Adding a line to upgrade to iphone 5
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.
Last edited by EvoRC; 09-13-2012 at 01:20 AM.
- 09-13-2012, 09:12 PM #2
- 09-13-2012, 09:30 PM #3iPhone Nanite
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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
- 09-13-2012, 09:47 PM #4
- 09-13-2012, 10:21 PM #5
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.iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad 2
iPhone user since 2009
- 09-14-2012, 02:01 AM #7
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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.
- 09-15-2012, 11:14 AM #17iPhone Beginner
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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
Last edited by cocochannel; 09-15-2012 at 11:18 AM.
- 09-15-2012, 07:40 PM #19
- 09-16-2012, 01:45 AM #21iPhone Newbie
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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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- 09-16-2012, 03:13 AM #24iMore Intermediate
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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?