Switching carriers for iPhone 6 release

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  1. 3lite macrumors 6502a

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    I'm planning on switching to AT&T from Verizon as soon as the iPhone 6 is released. Should I switch carriers a week prior to release date or on pre-order day? What should I do?

    I want to ensure that I get the new phone on time and not by October/November.
     
  2. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    If you are out of contact, I would do it now. It is going to be crazy when the 6 is released.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    If you can switch now, that would be better since things will certainly be much more busier once the 6 hits the streets.
     
  4. makerleone macrumors regular

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    I also advising you to switch now, don't wait for releasing of iPhone 6. :)
     
  5. sandmanfvr macrumors member

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    Yeah switching and getting a new shiny iPhone will be hectic on all carriers, my wife is getting the 6 and i told her to preorder it on Sprint. I have till February till my contract is up, I will see if the carrier will be lenient and let me renew to get a new iPhone sale or I wait and pay for it outright. Anyway getting your iPhone in the all the hustle AND activating on the carrier/transferring your number may cause issues. So yeah go now if you can, but here the question if you swap now what will you use?
     
  6. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

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    You can switch now. If you have a Verizon iPhone 5S it is already unlocked and will work on AT&T. You can sign up for service using the 5S and get the iPhone 6 when it comes out using NEXT or a full subsidy upgrade.
     
  7. 3lite thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What? Are you sure? I have the Verizon 5S. I can just cancel Verizon now and switch to AT&T with this same 5S and number??
     
  8. dragon671556 macrumors member

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    I've considered switching carriers as well; except it would be leaving ATT and going to Verizon. ATT is horrible in my area anymore; reporting it does no good. I am thinking of switching this coming weekend.
     
  9. ogremoustro macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, the Verizon iPhone 5-5s is unlocked and I'm pretty sure you can use it on AT&T. All you would need is an AT&T sim.
     
  10. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a

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    Careful there.. he also wants to keep the same number. If he cancels Verizon service before switching to AT&T, he'll almost certainly lose his number. He needs to port over to AT&T, NOT straight up cancel.
     
  11. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Always amazing that folks are ready to give answers without really knowing the question.

    For example, if he bought the Verizon on a contract a month ago, he would have a serious penalty to switch now. He has a 5S - so???

    And as mentioned, he needs to port and not just cancel.
     
  12. theonekcrow macrumors 6502a

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    Also, because of how the phone was activated, I dont know if LTE will work on that phone. He may be only able to get up to "4G". Has anyone switched from Verizon to AT&T, kept their device, and got LTE?
     
  13. ron7624 macrumors 68020

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    I don't think your ATT will work on Verizon, unless they added it to their database. And that is unlikely. If you have a device that is already set up for use with verizon, then you will be ok.
     
  14. dragon671556 macrumors member

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    I'll have to buy a new phone. I'm okay with that to be able to actually use my phone and make calls when I need too.
     
  15. ron7624 macrumors 68020

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    My comment was because the new phones are a few weeks away and your post sounded to me that you need to pull the trigger now. If you can wait a few weeks, it would be worth it, even if you wanted the iPhone 5.
     
  16. illippinno, Aug 24, 2014
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    I've actually switched from T-Mobile to AT&T when the iPhone 4 came out, as well as switched from AT&T to Verizon when the iPhone 5 came as well so hopefully this info helps:

    When I went from T-Mobile to AT&T, I actually pre-ordered the device on Apple's website for an in-store pick-up, which the Apple staff did everything for me in-store during the release.

    When I switched from AT&T to Verizon for the iPhone 5 release, I was already out of contract with AT&T, and decided to have it mailed to me instead as opposed to going in store, and all I had to do was go to Verizon's website to pre-order the 5 as if I am a new customer. During my order, they will ask you if you would like a new number, or if you'd like to transfer your number to their carrier (which you should choose). Nothing will happen until you receive your new device.

    Once I got my 5 in the mail, I simply activated it thru iTunes and my iPhone 4 (from AT&T) instantly stopped working, and my iPhone 5 became active right away on Verizon's network. I received a letter/bill from AT&T the following month indicating my cancellation of their service, as well as any fees because it cancelled in the middle of a billing cycle.

    OR if you wanted to switch over now:

    Yes, you can actually use your Verizon iPhone 5s with AT&T. It came factory unlocked and I've actually tried it out myself with my friend's AT&T sim card and everything worked fine.

    You won't have to go through Verizon to cancel - you can go straight to AT&T and they can port your account there when you sign up with them, and they'll automatically cancel Verizon for you.

    Just a heads up - when you do get your iPhone 6, you may or may not still experience activation issues. Since a lot of people will get their devices the same time as you, Apple's server may be bombarded with people activating their devices, which is why I suggest going through my earlier post so that it's at least all done at once.

    Hopefully that helps!



     
  17. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, porting would be needed to keep the number. However purely from phone capability side of things the 5S from Verizon will be just fine on AT&T (or T-Mobile).

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    That would apply to the 5, while 5C/5S will get LTE and work just fine on AT&T.
     
  18. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601

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    My girlfriend and I made the switch when we ordered the iPhone 5. It was no biggie (We switched right back, though).
     
  19. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Do it before. The last thing you want is wasting more time at the Apple Store on launch day. It's going to be a mess on that day, no matter what.
     

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