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BOGO iPhone 8 64gb on AT&T WITHOUT new line (YMMV)

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I know this deal has been posted multiple times before, but I wanted to share my experience with using Google voice as a temporary home for my number to essentially receive this deal without ultimately ending up with a new line. Need at least two lines on your account.

First, obviously, contact AT&T to order the iPhones you want. I bought an iPhone X and then an iPhone 8 plus as my "free phone" although your bill credits will only be for what an iPhone 8 would cost.

The iPhone X was on the line I intended to keep open (line 1). The iPhone 8 had to be opened on my new line (line 3). Immediately after receiving my phones and activating them, I ported line 2 out to Google voice for $20. This left me with two lines.

I paid off the iPhone X almost immediately which had no impact on my reimbursements. Also, I changed which phones were being used on which lines which also had no impact.

The new line phone number cannot be changed for at least 30 days or else the deal with be cancelled. Also, when a number is ported out of ATT, it remains attached to your account for 59 days and trying to port it back within that period is considered a "reclaim". This means that att can get the Google voice number as a new line, but it cannot be used to replace the line 3/temporary number.

Also, Google voice is considered a landline, and so after the port being approved, you have to call back after 3-5 days for it to finally go through.

I had my line 3 finally replaced with my original line 2 number and the credits keep coming.

Some note:

It is typically free for numbers ported in to Google voice to be ported back out, but you may be charged $3.

I tried 2 times to port in my Google voice number early due to the att reps not fully understanding the rules themselves. In both cases I was able to cancel the port. I was initially worried because the unlock page on Google voice listed my number as unlocked and approved meaning they were just waiting on att to actually grab the number which would never happen. I was worded my number would never in limbo, but after discussing with Google voice support, it reverts to locked after 30 days.

It was sort of annoying to use Google voice as a primary number since texts and iMessage were kept separate and if I forgot to call someone through Google voice, they'd ask what number I was calling from. Worth it for me to save $800 though.

Let me know if you have any questions. I also welcome and fully expect the many comments about how this had been posted/isn't a good deal/everyone already knows this/etc.
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Also, when a number is ported out of ATT, it remains attached to your account for 59 days and trying to port it back within that period is considered a "reclaim". This means that att can get the Google voice number as a new line, but it cannot be used to replace the line 3/temporary number.
People have claimed that if you port it out and then back into the new line during the same day on the last day of your billing cycle then you can do it.
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People have claimed that if you port it out and then back into the new line during the same day on the last day of your billing cycle then you can do it.
Hmm ok. That might violate the other rule that the number can't be changed within 30 days though.
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Hmm ok. That might violate the other rule that the number can't be changed within 30 days though.
What I did was upgrade a line and add a line. I am waiting on the bill credits to show up on the added line before I port out the number on the upgraded line. Once the bill credits show up, I will try porting the number on the upgraded line out and back in on the last day of the billing cycle. Since the bill credits don't show up for 2-3 billing cycles, the new line will be older than 30 days. However, I was told the rule was you can port a new number into an added line for free during the first 30 days but after 30 days there is a $36 charge.

Of course I am paying for a new line for a couple of billing cycles, so that will be anywhere from $50-$75 of added cost.

How long did it take for your bill credits to show up?
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What I did was upgrade a line and add a line. I am waiting on the bill credits to show up on the added line before I port out the number on the upgraded line. Once the bill credits show up, I will try porting the number on the upgraded line out and back in on the last day of the billing cycle. Since the bill credits don't show up for 2-3 billing cycles, the new line will be older than 30 days. However, I was told the rule was you can port a new number into an added line for free during the first 30 days but after 30 days there is a $36 charge.

Of course I am paying for a new line for a couple of billing cycles, so that will be anywhere from $50-$75 of added cost.

How long did it take for your bill credits to show up?
I was never charged for porting my number back in. The bill credits only took about a month to show up. They're sort of strange in that they're not displayed as a line on my bill, but my bill is for the full price including the iPhone payment, and att adds a payment of ~$23 before my autopsy.
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The bill credits only took about a month to show up.
I did the BOGOF mid-February. I have had a new billing cycle start but it hasn't even been 1 full billing cycle since I added the line.

