Question about switching from AT&T to T-Mobile

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jbame, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. jbame macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2012
    First the details: mom and I are currently on a familytalk plan at AT&T. Total bill averages 155 per month. I have unlimited data while she has 3 GB which she never even comes close to. However I am sick and tired of getting throttled after 5 GB a month since my average usage is 13 GB. Lastly she has an iPhone 5 16 GB I have an iPhone 6 Plus 64 GB . She is off contract and fully upgrade eligible. I am 12 months into my contract from launch day last year .

    So my current ETF would be about 225$. My question is would I be able to take her upgrade and buy a new iPhone 6 Plus S from AT&T on launch day on a new two-year contract for 299. And then once I receive that could I switch to T-Mobile. T-Mobile would then pay the 225 ETF on my line as well as the 325 ETF on her line. We would then trade in her iPhone 5 to T-Mobile and order her a $20 per month iPhone 6s 16 GB, while I would bring my own device (iPhone 6+S 64gb from att).
    We would sign up on a T-Mobile family plan where I would get unlimited data (and they don't throttle until 21 GB unlike AT&T would throttle at five), and my mom would get three GB per month for grand total of 120 a-month for the plan plus $20 per month for her iPhone 6 thru T-Mobile jump. This would make the grand total of the monthly plan $140 plus taxes and fees which would come out right around 155 which is what we currently have on AT&T

    Essentially T-Mobile would pay AT&T $550 for the two ETFs And I would get a brand-new iPhone 6 Plus S 64 GB from AT&T for 299 and then turn around on them and cancel saving me $550 for a new phone.

    Does anyone see any flaws in this plan?

    thanks for the help
  2. jbame thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2012
  3. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Sorry, I mostly skimmed through but here's the deal. First of all, Review T-Mobile's switch website.

    A quick summary is that T-Mobile will only reimburse ETF if you trade in the phone that is being reimbursed (called Device Payment Plan), and only up to $650 (up to $350 ETF reimbursement per line + up to $300 for the phone). You will not be able to keep the phone.

    Furthermore, AT&T's iPhone 6S (and 6S Plus) are the only iPhone models that lack CDMA EV-DO bands, which could affect resale value.

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