Will this work to get a new iPhone every year subsidized?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tnisatard, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. tnisatard macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2008
    I have a question about AT&T, I am going to sign up for AT&T next summer and I was wondering if I can do this for iPhones since Im in charge of the phone bill

    Sign up for 3 lines with AT&T Family Plan

    Me: 2010 iPhone on 2 year contract
    Mom: Use a regular unlocked phone with no contract
    Dad: Use a regular unlocked phone with no contract

    then when 2011 comes out with the new iPhone

    Me: Use my moms upgrade (1 year left on contract)
    Mom: Get the 2011 iPhone and put it under my account + 2 year contract for her
    Dad: no upgrade (not on contract)

    then rotate every year assuming i still want the iphone or some other phone

    in case your wondering, my parents dont even use their cell phones much, they only use it to contact me and they do not care as long as it makes calls, they arent into technology at all, and i will buy them unlocked phones to use
  2. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2009
    Sure - but you don't need 3 people to pull this off - you only need 2. If 1 of the people on the account is satisfied with using a crap phone, you would upgrade your own phone on even years, and use their upgrade in the odd years (or vice versa). And since they usually let you upgrade after 1.5 years (or sometimes even less - depends on your monthly cost), that makes it even easier to pull off.

    *edit* I forgot about the data plan issue... if the other person doesn't have a data plan, this probably doesn't work.

  3. keenan wolf macrumors 6502

    keenan wolf

    Mar 2, 2008
    well you pretty much just answered your own question there, didnt you?
  4. tnisatard thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2008
    oh yeah, i know i dont need 3 people, but thats how my situation is

    and what do you mean about the data plan issue?

    does that mean if i use my moms line to upgrade to a new iphone, i must add a data plan on her line before i can give myself the iphone?
  5. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I upgraded someone elses line for an iPhone to use on my account without adding a data plan.
  6. keenan wolf macrumors 6502

    keenan wolf

    Mar 2, 2008
    no. just say you want to use that upgrade, and that you want to use that phone on your line.
  7. tnisatard thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2008
    ok cool! thanks for responses!

    this plan is pretty much going to work right?

    there isnt any fault i can see
  8. TheCheapGeek macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    You shouldn't have to move data plans around, I used an upgrade on the family plan (my wife's) to upgrade to my 3g last summer. They simply removed the upgrade from her number and gave me the discount. I have two iPhones on a family plan, and because my line is over 100 a month i get a yearly upgrade and she has a 2 year upgrade, but takes my last year iPhone when I upgrade.
  9. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Stop being greedy you don't need two iPhones sell your current one on eBay for the crazy prices they go for these days and buy the new one full price....it's that simple
  10. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    In the US on AT&T you would only need one in this scenario. If you have your iPhone line as the primary line on the account (lists the full plan amount on this line with add on amounts for the other line) along with the data plan and any family texting, etc, your renewal period should only be 12 months. That's the way mine is setup and many others have seen this as well.
  11. jsimpson macrumors regular


    Dec 30, 2006
    Yeah I have 4 lines with two of them being iPhones on my Family Plan, I'm eligible for an upgrade (my number,main line on the account) every 12 months. The way understand it is the length of time for upgrades is based on how much your plan costs each month. I don't recall the levels but that's what I heard. :)
  12. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit

    lets see I bought my Iphone in June in Nov of next year I can get a new one is that really that bad that is on the base plan I should get around $600 buy new phone on plan pocket extra cash. :D or I might wait till 2011 for my next one see what june brings.but if you can do what you want with two plans of course you can do it with 3. or lets start another thread can I get a new phone every year with 4-5 plans.
  13. tnisatard thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2008
    so its smarter to pay 600 dollars for a phone when I can get it for 1/3 of the price... okay....

    i didnt mean to make this thread asking if i can do it with 3 lines, but that is going to be my situation in the future, i was pretty sure i can do it with 2 lines, but i just put the 3rd line anyways since i plan on signing that type of contract
  14. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    If you have more than one account and the others are eligible to upgrade you can just switch it over to yours. I did it in order to get my 3Gs.
  15. NJMetsHero macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2009
    I have a friend who does the same thing on Verizon. His parents don't care about new phones so they let him use the upgrades as long as he pays for the phones.

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