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  1. gmr2048

    gmr2048 Member This Topic's Starter

    Sep 26, 2010
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    Greetings all. I'm Gary. I'm new around here. Been lurkin' for a bit. My SF is due to arrive from Amazon Wireless tomorrow. I've got a theoretical question I'd like some thoughts on...if you can follow my though process :)

    I bought my new phone for $0.01 (w/ 2-year contract) from Amazon Wireless. They require you to keep your phone activated for 6 months, else you incur an early termination fee (ETF) from Amazon (in addition to VZW's fees).

    Wirefly.com has the SF for $10 (w/ 2-year contract) with (apparently) no add-on ETFs (only the standard VZW ETFs).

    Seeing as how VZW announced they were going to tiered data prices in the next few months, that probably means a way out of a contract without paying VZW ETFs (due to the provider changing the contract).

    However, if I stick with the Amazon phone, I won't be able to get out of my contract when the opportunity arises (due to being locked into the Amazon-specific contract). If I send the Amazon phone back, and buy one from Wirefly, I should theoretically be able to cancel my contract and get away with a SF for $10 free-and-clear. I can then (hopefully? Anybody know for sure?) sign up for a VZW month-to-month plan and keep it only as long as I want to.

    So, my question is: Does that seem like too much hassle for the payoff? Or would being contract-free with a new $500 phone be worth it?


  2. PJnc284

    PJnc284 Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2009
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    No because current users will be grandfathered into the existing unlimited data plans and won't be automatically switched to tiered data.
  3. burningembers

    burningembers Well-Known Member

    May 1, 2010
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    Yeah, this pretty much makes it so you can't use the tiered data plan changes as a way out. Verizon actually thought something through, haha, for better or worse...

    Frankly, though, as much as I love Amazon and order from them on a weekly basis, I feel weird buying cell phones from them when there are added clauses like that.
  4. woodyt74

    woodyt74 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
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    because the Wirefly SF requires a 2 year contract. Therefore, you couldn't sign up that SF for a month-to-month because it will be under an existing contract. The other posters answered the other part of your post.

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