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MacRumors
Feb 22, 2011, 12:23 PM
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ifoAppleStore reports (http://www.ifoapplestore.com/db/2011/02/21/verizon-offering-iphone-deals-to-store-employees/) that Verizon is offering excellent deals on service plans for Apple's retail store employees, encouraging them to switch over to the carrier's services for their wireless needs.According to tipsters, employees can pay the non-subsidized price of $649.99 for a 16 Gb iPhone 4, for example, and then pay just $25 a month for 1,500 monthly minutes, along with unlimited texts and data. A consumer plan with unlimited talk time, data and texts costs $119.94. A similar plan on the AT&T network would cost $114.99.A second option allows retail store employees to purchase the Verizon iPhone at regular subsidized prices and pay full service plan fees for ten months, after which time the service plan would drop to $25 per month for the remaining 14 months of the contract.

Employees taking advantage of the deals would reportedly not be eligible for future iPhone upgrade discounts as long as they remain Apple employees.

Article Link: Verizon Offering Discounted iPhone Plans to Apple Retail Store Employees (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2011/02/22/verizon-offering-discounted-iphone-plans-to-apple-retail-store-employees/)



jclardy
Feb 22, 2011, 01:00 PM
Wow, I would totally get a job at an Apple store if I could keep this plan after I quit. Although I bet they won't grandfather you in once they have new 4G plans...

But I can't work there as I would have to stop developing iPhone apps.

7o7munoz7o7
Feb 22, 2011, 01:12 PM
wow thats a little more then $1800 savings over the life of the contract....i might have to give VZW a phone call....:D

Moi un Mouton
Feb 22, 2011, 01:28 PM
That's the equivalent of standard UK practice for all customers. I bought my iPhone unsubsidised (it's unlocked as well), I got an O2 plan to go with it, 30 day rolling contract, 15 ($25) gives me my minutes, texts, web and public wifi access.

USA customers get gouged badly.

Diode
Feb 22, 2011, 01:43 PM
That would be nice if carriers in the US gave people the option of paying full price and getting lower price plans or paying less and getting higher priced plans....

They obviously wouldn't offer a deal if they knew at $25 it wouldn't be profitable.

NikeTalk
Feb 22, 2011, 01:50 PM
Is AT&T gonna counter?

BruiserB
Feb 22, 2011, 01:56 PM
Good marketing on VZW's part. They create a loyal group of customers who happen to work in the Apple Store. Now when you go to a store and ask which carrier is better....guess who the associate will say? :-)

bsbuggs
Feb 22, 2011, 02:57 PM
come on att..

allendodd
Feb 22, 2011, 03:20 PM
Edited

jayhawk11
Feb 22, 2011, 03:36 PM
I am an Apple Store employee and have been unsuccessful in adding this to my account. Bought the 32gb phone for $749 on launch day called VZW today to get this plan added and I am already listed as an employee but they can't seem to figure out how to add the rate plan to my account. I've spent about 2 hours on the phone with them so far.

If you really worked at an Apple Store, you would know why calling VZW Customer Service isn't the right way to get it added.

Analog Kid
Feb 22, 2011, 03:49 PM
Hmm... This sounds a bit grey in the ethics.

2 Replies
Feb 22, 2011, 04:01 PM
Good marketing on VZW's part. They create a loyal group of customers who happen to work in the Apple Store. Now when you go to a store and ask which carrier is better....guess who the associate will say? :-)

Agreed it's a great business move on Verizon's part.
I also agree that it may be good for Verizon to have their service in the hands of the retail sales person. It implies it's the preferred service, while ACTUALLY it's just the preferred CONTRACT.
I also agree with the "GUESS" wording you used, because that's exactly what it will be. Just a guess as to the recommendation of the sales person.
Because the sales person may or may not like that their phone is less capable than the 3G version, in that the CDMA can't do voice AND data at the same time.
Also because of the fact that the sales rep "would reportedly not be eligible for future iPhone upgrade discounts as long as they remain Apple employees."

j0417
Feb 22, 2011, 04:02 PM
I pay over $85 a month for an iPhone on Verizon, with a discount! Apple retail employees nor Verizon employees should have any special rates aside from the % discount we all receive. I would actually consider leaving Verizon and going to AT&T out of spite. I don't know why I am so mad about this but if its confirmed Verizon will be hearing from me!:mad:

Nuvi
Feb 22, 2011, 04:11 PM
Kind of nice but I get 3000 min instead of 15000 and I don't work in Apple store :eek:

Thats regular priceing in Europe. 20 per month and I get 3000 minutes + unlimited data including tethering. Operators in US are screwing their customers big time.

