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Switching from Verizon to AT&T

Discussion in 'Verizon' started by Jinsta, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Jinsta

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    Hey guys, I'm stuck in a situation and was hoping if anyone could help me.

    Right now, I'm on a verizon family plan with 4 lines. All of them have different contract-ending dates and the total ETF for all of my lines combined would be around $500. Is there any way to avoid this huge cost to switch to AT&T?

    Also, I know that you can avoid the ETF if Verizon changes some part of your contract. Have they changed any pricing plans recently?

    Thanks in advance.. D:
     

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    Just out of curiosity why are you switching? Verizon has better phones and better service and about the same prices, just curious why anyone would pay any ETF to get a worse phone and service.
     
  3. Jinsta

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    Please don't bash me, I know I'm on an android forum. But I want to make the switch from our Droid X to Iphones. The Droid X is a great phone but I just prefer the Iphone's display, media player, and overall aesthetics.
     
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    you could wait until january, when it comes to verizon....
     
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    I would also like to know.:thinking:

    Not trying to be mean but its just a PLAIN STUPID MOVE.
     
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    I've heard of people getting Verizon to drop ETFs based on poor coverage, but Verizon's actually gone to the effort of sending people to their areas and testing the signal quality themselves in those cases.

    You're probably hosed. That said, having switched from Verizon to AT&T a few years ago, I'm planning on switching back for coverage reasons. I'm not sure how it is where you live, but here and most places I've been to I've had far better coverage with Verizon. The iPhone only gets you so far, and though the 4 has far better reception than the 3GS ever had, it's not enough to keep me from going back.

    I'd hold out until January and see if Verizon gets the iPhone. I personally don't think they will, but you really don't have much to lose. If nothing else, it'll just mean that your ETFs are a bit less.
     
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    Like fierywater stated the only way is to prove is that you got poor or none coverage in the areas you spend the most time at.
     
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    Eh.... AT$T has capped data now as well... Another reason to avoid them like they have the plague...
     
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    Verizon either may or may not get the Iphone, but they are getting the Ipad!
     
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    There are lots of ways out of a contract without paying the etf.

    1. The cell provider changes the terms of the contract

    If your cell carrier changes the terms of the contract you signed, you can cancel your contract without paying any early termination fees. Many states require cell phone companies to give customers advance notice of contract changes which could increase the cost or extend the length of the contract.


    2. Transfer your contract to someone else

    The process is free, easy to accomplish, and can be done over the phone in 20 minutes if both people are there together.




    3. Complain often, but do it the right way

    What do you do if you have spotty service, dropped calls, or your calls repeatedly go straight to voice mail? Complain to the company – but do it the right way. When you call the customer service representatives be polite and professional, thoroughly explain the situation to them, and be patient. If this is the first time this has happened you could ask for a discount to recompense you for your troubles. If this is a recurring problem, you should ask to get out of your contract. This works best if you call often and keep records.


    4. Sweet talk your way out

    This is probably the most difficult way to get your contract canceled without paying the early termination fees. Cell phone companies don’t like to lose customers, so they will do everything they can to keep your contract with them. You may not be able to get out of your contract, but calling and asking to cancel may be a good way to convince your cell provider to lower your bill a few dollars. Again, this is difficult to do.


    6. Move out of the cell provider’s area (go off the grid)

    Cell providers have limited coverage. There will always be some location where they do not have service. You can always move to one of those locations, or if you are in the military, you can usually cancel your service if you deploy for a long period (sometimes they just place your contract on vacation mode). Some people have also had luck calling in the CSR and telling them they have moved to some small desert town without coverage (whether or not they actually moved there). In this case, do what your conscious allows you to do.


    7. Let your contract go to collections.


    Not the best way out as you can possibly take a hit on your credit, but if you stop paying your monthly bill all together they will adventually send you to collections. At that point, when you are sent to collections, you are basically no longer a customer. From there you can negotiate what you owe with the collections agency or even contest what you owe over and over again until they give up and just try to settle with you for a much lower sum then what you originally owed.
     
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    I thought the iphone was a gsm phone. Are they going to redesign it for cdma if it goes to verizon?
     
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    Apple has long had a CDMA compatible iPhone ready, it's politics, not technology holding the iPhone back from Verizon.
     

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