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Might be OT for this forum (since it's not really a carrier support site) but I'll ask anyway...

 

Family Plan customer since 2008, FAN Discount via employer.
Still under unlimited (grand fathered)
3 lines
3 iPhone 4S still in contract

One of the handsets took a bath in a pool.

On 1 of my lines/handsets the ETF is 145.00 (6 1/2 mo. till contract end)

Question: What's my cheapest route to a new handset where I still end up with 3 lines/3 phones?
...and still keep unlimited data...of course

im willing to pay the 145.00 ETF...it's just the steps after that have me confused.

post #2 of 3

Go in to an ATT store and speak with someone ... they'll charge you the ETF, and then you can buy a new phone at contract price.

Of course, they'll give you a hard sell on buying "insurance" or whatever they call it, considering your circumstances. :)

 

There's no way to switch "plans" though without losing your unlimited data.  ...and they'll probably try to talk you into doing just that.

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post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply :)

 

So, would this scenario work? :

 

Step 1) Pay the ETF, then upgrade at contract price

 

<"upgrade" to a free iPhone 4s with a new 2yr contract>

 

Step 2) Swap the now off-contract phone with the damaged phone (SIM swap/number swap, whatever)

 

?

 

Thanks in advance

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