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I live in india and want to buy an iPhone 5s with AT&T contract from US coz its
cheap. I am currently in the US. I can get it unlocked as soon as i get back to
India by just paying $20 (permanent factory unlock).
But purchasing an AT&t phone requires a US resident and i can purchase that on
my friend's behalf but i'm confused what will happen after i come to india and
about the At&t bill ?

Answer
If you purchase an iPhone from AT&T with a two year contract, you will be held to the monthly charges for 2 years. So if you get a $40 voice plan, $30.00 data plan and $20.00 text plan, you will be held to that amount each month for 24 months. In exchange, you get a $199.99 16GB iPhone 5S (if you go with a 32GB, it's $100 more, if you go with a 5C, it's $99.99). If you cancel your contract after the first 30 days, you will have to pay $315.00 in cancellation penalties (that's $325.00 minus $10.00 per month). Each month you keep the service, the early termination penalty decreases by $10.00. So you can either keep the contract in place for two years and keep the plan or pay the termination fee. Either way, if the intent is just to get the phone, I would recommend just paying full price with no contract. In the long run, it's less expensive. I hope this helps.

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I can answer questions on cellular phones, the physical device, the network, contracts, billing, ordering, porting and what to look for when purchasing cell phones. I am located in the United States. I am an expert on BlackBerrys, Treos, HTC devices and iPhones as well as cellphones and aircards. I have over 15 years of experience in both the wireless and wireline world with the carriers. I have a lot of knowledge regarding the wireless providers - their services, prices and policies, both GSM AT&T and T-Mobile) and CDMA (Verizon, Sprint/Nextel). I am very familiar with the individual devices and their specifications. I can also answer questions regarding BlackBerrys, iPhones and other PDAs, both Palm-based and Windows-based. I can troubleshoot most any problem someone is having with their cellular device or with the provider.

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Over 20 years in the Telecom industry working for the carriers with individuals, small business, medium business and large corporations(Fortune 500). Also worked as a professor in Maryland for 10 years teaching telecommunications.

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Master's in Telecommunications

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Received several awards for papers that I have published over the years

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