1. moneymike47's Avatar
    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 07:43 PM
  2. anon4705193's Avatar
    I assume you mean bring it to the Verizon store to activate it after purchasing at apple? No need to it can be activated by plugging into your iTunes, no need for Verizon at all if you decide to purchase through apple
    02-22-2011 07:46 PM
  3. moneymike47's Avatar
    Well if you buy an iPhone from Apple, 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?
    02-22-2011 07:56 PM
  4. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    Depends which is closer to you since they are both the same price on contract at apple and verizon.
    02-22-2011 07:56 PM
  5. j7469's Avatar
    Well if you buy an iPhone from Apple, 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?
    Apple store can access your account by you giving them your phone # (and account password if applicable). They just scan the bar code on the back of the box and that enters the serial number into your Verizon account and now that new iPhone will have your phone #. From there all you have to do is plug it into iTunes but that is true no matter where you buy it form.

    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 08:13 PM
  6. Mella's Avatar
    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 08:48 PM
  7. moneymike47's Avatar
    Here is the million dollar question. If my contract wasn't up for another few days, which store do you think would be more lenient with it?
    02-22-2011 10:08 PM
  8. lv1's Avatar
    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.
    Apple can activate your Iphone. They did it for my wife. Same if you go to VZW. I had mine shipped to me and activated via ITunes. So you have several options.
    02-22-2011 10:20 PM
  9. tourstagefan's Avatar
    Apple can activate your Iphone. They did it for my wife. Same if you go to VZW. I had mine shipped to me and activated via ITunes. So you have several options.
    +1. Go to the Apple Store if it is not too far from you. They are far more knowledgeable about the iPhone than the VZW employees.

    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.
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    02-22-2011 10:37 PM
  10. tourstagefan's Avatar
    Here is the million dollar question. If my contract wasn't up for another few days, which store do you think would be more lenient with it?
    That really depends on the particular customer service rep that you meet, it's the luck of the draw.

    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.
    02-22-2011 10:40 PM
  11. moneymike47's Avatar
    +1. Go to the Apple Store if it is not too far from you. They are far more knowledgeable about the iPhone than the VZW employees.

    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.
    YES! that's the best answer lmaooo. you get a thank for that!! i hate getting a new phone and seeing some sweaty guy play with my touch screen phone and put it to his ear and get his greasy face on my phone.

    And do you think Apple would let me get it for 199$ even if my contract isn't fully up yet?
    02-22-2011 10:40 PM
  12. tourstagefan's Avatar
    YES! that's the best answer lmaooo. you get a thank for that!! i hate getting a new phone and seeing some sweaty guy play with my touch screen phone and put it to his ear and get his greasy face on my phone.

    And do you think Apple would let me get it for 199$ even if my contract isn't fully up yet?
    The more I think about it, your best bet is to call Verizon Customer Service and be extremely polite/nice with them. Charm them by saying "is there any way that I would be able to buy the iPhone at the promo price a few weeks earlier than my upgrade date?"

    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!
    02-23-2011 02:28 AM
  13. Martog's Avatar
    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=i3Ru-6ag 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 03:04 PM.
    02-25-2011 03:01 PM
  14. moneymike47's Avatar
    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 01:51 AM
  15. Heather_S's Avatar
    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
    They let me upgrade to the ip4 2 weeks early. So maybe it has to do with the rep you speak to. The lady i spoke with said no problem.

    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 02:25 AM
  16. moneymike47's Avatar
    They let me upgrade to the ip4 2 weeks early. So maybe it has to do with the rep you speak to. The lady i spoke with said no problem.

    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.
    You called customer service or you called a specific store?
    02-26-2011 05:33 PM
  17. klaudiiia's Avatar
    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 07:30 PM
  18. Heather_S's Avatar
    You called customer service or you called a specific store?
    Verizon customer service. Much more pleasant than AT&T's
    02-26-2011 09:53 PM
  19. Heather_S's Avatar
    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.
    Threaten to abandon ship. Me and my girlfriend have been with Verizon for years and have always remained in good standing. When we told them we were thinking of moving AT&T as we really wanted an ip4, and since they wouldn't allow for an upgrade only 2 weeks early, well that changed things. And we didn't really come off as threatening, just sort or skated around the edges.
    02-26-2011 09:58 PM
  20. markhunsaker's Avatar
    Threaten to abandon ship. Me and my girlfriend have been with Verizon for years and have always remained in good standing. When we told them we were thinking of moving AT&T as we really wanted an ip4, and since they wouldn't allow for an upgrade only 2 weeks early, well that changed things. And we didn't really come off as threatening, just sort or skated around the edges.
    Don't do that. Most of the time, the rep will call your bluff and transfer you to loyalty. The loyalty department will just prepare to cancel your lines. They might throw a small credit first.

    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 10:21 AM
  21. CalifJewls's Avatar
    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 12:16 PM
  22. moneymike47's Avatar
    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.
    Yeah same here. I've called multiple stores, i've called customer service a few times, and everytime they either said that they dont allow you to upgrade early, or they'll let you upgrade early for every phone BUT the iPhone... Even today i called and asked if i can upgrade early and the rep said march 17th i can upgrade and i asked if i can upgrade early and the rep gave me attitude and told me that he gave me the answer and i can upgrade march 17th.
    02-27-2011 03:15 PM
  23. Heather_S's Avatar
    Don't do that. Most of the time, the rep will call your bluff and transfer you to loyalty. The loyalty department will just prepare to cancel your lines. They might throw a small credit first.

    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!
    We were quite cordial to them. And explained that we were going to be re-upping a new contract and that if we were willing to commit another 2 years to them that we though by-passing a couple of weeks was the least they could do.

    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 04:46 PM
  24. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    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 05:21 PM
  25. Heather_S's Avatar
    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!
    While we didn't have quite THAT long, what harm can come of a phone call to ask?

    You may get lucky and speak to the two ladies we dealt with (angels really) they were amazing proficient
    02-27-2011 05:24 PM
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