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Thinking of switching from VZW... to T-mobile... help with ETF

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by streetmike, Jan 19, 2014.

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    So we currently have 3 lines (1 dumb, 1 unlimited, 1 4gb) and we we are all now out of contract. The dumb phone now wants to be a smart phone and now want to add another smartphone also, so 4 lines with 4 smartphones. Currently on Nationwide 700, unlimited family text, and the monthly bill is $155.89 with 22% discount. I don't mind loosing my unlimited as I hardly ever hit 3gb (have hit 4+ a few times though). Looking at the family share plans I just feel disgusted by the prices. I am thinking of going to Walmart and picking up the Windows phone or GS3 (plan on returning it after) and a $30 T-mobile prepaid card to test drive the network. If all is good I think we might make the switch. The one thing that gets me is the cost of the phones is much higher off contract then ATT and VZW. I was thinking of switching to ATT for a month (no activation/upgrade fees) and getting new G2's. Then pick up some old ATT phones, activate them and do the switch to T-mobile while trading in those old phones. Then I can sell the G2's for $400ish and it would make the G2's from T-mobile ~$200 plus tax. Does this seam doable, or will T-mobile not allow the old phones to be traded in? The way I read their ETF buyout was they would pay your ETF, up to $350 per line, as long as you trade in a phone. You may get up to $300 on your trade in also.

    Does this sound right?

    Thanks!
    Mike
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    Have you spoken to VZW? They might just work with you. Why not just buy unlocked phones that you can use on both AT&T and Tmobile? T-Mobile will pay you up to $350 for a phone you turn in. If you're in contract you can use it to pay your ETF or for a new phone, but they're not going to give you $350 for your ETF and then an additional $300 for the phone you turn in.
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    They send you a prepaid debit card for up to $350 per line once you get your final bill from the carrier. AND, they will buy your phones from you when you come in to switch, up to $300 per phone.
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    I just checked and you're correct, I thought it was either or but not both. I suggest that you go into Tmobile and find out you'd get for a G2.
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    And you can sell your unlimited line for $200-400 via Verizon assumption of liability.
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    So I went and checked out AT&T for fun. Found out we have a 25% discount with them. Plus we can still activate the older Share plans and not the value share plans. Plus all 4 G2's were free. Ended up being about $210 per month plus taxes for the 10gb package. My sister usually averages about 1 gb and I am sure my mom will be about the same. My brother in law probably wont be that bad and pull ~2gb.

    So I ordered the phones, but how do I go about selling my Verizon plan? Do I do it before I activate and port the numbers over?
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    You can port number AND sell the unlimited data line? That doesn't seem right...

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