Switching to AT&T - Quick Questions

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Exploding Bears, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. Exploding Bears macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2007
    My family all has Sprint, and me and my bro were thinking of switching over to AT&T to get iphones. The question I had, can we still call our family members with Sprint phones without getting extra charged? I assumed that like any service, you pay for a plan that gives you a certain number of hours free without having to pay extra.

    Lastly, I don't think my contract is up with Sprint. Would AT&T buy out my contract? Sorry if thats a stupid question, someone claimed that they would - but I had never heard of that.

    Thanks for any help that I may get. :)

    Oh also, if AT&T doesn't buy out old contracts, any tips on how to dump the old contract?
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I haven't heard of at&t buying out contracts.

    Your calls to your family members on Sprint would just count against your plan minutes. I have a family plan with me, wife, & daughter on at&t and we get unlimited mobile-to-mobile which means we can call any other at&t member without it counting against our plan minutes. So perhaps you can convince the other family members to switch as well.
  3. Exploding Bears thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2007
    Ah, I see. So it would just depend on how many minutes I have then.

    Also, my family wouldn't be able to switch over. Because at least 3 of them have their contract for another year. So it would cost them $150 each i think (the penalty cost).

    Heck, I'm trying to get out of mine without being charged (I'm cheap)
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I better solution. Wait till your contract with Sprint is up. Reason, Sprint will not let go of those $150 easily. Also, by the time you finish your contract, you may find a higher memory or even 3G iPhone. Just be patient with your contract.

    I was and as a result I got my iPhone in mid September after the controversial price drop. If I would have bought the same day the iPhone came out I would have been charged $175 T-Mobile charges for early termination + the $200 extra the iPhone originally costed.
  5. Meecrob macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2006
    New England
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    A few years back I was with Sprint...

    Family Plan, four (4) phones, and we would go to Kauai, HI on vacation and Sprint didn't have coverage, so we asked them to cancel our four (4) phones and walked over to AT&T and set-up a family plan, and did not have to pay the early termination fee, since they were under the impression that we were moving to Kauai. We just explained that we needed our phones on the island of Kauai and they released us without a fuss. Not sure if that helps, but I was relieved to get away from Sprint after almost ten (10) years of dropped calls, double-billing, and shutting off my service for not paying my double-billed bill. So, now when I have a problem (not that often) with AT&T, I tell them "If I wanted to be treated like DIRT, I'd still be with Sprint!" They always get a laugh and do my bidding! LOL :cool:
  7. meatybonez macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2007
    If you are worrying about an early termination fee take into account that you'll be able to sell your old phone on Ebay, and also you won't be needing an iPod anymore...so if you have a touch, classic, or 5th generation, or even a nano that you dont' use for running then you can sell BOTH for atleast $150 probably more like $200...if you have another smart phone...you'll probably get $150-$300 for it...paying for the $400 iPhone is a different story...the phone is great...if you really want it...don't let the contract you're in hold you back...they have to let you take your number...I know that Verizon contract termination is based upon how many months you have left...my termination fee was only $130...and i was told they would take $5 off each month if I waited...
  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
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    FYI the sprint termination fee is $200.

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