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    Default Purchasing an iphone 5

    I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on an iphone (thanks to all of you here who have been so helpful )

    I'm wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) as to where I purchase the phone. I'm 3 hours from the nearest apple store, if that is the best route I'm sure I can get there sometime.

    Otherwise I'm guessing my options are the verizon store, best buy, apple online store, or . . ? I usually shop by price but it seems like an iphone costs the same wherever one buys it; so I'm just checking to see if there is an advantage or disadvantage one way or another that I'm not aware of.

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    Really doesn't matter where you buy it. They are all the same phones and all cost same at every store. Good luck and welcome to the Apple side.
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    Default Re: Purchasing an iphone 5

    Quote Originally Posted by revtech View Post
    I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on an iphone (thanks to all of you here who have been so helpful )

    I'm wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) as to where I purchase the phone. I'm 3 hours from the nearest apple store, if that is the best route I'm sure I can get there sometime.

    Otherwise I'm guessing my options are the verizon store, best buy, apple online store, or . . ? I usually shop by price but it seems like an iphone costs the same wherever one buys it; so I'm just checking to see if there is an advantage or disadvantage one way or another that I'm not aware of.

    Thanks

    U are correct about the iPhone pricing, it's the same everywhere u go except Walmart usually has it for like $2 cheaper. Best suggestion is to call around and see who has what u want in stock and then get it from the closest location. Good luck and congrats on ur choice
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    Not really any advantage since as you said when buying new they are all the same price. Your local store is just as good as an Apple store. It gets down to who is willing to give you the best CS. If you buy from Apple or their retail store you can buy Applecare + right away for insurance as opposed to the other places except for a carrier where you have to buy it within 30 days. Good luck with your new iPhone.
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    So if I need to go to an apple store to get the legendary CS they provide, it doesn't matter if I bought it somewhere else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarr40 View Post
    If you buy from Apple or their retail store you can buy Applecare + right away for insurance
    If you don't buy from Apple directly, you have to bring the phone into an Apple store to be inspected before you buy Applecare. So you would have to drive 3 hours to get Applecare. However, if you want Applecare (and I highly recommend it as it is refundable at any time for a prorated amount), I suggest you buy from Apple online and save yourself the 3 hour trip. You can get Applecare with your new phone shipped from Apple's online store.

    Applecare doesn't cover loss or theft, though. If you want that, you would need to get total equipment coverage from Verizon.


    If you were on sprint, right now Best Buy is running a $25 off special on the iPhone 5. And if you signed up for Best Buy's Phone Freedom promo in February, you can get $50 off the iPhone 5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revtech View Post
    So if I need to go to an apple store to get the legendary CS they provide, it doesn't matter if I bought it somewhere else?
    yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revtech View Post
    So if I need to go to an apple store to get the legendary CS they provide, it doesn't matter if I bought it somewhere else?
    Personally it is up to you to drive 3 hours. I drove an hour even though I could have shopped online from Apple's website and had it shipped to me. I wanted coming from a BlackBerry for Apple to set everything up for me so that I walked out literally with a working phone, contacts set, email done and ready to use and I drove an hour and will do it again on my next upgrade. I got Applecare+ and happy I did so it extends my tech support over the phone and if I have trouble I can go to the Apple store that will have a record I bought it there but that is just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarr40 View Post
    if I have trouble I can go to the Apple store that will have a record I bought it there
    Why do you think it is important that they know you bought the phone there? I have never had a problem in an Apple store with my mom's phones and she bought hers from Verizon. My nieces bought theirs from the Apple store we go to and I don't think they get any better service than my mom does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by androidluvr2 View Post
    Why do you think it is important that they know you bought the phone there? I have never had a problem in an Apple store with my mom's phones and she bought hers from Verizon. My nieces bought theirs from the Apple store we go to and I don't think they get any better service than my mom does.
    I never said it was "IMPORTANT" To me, What I said was that in the past whenever I purchased something of value from a merchant I always got better service from who I purchased it from. I know Apple might not care where it came from but it is MY piece of mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by androidluvr2 View Post
    If you don't buy from Apple directly, you have to bring the phone into an Apple store to be inspected before you buy Applecare. So you would have to drive 3 hours to get Applecare. However, if you want Applecare (and I highly recommend it as it is refundable at any time for a prorated amount), I suggest you buy from Apple online and save yourself the 3 hour trip. You can get Applecare with your new phone shipped from Apple's online store.

