Boy do I ever have an iPhone Story for you all....

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aleksivic, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. aleksivic macrumors member

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    We rocked up at noon at the downtown Cleveland AT&T store (ERIEVIEW PLAZA) being 8th and 9th in Line and was having a great time socializing with the other queuers. As the golden hour approached, there was about 60-70 of us in line.

    At 5:55pm, A NBA Player by the name of IRA Newbie (no joke google him) appeared with 3 bodyguards and the AT&T employees just let him in. He came out with two bags of filled iPhones (there was at least 4-6 total)!! All of us were totally pissed off!!

    Well when it was out turn, the AT&T employee tried to give us the bs spiel of going through credit check and getting the pre-credit activation code. As she finished her last question she told us that no more 8gb were left and basically these were the last two 4gb models! It would be another 2-3 days to get more shipments in which was a joke!! I said more like 4-6 weeks!!

    Well when we got home, our Activation was a big nightmare. We neither got rejected or accepted. Just an email 1hr later saying please call AT&T.

    This frustrated me to the extreme... after reading up everybody else's heartache, one thing striked out on me. There was an option to go on a prepaid plan which I wanted to do in the first place!@#$*(#$*

    So I deliberately filed out zero's in the SSN and pre-credit check fields while singing up to a '2yr contract' which obviously failed. This gave me the option to choose a prepaid plan with unlimited data!!

    So what have we learnt?

    1) AT&T staff neglected their corporate policies of giving preferential treatment. Letting somebody in before 6pm and buying at least more than 4 iPhones.

    2) The activation process is designed to hide the option to let consumers go on a prepaid plan

    3) AT&T have completely made my experience of purchasing and setting up an Apple product for the first time extremely PAINFUL!!!!!!!!
     
  2. one1 macrumors 65816

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    Well OF COURSE they want to lock you into a plan that would allow you to somehow go over and be charged for it rather than a pre paid spending limit.
     
  3. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    Funny how most people's complaints are with AT&T and not Apple. Stupid cellular carriers, they always screw things up.

    Apple Cellular anyone? :p
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    In the words of Joe Peschi in Lethal Weapon 4....The **** you with the cell phone!
     
  5. williape macrumors newbie

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    Why is everyone ignoring the most annoying fact? A douchebag NBA player walks in and comes out with bags full (of 8GB no doubt) and everyone else gets the screw job. Go to the local media with this story, as it's a bunch of BS that anyone get preferential treatment like this, let alone so blatant. AT&T should fire this manager by tomorrow.
     
  7. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    I decided to go to an Apple store as I didn't feel like an AT&T employee would have the same heart in the matter. We had Apple employees sitting with some of us am laughing with us and taking pictures. They were really enjoying the whole thing. Some one who sells contracts all day just doesn't seem to me to be one all to up on the whole thing, or maybe their just bitter that ALL full time Apple employees get a free 8G iPhone by the end on July.
     
  8. iPhonePhan macrumors regular

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    Hey! So wait a minute! Does this mean that if I get the iPhone tomorrow, go to activate it online and then fill out the online activation information but put down 000-00-0000 as my SSN, that would report back that I can have a pre-paid option? I didn't think that was possible with the iPhone?

    What are the Pre-paid costs? Just 20$ of unlimited data /month + $36 act. fee + $45 voice credit just to start? Is there some deposit you have to put down online?

    Please elaborate as this interests me greatly, as I'm sure alot of other as well :p !
     
  9. ob81 macrumors 65816

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    The whole "bad sports player" revolution is dead. Thats why. Its pointless to argue about someone who has millions, and "perks" to go with those millions, to a group of people who already have been over the topic hundreds of times.

    Yeah he was a jerk. So what?:confused:
     
  10. Morris macrumors regular

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    If this NBA guy had three body guards that means they were with four people. At two iPhones each they were entitled to eight phones in total.
     
  11. AlexGFX88 macrumors member

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    That's all fine and good, but I believe judging by the OP's comments, they skipped line, thus causing those who had waited to get knocked out of the 8 gig models.
     
  12. ob81 macrumors 65816

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    The 6-8 eight gig models that this guy got would have satisfied 6-8 more people. The rest would still be complaining.
     
  13. aleksivic thread starter macrumors member

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    I just used 000-00-0000 as an example, use any combination to just meet the form validation criteria =)

    All you want to do is to get onto the option to sign up for a goPhone plan.
     
  14. zgh1999 macrumors 6502

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    No matter what you do in life, always remember one thing:

    Cash is King.
     
  15. chillywilly macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the info on this. This is what I was looking for w/o having to sign up for a contract or have a credit check done on my account.

    What Go Phone plan did you go with? Pay as you Go or Pick Your Plan?
     
  16. davede70 macrumors member

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    It's amazing how rich and famous people get special treatment and DEMAND special treatment. My buddy ran a movie theater near Detroit and he used to get athletes coming in and asking for free tickets and food. They were making millions of dollars yet wanted a comped movie ticket.
     
  17. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    I hope he didn't give it to them! Stupid famous people!
     
  18. earnjam macrumors 6502a

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    i'm pretty sure entering a SSN that isn't yours is a fairly serious crime
     
  19. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

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    You're my new best friend.
     
  20. chillywilly macrumors 6502a

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    So who has a SSN of 000-00-0000 ?? if no one has it, then it's a non issue. It's called a typo... :cool:
     

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