So if I'm currently on Verizon and want to switch to T-Mobile, can someone explain?

andyACEcandy

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I know T-Mobile will pay off my ETF... so I'm wondering what happens if I sign/renew a 2-year contract with Verizon today and get an iPhone 6 Plus for $299.

Can I then just switch over to T-Mobile and have them pay off my Verizon cancellation ETF? Keep the iPhone 6 Plus that I got for $299... and give T-Mobile some old blackberry or something? Then, sell the Verizon iPhone 6 Plus for the extra spending cash I'd need to get the iPhone 6 Plus through T-Mobile.


Does all of that make sense? That sounds too good to be true... like there's some kind of loophole.
 

Menel

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They will want your 6plus. Itll be noted in your etf paperwork.
 

cnotes2019

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I know T-Mobile will pay off my ETF... so I'm wondering what happens if I sign/renew a 2-year contract with Verizon today and get an iPhone 6 Plus for $299.



Can I then just switch over to T-Mobile and have them pay off my Verizon cancellation ETF? Keep the iPhone 6 Plus that I got for $299... and give T-Mobile some old blackberry or something? Then, sell the Verizon iPhone 6 Plus for the extra spending cash I'd need to get the iPhone 6 Plus through T-Mobile.





Does all of that make sense? That sounds too good to be true... like there's some kind of loophole.

Why would you sell the verizon iphone plus and get the tmobile version when the verizon model works fully on tmobile??
 

brand

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Really? I thought all you had to do was trade in ANY working phone... not necessarily your newest phone.
You can't seriously can be that dense. You are obligated to turn in the phone that you received in trade for signing a new contract. You seriously think the carrier would be content if you tuned in a 10 year old flip phone? You trading in your phone is how they offset the cost of paying off your contract.
 

andyACEcandy

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You can't seriously can be that dense. You are obligated to turn in the phone that you received in trade for signing a new contract. You seriously think the carrier would be content if you tuned in a 10 year old flip phone? You trading in your phone is how they offset the cost of paying off your contract.

Okay, got it.

Second question... what if I don't sign a 2 year agreement with Verizon. What phone do I have to trade-in to T-Mobile then? Any phone? Or the one I'm currently using?

So basically, you have to trade in the phone you're currently using? I swear I've heard of people trading in old crappy flip phones and it working.
 

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Okay, got it.

Second question... what if I don't sign a 2 year agreement with Verizon. What phone do I have to trade-in to T-Mobile then? Any phone? Or the one I'm currently using?

So basically, you have to trade in the phone you're currently using? I swear I've heard of people trading in old crappy flip phones and it working.
You can check to see which phones TMO accepts here. The better the phone, the greater the trade in value.

Save yourself the headache with this scam and just sell the phone you currently have or trade that one in for the new iPhone w/ TMO if that's what you really want. As far as cost savings, no one here is going to run the numbers for you to see if you'll be able to get a free phone out of it.
 

wxman2003

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You will pay more than just the ETF. You will have to pay 1 month's service and activation fee to Verizon. So that $299 phone will cost you and additional $350 ETF, $35 activation fee, plus at least $80 for your first month. Add that up, and that iPhone will cost you at least $765. Just buy it outright, and get a cheaper t mobile plan that will save you money in the long run. if you save $20 a month off your bill, that's $480 over 2 years. Almost enough to pay for that phone.
 

Nexus4144

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I would just give a call to T-Mobile and ask them! To my understanding if you pay the ETF, the phone is yours. I mean isn't that the point of the ETF? Either way, give a call to T-Mobile and ask them if they can waive the trade in requirement. When I switched to them, I didn't have to trade in any phones and had them pay for the ETF's. Granted I had 6 lines I was switching, but its still worth a shot!
 

andyACEcandy

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#confused

I'm actually just trying to help a friend out lol. Looks like I'll need to give T-Mobile a call or visit a store and get the specifics down.
 

brand

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I'm actually just trying to help a friend out lol. Looks like I'll need to give T-Mobile a call or visit a store and get the specifics down.
Is your friend not capable of picking up a phone and making a call or walking/rolling into a T-Mobile store?
 
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