    Applecare doesn't cover loss or theft, though. If you want that, you would need to get total equipment coverage from Verizon.


    If you were on sprint, right now Best Buy is running a $25 off special on the iPhone 5. And if you signed up for Best Buy's Phone Freedom promo in February, you can get $50 off the iPhone 5.
    Not exactly true. I bought my iPhone 5 from Radio Shack and got AppleCare + on the spot. I am pretty sure you can do that if you buy from any non-cell phone carrier retail store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolander07 View Post
    Not exactly true. I bought my iPhone 5 from Radio Shack and got AppleCare + on the spot. I am pretty sure you can do that if you buy from any non-cell phone carrier retail store.
    Thanks, that is good to know. We bought from Verizon and they told us we had to go to the Apple store because they sell their own TEC policy on the iPhone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolander07 View Post
    Not exactly true. I bought my iPhone 5 from Radio Shack and got AppleCare + on the spot. I am pretty sure you can do that if you buy from any non-cell phone carrier retail store.
    Bought mine from Rogers in Canada and got AppleCare+ on the spot as well.
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    Does anyone know if Best Buy will sell Applecare when you purchase your iPhone from them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolander07 View Post
    Not exactly true. I bought my iPhone 5 from Radio Shack and got AppleCare + on the spot. I am pretty sure you can do that if you buy from any non-cell phone carrier retail store.
    You are almost there..... Almost ALL carriers that sell iPhone can sell Applecare+ even though it won't be there first choice because they want to sell there own.

    Simply if you buy and iPhone and CANNOT get Applecare+ for some reason from a non Apple store all you have to do is call Apple CS and ask for Applecare, they will ask for the IMEI to verify and sell you Applecare+. This has to be done within 30 days of buying the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by androidluvr2 View Post
    Does anyone know if Best Buy will sell Applecare when you purchase your iPhone from them?
    All it takes is a phone call to your local Best Buy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarr40 View Post
    All it takes is a phone call to your local Best Buy!
    I know, it is just easier to post here and then others will have the info, too without having to call. And sometimes when you call you get wrong info anyhow. The BB SAs can be clueless.
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    If there is a Target with a Target mobile inside then you can get the phone at a 5% discount using their credit card (Red card)
    That is the least expensive retail store I can think of and it is where I get mine due to the discount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by androidluvr2 View Post
    I know, it is just easier to post here and then others will have the info, too without having to call. And sometimes when you call you get wrong info anyhow. The BB SAs can be clueless.
    That is why since I did not know the answer and you asked the question and if you called you could post the answer for the benefit of us all which I agree with. Thank you for your comments and have a great day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by androidluvr2 View Post
    Does anyone know if Best Buy will sell Applecare when you purchase your iPhone from them?
    Yes! Or I can buy insurance thru ur carrier or geek squad from BB. All options available at BB.

    Getting a bit testy in here.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by androidluvr2 View Post
    Does anyone know if Best Buy will sell Applecare when you purchase your iPhone from them?
    I'm sure they will, but chances are they will try to get you to buy their Geek Squad plan instead, which costs like $16 a month.
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    I'm sure they will, but chances are they will try to get you to buy their Geek Squad plan instead, which costs like $16 a month.
    Ok, because Verizon would not or at least the rep I spoke with would not. Does the Geek Squad plan include theft/loss coverage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by androidluvr2 View Post
    Ok, because Verizon would not or at least the rep I spoke with would not. Does the Geek Squad plan include theft/loss coverage?
    I don't think it does. I had it on my iPhone 4, but I don't recall it covering theft. It's more like Apple Care. It covers service, repairs, and a replacement if you accidentally damage it. Over the life of a 2 yr contract, Apple Care is definitely cheaper ($99 vs $16/mo). The only way I would recommend Best Buys plan over Apple care is if you are prone to damaging your phone a lot. Apple only offers 2 replacements at $50 each. Best Buy doesn't have a limit, or deductible for a replacement, but after 2 years, you're gonna pay close to $400.

    I bought a iPhone 5 last month on eBay, fortunately it had Apple Care on it already, and Sprint had an open enrollment for their insurance program so I added it to cover loss/theft. Hopefully, you would be able to add Verizon's insurance plan to cover loss/theft. If not, Apple Care is probably the best option for repairs & replacements.
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    Am i missing some hidden gem in apple care cause last i checked they didn't cover neat as much as squaretrade for instance. Whats the incentive in buying apple care saying i have apple care?
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    Ya buy it anywhere same warranty same phone same price etc
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