Can he eat his cake and eat it too, cellphone-wise?
July 29, 2010 2:51 PM Subscribe
Can I cancel my Verizon Wireless contract (and pay the early termination fee) and then sign back up with a new contract to my existing family plan and still manage to keep my number?
posted by carpyful to Shopping (12 answers total)
Asking this convoluted question for my cousin....
Basically, he sold his smartphone thinking he had a way to get a new phone for the subsidized $200 rate. As it turns out, he still has about a year left on contract (long and irrelevant story as to how that all went down).
Now, he wants to get a new smartphone, stay on his family plan (which has two other lines on it), and keep his number.
It seems like the most financially friendly way of accomplishing this is to cancel his current line and pay the ETF, then sign back up onto the family plan, thus allowing him to get a phone for $200.
However, it doesn't seem likely that through this process, he can keep his number. So... can he? Or is there another way that he can get a new phone and keep his number for under ~$350?
(Also, the only other alternative we have is buying a used smartphone from Craigslist, which is the default course of action.)