Apple Will not be able to help customers with FAN

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  1. pugnut macrumors 6502a

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    I have a discount on my line now and have a FAN number. Does this mean that I will have to go to a ATT store?


    Some other notes from Apple's ongoing retail meetings:
    Apple retail stores will not be able to help business customers who wish to move to iPhone 3G. Business customers are categorized as anyone who has a portion (or all of) their wireless bill paid for by their employer, or receives discounts on their mobile phone by working for their employer.


    http://www.appleinsider.com/article...e_3g_transactions_at_apple_retail_stores.html
     
  2. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    I don't know about your FAN, but for mine, I can attach the FAN to a preexisting line AFTER the initial purchase/activation.

    I plan to go into the Apple Store, if they can't give me the FAN on the spot, just buy the thing, then when I get to work, just go though the FAN site for my job.

    :apple::apple:
     
  3. pugnut thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Agree, however I am trying to upgrade and pay the $299 for the upgrade pricing.
     
  4. moloukhya macrumors regular

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    You raise a good question. I have a FAN# as I receive a student discount through my university (not applying to current iPhone of course) but it shows the FAN# when I log in online. It's a personal account, but does having a FAN# attached make it "business"?
     
  5. skierdb526 macrumors regular

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    i plan on calling the att store about this tomorrow. However I had to call 611 about something else tonight and they connected me to a business associate. so that leads me to believe because I simply have a FAN through a university I am considered a business user. Does this mean besides having to go to at&t friday we will also have to pay 45 dollars per month on data?
     
  6. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    Ok. Thats a bit different. I'd go straight to AT&T for the iPhone to iron out all the details, then go to the Apple Store & shop for accessories.

    :apple::apple:
     
  7. pugnut thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I called customer service a few minutes ago and they indicated that I can go to the apple store. I will go to a store in the afternoon to see what they have to say.
     
  8. djransom macrumors 68040

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    This is one of the reasons why I'm going to an AT&T store to avoid the mass hysteria @ the Apple as well as confusion.
     
  9. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    I would not think so, but I could be wrong. My FAN page indicated I can get any plan discount, and nothing about changing the plan to a business plan. I don't find anything wrong with them sending you to a business associate. They don't give out FANs to anyone, so they have a vested interest in keeping your school or job happy with them. Thus, you get shuffled to the "better" phone associates than the run-of-the-mill ones.

    :apple::apple:
     
  10. skierdb526 macrumors regular

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    good to hear. I see youre located in NJ.. what store are you headed to?
     
  11. Magico macrumors newbie

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    I was told that I had to go to a AT&T store to use my FAN discount and was also told that it would apply to both voice and data.

    If I was going to access my corporate email and/or business related applications then I need to get the $45 enterprise plan but if I was only using it for personal use, then I would be able to sign up for $30 personal plan.
     
  12. ichett macrumors newbie

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    So...
    When you say use your FAN discount, discount on the iphone it self or the plan?
    Or do you mean...
    Because of your FAN discount you have to go to the ATT store to purchase an iphone?
    Im also trying to figure this out, i rather go to Apple store over ATT Store.
     
  13. bluerazr macrumors newbie

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    I have a FAN discount right now through UT Southwestern and it makes me feel uneasy about going to an AT&T store to do my iPhone 3G upgrade. I hate going in there because they are not the friendliest crowd around and I can already see the iPhone being sold out in my area. There are two Apple stores within 2 miles from me including the 'preimere' of the city but now I have to trek to either of two nearest AT&T stores that will sell the device closest being 5 miles away. Oh well, I'm sure its bound to be quite an adventure. :rolleyes:
     
  14. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    From what I've read, you'll only get a FAN discount on the plan & data, not the phone.

    It looks like it will be better for all concerned to go to the AT&T store if you're wanting to get the FAN discount. I'd like to go to the Apple store, but as someone else said in another thread, AT&T activates phones all day, every day, and has been for years. That part is all new for Apple.

    :apple::apple:
     
  15. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    Don't know. I'm near the Menlo Park store, but that is one of the small stores (though not as small as Bridgewater...). I might trek to Short Hills or even Tice's Corner for the full Apple Store experience.

    But more than likely, I'll go to an AT&T store for the phone itself so I get my job's FAN discount applied properly. Then off to the store for accessories...

    :apple::apple:
     
  16. Pooshka macrumors 65816

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    folks, what is everyone's problem? why not buy iphone at an apple store, go home, call 611 and apply fans via telephone?

    please explain. perhaps i'm not understanding something:confused:
     
  17. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    Well, if you have experience that it is just that easy, that's one thing. Lots of us are just unsure of the whole process. Also, I kinda like the idea of walking out of the shop, iPhone in hand, and with a contract detailing what I'll be paying monthly with the FAN applied.

    And if it makes it all easier, then I'll take that route over the Apple Store Experience, which I can get at any time I like, living less than 3 miles from one.

    I know I can go onto the Premier site for my job and apply it later as well (though I only seem to be able to do that FROM my job...).

    :apple::apple:
     
  18. ichett macrumors newbie

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    well my problem is, I already have FAN applied to my account and I don't want to go to the apple store only to be asked to go to the AT&T store.
    So my concern is, do I need to go to the AT&T store because of my FAN discount?
     
  19. slippery-pete macrumors 65816

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    I use to get a discount(wife's old employer) on my family plan with my wife until I converted to the iPhone last year. The bill is paid by us (not the company) and we can log in online and when I do I see her old employer name with the FAN #.

    Not sure if anybody can answer, but does this mean I have to go to AT&T Friday?

    I had no issues activating last year (I know some had issues because of the FAN # attached to their account last year)
     
  20. mtfield macrumors 6502

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    I feel like this is would be a pretty big announcement, many many people have discounts applied already and apple/at&t know this. So unless I see a post on apple.com or an email or something about it i'm pretty sure we will be fine going to apple... I will be going to the apple store (and I have a FAN)... that post on AI can be taken numerous ways... I tend to think it means anyone who wants to apply one that day has to go to at&t, because apple won't have the ability... having a discount on the line doesn't affect anything that apple has to do..
     
  21. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    That's fine, so long as you already have a plan with an FAN applied. I do not, so it's looking like my best bet, to avoid having to go to two places, would be to go straight to AT&T, do the deal for the phone, and save the extra walking.

    :apple::apple:
     
  22. pugnut thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I had AT&T remove the FAN and I am not identified as a Business Customer. Prior to that my account was showing as not eligable for upgrade. After the FAN was taken off I am now showing eligable.
     
  23. Magico macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I mean in order to use a FAN discount you have to go to a ATT store to get the discount off the service plan, there is no discount off the IPhone. I even asked at an Apple store and was told the same thing.
     
  24. pugnut thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I spent a good deal of time today on the phone with AT&T, who contacted apple and confirmed that if you have a FAN on your account, even if the discounts are not being applied, you will not be able to upgrade at Apple. I had them remove the FAN from my Account today and will apply after I upgrade.



    Some other notes from Apple's ongoing retail meetings:
    Apple retail stores will not be able to help business customers who wish to move to iPhone 3G. Business customers are categorized as anyone who has a portion (or all of) their wireless bill paid for by their employer, or receives discounts on their mobile phone by working for their employer.


    http://www.appleinsider.com/article...e_3g_transactions_at_apple_retail_stores.html
     
  25. moloukhya macrumors regular

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    Just had mine removed as well. Will add it after I get the iPhone 3G.
     

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