Can i buy an iPhone with cash?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    I am about to head to the AT&T store, can i buy a iPhone with cash there, or will they make me pay by credit card...

    .. i have a visa checkcard (no Credit card) .. If they make me pay by credit, can i put like $1 on the check card and $400 in cash?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 601

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    Give them a call? It will save you heartache if they don't… ;)
     
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    EvanLugh

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    Not sure about the AT&T store but I think they do the same as an Apple store where they will require you to use a card of sorts. And yeah, you should be able to put a tiny bit on the card and pay the rest in cash. They just want to make sure you're not buying a lot and they do that by credit card I think.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    I know the apple store lets you pay with cash + $1 on credit, so I think ATT would as well.
     
  6. macrumors member

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    Gift card ?

    Can't he just buy a gift card with cash and then use the gift card to buy the Iphone ?
     
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    fishkorp

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    Nope, at least not at Apple Stores. They won't let you buy an iPhone with only a gift card, a credit card needs to be used in the transaction.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    legally you can
    apple's policy says otherwise
     
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    puckhead193

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    could be differ on iphones, but i bought my nano with cash
     
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    TXCraig

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    Why not put the cash in the bank and pay with your check card? They treat check cards the same as credit cards!
     
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    marykay9507

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    you can do this in Apple stores now-- I have a friend who did it this past weekend.
     
  12. macrumors member

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    AT&T always lets you buy with cash for iPhones (at least the store in lansing does). Our family has bought 4 from the AT&T store and payed cash for them. They were gifts for other family members.
     
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    EvanLugh

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    As someone suggested, Phone up and check before you set off :)
     
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wheeew, i just just cashed and deposited the check i had... and bought it on the card...

    Tried to give me a hard time in buying it with no contract, but finally let me go..

    I cracked it on the drive home... and now am a proud owner of a jailbroken, iPhone running on t-Mobile!
     
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  16. macrumors regular

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    Dang! Do you have a chauffeur?
     
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    Whallissy

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    Because of the rash of people buying dozens of iPhones and selling them unlocked on eBay.
    They want to know if you are buying some ludicrous amount of iPhones.
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    You do the whole contract thing through iTunes once you get home.. so.. why would they give you a hard time with that? My experience going to a AT&T store tells me they do the same thing.. you just buy the phone and do the contract later..
     
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    PowerFullMac

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    If they do try and make you activate it in store, tell them its a gift for someone, because then they would need to active it under their name with their details. ;)
     
  21. macrumors regular

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    You are thinking of debt, you can ALWAYS pay debt with US bank notes. This does not mean that stores have to accept US bank notes if you want to make a purchase.

    They can have a policy that they only accept pinecones if they want.
     
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Actually as a car-less college student, i had a friends drive me...

    I was gonna hold off for the 3G iPhone, untill my other friend decided to throw my current phone against a wall (alcohol involved)... Cracked the screen, and just gave me an excuse to take the plunge.
     
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    PowerFullMac

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    I would have got one of them £15 cheapy phones to use until June, and also never drink with that guy ever again.
     
  24. macrumors 6502a

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    I paid cash for my iPhone at the AT&T store, but I'm also a longtime customer.
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am from Greece. My brother is coming to US in a few days, he'll stay in NY.

    I want to give him my credit card so he will buy 2 iphones for me (from the store in 5th Avenue). So.. is that possible? Do they check for id or passport at applestores? I'm asking this cause here in Greece you can't use any credit card if it's not on your name (and of course you have your id to prove it).

    Also, is there any AT&T store in NY which accepts cash for sure?

    Sorry for my bad English,

    Thanks in advance.
     

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