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    I want to buy an iPhone but I want to pay $150 at walmart and then immediately cancel the account. My question then is what will happen if I buy a phone then cancel the line immediately. Will they be mad and cause trouble?

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    To get that price you have to keep the service active on the line you activate if you cancel they will charge you a 350 termination fee as well as the full retail price of the iPhone prob like 600 if your luck they will minus the 150 u already paid so you do that you will buy a 950 iPhone
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    Not to mention that if you buy one and cancel they will blacklist the MEID and it will be useless as a cell phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtshurtleff View Post
    I want to buy an iPhone but I want to pay $150 at walmart and then immediately cancel the account. My question then is what will happen if I buy a phone then cancel the line immediately. Will they be mad and cause trouble?

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    Bottom line: Don't.

    WalMart is an authorized agent for Verizon, and you'll be liable for Verizons customary ETF plus the one for WalMart's Agent Dealer. You could wind up in a world of screwed.
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    Why would you want to do that anyway???
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmt316 View Post
    Why would you want to do that anyway???
    My guess would be so he can get something for nothing. Or $150. People always want to hose the companies
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    But, in spite of all of the repercussions, NO, they won't be mad... but they WILL get their money, one way or another. Would not be the best move you ever made...
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    You are willing to ruin your dignity for $150?

    As the others said, don't do it. You may escape paying the cash, but it will be filed against your credit report and cause much more trouble than it is worth.

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    what the OP is referring to doing is what I called the "best buy mobile" scam. There was a certain point in time, and maybe people still do it, where people go to a place like best buy or walmart, start a new line of service, then call Verizon/att/whichever carrier, and claim to have cancelled service and returned the equipment. The actual carrier doesn't know whether or not you have actually returned anything, since the big box stores use a different computer system. So then the carrier cancels the contract in the required time frame.

    To my knowledge...best buy and walmart are both on to these things now, along with the carriers. So I would definitely NOT do this.
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    It almost sounds like fraud. Certainly it crosses a moral line, at least the Kayla explains it! I strongly advise against doing this!
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    It is fraud.

    But if you want to keep the device, you have to have service for more than whatever the return period is (14 days). After that point if you cancel, you can keep the equipment for the price of whatever you paid plus the ETF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phreddyl View Post
    My guess would be so he can get something for nothing. Or $150. People always want to hose the companies
    I don't blame them for wanting to... verizon screws people a lot with all their fees, not that there's any other option
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    Yep, fraud for sure .. I wouldn't do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riley9dy View Post
    I don't blame them for wanting to... verizon screws people a lot with all their fees, not that there's any other option
    Nobody put a gun to anyone's head and made them sign the contract.

    I'm not a huge fan of the wireless providers, but if you want a cell phone, you have to deal with them. Same as cable or satellite TV, the electric company, etc. Just because they have rules doesn't give anyone the right to try to steal from them. Period.
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