A small Iphone emergency

Gaelinic

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So, my son turned 12 and was promised his aunt's old iphone 4. We just got it today. And my son couldn't be happier. However, we didn't realize that an AT&T phone could not be used on Verizon network. He's going to be devastated tomorrow.

All is not lost. My wife gave the go ahead to get the iphone 5 for me. So now I would pass on my phone to him. But, a cursory glance online seems to indicate that the iphone 5 is nowhere to be found. Is that the case? I can't call stores now since they closed 15 minutes ago.

Do you know if stores have the iPhone 5 in stock? If so, which ones?

thanks
 

Abandapart82

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Sep 23, 2008
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You will want use the iPhone reservation system on apple.com. Basically you log on after 10pm and go through as if you where going to buy the phone online. Instead of shipping choose local pick up and that should be that. Hope that helps.
 

duneriderltr450

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Sep 20, 2012
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If you try hard enough i'm sure you can find one. Best Buy, Walmart, Radio Shack. You can also try other cities near you for a better chance.
 

dotme

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Oct 18, 2011
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Yes you can order online, but why not swing by your local Verizon store tomorrow first? Worth a shot. Some will have stock on hand.
 

numberforty1

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Oct 6, 2012
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Good luck finding an iphone 5 now.
If you order it online you can have it in as little as 3-4 weeks.
I called rogers tonight and they said i could have one mailed out in 3-5 business days, if i want another.

3-4weeks??????

i only waited 17 days for my 1st. iphone 5, and that was ordered on October 1st.
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
I called rogers tonight and they said i could have one mailed out in 3-5 business days, if i want another.

3-4weeks??????

i only waited 17 days for my 1st. iphone 5, and that was ordered on October 1st.
As indicated by AT&T and verizon carriers on the first post we're talking about USA iphone 5 stock levels.
Not sure about iphone availability throughout the rest of the world:D
 

numberforty1

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Oct 6, 2012
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Not a bad idea, if you do get into it you can make some decent profit:)
The black ones are still hard to find here. but white? yeah ...readily available (at most places)

Some people here try to sell the phones on ebay and kijiji and mark up the prices so high, its ridiculous.
 

Deacon-Blues

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Aug 15, 2012
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It depends on where you are. Here in San Diego it's usually impossible to get a new iPhone or iPad when just released, but this time I managed to saunter into the AT&T store on launch day and get an iPhone 5. My local store still has some in stock.

You just have to call around to your local AT&T stores and Apple Stores. Hope you find one.
 

erratikmind

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Apr 2, 2009
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So, my son turned 12 and was promised his aunt's old iphone 4. We just got it today. And my son couldn't be happier. However, we didn't realize that an AT&T phone could not be used on Verizon network. He's going to be devastated tomorrow.

All is not lost. My wife gave the go ahead to get the iphone 5 for me. So now I would pass on my phone to him. But, a cursory glance online seems to indicate that the iphone 5 is nowhere to be found. Is that the case? I can't call stores now since they closed 15 minutes ago.

Do you know if stores have the iPhone 5 in stock? If so, which ones?

thanks
Is it possible to have the AT&T iPhone unlocked to work on the Verizon network?
 

sarcosis

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Apr 25, 2006
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Not really. The LTE channels are different between the two carriers so the SoC is different between the two phones. If you want the full capabilities, you will need to get the Verizon one. Go to your local store and see if they have any.
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
Not really. The LTE channels are different between the two carriers so the SoC is different between the two phones. If you want the full capabilities, you will need to get the Verizon one. Go to your local store and see if they have any.
Even without the LTE channels verizon would never activate another carriers phone on their network that is not sold by them or locked to them initially.
The other way around would work with a verizon i5 on AT&T or any GSM provider.
 

canucksfan88

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Oct 28, 2007
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how is everything lost?

tell your 12 year old son to wait? you don't always get everything you want when you want it. patience.

if you are trying to get an unlocked phone...you are SOL, those can only be reserved online.

if you are getting an upgrade, go to a store...
 

VandyChem2009

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Oct 25, 2011
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how is everything lost?

tell your 12 year old son to wait? you don't always get everything you want when you want it. patience.

if you are trying to get an unlocked phone...you are SOL, those can only be reserved online.

if you are getting an upgrade, go to a store...
This explains the attitude of kids these days.
 

sarcosis

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Apr 25, 2006
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So Verizon doesn't allow non Verizon branded or previously locked Verizon phones on their network? Just asking since I really don't know. I've only had Sprint and AT&T. I thought that as long as the frequencies were compatible and it was unlocked, you could register it and get it to work.
 

sundog925

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Dec 19, 2011
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When I was 12, and didn't get my WWE wrestling ring with stone cold and the rock, THAT was devastating.

This is simply a case of spoilage.
Good luck on the hunt.
 

Clint1583

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Mar 4, 2011
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You had to ask your wife if you could buy a new phone? Your a disgrace to every guy out there.
 

iRooney

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Jul 14, 2011
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Charleston, SC
I think the big issue here is a 12 year old with a phone, let alone an iPhone. I got my first cellphone when I was 17. What are kids doing these days that they need them anyway?
 
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