1. SaMaster14's Avatar
    Wondering if there really is a difference. Looking to buy a 128gb cellular (Verizon) + wifi.

    Our family plan has 3 ipads on the plan and they are all available for 'upgrade' meaning when I try and purchase on Verizon's website I am offered to pay full retail or sign a 2-year contract and get $250 off (829.99 total). Just wondering if there is any catch to that (must turn in old device / device deactivates after the 2 years / etc).

    Also, will apple acknowledge that 'upgrade' like when purchasing an iphone from them? I've always trusted purchasing through apple over purchasing through the carrier, so if I can get the same deal, I'd do it.

    Thanks for any input!
    06-13-2016 08:47 PM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    The Apple site has a variety of financing options available including carrier options. You can pay full retail, payments to Apple, OR payments to your carrier. If anything Apple offers you more options.
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    06-13-2016 08:57 PM
  3. Dave Marsh's Avatar
    I prefer to buy directly from Apple, then just swap out the older model from my AT&T Family Share plan. Since I purchased directly from Apple, my device is unlocked (and can be used on any carrier after resale), so I don't have to submit a special request at the end of a purchase contract. I also purchase AppleCare with the purchase, so it's automatically linked with the device at purchase. You'll pay the same price, unless AT&T is running a special, but otherwise it's just more convenient purchasing directly from Apple.

    It's easy enough to run the numbers with your Verizon deal and decide whether the price difference, administrative requirements, and purchase convenience represent an arrangement you're comfortable with. Divide each offered total price by 24, then compare those costs against intangible benefits of each. There are no gotchas with Apple, read the fine print with your carrier. Good luck.
    06-16-2016 02:41 AM
  4. CrackOne's Avatar
    I purchased my iPad from Verizon and Apple Care from our local Apple Store. The staff at Apple even offered to help set up the iPad, which is unnecessary.
    06-18-2016 08:29 PM
  5. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    I got my iPhone from the Verizon store. I don't think there would be any difference except for the carrier store not having enough inventory of the model that you want.
    06-18-2016 11:02 PM
  6. pkcable's Avatar
    Anyone looking for iMacs? Bestbuy is having a sale right now! (probably over VERY soon as it was/is centered around Father's Day)
    06-20-2016 10:37 AM

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