The Laminator
Feb 22, 2011, 04:15 PM
Oh it's confirmed!

Nuvi
Feb 22, 2011, 04:15 PM
I pay over $85 a month for an iPhone on Verizon, with a discount! Apple retail employees nor Verizon employees should have any special rates aside from the % discount we all receive. I would actually consider leaving Verizon and going to AT&T out of spite. I don't know why I am so mad about this but if its confirmed Verizon will be hearing from me!:mad:

:D Almost every company gives their employees discounts, special pricing, benefits etc. Why should Apple or Verizon be any different...

jav6454
Feb 22, 2011, 04:37 PM
:D Almost every company gives their employees discounts, special pricing, benefits etc. Why should Apple or Verizon be any different...

True, but this is border line situation in which you are loosing money to bring customers to your end. I think there is some kind of regulation that stops this.

Hawkeye411
Feb 22, 2011, 05:20 PM
They should offer the same to everyone!!!!!

jdiamond
Feb 22, 2011, 07:01 PM
True, but this is border line situation in which you are loosing money to bring customers to your end. I think there is some kind of regulation that stops this.

Obviously they are not losing money on the deal, since their normal prices in Europe are even lower. It's just that reverse capitalism we were warned about - each time one carrier raises his prices, the other raises to match.

camelsnot
Feb 22, 2011, 08:04 PM
I guess they need to figure out a way to dump their stock of vPhones since they tanked on sales. It was a bad move for people who bought the phone. At least Apple and verizon make some cash from them.

Lucky736
Feb 22, 2011, 08:37 PM
To all of you whiners go ahead and trade your corporate 100k+ desk jobs for a 8-10 dollar an hour specialist spot at an Apple Store and they will be happy to give you your plan for $25 a month. :rolleyes:

ApplLover
Feb 22, 2011, 09:15 PM
complete and utter ****ery.
People in the US get ripped off.

I live in Panama (Central America), I pay $59.99 for 1000 minutes and $9.95 for unlimited data (though it gets throttled after 2GB).

neko girl
Feb 22, 2011, 09:17 PM
Yowza, fantastic plans from Big Red.

j0417
Feb 22, 2011, 09:23 PM
:D Almost every company gives their employees discounts, special pricing, benefits etc. Why should Apple or Verizon be any different...

I understand all companies give discounts but I pay $89 with a 18% discount. If Verizon is still making money off this and only charging $25 a month, we as customers are being raped! I will gladly pay an extra $400 for all my devices to save much more in the long run. Also many are pointing out that this is normal procedures over seas. That just makes things worse. I was not aware.

jayhawk11
Feb 22, 2011, 10:37 PM
I understand all companies give discounts but I pay $89 with a 18% discount. If Verizon is still making money off this and only charging $25 a month, we as customers are being raped! I will gladly pay an extra $400 for all my devices to save much more in the long run. Also many are pointing out that this is normal procedures over seas. That just makes things worse. I was not aware.

You didn't really think it takes 24 months to work off that $400 subsidy, did you?
:confused:

j0417
Feb 22, 2011, 11:44 PM
You didn't really think it takes 24 months to work off that $400 subsidy, did you?
:confused:

No no, not at all. However I did not think it was possible to give such an extremely low rate to anyone! Just bothers me that even if were to buy the phone at retail, I still would paying $89 a month.

panzer06
Feb 23, 2011, 07:35 AM
That would be nice if carriers in the US gave people the option of paying full price and getting lower price plans or paying less and getting higher priced plans....

They obviously wouldn't offer a deal if they knew at $25 it wouldn't be profitable.

T-Mobile offers cheaper plans with a full price purchase. Just no iPhone yet.

Cheers,

darthraige
Feb 23, 2011, 10:07 AM
Wow. Awesome. Thanks for the credit when I posted about this a week ago!

Verizon Offering Apple Store Employees Amazing Deal (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1097402&highlight=verizon+employees)

nostresshere
Feb 23, 2011, 11:10 AM
Wow - I am amazed at the people that are upset over somebody getting a better deal than they are.

Or even worse, thinking there is a law against it.

If they want to give somebody a FREE phone, they can do it. It is their business and their decision.

Grow up and stop thinking somebody owes you something.

Or that life is fair, or some other silly idea.

eNcrypTioN
Feb 23, 2011, 01:17 PM
Doesn't seem like anything out of the ordinary. Most cell phone providers offer discounts to a plethora of corporations and companies.

