Our rationale for making the switch:
We were still on a contract for the next 6 months. So in that time:
- If we stayed with AT&T: We would be paying AT&T $150 x 6 = $900 (we currently pay $150).
- If we left AT&T: It was going to cost us a total of $290 to break the contract and move to an AirVoice Wireless plan of $30x2=$60/mo. Total cost for 6 months = $290 * $60 x 6 = $650. We come out $250 ahead in 3 months, and we should have done these numbers years ago! Additionally, after all these years, we decided it's time for us to be more frugal with our phone plans.
- Ordered airvoice wireless sim cards a week in advance. It took about 5 days to get to us.
- When sim cards arrived, called AT&T and canceled the contract. Agreed to pay the early termination fee, and paid it over the phone immediately. Once you cancel the contract, your online account ceases to exist which means that you have to pay the balance over the phone for an extra $5 or go to the store and do it for no extra cost than what you owe. Also, when you cancel the contract, your wireless account ceases to exist. This means that porting your phone number becomes difficult, but read on.
- Requested an iPhone unlock from AT&T. My spouses phone was unlocked in a couple of hours, but mine was done the next morning. You are notified via email.
- Back up each iPhone, erase completely and restore using iTunes. We both got messages saying it was unlocked. Our iPhones were not jail broken.
- Called AT&T again a day after canceling contract, and asked them to re-instate the account so that the number can be ported. They do a credit check for this, and bring the account back up again.
- Called AirVoice wireless and requested that they port over the phone numbers from AT&T. After a couple of hours, they were ported over. After this, you can buy a prepaid plan from AirVoice and your phone will come to life after a restart.