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Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 4:38 AM

Give new iPhone under contract to a friend already with ATT?

Here is a question I haven't been able to find an answer for and was hoping someone can shed light on.

 

I have a decent iPhone 7 plus that is still going strong that is paid off. I'm happy with it and I'm eligible for an upgrade under an installment plan.  However, I have a close friend who is also an ATT customer who has been using an old iPhone 5 and is desperately in need of an upgrade but can't afford the extra $35 a month for an upgrade to their phone.

 

Is it possible to purchase a new iPhone under contract on my account and give it to my close friend to use and just continue to pay it off on my monthly bill without adding a new line?

 

Obviously I'm on the hook if anything goes wrong, but just need to know if ATT would even care just as long as they are getting paid every month and the phone is still being used on their network.

 

Thank you in advance.

ACE - Expert

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4 years ago

An iPhone 7 can be had for 249

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That wasn't the question. 

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They don’t care who’s hand the phone is in as long as the payments are being made. So yes but your friend will need to get a new sim as the iPhone 5 sim won’t fit. 

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ACE - Expert

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@Constructive The iPhone 5 has a nano sim, it will fit in a 7.

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@Constructive

The iPhone 5 does use a nano SIM

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ACE - Expert

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4 years ago

Yes, you can give your 7 to a friend and continue to pay for it. There is no requirement you use that phone. However, there is no way to buy a new phone “on contract” and continue to pay for the old phone without adding a line. You can only have one installment plan per line.

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4 years ago

You can buy the phone and do whatever you want with it.  

I think the point that @GLIMMERMAN76 was making is your friend does not have to upgrade to a phone with a $35 per month installment when they could upgrade to an iPhone 7 for considerably less.  

     While giving your friend a brand new phone will make you look very generous, spending $1,100 over the next 30 months on iPhone 11 will make you look like a sucker.   If you want to give your friend a phone buy an iPhone 7 or 8 outright.   Then you're just plain awesome. 

 

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