News for on contract T-Mobile Subscribers Switching for the EVO


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  1. TSellers

    TSellers Member This Topic's Starter

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    TL;DR version available at the bottom.

    I am a T-Mobile customer using an ADP2. My contract expires on June 6th, 2010. As I was following the rumors and speculation thread, the main consensus was that the release date would also be June 6th and I was happy as can be at the prospect of getting an EVO on the first day and avoiding an early termination fee. When the release date was announced for June 4th, I was slightly bummed that I would have to wait two extra days in order to have my number ported over (and still avoid an ETF). However, I decided to contact T-Mobile customer support and see if they had a grace period or something. I know two days isn't that big of a deal, but I want that phone ASAP!

    I used the online chat method to contact T-Mobile (I wish I had saved the chat transcript, but I didn't). I was told that there is no grace period, but that ETFs are reduced to only $50 or the price of one monthly recurring charge, whichever was lower, when there are 30 days or less left on your contract. I already knew that, but didn't feel like paying an extra $50 to get it two days early, and as a smartphone user my monthly charge with T-Mobile is about $66.

    He then explained something to me that I did not realize: The ETF represents the entirety of your remaining financial obligations to T-Mobile. You don't have to pay the ETF and your monthly bill as long as there are 30 days or less left on your contract. The cool part, which I had him specifically acknowledge as true, is that if I port my number to Sprint on June 4th (which auto-cancels my T-Mobile contract), my final bill from T-Mobile will only be for $50. I actually save $16 by switching to the EVO on release day rather than by waiting tow more days for my contract to expire. I love loopholes!

    Some people might have already been aware of this, but for those that weren't (like me) this means that on contract folks can get their EVOs thirty days sooner than expected. If you are a smartphone user on T-Mobile, you will probably even make money. If not, the worst you can do is break even (the ETF is $50 or the value of your monthly charge, whichever is lower).


    TL;DR Version: T-Mobile customers wanting to switch to the EVO should do it 30 days before their contract expires rather than wait for the actual cancellation date.
     

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  2. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Well-Known Member

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    To this I would add that carriers are not allowed to withhold or refuse to release porting requests because of outstanding payment on the old carrier.
     
  3. VGPOP

    VGPOP Well-Known Member

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    My T-Mobile contract expires Sep 25, 2010

    I will buy Evo on June 4th. If I port my t-mobile number that day, I will have to pay T-mobile $100 plus my remaining balance (my cycle begins on the 14th)

    If I wait until June 25th when I enter 90 days or less remaining in my contract, I only have to pay $50.00 + remaining balance.

    I will port my T-Mobile number on June 26th to save $50 bucks, since Sprint offers 30 days return guarantee.

    On June 4th, I will call T-Mobile to remove internet $24.99 service and get the least expensive plan. I think is 500 mins for $39.99.

    It goes in effect on June 14th, so when I port my number to Sprint on June 26th, my EFT will be $50.00 + whatever remaining of $39.99.

    :)
     
  4. skinnyguy

    skinnyguy Well-Known Member

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    i've been waiting for over 11 years to find something else worthy to switch over to...

    and i got denied =..(
     
  5. bbenny

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    what do you mean, denied???

    i am on T-mobile, but my contract is up in october. I can't spend one more day with the iPhone on edge... NO SPEED. I am porting to sprint on the 4th. how were you "denied"?

    thx.
     
  6. skinnyguy

    skinnyguy Well-Known Member

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    i failed the id verification check. i'm pretty sure my credit is good. and i'm pretty sure i shaved 10 years off my mom's bday on the id check. i guess i'm not good at math on pop quizzes...

    supposedly i can try one more time but if i fail the second try, i'll have to wait 60 days to try again.

    i know what you mean about edge. my area only has edge speeds available for tmo. nothing wrong with voice coverage tho.
     
  7. dsarch21

    dsarch21 Well-Known Member

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    hey man, call sprint, the worst i have ever heard of was people needing to put deposits down, give them a call and double check....they will take just about anyone....
     
  8. mikelp

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    Skinny the same thing happened to me at the Sprint store but I found an EVO online with NO Contract and NO Activation FEE about 4 weeks ago on the Sprint Network. I don't know how they do it but the salesman stated they have an exclusive deal with Sprint and Verizon. It was $199 but you have to get the service of course but at least its no contract or activation fee..They did run a credit check but I didnt have to pay anything. HMMM..lower standards I guess..LOL...but if I did have to put a deposit down then extreme most would be $150 and that would be credited to your monthly bill on your 6 month billing cycle. She has only seen 3 cases when someone had to pay the full deposit. Email me and I will send you the website. I don't want anyone think I'm giving the website free advertising. She guarantees everyone is approved!!
     
  9. 81_

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    if the deal is so good, post the link here.
     
  10. uniquenameEVO

    uniquenameEVO Well-Known Member

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    X2. I would buy 100 of them tomorrow.

    Now if I could only find that damn link to craigslist and ebay. I forget to bookmark them and can never find them.
     
  11. skinnyguy

    skinnyguy Well-Known Member

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    i'm good. thanks. got via my gf. she gets a pretty good discount too.
     

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