Replacing my broken iPhone by upgrading someone on my family plan...

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by byjbyj, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. byjbyj macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2009
    Hey everyone,

    I smashed my iPhone screen...completely. They won't replace it for me without having me fork over my old phone and paying them $300. I was about to do it but then a lightbulb went off in my head.....

    So here is my thought process:

    1. I can sell my smashed 16gb 3G iPhone on ebay for over $300....(I've checked)

    2. I'm on a family plan, so my thought is to have my mom "upgrade" her phone to an iPhone.

    3. Wait 5-10 days or so....have her call and say "I'm having money troubles...I want to get rid of the $30 data plan and revert back to my old phone for now"

    4. I take the new iPhone and pop in my sim card and that's it! Hello new unsmashed iPhone!

    is this at all possible?
    It sucks because a new contract is being signed and no new upgrades are allowed for my mom for 2 years...but really she is so anti-tech she couldn't care less. If she does care...I'll buy her a phone off ebay one day.....


    P.S. OR....can I pay the replacement fee for the iphone and KEEP my old phone? I feel like I should be able to since I paid for it originally!
  2. Macgic macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2007

    I don't see why you wouldn't keep your phone...also my mom actually took my upgrade to buy the so i am stuck with a 2g so ya you can do that. My mom just said "look i want the iphone and i am gonna use my sons yearly upgrade" and they let her. so you may not even have to get it for her then cancel it.

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