Switching to T-Mobile on Launch day - How long does it take?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jzmail, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. jzmail macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I checked the first couple pages of the forum and didn't find anything, so here it goes.

    I'm planning to take advantage T-Mobile's offer to pay my ETF (early termination fee) to switch from AT&T. I have 2 iPhone 6+ scheduled to arrive tomorrow on launch day, and I was wondering how long would it take for AT&T to send the unlock code to me so that I can use it on T-Mobile? Can I pay off the ETF right away at the AT&T store? Or do I have to wait for 2 weeks for AT&T to deliver the unlock code to me while getting stuck on my old old Nokia...

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mars Is Waiting macrumors member

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    T-Mobile re-imburses for your ETF. You pay for it, they give you the money back on a Visa card. At least thats what they told me for my Verizon contract. I don't know what you mean by 2 weeks to get an unlock code. You just call the 1-800 number and say you're going out of the country and they'll set you up.
     
  3. jzmail thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the response, the 2 weeks I mentioned is the time for AT&T to send me the unlock code (I'm guessing it's 2 weeks). Or is it instant for AT&T to give me an unlock code once I pay for the ETF?
     
  4. BrandonHacks macrumors regular

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    It's not a code that they provide.. They will send the IMEI to apple servers and after an itunes restore or sometimes even just plugging in the phone will give a popup that the phone was unlocked.
     
  5. jzmail thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks BrandonHacks, so theoretically I'll be able to use my phone tomorrow on T-Mobile?! that's great news!
     
  6. mainomega macrumors 6502

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    I'm preatty sure ATT require you stay at least 14 days or they can request either the phone back or charge you the full price if you keep it ?
     
  7. fishmd macrumors 68000

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    Yep what he said.
     

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