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iPhone/add a line type question

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Journeyman

iPhone/add a line type question

As of August, I was eligible for a $75 upgrade as a Premier customer. I am no longer eligible (I guess) since they did away with the Premier Program.

I currently have a family plan (shared with one other phone) with my line as the primary.

I was trying to figure out if it would be cheaper for me to add a line in order to get an iPhone, and then pay the ETF for the original (primary) line; then make the new line the primary.

Can I do this? And will it affect the other phone on the plan in any way?

Thanks for any help or suggestions

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Journeyman

iPhone/add a line type question

I want to first say that I dont condone false churn at all. I will say ask your local corporate store or customer service how many lines you are eligible to have on your account. If its only two then you wont be able to do this. The see if there is someone else who is willing to allow you to transfer your number to their name and SSN because they were considering adding a line but didnt want to/couldnt afford a new phone right now or they dont want to pay an activation fee. This way you arent cancelling and you arent paying an ETF. Consder that you would be losing your number if you cancelled your line and you could be subject to ETF and proration plus cost of the new phone, activation fee for the new line and losing your phone number. In the end you have to do whats best for you based on your wants and needs and essentially the ETF is in place if you want to cancel so its always an option.

Journeyman

iPhone/add a line type question

also consider this, the $75 credit would have only given you $75 off the retail price. So if a phone is $575 you would still pay $500.

Journeyman

iPhone/add a line type question

I am allowed more than 2 lines.......I don't want to get anyone else involved, using name & SSN....

Wizard

iPhone/add a line type question

The one-year upgrade @ $25/75 was part of the New for You program and that is what changed.  http://www.sprint.com/popups/upgrade_changes.html

Gold members, by contrast, received an annual upgrade specifically as part of their premier status. 

MissEricaKane81 wrote:

As of August, I was eligible for a $75 upgrade as a Premier customer. I am no longer eligible (I guess) since they did away with the Premier Program.

I currently have a family plan (shared with one other phone) with my line as the primary.

I was trying to figure out if it would be cheaper for me to add a line in order to get an iPhone, and then pay the ETF for the original (primary) line; then make the new line the primary.

Can I do this? And will it affect the other phone on the plan in any way?

Thanks for any help or suggestions

Journeyman

iPhone/add a line type question

I kinda thought the $75 was off of retail, but since I've been a "Premier" customer I've upgraded my phone every year (always smartphones) and never paid THAT much for a phone......it's always been about $200 or less......I'm confused......

Master

iPhone/add a line type question

People do this everyday - you lose the original number.  It is unethical for a salesperson to suggest this as it is considered "false churn" but if the customer wants to do it that is fine. You will also get the instant discount so it will save you more than just $75.00.

Larry ~ OKIESTRO

Journeyman

iPhone/add a line type question

I'm aware that I lose the original # (which doesn't bother me) I just want to know if I can make the "new" line the "primary"......does that make sense?

I am on a plan with my mom, but she doesn't know anything about phones or plans or anything LOL....so I just want to keep all of the "control" (I guess that's what I'm trying to say) with MY line.

Journeyman

iPhone/add a line type question

making a line the primary doesnt give them rights to control the account. The account holder is still in control. Switching could cause confusion when reading the billing but thats it.

Wizard

iPhone/add a line type question

Are you sure your account is "silver" and not "gold"? 

MissEricaKane81 wrote:

I kinda thought the $75 was off of retail, but since I've been a "Premier" customer I've upgraded my phone every year (always smartphones) and never paid THAT much for a phone......it's always been about $200 or less......I'm confused......

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