(Closed) Want to get him a cell phone for Christmas… but what if he's on contract?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You should be able to buy it whether he has a contract or not as long as he doesn’t have to switch networks.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you’re not trying to get an “upgrade discount” (it sounds like you’re not), you should be able to buy the phone without it having to do anything with his contract. He should then be able to go to the store & have it activated. I’ve actually had good luck buying unlocked phones off ebay, then bringing it into the store to be activated, so that’s another option.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Buying a phone for someone else can get tricky if you’re not on the same plan. You can always buy it and pay full price (typicall $400-600+), but if you want to get the contract extension or upgrade price, he would probably have to be present to agree to the contract. In the past, store associates have recommended that I just buy a gift card for the cost of the phone upgrade and give it to the recipient. I don’t know if there is a better way though, it might be worth it to ask at a retailer or customer service center for his carrier.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mrsbruff2b:  Yep! You won’t be able to get the contract pricing but you should be able to just buy the phone and then he can have it activated. You can also call or visit whoever is network his just to be safe.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would be leery of doing this, personally.  Your best bet would be to cut out a pic of the phone you want to buy him and put it into a box and wrap it.  When he opens it, tell him that your Christmas gift to him is to take him to the store and buy him the phone but that you wanted him to be involved in selecting the plan, color, etc. and you didn’t want to risk doing anything that would potentially affect his current contract.

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