AT&T clerk didn't want to sell me an iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sigamy, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I went into my local AT&T store. I asked the clerk (20-something guy) if he could recommend a phone for my wife. She has the Verizon enV LGVX9900. It is a candy bar clamshell with full keyboard and large screen.

    I told him that I have an iPhone and need to move her to Verizon. I told him she mainly uses it for entering in appointments. She needs a good keyboard and calendar. And she wants to pull down photos from the computer.

    He started showing me a Windows-based 8525. I told him no Windows. I have Macs at home. He then shows me the Treo and Blackberry. I said that the keyboards are way too small. I said I'd probably just get her the iPhone. He didn't say one positive thing about the iPhone and then he said "why spend $500 when she only needs a $250 phone?"

    As an Apple/iPhone fan, it just seemed strange that he had absoluetly nothing positive to say about this new device.

    So, was he just trying to save me money or is AT&T not pushing the iPhone due to Apple's share of the monthly service fees?

    </paranoid apple fanboy mode>
  2. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Trying to sell what he had in stock?

    Trying to sell what he owns?

    Trying to sell what makes the most comission for him?

    I"ve spent 10+ hours at the Apple store the last 2 weeks (Apple Camp for the kids) and never had anyone try to sell me one :D
  3. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    I think he was actually being honest with you. She doesnt need a 500 dollar phone. The iphone is really not the best "phone" out there, its just the best toy and coolest features.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Like trying to sell the stuff in the store, and what he "knows"

    Most salesdorks are trained to sell you what they have in stock, rather than risk losing a sale as you walk out the door.

    Since people tend not to come back, or buy from another salesdork when they come back.
  5. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Going into an AT&T store and trying to "move your wife to Verizon" wouldn't work since Verizon is a different network.
  6. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    I'm sure that the OP meant move his wife from Verizon. Simple typo.
  7. boss1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    I don't think it's the entire AT&T workforce is trying not to push the iPhone.

    It could be that:
    -The guy you spoke with hates the iPhone (personal vendetta)
    -He makes a larger commission on the sale of 'other' phones
    -He was being genuine about the needs of your wife ( very slim chance imo )
    -The store you went to was out of iPhone stock
    - He was hired after iPhone launch date and lacks training?

    I really don't know . I wouldn't really be overly concerned either. I noticed (from my short experiences at AT&T) that most consumers that walk in to buy an iPhone are 10x the 'subject matter experts' on the iPhone then the clerk behind the AT&T desk ;)
  8. kman34 macrumors member


    Jun 28, 2007
  9. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    Correct. With iPhones flying out the door, I'm sure there are some nice spiffs in place to move other products that are stacking up in the storerooms.
  10. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
    you people are crazy.

    the guy was being honest, just because you're a mac fanboy does not mean the iphone is the greatest phone out there. you could spend half the money and the phone you got would do everything your wife needs, you just WANTED him to recommend an iphone so you could rationalize your purchase.

    it is likely their commission is from attachments and plans, not actual phones, so wouldn't he stand to make more off an iphone due to the expensive data plan? not everyone is a shady salesman, believe it or not there are honest people left in this world.

    to the poster referring to them as salesdorks, grow up.
  11. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Not shocked...not everyone is an Apple fan, in fact there are some anti-Apple fans.....or comission, doesn't think your wife needs the iPhone, thinks other phones met your wife's needs better
  12. creativetechguy macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2007
    The real reason is that AT&T has to share some of the monthly fees they get for the iPhone service with Apple. If they sell another phone, they don't have to do. So, AT&T actually makes more money by selling you some other phone.
  13. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    What did you buy? Were they out of stock?

    I was curous to what you did. Also, did you need a data plan. I think the data plan for the 8525 is $40 and the data plan for the iPhone is $20. Did that have something to do with it?
  14. Cleverboy macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2007
    Pocket Universe, nth Dimensional Complex Manifold
    Unfortunately, Brian seems to have the closest thing to an honest assessment here. If your wife isn't looking for a high-falootin' phone that plays music, etc, etc... there's NO reason to disregard the mountains of other perfectly good phones they have just because you love the iPhone. The iPhone keyboard's NOT REALLY bigger either except in Safari landscape mode.

