Where to Buy the Iphone 4?
So my contract goes up on March 17th, and i've been on these forums because i am DYING to FINALLY get my iPhone and i am twitching because i can't wait that long. (not literally) but i was wondering what's the difference between buying your iPhone at the Verizon store and buying it from the Apple store. I was going to buy it at the Verizon store because that's where i usually buy my phones and i figure that if i buy it from Apple, that i'd have to bring it to the Verizon store and i can just cut out the middle man and buy it at the Verizon store.
- 02-22-2011, 06:46 PM #2
- 02-22-2011, 06:56 PM #4
- 02-22-2011, 07:13 PM #5
Same is true for AT&T.
I prefer Apple stores personally because they know the iPhone better than the VZW employees who have only had access to it for a few weeks.
- 02-22-2011, 07:48 PM #6
Yeah, both are same actually, so just choose the one closer to you.
"how do they hook up your account to it and everything? How do they know you're eligible for an upgrade and all that stuff?" you can ask the Apple store staff for help
- 02-22-2011, 09:20 PM #8
- 02-22-2011, 09:37 PM #9
Plus, you get to unbox the phone yourself and activate it when you connect to iTunes, instead of having someone else touch/play with your phone first.
- 02-22-2011, 09:40 PM #10
Why don't you try calling VZW Customer Service at 1-800-922-0204 and tell them that you cannot wait until March? I'm sure they would be able to send you the iPhone a few weeks earlier than your eligibility date.
And do you think Apple would let me get it for 199$ even if my contract isn't fully up yet?
- 02-23-2011, 01:28 AM #12
Realistically, I think your chances are better than fair that they will allow you to do it. We're almost at the end of Feb., it's ~3 weeks until your upgrade eligibility date.
If they do allow you to purchase one while you're on the phone with them, you're all set. It will be shipped overnight to you via UPS and YOU (not a VZW or Apple employee) can unbox it and activate yourself!
- 02-25-2011, 02:01 PM #13
Is your contract actually up on that date, or is that your new every two date? Generally they've always been two separate dates, the new every two being about 4 months ahead of the contract, that's the actual eligibility date. If you haven't done so, check http://forums.imore.com/e?link=http%...token=nl1eiu0u and check it there to see if your new every two is currently ready if your contract actually ends next month.
And I had bought a Motorola RAZR in the spring of the year the Storm 1 came out, and I went to a Verizon store, and the manager let me upgrade waaaay early, but I was also buying accessories and what not, trying out the VZ Navigator, tethering, and all that, so they said that's why I could upgrade so early.
Then a year after the Storm comes out I get an e-mail stating that I can upgrade at the subsidized price, and I picked up a Storm 2 right before Christmas. Low and behold, a couple days before Christmas last year I got an e-mail from Verizon saying I could upgrade. I think it has to due with if you have the unlimited voice plan, I could be wrong though. I should be able to snag another subsidized phone Feburary 7th or 8th next year.
Last edited by Martog; 02-25-2011 at 02:04 PM.
I called Verizon, customer service and several individual stores, and they said that they generally aloow people to upgrade early for any other phone BUT the iPhone. Which i dont understand why they can let you upgrade early with a droid phone and not an iPhone... it's not like they'll be running out of their supply or anything. And whether i get it now, or in 3 weeks, i AM getting an iPhone, and even if hypothetically they were in short supply, too badd cause i'm getting my phone at the Apple store anyways lmfaooo
- 02-26-2011, 01:25 AM #15
Called and ordered on a mon, arrived wed! And i was the first person to touch the screen and get my makeup on it...lol It's a small thing, but it mattered to me.
- 02-26-2011, 06:30 PM #17iPhone Newbie
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My contract ends March 14th so I'm in the same boat as you. I've called VZW multiple times asking if I can upgrade a little earlier and everyone told me no, and that I should ask a store manager. So I did this yesterday and today (2 different VZW stores) and they both told me that they aren't allowed to have anyone upgrade early to the iPhone 4... so I told them I've seen many people upgrade earlier (tiPb) and they still said no and that I have to wait until March 14. So here I am, counting down the days until I can lay my hands on the iPhone 4.
- 02-26-2011, 08:53 PM #18
- 02-26-2011, 08:58 PM #19
- 02-27-2011, 09:21 AM #20
Be polite. Be calm. But remember, every time you call, the rep is writing detailed notes about what you wanted and how they said no. Good luck!
- 02-27-2011, 11:16 AM #21
A lot of times if you get the right rep at Verizon and your beyond 20 months of your contract, they will let you upgrade now! Or if your on a family plan you get one last and final annual upgrade if your the primary line..
I actually find Verizon phone reps the most lenient! They ship fast!
- 02-27-2011, 03:46 PM #23
We were NEVER transferred to the loyalty dept. The head rep came on and asked us to explain our prob, at which time she said that they would go ahead and do it for us. Two days later "Bazinga" We had our phones in hand.
Just the mention of wanting the ip4 bad enough to switch carriers (although we would much rather stay with the carrier we've been with for years) we would be willing to consider it to get the phones.
All was handled civilly and without an iota of rudeness or Unpleasantry on either part.
- 02-27-2011, 04:21 PM #24
I thought my (unfortunately last) annual upgrade was March 15th and it's actually April 15th. If I called into Verizon, do you think they'd move my upgrade date up a month? I've been doing my research and I really want to get an iPhone now!
- 02-27-2011, 04:24 PM #25