Is this possible? (cancel 1 plan/sign up for new one)
AT&T has upset me a bit. I was told after buying a 3GS in September 09 that I'd be eligible to upgrade at the $199 price point for the 4 in February. I have been waiting patiently and the other day checked again only to see that the date has changed to May (with no notice). The rep and supervisor explained the policy and how the May date fell in line with that policy, but had no explanation as to why someone told me February before. I'm pretty sure they are not going to budge as they have the ability to pass the buck on to Apple (i.e. "We can't do anything about the subsidized price of the phone otherwise we would not be allowed by Apple to carry the phone"). I feel like Apple would say something similar ("We have nothing to do with your cell phone plan, we just sell the hardware"). Such is life.
Here's a plan I thought of and I want to see whether it's viable. Can I cancel my current plan (paying the approx. $100 early termination fee), and then go to an Apple store as a new AT&T customer to begin a new plan with an iPhone 4? The only downside would be the lack of unlimited data, which I'd figure out a way to live with (I use 3-4 GB per month currently on unlimited, so I'd have to find WiFi spots or curb use). Is this legal? Would AT&T somehow find a way to claim I am not eligible to be considered a "new user" in this case? The CSA on the phone said something about a 30-day window but he wasn't sure (at that point I hung up frustrated). I feel like someone on the forums has to know the ins and outs of the situation.
Also, if there's a better way to go from my 3GS to the 4 some time in the next month as opposed to waiting 5 months (my main priorities are getting it done quick, then getting it done cheaper), please advise. I guess some people will say wait to see about a Verizon iPhone (I'll probably wait until the end of the month at least, to see about any announcements), because my best option might be to pay an early termination fee and just jump ship to Verizon.
Any help appreciated.