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Cell phone as a gift question

by The_Sandman224 / May 9, 2013 10:06 AM PDT

I want to surprise my mom with the Galaxy S4 for Mother's Day. She is still going to be paying the monthly bills. Would she have to come in with me to sign paper works and credit checks? Because that is going to ruin the surprise.

We both have T-Mobile as our carrier and we both have separate accounts.

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It all depends....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 9, 2013 11:04 AM PDT

.....Are you an authorized user on her account ?? If so, you could do the upgrade without her.

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Not likely
by Pepe7 / May 10, 2013 1:27 AM PDT

As has been pointed out, unless you are an authorized user on her account, you have no right to make any changes w/o her knowing about it.

The only way would be for you to either buy the phone outright, paying the no commitment price ($$), or 'gifting' a T-Mobile handset you obtained through your (separate) account, gaining the subsidized price if you are currently eligible for a handset upgrade. That's about it.

FWIW, I've encountered multiple offers to buy brand new S3s for $10-50 this week while shopping in brick/mortar stores. Might be a cheaper way for you to upgrade your mom to a smartphone. The stores really want to move these products now since sales are generally flat per se.


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Cell phone gift
by jlynn149 / May 13, 2013 3:46 AM PDT

You can always go to the store and buy the phone..after she receives the gift you can go back into the store with her to help her set it up, this way you can credit yourself back if she was able to get an upgrade. Just a thought...

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by Pepe7 / May 14, 2013 1:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Cell phone gift

The carriers will rarely let you do this anymore. Such 'credits' need to be done at purchase so they get your signature at the dotted line to lock you into 24 more mos. of contracted service. You can partially thank this sometimes less than flexible/forgiving system to fraudulent behavior and the overall addiction we have as consumers to the subsidized phone model. A lot more could be done if we simply paid full freight for our hardware, and had one single phone technology instead of a crazy patchwork of carriers/networks/frequencies that aren't always compatible.

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Alternative idea
by birdmantd Forum moderator / May 14, 2013 2:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Nope

The OP could buy a gift card for his mother equal to the price of the phone w/ taxes and give it to her. Then she would be able to go to the store and pay nothing out of pocket. I do realize that Mother's Day has already passed, but this would work.

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