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Starting today, AT&T will pay your ETF or device balance costs up to $650 per line when you switch

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Switch to AT&T and receive up to $650 per line to pay for an ETF or device balance

Switch to AT&T and receive up to $650 per line to pay for an ETF or device balance

The nation's second largest carrier, AT&T, announced today that it will pay costs of up to $650 per line for consumers making the switch to its network. All you need to do is purchase a new phone using installment plan AT&T Next, activate your new service, port over your current phone number, and trade-in your current handset.

After trading in your current phone, you will get a store credit or an AT&T promotion card in the amount of the trade. Once that is all accomplished, you submit your final bill online from Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile. You will then receive an AT&T promotion Visa pre-paid gift card in the amount of your Early Termination Fee (up to $650 per line) or the device balance listed on the final bill, minus the trade-in amount (again, up to $650 per line). The promotion ends on March 31st, 2016 so don't procrastinate!

You can combine the deal with AT&T's current Buy One Get One offer. That deal is open to both existing and new customers. The first phone can be purchased for a new line, or with an upgrade. The second phone must be for a new line, and be purchased using AT&T Next 24. Both phones need to be used with a qualified plan, like the Mobile Share Plan. After three bill cycles, you get the cost of the second phone (up to $650) paid back to you over the 30 months of the Next 24 installment plan. Taxes are paid at the time the phones are purchased.

And don't forget that if you subscribe to AT&T and are a DIRECTV or AT&T U-verse TV customer, you can sign up for AT&T's unlimited data plan.

source: AT&T

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posted on 15 Feb 2016, 16:50 1

1. hwb01 (Posts: 355; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)

I wish they would pay your etf to switch from att to cricket, the money is all going to att anyways

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 17:07 5

3. cncrim (Posts: 911; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Could be that is why they don't hire you to run ATT.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 16:56

2. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

They're looking to stem the losses.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 17:07

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 25058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Hell, in that case, I'm gonna switch to AT&T from AyeT&TEE.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 19:06

6. tedkord (Posts: 14203; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Well, that sounds like a good plan you've...Hey! Waitaminnit!

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 19:22

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 25058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


posted on 15 Feb 2016, 18:17

5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1366; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

If they would've had this a couple months ago when they were offering DirectTv customers unlimited data, I would've switched from Verizon and would've gotten my mom to switch from Cricket. I know, AT&T and Cricket are essentially the same company, but then my mom would be able to get a new phone.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 22:54

8. Bernoulli (Posts: 4333; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

Haha at&t giving into the heat from t mobile? Probably so.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 23:45

9. sissy246 (Posts: 4071; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

Well everyone else is doing it so they may as well.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 08:03 1

10. ekholbrook (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

It's still a terrible deal if you look at their plan prices compare to someone like TMobile which admitedly does their pricing a touch differently (they separate the voice and data plans).

So for example on AT&T the 15gb plan is a whopping $100. No tethering included or anything like that. Then there's a device access charge of $15. So from what I can tell, this plan, assuming NO phone payment plan or anything, is $115 not including taxes.

By comparision, on Tmobile I pay $50 for unlimited phone/messages/voice, etc.. and $30 of unlimited data WITH 7 gigs of Tethering data. $80 not including taxes.

That's about $420 less a year for (a) more data and (b) tethering. No contract, cancel anytime and owe nothing.

My Tmobile speeds in South Florida average 25mbs up and down (speedtest shows me at 39mbs down this very second as I type, and 17mbs upload).

So yes, AT&T may sound like a good deal with the $650 incentive, but make sure you read the fine print (and if you pick a plan on AT&T, EVERYthing is in fine print, seriously... all the "Plan Details" popups use like 7pt font size. They don't really want you to read all the "Gotcha" things.

Keep in mind you have to buy a new phone (which will up that $115 charge to more like $135), AND... you have to give up your old phone.

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