Best place to buy LTE iPad Pro 9.7?

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  1. jbachandouris macrumors 68040

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    I had planned to buy from Best Buy (reward zone points), but the website shows it's not available today.

    I plan to use the Next plan. I know that Apple has stock, but didn't check AT&T yet. I work until 3.

    Any advantage to one over the other?
     
  2. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

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    I always buy from Apple as I think they have the best customer service and are very easy to deal with if you have any problem with the device or just want to return it.
     
  3. Zimmy68 macrumors 65816

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    Best Buy usually doesn't display its store stock of LTE iPad.
    If they have stock of the WiFi, they have stock of the LTE.
    I learned that with the 12.9" version.
    You should call or visit the store if it is close enough.
     
  4. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Wouldn't an LTE version have a restocking fee no matter what?
     
  5. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    I believe that if you are buying with the Next Plan you have to buy from At&t.
     
  6. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

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    I've returned LTE versions in the past without a restocking fee. Not sure if this policy has changed but don't think it has.
     
  7. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I don't see why. You can buy an iPhone on Next at the Apple Store, so why not the iPad?
     
  8. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    I believe its different as its mostly just financing and not really the Next plan. Give it a shot, but think you have to purchase through At&t for that option for iPads.
     
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I would call and ask them. New phones on Next keep you under contract. iPads would not. No incentive for AT&T to give a break on the iPad unless you did a nice fat data plan for a year or two.
     
  10. BWhaler macrumors 68020

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    Buy it from Apple. No carrier lock out of the bag our any other those shenanigans.
     
  11. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple Education Store online, save $20 and do store pickup to your closest Apple Store.

    Best Buy's site worked for me to add to cart and a bunch of stores around me have stock as well based on the store pickup option.

    Outside of those 2 places, a carrier store is likely to be the only other retail outlet to make a purchase in store.
     
  12. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Next is the lowest out of pocket. That's the method I prefer to use. I have the cash, but I prefer Next.
     
  13. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    Let us know how it goes, would be thrilled to hear you can buy with next not from At&t.
     
  14. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well, I called the store, but ended up talking to an Apple at home advisor. She says the store can't do Necr on the iPad, but I'll know for sure in a few hours when I go there.

    The mall has Apple, Best Buy, and AT&T in close proximity.
     
  15. npolly0212 macrumors 65816

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    I believe you have to get through AT&T in order to get the next program. But with that don't you have to set it into a 2 year contract also?
     
  16. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No you do not. 2 year contract is $779 with a $45 activation fee. Next is tax down and $15 activation fee. Around $55/month for 20 months.
     
  17. npolly0212 macrumors 65816

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    Okay, I wasn't sure how that worked (I was truly wondering lol!) But that way are you stuck on adding a data plan monthly to it also?
     
  18. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Probably. $10/month with my plan.
     
  19. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Apple Store is NOT able to do Next on iPads. Best Buy and the AT&T Store can, but no one had anything but 32GB in stock.

    Oh well, I guess I don't get one today. :(
     

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