    If he DID try to recommend the iPhone and squeal with delight about it, it would seem totally unnatural considering what you told him you were trying to accomplish. Pulling down photos, having a keyboard, and scheduling appointments are a far cry from an iPhone.

    Keeping it real.

    ~ CB
  15. vinhmen macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2007
    Sounds like you should have thanked him for his honesty instead of getting all fanboy paranoid.
  16. uNext macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2006
    And your whole point is?

    I wish i met a sales clerks like him. Instead of trying to sell me some ******** phone. Yeah the iphone is great i love it but when does a mac user push feelings aside and realize that APPLE crippled the best phone in the market to a point where we end up trying to justify the price tag with eye candy?

    Is the iphone worth its price NO
    you can get a blackberry with a full im/email gps for less then what the iphone goes for. But it does not have teh eye candy and thats where the reality distortion field strives.

    My blackberry curve is everything the iphone is without teh eye candy.
  17. Twinkie macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2005
    Milford, MI
    Actually, AT&T reps would make more on a Treo or 8125.

    They'd get their new account commission much sooner on an in-store activation, and they'd get much more money selling the $39.99 PDA Connect plan than the $20 iPhone plan.

    Not to mention any spiffs they'd get for unloading some old stock (especially the 8125).

    I wouldn't call the salesperson "shady", but he or she does have a vested interest in selling you something other than an iPhone.
  18. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Jersey
    No, because the iPhones data plan is cheaper than most, if not all, other data plans.. Sure, there are "fanboys", as people like to call them, who seem to think the iPhone has no flaws-but there are just as many people who go out of their way to criticize the iPhone even when they don't have the facts correct..
  19. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    There are plenty of anti-Apple zealots out there who hate Apple even though they've never used an Apple product. Our company AT&T rep went on an anti-iPhone tirade before it was even released.
  20. TheMotif macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2007
    It seems as if AT&T doesn't have much iPhone pride. They haven't advertised it, which I can understand, but they're also hyping Blackberry products more than ever right now.
  21. creativetechguy macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2007
    That's because there's a lot more profit margin on Blackberries and other phones than with the iPhone.

  22. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
    why is everyone who doesn't recommend or like the iPhone either an "anti apple zealot" or iPhone hater? Is it impossible for someone to dislike the iPhone just because they don't like it? Do people really have to have a hidden agenda or be out to get Apple? :rolleyes:

    I am willing to bet for every Apple "diehard" or "fanboy" that cannot find fault with the iPhone, and for every individual who cannot resist every opportunity to bash the iPhone there are 5 to 10 rational individuals who can see the iPhone for exactly what it is.
  23. eye.surgeon macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2007
    Seems to me the most likely reason is they didn't have any in stock. I know the AT&T stores here have been sold out since release. Why talk up a phone that he can't sell you.
  24. pr5owner macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2007
    the guy is somewhat correct, entering appointments and photos on the 8525 is EASIER than the iphone.

    the 8525 is mostly drag and drop since it has a full file system, the iphone requires itunes, he probably does not know the extend of your wifes knowledge about software and computers but most people know how to drag and drop. the iphone cannot drag and drop anything (even songs).

    with removeable storage it would be no diffrent than a camera, you take the SD card out, throw it into a reader, drop all your stuff on the card and throw it back into your phone. then on your phone, open the file browser, tap what you want to open.

    can it get easier than that?
  25. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C

    Wait, your blackberry has Wi-Fi? And the unlimted data plan is only 20 bucks(with 200 texts)? It has built in 4GB/8GB of storage? Syncs with iTunes? Full touch screen?

    Wow RIM stepped it up!

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