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Want to early terminate to get the Droid X. Will Big Red have an issue?

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  1. mikeatdroidforums
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    Hey all,

    So I'm considering the Droid X, currently have MotoDroid. My contract isn't up this year so I can't early upgrade. This means I would have to fork out 600 bucks and the value of the Droid is sinking all the time, so who knows what that will fetch on eBay.

    However, when I started my contract last November, it was early enough in the month to miss their new $350.00 early termination policy on smart-phones. That being said, my termination fee is now at $140.00 and going down 5 bucks each month.

    So if I were to call and cancel my contract, then start a new one with the Droid X, it would only cost me about 330 say, and most of that paid for by selling the Droid. But it's my way to play straight up and would feel the inclination to tell Verizon that this is what I'm doing. Does anybody think I'd catch flack for this, even though it's technically legal?
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    I highly recommend you call Verizon to verify your etf.

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    no people do it all the time....

    i got my droid the day it came out in november and i am elegible for an upgrade this year so you might want to call just to verify if you can upgrade to the droid to the droid x.
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    i agree with vulcan, but you'll also lose your phone #
  5. mikeatdroidforums
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    I did. That's what the Verizon CSR told me last night :)
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    I believe the ETf is linked to the line. As long as you aren't canceling the line of service you are okay. You may or may not get a discounted price on the X though. When I got the D1, I paid $20 so I could keep to a one year agreement just in case the iPhone or something else spectacular like the DX came out in 2010. I have four lines so having a line with an eligible upgrade is never a problem for me lol.
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    who told you that? they are required by law to allow you to keep your phone number, as long as you have not canceled your phone service first you should be able to just swap your number to any carrier..especially the same one.
    And im pretty sure VZW lets you do early upgrades after just 1 year, they might be able to work something out with you but you sure wont be getting the phone for 199.00 if they do.
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    I am pretty sure when you do an ETF, they make you wait six months before starting a new contract.
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    that would dash those plans then. Guess I'll just bite the bullet next month and call and explain what I'm thinking. Thanks for all the replies.
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    Are you, perchance, on a family plan? If so, this plan may work. Add a new line of service for the X, then afterward cancel the droid line. Youll be hit with the ETF of course, but after you pay it, you can then port your old number. Ive considered doing this.
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    Yeah, no need to cancel, just upgrade to the X. By the way, you can run a X theme now on your Motorola:)
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    wouldn't that almost be the same price as just buying the phone for retail?

    eft is like what 350?
    new line plus droid x is like 250?
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    You cannot do this.. If you cancel then want to reactivate service within 90 days you will be reactivating the same account and will still have to wait for a discount on a handset..

    Edit: BTW if your contract end date is before 12/31/10 your eligible for an early upgrade for a 3g smartphone.
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    He said his etf woud be 140 or something like that. Mine would be the same. I signed up when it was 175. Take off 35 for the 7 months and there you go. So youre in 199+140=339<600 or more.

    That being said..Im going to pay full retail. Because if a superdroid comes out with 2ghz and front camera and whatever else late this year my etf would be like 120, which is better than doing the same thing over again.
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    You cannot "switch" your phone number within Verizon... If your the primary line on the account with a price plan of $59.99 or higher for more than the past 4 months and have made all your payments on time you get an "annual upgrade" every 12 months.
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    Verizon can be talked to, let them know what you want and the cost options. If you get a good rep, I am sure something will work out. Try that first then shoot.
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    This is what I did when I wanted the Droid:

    - Bought cheap ugly LG Chocolate on craigslist ($30)
    - Created a new line on my account to get the droid ($200+fees)
    - Told them I wanted the Droid moved to my main line and Chocolate moved to the new line on a plan with no texts, no special features, etc ($10)

    That's it. The only downside is you now have an extra 9.99 a month so two years of that is $240 so in the end you pay close to full retail but not all at once AND in addition, this second line comes in handy because it gives you a second upgrade every 2 years in addition to your main line, and it also gives you an extra line for things such as advertising on craigslist, calling places you don't trust 100%, using if your main line is lost/stolen/damaged until insurance replacement arrives, etc.

    In fact, I can get an X right now because my main line is ready for upgrade since i got the Droid using the new line.
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    You can do this, check the math to see if it works for you:

    Add a second line to get the Droid X. Activate the droid on on your existing line. Use an old dumb phone for the new line. Then go online and make the new line minimum service.
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    what do you mean you cant switch? ill show you how to "switch" the numbers..meaning you keep the same number and just swap it to a different phone.

    Turn off your active phone
    Turn on the phone you want your number to be switched to
    Dial *228 from that phone, press option 3
    Input your phone number and account pin when you are prompted
    And thats it..your number has now been "switched"
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    You cannot cancel a line and immediately activate a new line to get a discount on a phone...

    This guys best bet is to call Verizon and give them hell.