1. Coolaid2000's Avatar
    I can't tell you how disappointing it is when you have been with the same wireless company for 12 years and someone just signing up gets preferential treatment. I went into the Fullerton, CA AT&T store on Friday morning around 10am to upgrade to a new IPHONE. I was told they were all sold out but I could special order one. So, I did. As I was leaving, I ran into a friend of mine who was just parking. I gave him the heads up that they were sold out and recommended he go inside and order one (he was with Sprint at the time). A few hours later he called me and told me, not only was he able to buy himself an IPHONE, but he was able to buy his wife an IPHONE too. Amazing how I have to wait 2 weeks to get my IPHONE, but a new customer can just walk in and buy 2!!
    06-21-2009 02:56 PM
  2. bruce.abbott's Avatar
    To me that sounds like they're doing that against policy. Perhaps you should call AT&T and let them know what's going on. That sounds like the same BS retailers pull when a new game console launches and they force you to buy a "bundle" package or go home empty.
    06-21-2009 03:00 PM
  3. Duvi's Avatar
    I would actually write to corporate. It should be on the invoice, either 2nd or 3rd page above the address to mail payments to.
    06-21-2009 03:12 PM
  4. jhamilton3's Avatar
    Duvi would know what he is talking about considering he works for wonderful AT&T
    06-22-2009 03:08 AM
  5. owen35's Avatar
    I had the similar experience in Philadelphia. As I waited in line for about 20 minutes for a rep to speak with me, I noticed a new customer ordering 2 iPhones for himself and his geeky son. I was, of course, hopeful, that they would have one for me. When I got to the rep and explained I was a business account and wanted to upgrade, I was told that they were sold out of the new phones and that I could order one.

    Now, it is possible that the father/son may have pre-ordered, but gathering from their conversation with the sales rep, it didn't appear that way to me.

    To make matters worse, I was just at the Apple Store where they had additional phones for purchase and had one for me. But because my phone is on a business plan, Apple cannot sell it to me and I am forced to go to an ATT store. I won't go into a rant on my disgust with ATTs service, but to be forced to only purchase a phone through them and (once again) they were not bright enough to order enough phones on the launch weekend, is just adding to my disgust with this cell carrier.
    06-22-2009 05:40 AM
  6. xMarkedDaspot's Avatar
    I am so glad someone finally went public about this issue! I am also a long term ATT customer, maybe not 12 years but I have been a customer for 8 years. I went to the local ATT store in Brea to upgrade my blackberry to the new iphone. When I got there, I was told that they were out of stock and i'd need to place a "special order". Instead of doing that I decided to go wait at the mall...even though I had to sit and wait for a couple of hours. While waiting at the mall I decided to call the same ATT store back and see if they had received any more deliveries. Over the phone I was asked "Do you currently have ATT?" So I said "No, I have T mobile". Not only did the rep offer to HOLD and iphone for me, but they reminded me not to forget a copy of my Tmobile bill!!!! I will never shop at an ATT store again, from here on out I will just go to Apple. Plus the people at Apple are MUCH friendlier.
    06-25-2009 01:05 AM
  7. snowboarder57's Avatar
    Same thing happened to me at the Brea store. The attitude was different of the staff if you wanted to re up your contract. Pretty sad! I got my phone at the apple store. Never go to that store again.
    06-25-2009 01:23 AM
  8. snowboarder57's Avatar
    The attitude was different if you wanted to re up your contract versus getting new service.
    06-25-2009 01:27 AM
  9. Duvi's Avatar
    I had the similar experience in Philadelphia. As I waited in line for about 20 minutes for a rep to speak with me, I noticed a new customer ordering 2 iPhones for himself and his geeky son. I was, of course, hopeful, that they would have one for me. When I got to the rep and explained I was a business account and wanted to upgrade, I was told that they were sold out of the new phones and that I could order one.

    Now, it is possible that the father/son may have pre-ordered, but gathering from their conversation with the sales rep, it didn't appear that way to me.

    To make matters worse, I was just at the Apple Store where they had additional phones for purchase and had one for me. But because my phone is on a business plan, Apple cannot sell it to me and I am forced to go to an ATT store. I won't go into a rant on my disgust with ATTs service, but to be forced to only purchase a phone through them and (once again) they were not bright enough to order enough phones on the launch weekend, is just adding to my disgust with this cell carrier.
    Not sure how that is similar. You may be making assumptions (and you know what they say about those....). It is possible they pre-ordered. It's also possible that they purchased the last two. If you saw someone purchase after you, then that would be different. And even then, you can't tell for sure or your story would have been different.
    06-25-2009 01:43 AM
  10. legendofdon's Avatar
    This makes me disappointed to have ATT as a carrier. I've seen this happen with the 3G as well as the Bold. People who are new customers are welcome to come in and buy the phones, but existing customers who can upgrade get told that they are "sold out" or even told straight up that they are only selling to new customers. I really hope this isn't some kind of "unwritten rule" or something like that.
    06-25-2009 05:48 PM
  11. BradATT's Avatar
    Thanks to all who have flagged the issue here. The posts are concerning and something we will investigate fully. If you are having this issue, please send your contact information to me at bmays at attnews dot us so we can look into each case. Provide the location you went to, the device you were looking for, the date and the time of the visit and your contact information so we can follow up with you. We want to investigate the allegations to get all of the details around the incidents and ensure that this we can resolve the issue.

    Thanks
    07-29-2009 12:51 PM
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