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Thread: I am selling my 3GS to someone, if they sign up for ATT do they need to sign contract?

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    Default I am selling my 3GS to someone, if they sign up for ATT do they need to sign contract?
    so im selling my 3GS on ebay and had a couple questions.

    i am not selling the phone unlocked or jailbroken just as is w/ no sim card.

    what i want to know is if someone buys the phone and wants service through ATT are they required to sign a contract? i figure they wouldnt need to sign a contract as theyll have the phone already maybe im wrong

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    If they already have ATT service, no.

    If they are a new customer, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobright View Post
    so im selling my 3GS on ebay and had a couple questions.

    i am not selling the phone unlocked or jailbroken just as is w/ no sim card.

    what i want to know is if someone buys the phone and wants service through ATT are they required to sign a contract? i figure they wouldnt need to sign a contract as theyll have the phone already maybe im wrong
    From what I understand, if you go to a retail store to activate service on a phone not under contract, it is at the discretion of the store manager whether or not to make you sign a new contract. The trouble is finding a store manager willing to give you service sans contract.

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    If all else fails, then s/he should sign the contract and grab a cheap/free phone, swap over to the iPhone and sell the other phone. But that's just an idea.

    I've known of people going in and doing a COE (Customer Owned Equipment) activation, but it probably does depend on the manager's intent. One's milage may vary.
    Besides, activations, even if they aren't w/ contract, still earn them commission, so I doubt they'll just turn the new no-contract customer away and risk the commission loss.
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    I just got a no contract plan on AT&T with a 3gs I bought from eBay. I explained I wanted to save my upgrade for an iPhone 4 in a few months (waiting for the hysteria to calm) and she said she could try but it never worked before. Luckily it went through and now i can upgrade whenever i want. It was unlocked by ultrasn0w I don't know if that would do anything.

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    yeah i was wondering the same thing...i'm on tmo, and i know they offer non-contract service...i really wanna try att, but i'd hate to have to sign up for two years...att does offer 30 day trial period though right that i could cancel if i find the service doesn't cut it for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunercrab View Post
    yeah i was wondering the same thing...i'm on tmo, and i know they offer non-contract service...i really wanna try att, but i'd hate to have to sign up for two years...att does offer 30 day trial period though right that i could cancel if i find the service doesn't cut it for me...
    Last I recall AT&T still had the 30-day remorse policy. Might be worth looking into.

    The caveat on this is that you can't be considered a new customer for 90 days if you cancel. SO, you can't sign up, cancel in 30 days, and go back and buy a cheap iPhone for 3 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    If they already have ATT service, no.

    If they are a new customer, yes.
    You can sign up for the no commitment plan, no contract required. I am currently under it and can get out whenever I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUiPodRepair View Post
    You can sign up for the no commitment plan, no contract required. I am currently under it and can get out whenever I want.
    True, however it doesn't make much sense financially for the vast majority of iPhone users.
    Have they released the jailbreak in the app store yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianbroste View Post
    True, however it doesn't make much sense financially for the vast majority of iPhone users.
    For the OP's question, it make a lot of sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GenesisDH View Post
    For the OP's question, it make a lot of sense.
    Touche. Got caught up in the other posts.
    Have they released the jailbreak in the app store yet?

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    As a Store Manager for AT&T you absolutely do not sign a contract if you bring in your own equipment. The contract is tied to a discount received on equipment not to service. If you receive a discount on new equipment then you sign a 2 yr contract.

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