Where to Buy iPhone 3G?
Hello all, I'm finally out of my Verizon contract and I've decided to make the jump to At&t for the iPhone. I've been reading up on the phone and whatnot and have seen you guys talk about buying them at the At&t, Apple, or even Best Buy store. I've seen different arguments for each side but I would really like a definitive answer so I make the right choice to begin with.
My question is, if I'm starting a new plan with At&t and want to get an iPhone, where is the best place to go in order to make the purchase? Are there any advantages such as insurance or replacement guarantees that I should be aware of?
Any help of how to make my conversion to the dark side as easy as possible would be great
- 09-17-2008, 10:44 PM #2
- 09-17-2008, 10:49 PM #4iPhone Intermediate
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In my experience there is absolutely no reason to pick either the Apple Store or AT&T (I did not try Best Buy). I bought my first phone at the Apple Store and they were most unhelpful with the rates and plans from AT&T. They actually had to look up the plans on AT&T's website using one of the Mac in the store (since they were sure I could return it after 14 days). Since I wasn't switching (I did the trial period first), I didn't have the experience of porting my number.
Four days later, I showed up at the AT&T store to port my number and move my partner's phone over to AT&T also. Not so smooth there. They don't know anything about the phone but the process of porting my number and signing up was fairly smooth.
Long and the short is it really does matter. They are both selling the same exact product and there are no deals to be had that the other does have also. There is no competition between them at all. As far as I know, same goes for Best Buy.
- 09-17-2008, 10:49 PM #5
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I have in mind the plan and features and whatnot that I want, I've just heard things about Apple stores having different replacement options than At&t stores. Something about the white box for one and the original for another?
All in all, I just want the quickest experience. Is the Apple store able to do the number port? Or would I have to stop by an At&t store for that?
(once again, thanks for the help)
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