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I was never charged for porting my number back in.
If a line has been opened less than 30 days, you aren't charged for a number change. If it has been more than 30 days, you are supposed to be charged $36 for a number change.


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They're sort of strange in that they're not displayed as a line on my bill, but my bill is for the full price including the iPhone payment, and att adds a payment of ~$23 before my autopsy.
Oh, that is strange. I hope I didn't screw things up by pre-paying using my credit card. I leave $11 to be charged on autopay but the bill credit for the BOGOF will be higher than that.

And thanks for starting this thread, it will be a good place for us to share our experiences.ApplauseApplauseApplause
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I did the BOGOF mid-February. I have had a new billing cycle start but it hasn't even been 1 full billing cycle since I added the line.

If a line has been opened less than 30 days, you aren't charged for a number change. If it has been more than 30 days, you are supposed to be charged $36 for a number change.



Oh, that is strange. I hope I didn't screw things up by pre-paying using my credit card. I leave $11 to be charged on autopay but the bill credit for the BOGOF will be higher than that.

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I'm sure that you would still get the credit and it would just leave you with a positive balance.
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I'm sure that you would still get the credit and it would just leave you with a positive balance.
I doubt it will show up this billing cycle since my autopay kicks in before it will even have been 30 days since I added the line. But hopefully next billing cycle it will show up. I don't want to take any chances so I will make sure I leave the bill credit + some for the autopay.

So you got no notice at all that the bill credits were going to show up? You simply got a credit at the time of autopay?
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"Upgrade"? You mean to a phone with no headphone jack and iOS 11, which doesn't allow you to turn off bluetooth or wifi? I'm fine with my current device
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You would have 2 lines and 2 installments for 30 months in order to get all credits making a second phone "free". Both phones are locked to ATT for the full time
a new line required,


BOGO: Limited Time Offer. Select locations. Must buy each iPhone 8 64 GB ($699.99) on 0% APR AT&T Next (30 mos. at $23.34/mo.) or AT&T Next Every Year (24 mos. at $29.17/mo.) with eligible service. Tax on full retail price of both due at sale. After all credits, get iPhone 8 64GB for free. Max credit may be applied towards other eligible iPhone 8/8 Plus models priced up to $950, which will be discounted but not free. iPhone X is not eligible. Req'd Wireless: Eligible postpaid wireless voice & data svc on both devices (min. $65/mo. for new svc with autopay and paperless bill discount. Pay $75/mo. until discount starts w/in 2 bills. Existing customers can add to elig. current plans If you cancel wireless svc on one, will owe that device balance of up to $950. Activation Fee: up to $45/each. Return: Return w/in 14 days. Restocking fee up to $45 each may apply. Add'l BOGO terms for customers w/consumer acct & Subscriber Paid User acct: Purchased device must be on Subscriber Paid User acct & free/discounted device must be on the consumer acct. Billing addresses for Subscriber Paid User & consumer accts must match. Req's elig. postpaid wireless voice & data svc on both devices. Combined min. elig wireless svc is $73.50/mo. ($28.50/mo. on Subscriber Paid User acct + $45/mo. on consumer acct after autopay & paperless bill discount. Pay $83.50/mo. until discount starts on consumer acct w/in 2 bills.) Bill Credits: Applied in equal amounts to device over entire agmt term & will not exceed $700. Both wireless lines must be on same acct, be active & in good standing for 30 days to qualify. To get all credits, free wireless line must remain active, with eligible service, and on agmt for entire term. If you cancel service, upgrade or pay up/off agmt early your credits may cease. Limits: May not be combinable w/other offers, discounts or credits. Purchase, financing & other limits & restr's apply. Participation in this offer may make your wireless account ineligible for select other offers (including select bill credit offers) for a 12 month period. See store or att.com/iphone8offer for offer details.


