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Old Nov 9, 2012, 05:33 AM   #1
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Buying a unsubsidized Verizon iPhone 5 from Apple or Verizon Store

I know this question probably has been answered numerous times but I wanted to get a definite answer. My upgrade is next year and I have unlimited data on Verizon and I wanted to know if I can buy the 64GB iPhone 5 full price (I know the price for it) without contract extension from Apple or Verizon? Can I just walk in and purchase it from Apple or Verizon or do I need to order it? And which is the easier route going between the two?
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 05:37 AM   #2
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I don't think you can anymore unless you sign up for a 2 years contract or month to month plan!
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 05:40 AM   #3
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Well my contract currently is month to month but my upgrade isn't available until January but I don't want to lose my unlimited data.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 05:45 AM   #4
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Well my contract currently is month to month but my upgrade isn't available until January but I don't want to lose my unlimited data.
What I meant is new contract of 2 years or month to month or use ypur eligible upgrade which will terminated your unlimited data plan! Verizon and AT&T are pushing hard on grandfathered unlimited data plan to switch to a tier data plan.

I think best way is to buy it from an Apple store where the employee will be cluess about the new Verizon/Sprint policy not selling at full price.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 05:52 AM   #5
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So your telling me in order for me to be able to purchase a full price Verizon iPhone 5 I will need to sign a new month to month plan which will terminate my existing plan?
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What I meant is new contract of 2 years or month to month or use ypur eligible upgrade which will terminated your unlimited data plan! Verizon and AT&T are pushing hard on grandfathered unlimited data plan to switch to a tier data plan.

I think best way is to buy it from an Apple store where the employee will be cluess about the new Verizon/Sprint policy not selling at full price.
This. I'm on a corporate plan with unlimited everything, but I used to have grandfathered unlimited data and this would be the way to go.

I bought mine full retail from Apple no questions asked.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 05:54 AM   #7
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This. I'm on a corporate plan with unlimited everything, but I used to have grandfathered unlimited data and this would be the way to go.

I bought mine full retail from Apple no questions asked.
So what's the proper way about going it? I just walk into the Apple Store and ask I would like to purchase a full price iPhone 5? Aren't they going to ask for my Verizon account information?
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So what's the proper way about going it? I just walk into the Apple Store and ask I would like to purchase a full price iPhone 5? Aren't they going to ask for my Verizon account information?
It's pretty easy. Just tell them which device you'd like for Verizon and then when you checkout tell them you're paying full retail.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 06:00 AM   #9
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So your telling me in order for me to be able to purchase a full price Verizon iPhone 5 I will need to sign a new month to month plan which will terminate my existing plan?
Yeap pretty much!

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So what's the proper way about going it? I just walk into the Apple Store and ask I would like to purchase a full price iPhone 5? Aren't they going to ask for my Verizon account information?
Best way is going to an Apple store tell them you wanted an upgrade, but changed your mind and would like to get it at full retail price! Do the reserve next day pick up. The Apple employee will cancel your upgrade! This is the best way to get one and beat kinda the verizon policy system! Lol

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It's pretty easy. Just tell them which device you'd like for Verizon and then when you checkout tell them you're paying full retail.
Yes that would work if they did not have the new policy that Apple or verizon/Sprint stores cannot sell device only unless you sign up a new contract of 2 years, month to month or at upgrade price!
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Well my contract currently is month to month but my upgrade isn't available until January but I don't want to lose my unlimited data.
If you're under contract an upgrade is pointless if you're paying full price. Taking the upgrade forces you into a tiered data plan and a new contract. No real need to wait. In which case you're just switching devices on the existing plan and you're not forced to renew. Your grandfathered data plan remains if you buy an unsubsidized phone. That said, you have to do it by phone or in person, the web site will automatically put you in a tiered plan with a contract.
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Yes that would work if they did not have the new policy that Apple or verizon/Sprint stores cannot sell device only unless you sign up a new contract of 2 years, month to month or at upgrade price!
When did this come about? I bought my 5 launch weekend and didn't have any issues.. Of course this was before you had the whole reservation process, but damn lol
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When did this come about? I bought my 5 launch weekend and didn't have any issues.. Of course this was before you had the whole reservation process, but damn lol
I think couple weeks ago! I read on some MR threads! So I was as well!
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I think couple weeks ago! I read on some MR threads! So I was as well!
Ugh, that sucks for new users who just want the device...
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 06:12 AM   #14
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You should be fine, if you buy through the store and pay full price. They aren't in the business of making changes to your plan. I'm actually thinking of doing this too. I have no desire to drop my unlimited data.
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