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So what I am planning on doing is adding a new faimly plan to my account to get a new phone for the cheaper price, then swapping sim cards with my current phone, then downgrade the new line to a basic phone, then cancelling the basic phone. Do you think that will work? Is there any fee that you have to pay to downgrade a smartphone to a basic?
    
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Well its usualy in the contract if you get a free or cheaper priced phone and dont keep the contract for a set number of months they charge you for the full value of the phone.
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i think you have to have internet plan to own a smart phone sold at any carrier so i dont think you could downgrade it to a basic plan
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So what I am planning on doing is adding a new faimly plan to my account to get a new phone for the cheaper price, then swapping sim cards with my current phone, then downgrade the new line to a basic phone, then cancelling the basic phone. Do you think that will work? Is there any fee that you have to pay to downgrade a smartphone to a basic?

Can't you just buy it used or unlocked? Contract agreement is there in the first place to allow AT&T recovers the money they lost by giving you the phone for free.
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If they're anything like verizon you'll have to pay the early termination fee even for a single line. I did the same thing when I broke my droid and got an iphone 4 on a new line and ended up just keeping the new line coz I didn't have another 175$ to pay to cancel the old line.
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Well its usualy in the contract if you get a free or cheaper priced phone and dont keep the contract for a set number of months they charge you for the full value of the phone.

This. Most plans won't allow you to do what you want to because it's basically fraud, or even more basic 'breaking the contract'. Read that fine print if you decide anyway to try it. You could wind up being charged a lot of money to your AT&T bill.
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Getting a new line under a family plan + phone would be a 2 year contract deal. you then could not cancel it without paying the premium. the only way to go is to get an unlocked phone or pay upfront.
    
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So then I guess the only way to do it would be to cancel my current phone and then get the new phone with a new number?
    
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So then I guess the only way to do it would be to cancel my current phone and then get the new phone with a new number?

Either way you're gonna have to pay the cancellation fee if you want a new phone. No way around it.
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Either way you're gonna have to pay the cancellation fee if you want a new phone. No way around it.

Yes. AT&T is the devil and they will charge you full value of the new phone without the upgrade price. I've tried it before, there is no way around it.
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