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    Can I pay ETF to get a new phone?

    I've been searching here for about an hour and I can't find what I'm looking for. Perhaps I'm not using the right keywords in my search so forgive me if this has been asked and answered before.

    Basically, I want a Droid X. I'm in a contract where I'm not eligible for an upgrade until June 2011. I don't want to wait that long. My calling plan is only $40 per month...and there is only one line on my account.

    The early termination fee (ETF) on my current phone is "only" $175. And I believe it goes down $5 per month. So my question is: could I pay the $100 or so to terminate my current contract and then be eligible for a new phone at the discounted 2 year contract pricing? Makes sense to me...but will Verizon let me do that? And if so, could I keep my current number? Or might I have other options that I'm not aware of?

    Any help/info is appreciated.

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    No because when you go to sign up they will see you use to be with them and you will be required to go back to your old phone and plan. If you pay the ETF, you have 90 days ( I think it is) to come back to everything, after that you will need to start over. Paying the ETF is not the way to go.

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    Upgrade you plan to the 900 min plan for 59.99 (20.00 more a month). Do an early upgrade when you are 1 year into the contract. Once you have the phone drop back to the 39.99 plan. You will have to keep the data plan.
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    Yes you can, but you have to wait 90 days in between to do it.

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    Or I believe that you could add a line and then cancel your existing line and pay the ETF. The disadvantage is that you loose your phone number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctk74 View Post
    Or I believe that you could add a line and then cancel your existing line and pay the ETF. The disadvantage is that you loose your phone number.
    Actually he could just port the primary line out which would cancel it, making the new line primary. Then call in and tell them he would like to replace that number with his old number, which he would now be porting in from whoever he took it to.

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    Hmmm...what if I add the Droid X as a new line on a family plan and give my old phone (still in its current contract) to my mom? I've been considering getting her a phone, anyway. That should enable me to get the new phone for the discounted 2 year contract price, right?

    And if I did that, would Verizon let me swap numbers between the phones so I had my current number on the new Droid X?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taam4t View Post
    Hmmm...what if I add the Droid X as a new line on a family plan and give my old phone (still in its current contract) to my mom? I've been considering getting her a phone, anyway. That should enable me to get the new phone for the discounted 2 year contract price, right?

    And if I did that, would Verizon let me swap numbers between the phones so I had my current number on the new Droid X?
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    One other option is to pay the non-contract price of the phone you want and forgoe any handset discount and avoid a new contract.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taam4t
    Hmmm...what if I add the Droid X as a new line on a family plan and give my old phone (still in its current contract) to my mom? I've been considering getting her a phone, anyway. That should enable me to get the new phone for the discounted 2 year contract price, right?

    And if I did that, would Verizon let me swap numbers between the phones so I had my current number on the new Droid X?
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    i ported out for 2 weeks and went to sprint for the evo and came back when i heard the droid x was coming out. when i ported back to verizon some glitch happened and i was available for upgrade when the account was reactivated and i had only been with verizon for 6 months before i ported for the evo. i didnt upgrade in person because i didnt want it to be suspicious so i ordered online when the X was released. so hopefully the same trick can work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deionce View Post
    i ported out for 2 weeks and went to sprint for the evo and came back when i heard the droid x was coming out. when i ported back to verizon some glitch happened and i was available for upgrade when the account was reactivated and i had only been with verizon for 6 months before i ported for the evo. i didnt upgrade in person because i didnt want it to be suspicious so i ordered online when the X was released. so hopefully the same trick can work for you.
    I wouldn't even try it. That is very rare. You just got lucky.

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    So my employer setup a contract with ATT a few weeks ago. ATT brought out the whole local crew to sign up everyone interested in switching. Since I was up front in the meeting, they asked me for my carrier information just to demonstrate how easy the port would be. They assured me nothing would happen.

    Anyway, to make a long story short, they ended up porting my line to ATT and I didn't know it for a few hours. When I realized it, I called VZW to find out how to get it fixed. I was transfered to the win-back department (think that's what they called it) and before I could explain what happened, they offered me an early upgrade at the 2 year price if I would port back today.

    I'm not sure if that's standard procedure, but perhaps that's another way to get a subsidized phone. (I was about eight months into my contract)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuggnet View Post
    So my employer setup a contract with ATT a few weeks ago. ATT brought out the whole local crew to sign up everyone interested in switching. Since I was up front in the meeting, they asked me for my carrier information just to demonstrate how easy the port would be. They assured me nothing would happen.

    Anyway, to make a long story short, they ended up porting my line to ATT and I didn't know it for a few hours. When I realized it, I called VZW to find out how to get it fixed. I was transfered to the win-back department (think that's what they called it) and before I could explain what happened, they offered me an early upgrade at the 2 year price if I would port back today.

    I'm not sure if that's standard procedure, but perhaps that's another way to get a subsidized phone. (I was about eight months into my contract)
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    ETF on smart phones are now $350 not the $175 for feature and multimedia phones...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe12304 View Post
    Why would you give the at&t rep your account number and PIN?!
    All you had to do was show up with a print out of this:

    Then laugh in his face and walk out....
    It's a protracted story. Suffice it to say I intended to switch to AT&T... just not at that moment.

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