Davichi
Feb 23, 2011, 10:39 PM
Why all the complain?

Verizon employees probably get free phones and free services from the company.

Apple employees are the ones who actually selling iphones, so Verizon is really offering some nice deals, so they would offer verizon service to their customers instead of AT&T service.

Why is everyone upset? They work for these companies and they have earned their discounts. You guys are not employees on Verizon or apple.

Go get a job at apple or verizon, then. Blame your employers for not giving you a benefit like this.

w0by
Feb 24, 2011, 03:02 AM
How are those people holding those iphones like that? If I do that without a case I loose service.

w0by
Feb 24, 2011, 03:03 AM
I'm not sure about that. I'm paying like $73 a month after tax with ulimited mobile to ANY mobile, unlimited text and unlimited FAST 3g internet (I get around 4mbps around here) - tmobile barely has 3g anywhere.

rkw0211
Feb 26, 2011, 11:31 AM
Well, I agree that we get gouged in the U.S., but our prices should be somewhat higher considering the shear land area carriers have to cover. Also, AT&T and Verizon are both the "luxury" carriers in the U.S. Sprint and T-Mobile have much scarcer coverage and their price reflects that.

s.hasan546
Feb 26, 2011, 02:31 PM
Why are you all complaining? So what we pay $25 or less for our plans? the markup you guys pay, pay for things like the new LTE network, etc etc. Apple's iphone prob only costs them $200-$250 to make. Does that mean they should lower their $600 retail? No.

I own a few verizon stores and im on the old Agent plan and i play $18 with tax a month for 1500 minutes and unlimited texts. and 100% discount on any feature (like if i want wifi tether; etc.)

s.hasan546
Feb 26, 2011, 03:19 PM
and oh yeah guys, at&t gives a similar plan to att and apple employees. AT&T, Sprint, Tmobile, Verizon have been doing this for ages for their employees.

oh & BTW verizon sales people get paid pretty well. Most can make $50-60k with commissions.

skidog1111
Feb 26, 2011, 05:45 PM
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I pay over $85 a month for an iPhone on Verizon, with a discount! Apple retail employees nor Verizon employees should have any special rates aside from the % discount we all receive. I would actually consider leaving Verizon and going to AT&T out of spite. I don't know why I am so mad about this but if its confirmed Verizon will be hearing from me!:mad:

Wow. That was the biggest whine ever. Go start your own company and set your own rules.

mikegwest
Mar 1, 2011, 02:09 PM
This is standard practice for any retailer that sells cellular phones in the US. There are actually some carriers that provide plans with more minutes for less money, as well as a discounted or free handset. In fact VZW typically gives a free handset plus the heavily discounted rate plan with phones other than iPhone. This is not illegal. It is not even uncommon. Get over it, or get a job selling cell phones.....

ghostlyorb
Mar 1, 2011, 09:26 PM
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Wow. Thats pretty cool. But Att is still amazing for me. But then again.. $25 a month is half what I pay my parents now for my iPhone.... Dang.

kny3twalker
Mar 8, 2011, 04:27 AM
I pay $55 for my verizon service which includes unlimited data and text plus 450 minutes and five additional numbers I can call as much as I want. While not as good as $25, I am happy.

Little Endian
Mar 8, 2011, 08:59 AM
Wow - I am amazed at the people that are upset over somebody getting a better deal than they are.

Or even worse, thinking there is a law against it.

If they want to give somebody a FREE phone, they can do it. It is their business and their decision.

Grow up and stop thinking somebody owes you something.

Or that life is fair, or some other silly idea.

You have a point at least on the "crab mentality" and "dog in the manger" attitude that many exhibit. That whole attitude of "If I can't have it then no one else should" is sad. Mindsets like these are often rooted in poverty, spite and envy.

Then again I think many others are not spiteful or envious but just sick of ATT, VZ and other carriers raping us blind. I also feel sorry for those who try to defend overly aggressive and downright greedy practices of certain aspects of business and economics. They do this often because they are either part of that elite in some way or even worse they sadly try to associate the ideals of that elite in hopes they may join it someday.

Bottom line.... I think people just want more options and a fair deal. Options as in more flexible pricing and plans. A fair deal would be something more in line to what the telcoms in Europe offer iphone and ipad customers.

koolaid-drinker
Nov 8, 2012, 01:36 PM
I work for Apple Corporate (Tier 1 Applecare) and have not found how to do this.

Can anyone pm me details?