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StaceyMJ86

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I know we are a few months out from when this year’s iPhones will be released, but I’m trying to put a plan into motion if I should purchase outright from Apple or through Verizon? I will be switching carriers from T-Mobile to Verizon due to my 20% government discount. What process do you think will be easier come ordering time? Should I purchase a SIM card now so that I will have an account or wait until ordering goes live? I know I will more than likely by stuck with my XS Max for a few weeks until everything is sorted out and I’m fine with that.
 

TiggrToo

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I know we are a few months out from when this year’s iPhones will be released, but I’m trying to put a plan into motion if I should purchase outright from Apple or through Verizon? I will be switching carriers from T-Mobile to Verizon due to my 20% government discount. What process do you think will be easier come ordering time? Should I purchase a SIM card now so that I will have an account or wait until ordering goes live? I know I will more than likely by stuck with my XS Max for a few weeks until everything is sorted out and I’m fine with that.

Not sure that 20% means anything if you purchase from Apple.

If you brought your XS Max direct from T-mobile then I believe it'll not work on CDMA so putting in a VZW sim now may not help you.

Given your position I'd personally wait until September then buy the phone directvfrom VZW. It'll come with the sim cards pre-installed and you can be off and running then.

I get no discount so I will be buying through Apple direct.
 

StaceyMJ86

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Not sure that 20% means anything if you purchase from Apple.

If you brought your XS Max direct from T-mobile then I believe it'll not work on CDMA so putting in a VZW sim now may not help you.

Given your position I'd personally wait until September then buy the phone directvfrom VZW. It'll come with the sim cards pre-installed and you can be off and running then.

I get no discount so I will be buying through Apple direct.

I should have clarified that I receive a 20% discount through Verizon on my bill and 15% through T-Mobile on my bill. I won’t get a discount for purchasing the phone.
 

TiggrToo

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I should have clarified that I receive a 20% discount through Verizon on my bill and 15% through T-Mobile on my bill. I won’t get a discount for purchasing the phone.

Well then buy the phone through Apple and select VCW as your service provider in September/release date then.

Zero point in buying a VCW sim card now.
 

StaceyMJ86

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Well then buy the phone through Apple and select VCW as your service provider in September/release date then.

Zero point in buying a VCW sim card now.

I’m paying outright. If I buy through Apple will the phone be unlocked? I know with Verizon you have to have it on their network for 60-90 days before they’ll unlock it.
 

Apple_Robert

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That’s what I’m going to do. This will be the second time I buy through Apple. Don’t Sim free usually come out later?
Until recently, that has been the case. With the last few model releases, the SIM free models have been available on pre-order. No way to know until close to order day, whether or not SIM free will be an option on order day.
 
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StaceyMJ86

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Until recently, that has been the case. With that last few model releases, the SIM free models have been available on pre-order. No way to know until close to order day, whether or not SIM free will be an option on order day.

As long as it’s unlocked when I pay full price, I’ll buy that if Sim free isn’t available on day 1.
 

aue123

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how are you getting 20%?? verizon as far as i know did away with the percent discount and made it a flat $15
 

StaceyMJ86

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Also if you buy the sim free one, you don’t have the $40 upgrade fee that Verizon charges.

I didn’t know that. Even more reason to buy sim free. I saw on Verizon’s website they’re taking $20 off the $40 upgrade fee if you purchase your device online.
 

StaceyMJ86

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Ah yes. TMO to VZW. Have you investigated buying the phone outright from Verizon then? You are going to need a plan anyway.

I looked at the pricing and it’s no different from Apple. On ordering day, I think I will order and pay outright through both Apple and Verizon, and cancel the order for whichever phone hasn’t shipped. I did that when the X was released and the T-Mobile order shipped first, so I cancelled the Apple order. Although the Apple preorder page is always more exciting than the carrier one. I also like how you can track your phone from China to the US.
 

I7guy

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I looked at the pricing and it’s no different from Apple. On ordering day, I think I will order and pay outright through both Apple and Verizon, and cancel the order for whichever phone hasn’t shipped. I did that when the X was released and the T-Mobile order shipped first, so I cancelled the Apple order. Although the Apple preorder page is always more exciting than the carrier one. I also like how you can track your phone from China to the US.
Ordering from Verizon might have advantages as setting up your account, porting your number etc. Maybe something to call them up and talk to them about. Just a suggestion.
 

StaceyMJ86

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Ordering from Verizon might have advantages as setting up your account, porting your number etc. Maybe something to call them up and talk to them about. Just a suggestion.

I thought the same thing since I don’t have service through them yet.
 

transmaster

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I always go through Verizon. I use the plan were you pay a monthly interest free payment, you can payoff at any time. The iPhone pays off in 2 years and I just continue this payment with the latest iPhone. The old iPhone is sold to Gazelle. You are not paying any more or less, I always get Apple Care. Even if you don't use it you have priority phone support from Apple. Plus there are Verizon stores everywhere, not so with Apple.
 
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