GEN. WIRELESS SVC: Subj. to Wireless Customer Agmt (att.com/wca). Credit approval required. Svcs not for resale. Deposit: May apply. Limits: Purch. & line limits apply. Prices may vary by location. Taxes, fees, monthly, other charges, usage, speed, coverage & other restr's apply per line. See att.com/additionalcharges for details on fees & charges. Promotions, terms & restr's subject to change & may be modified or terminated at any time without notice. AT&T service is subject to AT&T network management policies. See att.com/broadbandinfo for details.
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Cricket , go phone and voip ( google voice ) don't qualify for any bogo offers.
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You would have 2 lines and 2 installments for 30 months in order to get all credits making a second phone "free". Both phones are locked to ATT for the full time
a new line required,


BOGO: Limited Time Offer. Select locations. Must buy each iPhone 8 64 GB ($699.99) on 0% APR AT&T Next (30 mos. at $23.34/mo.) or AT&T Next Every Year (24 mos. at $29.17/mo.) with eligible service. Tax on full retail price of both due at sale. After all credits, get iPhone 8 64GB for free. Max credit may be applied towards other eligible iPhone 8/8 Plus models priced up to $950, which will be discounted but not free. iPhone X is not eligible. Req'd Wireless: Eligible postpaid wireless voice & data svc on both devices (min. $65/mo. for new svc with autopay and paperless bill discount. Pay $75/mo. until discount starts w/in 2 bills. Existing customers can add to elig. current plans If you cancel wireless svc on one, will owe that device balance of up to $950. Activation Fee: up to $45/each. Return: Return w/in 14 days. Restocking fee up to $45 each may apply. Add'l BOGO terms for customers w/consumer acct & Subscriber Paid User acct: Purchased device must be on Subscriber Paid User acct & free/discounted device must be on the consumer acct. Billing addresses for Subscriber Paid User & consumer accts must match. Req's elig. postpaid wireless voice & data svc on both devices. Combined min. elig wireless svc is $73.50/mo. ($28.50/mo. on Subscriber Paid User acct + $45/mo. on consumer acct after autopay & paperless bill discount. Pay $83.50/mo. until discount starts on consumer acct w/in 2 bills.) Bill Credits: Applied in equal amounts to device over entire agmt term & will not exceed $700. Both wireless lines must be on same acct, be active & in good standing for 30 days to qualify. To get all credits, free wireless line must remain active, with eligible service, and on agmt for entire term. If you cancel service, upgrade or pay up/off agmt early your credits may cease. Limits: May not be combinable w/other offers, discounts or credits. Purchase, financing & other limits & restr's apply. Participation in this offer may make your wireless account ineligible for select other offers (including select bill credit offers) for a 12 month period. See store or att.com/iphone8offer for offer details.


GEN. WIRELESS SVC: Subj. to Wireless Customer Agmt (att.com/wca). Credit approval required. Svcs not for resale. Deposit: May apply. Limits: Purch. & line limits apply. Prices may vary by location. Taxes, fees, monthly, other charges, usage, speed, coverage & other restr's apply per line. See att.com/additionalcharges for details on fees & charges. Promotions, terms & restr's subject to change & may be modified or terminated at any time without notice. AT&T service is subject to AT&T network management policies. See att.com/broadbandinfo for details.
Guess you didn't read my post, but it's only for people who already have 2 lines. You can pay off the "non-free" phone whenever which is what I did. The whole post was about how to avoid opening a new line provided you already have 2.
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"Upgrade"? You mean to a phone with no headphone jack and iOS 11, which doesn't allow you to turn off bluetooth or wifi? I'm fine with my current device
My iPhone X is running SultanXDA's cyanogen lineageOS build overclocked to a snapdragon 1000000. I have a custom kernel which adds 3 headphone jacks and gets 47hours screen on time.
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You would have 2 lines and 2 installments for 30 months in order to get all credits making a second phone "free". Both phones are locked to ATT for the full time a new line required
First, you do the 24 month financing, not the 30 month. I would never do the 30 month.

Second, you can pay off the upgraded phone as soon as the bill credits show up on the added line and get it unlocked and sell it. But even better is to do the upgrade through Best Buy and use a Verizon SIM for the initial activation so that it is never locked to AT&T at all.
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"Upgrade"? You mean to a phone with no headphone jack and iOS 11, which doesn't allow you to turn off bluetooth or wifi? I'm fine with my current device
You actually CAN disable bluetooth or WiFi. It's just a pain in the ass.

http://osxdaily.com/2017/10/04/ho...th-ios-11/

Seems pretty stupid to me.
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