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Replace iPhone but keep Grandfathered Bell Plan?

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  • Nov 14th, 2017 6:33 pm
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Replace iPhone but keep Grandfathered Bell Plan?

Hi Everyone!

I have been off contract on month-to-month with a grandfathered Bell plan for a year now. I really want to keep my plan because it has REALLY cheap data. I know that if I upgrade my iPhone through Bell then they will require me to change to one of their newer (and much crappier plans). I am OK with paying full price for a new iPhone if that's what it requires. If I buy a new phone outright through Apple do I even need to tell Bell, or can I jsut swap the SIM cards and continue with my current month-to-month plan?

Thanks!
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No need to tell Bell anything

Just put the SIM card in and enjoy your new phone
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Thanks. Is there any advantage/disadvantage to buying a phone outright (i.e. not on a plan) through Apple, Bell, or some other retailer?
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I'd just buy the phone from Apple directly.
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Just buy new iPhone and take off the sim from the old phone and insert it in the new phone.

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Ditto what others said....keep your sweet grandfathered plan and buy your iphone outright from Apple.

Advantage buying from Apple direct is you don't have to deal with any carrier locked iphones (if they are still selling them)...and I don't think you save any $$ buying from the carrier.

Just get it direct from Apple....

In terms of sim card, depends on what current phone you have. If you need to switch to a nano sim...buy an unactivated Bell sim from fleabay (should be like a $1-$2) and activate the sim online via Bell.

Bell will charge you $10 + taxes for the sim and if you do the switch via telephone, there is a service charge for that too
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ji2o0k wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 12:20 pm
Ditto what others said....keep your sweet grandfathered plan and buy your iphone outright from Apple.

Advantage buying from Apple direct is you don't have to deal with any carrier locked iphones (if they are still selling them)...and I don't think you save any $$ buying from the carrier.

Just get it direct from Apple....

In terms of sim card, depends on what current phone you have. If you need to switch to a nano sim...buy an unactivated Bell sim from fleabay (should be like a $1-$2) and activate the sim online via Bell.

Bell will charge you $10 + taxes for the sim and if you do the switch via telephone, there is a service charge for that too
..Or just cut your SIM if it is a big one or if it is a MicroSIM. But +1 to everyone who said to buy it outright from Apple, because you get the full 1 yr warranty and legit unlocked phone. With regards to Bhell..They won't let me keep my current plan as well upgrading to an iPhone, so they want me to change my plan to get an iPhone. The rep actually said, "Can you not wait till Black Friday? You will get a better deal then in two weeks." Thanks Bell for letting your customers know you can't do jack shit for them!
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ji2o0k wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 12:20 pm
Ditto what others said....keep your sweet grandfathered plan and buy your iphone outright from Apple.

Advantage buying from Apple direct is you don't have to deal with any carrier locked iphones (if they are still selling them)...and I don't think you save any $$ buying from the carrier.

Just get it direct from Apple....

In terms of sim card, depends on what current phone you have. If you need to switch to a nano sim...buy an unactivated Bell sim from fleabay (should be like a $1-$2) and activate the sim online via Bell.

Bell will charge you $10 + taxes for the sim and if you do the switch via telephone, there is a service charge for that too
Bell and Virgin incoming phone are unlocked now, no more reprogramming all phone are OTA update.

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I'll also add if your buying your phone from apple store, they'll give you one for free.
All you need to do is call Bell to activate it.

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