Buy Now, Activate Later?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by GothamsGreatest, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2013
    As many of you many know the IPhone 5 is on sale at Walmart right now for $127. I called up At&t and asked them about upgrading to it and as I am eligible for the upgrade, they said if I buy the Iphone now they would prorate my bill which I DO NOT want. My question is, can i buy the phone from Walmart for the discounted price and activate it the day my billing cycle ends which occurs the first week of Feb??
  2. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    I would think so, I bought my 5 the monday before thanksgiving and did not activate it until Christmas day.

    Now I am on Verizon and I paid full price, so YMMV
  3. macrumors 65816

    Aug 9, 2008
    You can activate whenever.....but to buy now at the subsidized price you need to be eligible for the subsidy now (i.e. you need to be upgrade eligible now).
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2013
  5. macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
    For what it's worth, I tried to purchase an iPhone 5 from walmart a couple days before Christmas for my wife to give to her on Christmas, but the guy said he would need to activate it immediately (which would have discontinued her current iPhone 4). I ended up going to Best Buy and price matching about a week later because Walmart was out. Best Buy activated on the stop as well.

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