start a new one and pay the old etf etc...
    Not sure if that has changed lately or maybe I got a misinformed AT&T associate.
     
  21. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Not sure about paying ETF and then getting a new subsidy....I think my account said I could only do Next. I just paid the ETF on our two phones so I could go to Next for the 6s. That is possible. Regardless.....paying the ETF on AT&T just pushes you to month to month contract. It even lowers your monthly bill as if you were bringing your old phone.

    Note however, that you might pay more by breaking the contract IF you keep your phones (multiple)....unless you have the higher data plan. By selling after only a year you can make back a lot more than the ETF.

    -Kevin
     

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