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post #1 of 10
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Simple question, I have a contract mobile phone on virgin (UK) I dont want the phone anymore, can I sell it and then buy an unused mobile phone and carry on with the virgin sim in the new phone?
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In the U.S. if you did that in the reverse order you should be good. I've done it several times (in America)
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I don't know for sure, but I don't see why not. I mean you can sell a car with finance on it still, so a phone should be no trouble at all. wink.gif
     
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Originally Posted by Scott1541 View Post

I don't know for sure, but I don't see why not. I mean you can sell a car with finance on it still, so a phone should be no trouble at all. wink.gif

Most cars with finance you can't sell you need to read the smallprint in almost all contracts now it will be explicit that you do not own the car until last payment is made and therefore can't sell it. It will show on a HPI check as outstanding finance meaning the buyer could have it towed away of they bought it and the seller missed a payment.
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post #5 of 10
Yes you can, the phone becomes your property once you sign the contract.
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What would happen though if someone sold a contract phone then didnt pay the contract payments?
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Originally Posted by $ilent View Post

What would happen though if someone sold a contract phone then didnt pay the contract payments?

They will send you letters demanding the cash before handing it over to a baliff if you ignore the letters and tell the baliff where he can insert his demands they tend to write it off, at least that's what happened when I had an argument with 3 in 2009 and refused to pay them. I would read your contract fully though to ensure you do infact own the phone from the moment you sign the contract as opposed to the moment you make final payment.
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I'm pretty sure, at least in the US, they can blacklist a phone from being on their network.

It's possible however that GSM phones aren't restricted like this.

I know for a fact that CDMA phones will be blacklisted by ESN on a carrier, and will basically become paper weights until you pay them.
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Originally Posted by WR6133 View Post

Most cars with finance you can't sell you need to read the smallprint in almost all contracts now it will be explicit that you do not own the car until last payment is made and therefore can't sell it. It will show on a HPI check as outstanding finance meaning the buyer could have it towed away of they bought it and the seller missed a payment.

I know you don't own the car until the last payment, and shouldn't really sell something you don't own. I was more suggesting that there's nothing to actually stop you selling it to some unsuspecting person, a bit of writing doesn't stop anything thumb.gif
     
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Sure you can, but what will likely happen (at least the way it is in the US) is for then next phone you buy will be full price with no discounts. The contract is how you receive the discounted prices on the phone. Your carrier could really care less with what you do with the phone since selling the phone itself to someone still does not allow them to use it unless they pay for service.
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