Switch from Verizon to TMobile iPhone 6

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  1. oldhifi macrumors 65816

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    I am thinking about switching my service from Verizon to TMobile. Will Verizon block my IPhone 6 until I pay off the ETF? Or can I put the sim in and go? I want a NO contract carrier.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    They won't block the number, the ETF comes on your next billing cycle, so by then you're long gone.
     
  3. oldhifi thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Trade in a phone and they'll pay ETF. It can be any phone. Of course if you trade in your current one you'll get a better bang for the buck if you buy a new handset. Process takes about 45 minutes at your local t mobile store. I did all this just a few days ago. I also switched from Verizon because my signal was getting quite poor where I worked....practically none at all. Now I get 20 mbps with the 6 plus. It's possible my Note 3 became defective but a coworker on Verizon was getting about 4 mbps. Verizon offered me a Samsung S5 as a replacement. Good phone, but only 16 GB. Other than that they couldn't fix my signal problem. I asked them to waive their ETF since I was forced to change carriers but I'll doubt they'll do that. In any case, T Mobile will pay. They tell me you just show up at one of their stores with the bill and they'll send you a pre-paid credit card for the ETF amount.
     
  7. gildog macrumors newbie

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    I did that and I lasted 2 days on TMobile and went back to Verizon. Too many dropped calls and the data was very slow even though I had full coverage.
     
  8. kargurin macrumors 6502

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    My service has been impeccable so far. I guess it depends where you are.
     
  9. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    You can just switch now and go ahead and start using the phone. Verizon doesn't block the phone until the bill and ETF are over 2 months past due and they get ready to write off the account to collections.
     
  10. kargurin macrumors 6502

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    I'd ask Verizon just how long can you wait until you are reported to a credit agency for late payment. You don't want to mess around with your credit score. It's golden for interest rates on cars and home purchase.
     
  11. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    From what I've heard they'll let customers pay them in installments if they can't afford to pay it all upfront. But yeah OP should check with them before waiting too long.
     
  12. kargurin macrumors 6502

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    That's what I'm going to do. You've got to go to T Mobile store, show them the bill, and then they'll mail out the pre paid card. I think the lag is a couple of weeks. But, that should be time enough. Or you can simply pay the ETF immediately and used the card for normal shopping and such. My ETF will be $200.
     
  13. CYKBC macrumors 6502

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    Because T-Mobile is awesome.

    Unlimited data for $80 a month. Killer.
     
  14. rockitdog macrumors 68020

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    I'm guessing he's leaving because of the price. I am leaving VZW in the next couple of weeks myself.

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    Yeah, T-Mobile isn't for everyone. For those in a T-Mobile area it's very nice. I'm considering taking my VZW iPhone to Metro PCS (which uses T-Mo's network) They have unlimited data for $60/ mo!
     
  15. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    If it actually works well in places where you usually are and use your devices.
     
  16. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020

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    You can test drive T-Mobile before you switch. T-Mobile is great if you don't leave an area where their coverage is very good but their coverage isn't on the same level as AT&T and Verizon.
     
  17. Dmaynard83 macrumors 6502a

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    Not really unlimited. 2gb unlimited LTE, the rest you're on edge.
     
  18. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. T-Mobile's great in my area, and been great in nearly all urban areas where I've traveled the past year and a half since I switched. I don't travel to enough rural and outlying areas for their network gaps to matter for me.

    But, there are areas where T-Mobile's coverage isn't so great. So, the test drive is a great way to see how the network performs in typical everyday usage. There's no obligation, so this is about as seamless a way of testing a carrier's service as there is.

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    Wrong. T-Mobile's $80 plan "really" is unlimited.

    http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-plans/individual.html
     
  19. JackieInCo Suspended

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    It is unlimited. I've used as much as 75GB in a month and have never been throttled.
     
  20. Dmaynard83 macrumors 6502a

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    Oh nice. I have unlimited on Verizon, but from a grandfathered plan paying $60, versus $80 on T-Mobile.
     
  21. oldhifi thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Today I switched to TMobile NO CONTRACT!. I have WI FI calling too. Yes it unlimited for $100 + tax for 2 lines.

    I bought my wife a new IPhone 6.

    And yes I will pay Verizon the ETF (ripoff), it used to be $375. I have to pay $480 now.
     
  22. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    How do you get an ETF that high if it's still $375 for contracts (for smartphones)?
     
  23. oldhifi thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I called Verizon that's what they said, we will see when I get the bill.
     
  24. rockitdog macrumors 68020

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    I'm guessing that is your ETF + next month's bill.
     
  25. iosuser macrumors 6502a

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    Congratulations on saving a nice chunk of change every month!

    I chuckle whenever someone cracks some wise a$$ comments about T-Mobile. It's like they're afraid to be the only one left paying the outrageous Verizon charges. Verizon would like all to believe that they're the end all be all, and that strategy has obviously worked on many - I had to twist many arms to get my siblings to switch, believing that it'd be the end of the world if they dropped Verizon. They couldn't thank me often enough after they switched, saving them hundreds a month.

    Yes, T-Mobile definitely has more spotty coverage than Verizon or ATT. Guess what, I'm not all that important that I require 100% coverage 100% of the time. And when there's good coverage which is everywhere I usually am, speeds and voice quality absolutely destroys Verizon and ATT.
     

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