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So my mom upgraded to an iPhone4......

.....and she is gonna give me her 3g since I need a new phone. Can I take the 3g to ATT and get my own plan without having to buy a device or enter a 2 year contract? I wouldn't mind doing 2 years with AT&T but I'm only 19 and would have to put up a 500 dollar deposit.

 

 

 

 

Also, what if I buy a 4 or 3gs from a friend or private seller? 

.....and she is gonna give me her 3g since I need a new phone. Can I take the 3g to ATT and get my own plan without having to buy a device or enter a 2 year contract? I wouldn't mind doing 2 years with AT&T but I'm only 19 and would have to put up a 500 dollar deposit.

 

 

 

 

Also, what if I buy a 4 or 3gs from a friend or private seller? 

So my mom upgraded to an iPhone4......

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Yes, you can take your own equipment in and sign up without having a contract. You'll still be post-paid but you wont have to worry about any early termination fees if you ever decide to cancel your account. A $36 activation fee will also need to be paid, and you still might have a deposit, being 19 doesn't mean you'll have a $500 deposit, I signed up with Cingular when I was 18 and didn't have to pay one. It's based on your credit history and being that young you probably hadn't had a chance to screw it up like I have recently, ha.

Yes, you can take your own equipment in and sign up without having a contract. You'll still be post-paid but you wont have to worry about any early termination fees if you ever decide to cancel your account. A $36 activation fee will also need to be paid, and you still might have a deposit, being 19 doesn't mean you'll have a $500 deposit, I signed up with Cingular when I was 18 and didn't have to pay one. It's based on your credit history and being that young you probably hadn't had a chance to screw it up like I have recently, ha.

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JFizDaWiz wrote:

Yes, you can take your own equipment in and sign up without having a contract. You'll still be post-paid but you wont have to worry about any early termination fees if you ever decide to cancel your account. A $36 activation fee will also need to be paid, and you still might have a deposit, being 19 doesn't mean you'll have a $500 deposit, I signed up with Cingular when I was 18 and didn't have to pay one. It's based on your credit history and being that young you probably hadn't had a chance to screw it up like I have recently, ha.


Thanks a lot. Smiley Happy

 

 


JFizDaWiz wrote:

Yes, you can take your own equipment in and sign up without having a contract. You'll still be post-paid but you wont have to worry about any early termination fees if you ever decide to cancel your account. A $36 activation fee will also need to be paid, and you still might have a deposit, being 19 doesn't mean you'll have a $500 deposit, I signed up with Cingular when I was 18 and didn't have to pay one. It's based on your credit history and being that young you probably hadn't had a chance to screw it up like I have recently, ha.


Thanks a lot. Smiley Happy

 

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Edited by josephz2va on Dec 10, 2010 at 7:29:26 AM

You can take the iPhone 3G to AT&T and request to activate on either a family contract with your mother or as yourself.

 

If you are still living with your mother and she is happy to pay the bill, she can add a new line with no credit deposit required as long as she has great credit.

 

If you are activating it as yourself and have no credit cards initiated thereby establishing a credit history (or you have a poor credit history), you will be required to pay a deposit.

 

Either way would be $36 activation for a new line or $18 upgrade fee.

You can take the iPhone 3G to AT&T and request to activate on either a family contract with your mother or as yourself.

 

If you are still living with your mother and she is happy to pay the bill, she can add a new line with no credit deposit required as long as she has great credit.

 

If you are activating it as yourself and have no credit cards initiated thereby establishing a credit history (or you have a poor credit history), you will be required to pay a deposit.

 

Either way would be $36 activation for a new line or $18 upgrade fee.

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Wait are you guys saying that I would have to still put down 500 dollars for a non contract plan with AT&T? Other than adding a new line to my mom's plan, there is no alternative? 

Wait are you guys saying that I would have to still put down 500 dollars for a non contract plan with AT&T? Other than adding a new line to my mom's plan, there is no alternative? 

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Edited by Kwopau on Dec 10, 2010 at 8:11:44 AM

 


Tohara wrote:

Wait are you guys saying that I would have to still put down 500 dollars for a non contract plan with AT&T? Other than adding a new line to my mom's plan, there is no alternative? 


 

There is no need to put down 500 dollars for a non-contract. If you are opening up a new account under your own name, and have no credit history or bad credit history, then you will have to pay the security deposit (keep in mind at the end of your contract, you will get the security deposit back). However, if your mom is opening a new line on her account, there is no need to pay the security deposit. All you need to pay is the activation fee, of course you will need a data plan added.

 


Tohara wrote:

Wait are you guys saying that I would have to still put down 500 dollars for a non contract plan with AT&T? Other than adding a new line to my mom's plan, there is no alternative? 


 

There is no need to put down 500 dollars for a non-contract. If you are opening up a new account under your own name, and have no credit history or bad credit history, then you will have to pay the security deposit (keep in mind at the end of your contract, you will get the security deposit back). However, if your mom is opening a new line on her account, there is no need to pay the security deposit. All you need to pay is the activation fee, of course you will need a data plan added.

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Tohara wrote:

Wait are you guys saying that I would have to still put down 500 dollars for a non contract plan with AT&T? Other than adding a new line to my mom's plan, there is no alternative? 


 

No one is saying you have to put down a $500 deposit.  What they are saying is a deposit may be required.

The amount of the deposit varies from person to person depending on situation.  Yours may be higher, it may be lower, or none may be required at all.

 

The only way to know is to visit an AT&T corporate store and find out.

 


Tohara wrote:

Wait are you guys saying that I would have to still put down 500 dollars for a non contract plan with AT&T? Other than adding a new line to my mom's plan, there is no alternative? 


 

No one is saying you have to put down a $500 deposit.  What they are saying is a deposit may be required.

The amount of the deposit varies from person to person depending on situation.  Yours may be higher, it may be lower, or none may be required at all.

 

The only way to know is to visit an AT&T corporate store and find out.

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To be clear that you understand, AT&T does not differentiate between contracts and non-contract postpaid activations.  Whether you're buying a phone from them or bringing your own device doesn't matter.  The only way you can activate a phone on AT&T without going through the credit check is to go prepaid, which you can't do with an iPhone.

 

 


Tohara wrote:

Wait are you guys saying that I would have to still put down 500 dollars for a non contract plan with AT&T? Other than adding a new line to my mom's plan, there is no alternative? 


 

To be clear that you understand, AT&T does not differentiate between contracts and non-contract postpaid activations.  Whether you're buying a phone from them or bringing your own device doesn't matter.  The only way you can activate a phone on AT&T without going through the credit check is to go prepaid, which you can't do with an iPhone.

 

 


Tohara wrote:

Wait are you guys saying that I would have to still put down 500 dollars for a non contract plan with AT&T? Other than adding a new line to my mom's plan, there is no alternative? 


 

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