Age to buy iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by JohnnyQuest, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816

    JohnnyQuest

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    So I'm finally ready to buy an iPhone but I just turned 17. I remember hearing that you had to be 18 (but that might have just been on iDay). Is this true? Do I need to take a parent with me or something? Or can I just go to the local ATT store and pick one up by myself? Thanks!
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    In the US, to sign a contract, you MUST be 18, this included cell phone contracts. You might be able to get one for pay-as-you-go as there is no contract, but they may still not sell to you because you are not 18.

    TEG
     
  3. JohnnyQuest thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I realize that you must be 18 to sign the contract. But isn't all that done online through iTunes? I'm talking about actually going to the store to buy the phone.
     
  4. brian doherty macrumors member

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    I would imagine you could. Perhaps tell them it is a gift for a parent?
    If not, try just ordering online.
     
  5. Sir Tony macrumors member

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    They are probably going to ask you to use a credit card. Also, it is illegal, tisk tisk.
     
  6. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    Do you have an existing AT&T contract? If not, I suspect AT&T will want you to get signed up in the store. if you went to an Apple store, I don't think you would have any issues.

    Might want to take a parent just in case, or just call them first...
     
  7. TEG macrumors 604

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    You never sign a contract in the store when you buy an iPhone, ever. It is always done through iTunes.

    TEG
     
  8. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    I got my iPhone from an Apple store (back in July), and I went to AT&T to ask some questions, and they signed me up there. I didn't activate my phone there, but they signed me up and did all of the paperwork...
     
  9. TEG macrumors 604

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    They are not supposed to, and it was invalidated by you activating through iTunes. iTunes covers all the paperwork, so you just wasted precious moments of your life to do something redundant.

    TEG
     
  10. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a

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    buy one at the apple store, but you need to use a credit card...i don't remember if they ask you for your birthday when you activate through itunes- anyone?
     
  11. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    im 17 and bought my iphone in the uk
    just walked in, asked for iphone, gave a debit (cash) card and that was it
    didnt ask for age or anything...
    good luck :)
    (and yes, in the uk you need to be 18 to sign a contract and you activate at home through itunes)
     
  12. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    Not to disagree, but my iTunes activation was only to activate the phone - the account was setup at AT&T. I selected my minutes, game them my credit card info, my name and address - everything.

    When I got home to setup my iPhone, iTunes already had my account information from the setup at AT&T.

    It was like adding a phone on an existing contract at that point...

    Maybe it was just 1st day confusion on AT&T's part, but that's how it worked for me.
     
  13. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

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    Some stores do seem to do it. When I got mine they wouldn't even consider doing it there. She sold me the phone, put it in the bag and told me to go home and activate it through iTunes. She actually told me they weren't allowed to do it in the store.
     
  14. mikelong622 macrumors 6502

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    I just bought my iPhone yesterday and they asked to see an ID. Not sure if that was for age verification or not.
     
  15. mrobison macrumors member

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    When I bought mine a couple weeks ago I just wrote a check and then showed my driver's license I think.

    I just turned 18 and signed on an existing contract though...
     

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