Verizon iPhone 6 to T-Mobile
alexinsocal
Newbie

Is it possible to buy a Verizon iPhone 6 and then take it to T-Mobile?


I'm thinking of purchasing with Verizon subsidized. Then take it to T-Mobile since they will pay my ETF with Verizon.


I see this as a win-win.

Thanks!

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Weth
Legend

The Verizon iPhone 6 is unlocked and will work on the T-mobile network with no compromise.

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mama23dogs
Legend

I Don't know if he's a scammer or not.  I do know that Verizon isn't stupid enough to let a customer walk away without paying ETFs unless they are close to end of contract anyway.

Actually, I find it hard to believe there is a place where t- Mobile gets better service than Verizon.

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RJNY
Newbie

I also need to try T-Mobile but with additional questions:

Just got off phone with Verizon Tech rep with "marginal signal strength" issues and was given 2 options:

1. Purchase network extender for $175

2. Switch to other carrier with NO ETF

Want to take option 2 as I am not going to pay additional $175 to get lousy 3G service in my house.  But, they (Verizon) are not giving anything in writing to say they are offering the option 2.  They said I just have to believe their word and call back after receiving my final bill with the ETF which they will waive/credit...

Did anyone go through this?  Would my phones be unlocked also in this case???

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Weth
Legend

You do not say what Phone. 

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Core2
Specialist - Level 1

I think an AT&T phone would have better compatibility than Verizon, to move over to T-Mobile.

Also, you just need to turn in any phone (broken even) for T-Mobile to pay your ETF fee.  You also have to purchase a phone from T-Mobile as well.

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Weth
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AT&T iPhone 6 is exactly the same as T-mobile iPhone 6. No difference. Verizon iPhone 6  can equally well be used on either system, just pop in a SIM.

There was differences with earlier phones, but not with the iPhone 6 due to the number of native bands it can use.

Even bands that are now being used for other technology, such as band 1 used for CDMA in Verizon, when Verizon switches this over to LTE, the iPhone 6 will be able to use that LTE band even though it was used for CDMA before.

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Its always good to defraud the carrier. I am surprised no one else thought of that little gimmick.

Yeah good luck on that scheme. Verizon will more than likely have or place a block on the device from being activated on T-Mobile.

Then you spend full price on T-Mobile to get service from them.

lets see $800 iPhone you get it for $200 and then leave so then its a $350 termination fee owed to Verizon.

so its $550 you paid total.

saved $250 with the scheme.

then you go to T-Mobile and you cannot get service. so you buy new phone $800 plus tax and activation fees of $38 and sim kit $10 so lets round it out to $900

Yep you saved a load of money on this scheme.

Good Luck

vzw_customer_support
Customer Service Rep

alexinsocal,

Hold the phone! We do not want to see you go. What has you wanting to leave the VZW family?

LindseyT_VZW

Follow us on Twitter @VZWSupport

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alexinsocal
Newbie

The fact that Verizon will not let me keep my Unlimited data plan and subsidize a new phone. Once I'm forced to move to "Better Everything" and I compare pricing with T-Mobile; pricing is cheaper. I average 2.5-3MB/Mo.

I know that Verizon has better coverage, but I'm willing to save money with T-Mobile. When I do the math, after 2 years, I will save $1K. I also did account for my employee discount.

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You seem to be missing the point of the other replies.

You won't be able to use your device on T-Mobile and T-Mobile no longer has corporate discounts.

So its a full price phone $800 plus $38 activation fee plus $10 Sim Kit plus taxes and administrative charges and not including the plan cost.

So you will pay more in the long run.

Just buy the iPhone at full cost and you don't lose the unlimited data. If the costs are still too high for you maybe a prepaid phone might be a better idea. Unlimited everything for $45-$60

Good Luck where ever you end up.

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alexinsocal
Newbie

I should have added that I'm jumping into T-Mobile with 3 other friends to take advance of T-Mobile's crazy $100 for 4 lines deal (unlimited call/text and 2.5GB). I do understand T-Mobile did away with their corporate discount plans. When I did the math I also accounted for the promotion for 2.5GB only through 12/31/15 and paying the extra $10 month for the remaining months to get 3GB thereafter.

Thanks everyone for the feedback! My final decision will be made tomorrow.

I'm calling Verizon today for one last chance...

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Good luck what ever you decide.

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rcschnoor
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Elector wrote:

a prepaid phone might be a better idea. Unlimited everything for $45-$60

A pre-paid phone on Verizon will not have unlimited everything. They would still have to pay for data.

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I meant the ones like Cricket or Boost Mobile.

Verizons prepaid is junk.

But thank you for pointing that out

Just in case they thought I was talking about Verizon Prepaid

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Mattindirect
Enthusiast - Level 2

Even Boost mobile has data caps....

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Weth
Legend

The Verizon iPhone 6 is unlocked and will work on the T-mobile network with no compromise.

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abbcma
Newbie

What about an iPhone 5?

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mama23dogs
Legend

The iPhone 6 and 6+ and the Nexus 6 are truly universal phones.  As long as they are carrier unlocked, they can be used on any network.

this is not true of previous versions of these phones.

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Weth
Legend

The Verizon iPhone 5 will work on T-mobile and AT&T.  It does not support as many LTE bands, so you may not get LTE, but it does supports the 4G HSPA+, so speed will still be very acceptable. 

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Weth wrote:

The Verizon iPhone 6 is unlocked and will work on the T-mobile network with no compromise.

yes there is compromise. Verizon LTE is band 4 and band 13. T-Mobille doesn't use band 13. An band 4 is HSPA+ right now on T-Mobile. T-Mobile is also expanding their LTE by using band 12 which Verizon iPhones don't support. So I'm not sure who you get "no compromise". If I was going to T-Mobile I'd get a T-Mobile iPhone not play some scam to get a cheap phone.

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Weth
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Actually no compromises with iPhone 6. Even T-mobile's iPhone 6 does not support band 12.

Verizon uses bands 4 and 13 as you point out.

T-mobile uses bands 2 and 4 and roaming on 5. It will use band 12 in future (spectrum obtained from Verizon)

The Verizon iPhone 6 supports 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,13,17,18,19,20,25,26,28,29

So the iPhone 6 supports all the bands in current use. There is no compromise. As far as band 12, even the T-mobile iPhone does not support band 12, so again no compromise.

I did not make a comment on the ethics of the deal, just answered the question posed.