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    Here is my situation. I wan't to preorder the iphone 5 and I'm currently not due for full upgrade until May. I called At&t and they suggested I add a new line and get the iphone 5. Once received I have to call them to switch the iphone 5 to my current number. Obviously, I need them to cancel the data on the new line I won't be using. They said once that is done it will cost me $10 extra a month for that line. They also offered me free sms for the next 6 months which is $20 a month x 6 = $120. The cost of the new line will be $120 for a year. With that said the new iphone will really cost me $200. My question is, how hard is it to get AT&T to make the second line $10 a month? What will happen if I sold my iphone 4s that will be transfered on the second line? Do I need to have a phone on the dummy second line for it to be $10 month and not receive ETF for it? Has anyone done this option before? I figure if this works out the way AT&T described it, I might as well keep the extra line for $10 and be able to upgrade every year. I know it's extra $120 a year but if you compare it to upgrading through early discount of $200+$250 fee, it is still cheaper. Please advise if I should proceed with this plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvoRC View Post
    Here is my situation. I wan't to preorder the iphone 5 and I'm currently not due for full upgrade until May. I called At&t and they suggested I add a new line and get the iphone 5. Once received I have to call them to switch the iphone 5 to my current number. Obviously, I need them to cancel the data on the new line I won't be using. They said once that is done it will cost me $10 extra a month for that line. They also offered me free sms for the next 6 months which is $20 a month x 6 = $120. The cost of the new line will be $120 for a year. With that said the new iphone will really cost me $200. My question is, how hard is it to get AT&T to make the second line $10 a month? What will happen if I sold my iphone 4s that will be transfered on the second line? Do I need to have a phone on the dummy second line for it to be $10 month and not receive ETF for it? Has anyone done this option before? I figure if this works out the way AT&T described it, I might as well keep the extra line for $10 and be able to upgrade every year. I know it's extra $120 a year but if you compare it to upgrading through early discount of $200+$250 fee, it is still cheaper. Please advise if I should proceed with this plan.
    Will they give you unlimited data on the 2d line?

    Verizon will do something similar
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    This is the method I have been using for several years. I have the 2 lines one I do not use but I do have a phone connected on that line . As far as what I pay my bill is 137 / month which include both lines. On the off year when I have to buy the IPhone on the second line I just have them switch the number and it works
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    This is good information, considering this is what I plan on doing tonight.
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    It's easy peasy. They can tell what handset is being used, and don't require data unless it's a smartphone. We have 4 lines, two of which are on iPhones, the others $10/month, so I can upgrade every year.

    It helps if you have someone who needs a line, but I guess it's still better than paying the early upgrade fee if you don't.
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    Is it mandatory to have a phone on the dummy line I won't use? I'm planning to sell my 4s.
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    No, they won't force you to use what you pay for.
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    So I can get the iPhone 5 by adding a line with Sprint for $199, then sell my 4S, and just pay an extra $10 a month for the year? The sale of the 4S would offset that easily...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bettyelms View Post
    So I can get the iPhone 5 by adding a line with Sprint for $199, then sell my 4S, and just pay an extra $10 a month for the year? The sale of the 4S would offset that easily...
    Yep. That's how it's done.
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    Thanks, guess I wont be waiting a year after all!
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    Do you need to be on a family plan to do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bettyelms View Post
    Thanks, guess I wont be waiting a year after all!
    It does seem odd to do all of that for an upgrade though just to save a few dollars. Some believe it may be worth it.
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    I'm thinking if I should do this. I don't know yet. Lol Even sprint suggested that I can do this. Hmmmm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fausty82 View Post
    Yep. That's how it's done.
    With a shared everything plan, the 2nd line can be used for let's say an ipad. However, you would have to give up unlimited data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bettyelms View Post
    Do you need to be on a family plan to do this?
    With a shared everything plan, the 2nd line can be used for let's say an ipad.
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    I ended up taking an early discount upgrade from At&t. It's the 200+250 fee upgrade. This plan will end up costing me $30 more a month because I have an individual plan. For those with family plan, this trick will work because it only cost $10 to add a line since you already have family plan minutes.
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    I think adding a line is better than paying an extra 250 if you already have a family plan. Why?
    Because over the course of two years you pay 9.99x24= $240. So thats not only 10 dollar cheaper but you get an actual service: a line which can take advantage of unlimited sms and calls to anymobile plus you get to keep your uprgrade status for the following year. VS nothing
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    I agree with you but i don't have a family plan . If I did this it will push me to a family plan and pay $30 more a month.
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    You need t get a family!
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndhynes View Post
    You need t get a family!
    lol I guess so.
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    Would this work on the Verizon Share Everything plan? They charge $30 for basic phones and $10 for tabs. Is there anyway that after the moving the iPhone 5 to another line and getting rid of the data on the "spare line" that it would $10 or would it have to be $30 through this plan on Verizon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EW8000 View Post
    Would this work on the Verizon Share Everything plan? They charge $30 for basic phones and $10 for tabs. Is there anyway that after the moving the iPhone 5 to another line and getting rid of the data on the "spare line" that it would $10 or would it have to be $30 through this plan on Verizon?
    A dumb phone is 30 a smart phone 40 and tab 10 .. That is the share plan the older plans it would be 10 to add a line then 30 for data you drop data then it's only 10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peligro911 View Post
    A dumb phone is 30 a smart phone 40 and tab 10 .. That is the share plan the older plans it would be 10 to add a line then 30 for data you drop data then it's only 10
    So to confirm, under the Share Everything Plan I would have not choice but to pay $30, correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peligro911 View Post
    A dumb phone is 30 a smart phone 40 and tab 10 .. That is the share plan the older plans it would be 10 to add a line then 30 for data you drop data then it's only 10
    Hold on. I have the old plan with verizon (before share everything) and I have this as my setup: 2 lines, 700 shared family minutes, unlimited night and weekends, unlimited texting, line 1 is unlimited (my line) and line 2 is 2gb data.

    If I were to add a 3rd line getting the iphone 5 I would pay 40 dollars a month extra for it, but you are saying later on you can drop the data aspect off of the 40 dollars and thus making it only 10 bucks a month? Wont they charge me ETF for cancelling data?
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    They shouldn't since the line itself stays active

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