Apple.com Reserve iPhone 6+ with 2Yr & Buy Device Only at Pickup

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jboggs85

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I've reserved two ATT iPhone 6+s for pickup at a local Apple Store. There wasn't an option online to pay full price for ATT phones so I had to purchase both with new 2-year agreements using phony SSNs.

I'm using a prepaid carrier currently and would like to remain with them on the new phones. Has anyone had any luck reserving a phone with a 2-year agreement and then paying full price at Apple Retail pickup?
 

sonicrobby

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If you choose the T-Mobile version, isn't that unlocked and at full price? You can just pop in your ATT sim cards and voila
 

jboggs85

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If you choose the T-Mobile version, isn't that unlocked and at full price? You can just pop in your ATT sim cards and voila
Finding available T-Mobile versions are next to impossible. I'll be using Cricket (MVNO of AT&T) and those SIMs should work fine in the phone.
 

Mahler12x

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I've reserved two ATT iPhone 6+s for pickup at a local Apple Store. There wasn't an option online to pay full price for ATT phones so I had to purchase both with new 2-year agreements using phony SSNs.

I'm using a prepaid carrier currently and would like to remain with them on the new phones. Has anyone had any luck reserving a phone with a 2-year agreement and then paying full price at Apple Retail pickup?
I've read of several people having plenty of success doing this if you're willing to go through the hassle of signing up. You just get to the store and tell em you changed your mind and wanted to buy the phones "device only" and pay for the whole thing. Cancel the AT&T accounts and just don't let em even open the boxes up. They'll be unlocked and ready for any sim.
 

jboggs85

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I've read of several people having plenty of success doing this if you're willing to go through the hassle of signing up. You just get to the store and tell em you changed your mind and wanted to buy the phones "device only" and pay for the whole thing. Cancel the AT&T accounts and just don't let em even open the boxes up. They'll be unlocked and ready for any sim.
This is exactly what I wanted to hear. I hope this holds true for my particular store. Thanks for the input.
 

BigMar89

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This is exactly what I wanted to hear. I hope this holds true for my particular store. Thanks for the input.
how exactly did you do that with phony ssns? I just saw a Gold Plus at a local Apple Store as well and would like to reserve it. If you could give me a step by step that would be fantastic. Thanks.
 

Imsuperjp

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I tried earlier today and they said I couldnt change it to device only. I had to call apple.com to cancel my order
 

tok

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I did that too to get my 6 Plus. Ordered the Verizon version for pickup, had them cancel the order while picking up, and bought it full price to use it with TMobile :)
 

zzoomp09

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Oh wow thats quite the process but awesome you got a Plus. Are you able to get that activation fee back?
Sorry, my mistake, it's for a 6. But I guess it's the same process.

I would know when I get the bill from Verizon which would probably charge me a day of use minimum plus the activation fee.
 

Imsuperjp

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were you still able to get the phone Device Only after cancelling?
no they gave me some BS that once i canceled my order, then it would be available online and someone may reserve it. i read others doing the same before i tried it so figured it was just a BS answer.
 

zzoomp09

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no they gave me some BS that once i canceled my order, then it would be available online and someone may reserve it. i read others doing the same before i tried it so figured it was just a BS answer.
did you at least ask for a manager? bec at first, the specialist wasn't able to determine if i can do it, but i ask him to ask his manager since i already placed the order and they were able to do it.
 

tok

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did they simply cancel while In Store?
It took them some time to figure out... They essentially had to call some of their Apple phone numbers to cancel my order and issue me a refund (as my card was charged for the subsidized amount). Once that was done, they sold me the phone full price.
 

Imsuperjp

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did you at least ask for a manager? bec at first, the specialist wasn't able to determine if i can do it, but i ask him to ask his manager since i already placed the order and they were able to do it.
he said he already ran it by the manager so i didnt bother. I guess i could have insisted to speak to him myself
 

jboggs85

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I tried earlier today and they said I couldnt change it to device only. I had to call apple.com to cancel my order
If this is the case I wonder if it would be worth it to buy the phones with subsidized pricing, sign the contract, and immediately cancel service and pay ETFs.

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I tried earlier today and they said I couldnt change it to device only. I had to call apple.com to cancel my order
Wonder why this is so hit or miss. The bulk of people seem to have success but there are pockets of folks where this isn't working. Dependent upon the Apple location possibly?
 

Imsuperjp

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I went to pickup when there was probably a line of 15 or so. Maybe others are going at non peak times?
 

jboggs85

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I did that too to get my 6 Plus. Ordered the Verizon version for pickup, had them cancel the order while picking up, and bought it full price to use it with TMobile :)
You didn't have to activate with Verizon and pay a $35 activation fee like a previous poster? Which store did you visit?
 

jboggs85

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But once you canceled, since the device was back in the inventory, did you attempt to just repurchase it?
I think this is how many are accomplishing the 'device only' purchase. I'm surprised he wasn't allowed to do this...
 

zzoomp09

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Apple's "official" policy is that they are not selling "unlocked" iPhones. So it has to be tied up to a carrier if you want to buy one, be it online or at the store.

Although, at some stores, they're allowing people to buy "device only", which is basically carrier unlocked. Now, I don't know what's the exact situation some people are in when they buy the phones as "device only" as it may vary with location.

When I placed my order online, it's one of the stores that had maybe a decent amount of stock of the Verizon 64GB Gray, and there's no line at all. What I didn't mention in my thread yet was that I actually told the specialist that I'm using this purchased phone as a BYOD replacement for a Verizon 4S at work (which I'm not allowed to access the account at all, only my IT Dept can), and the only way they'll do it is I have to purchase the phone as device only and the phone not tied to any contract. And since ordering online won't allow me to purchase without an existing or new line, I have to order the phone with a new line.

Of course, since I have the phone, they believed it! lol... Then, they told me, I have to activate, then do the return, then repurchase it as "device only", not tied to any existing or newly activated line with Verizon. Then call Verizon to cancel.
 
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