Brit Barred from Buying?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Ulsterscot, May 15, 2010.

  1. Ulsterscot macrumors member

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    I am coming to the States next week and thought I would pick up a 3G iPad while I was there.

    However, I called ahead and have been told by a store employee that they are nor allowed to sell to folks from the UK until after the UK launch date - and that I won't be able to buy a 3G model anyway because of the link with AT&T.

    Surely that is nonsense? After all, there is no contract involved, so it is just like buying a laptop or iPod. Even the Apple site makes it clear that you could buy a 3G model and never sign up for service!

    Has anyone else heard anything similar?:confused:
     
  2. millypede macrumors 6502

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    Not heard of that really, but cant you just wait less than two weeks?
     
  3. JonnyIreland macrumors 6502a

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    If this is true, then it really would be a new low in my opinion. What, are they checking passports at the door next? :rolleyes:
     
  4. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    Exactly, so my British friend that is a US citizen couldn't buy one just because he has an accent?

    Ye gads.... what store did you call?
     
  5. sandyjmacdonald macrumors 6502

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    Nonsense

    I bought a 3G iPad on launch day in San Francisco. Didn't have any trouble. They even activated it for me since I didn't have my MacBook with me.
     
  6. tigres macrumors 68040

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    I was at an :apple: store a couple of weeks ago and 3 people from Italy were buying the WIFI. They were on vacation, so we chatted it up a bit.

    They had no problem.
     
  7. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    It doesn't have to do with an accent but the credit card used. Are you trying to avoid the VAT?
     
  8. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

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    I find that information highly suspect. I think it's important to keep in mind that retail employees are an instance of dictatorship in an open society.
     
  9. Ulsterscot thread starter macrumors member

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    King Street, Charleston.

    The issue isn't the accent - the issue is the Credit Card with a UK address.

    It seems to be the same problem that there would have been in buying an iPhone a few years ago.

    I have no (massive) problem in waiting a couple of weeks, but it would be a bit cheaper to buy in the States and I really want a 3G one - so if they won't sell it at all, I'll just have to wait until I come home.

    I'll be over there until the end of the first week in June, so if it was just the release date which was the problem, that wouldn't be so bad.

    The real issue is the "We can't sell you a 3G one because we have AT&T, you have something called "Orange"" - that's what I was told. The staff member I spoke to was very courteous, pleasant and apologetic.

    HELP!!:(
     
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    [​IMG]


    Me thinks it's either a single store manager drunk on "power," or a peon employee pining for power.

    Serious, serious doubts about the validity of this. Certainly would give Apple a ginormous black eye for stupidity if it was a policy -- and Apple is smarter than that, so I'm going to put my bet all on "no".
     
  11. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a

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    That's doesn't make sense for me at all. However, if it is true that they only accept CCs to purchase the iPad, then that might be true.

    Have checked if BB have the same policy?
     
  12. Ulsterscot thread starter macrumors member

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    Are you from the UK then?

    Did you use a UK credit card?

    Did you have to provide any local address at any stage?

    Did you activate with AT&T?

    Sorry for the questions, but I sort of have my heart set on the purchase....
     
  13. sandyjmacdonald macrumors 6502

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    I bought mine with a UK credit card. The only trouble I had was signing on the iPhone. They really need to start using iPads for checkout.
     
  14. Ulsterscot thread starter macrumors member

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    Yup. Makes quite a difference if you want the 64gig 3G, which I do (my wife is less keen.....).:eek:
     
  15. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Still would not make sense b/c Apple's CC approval system does not require zip code, like some drug and grocery stores do. Also all the major CCs prohibit a company denying use of a card simply b/c it's issued in a foreign country. There are "domestic" versions, but if the user has a "worldwide" card then it's valid anywhere in the world as long as the account is in good standing.
     
  16. Ulsterscot thread starter macrumors member

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    I do have the option of waiting for the next week and trying the Florida Mall/Milennia Stores. Has anyone any experience with either of them?
     
  17. sandyjmacdonald macrumors 6502

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    Yes. I'm from York.

    No, didn't have to provide address.

    Didn't activate AT&T.

    FYI. You should buy some gift cards with it so that you can buy some apps and iBooks for it. Just set up a new iTunes account with a fake address and zip code.

    Also, you can get a free microsim from O2 or Orange on 28 May, which should work fine with your iPad.

    Hope that helps.
     
  18. tigres macrumors 68040

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    OP- Just go to the Apple store and buy one...

    Just walk in and buy iPad. If they give you stink, ask for a manager.

    Phone calls to the store generally are a roll of the dice anyway.
     
  19. Ulsterscot thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks very much for all that - I actually have a MicroSIM ordered already, so you'll guess that this spanner in the works was not that welcome!

    I'll report back once I'm over there.

    Thanks to everyone for the responses - watch this space....:)
     
  20. Battlestar macrumors 6502

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    You can walk into a Best Buy and get whatever you want.
     
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  22. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    So true:
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  23. Tinnitusdoc macrumors member

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    Yessssss, apple sales representatives on the phone ...:rolleyes:

    My personal record ist 2 contradicting statements within 3 minutes!
     
  24. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    The biggest issue is going to be that you aren't going to get one without reserving it probably - and that has a wait. Some stores will allow you to reserve over the phone, some won't. You have 24 hours to pick it up after it comes in, so if you time it wrong you could miss out.

    Best Buy would be the better bet if they are getting inventory right now, but again it is hit and miss.

    Inventory is constrained..... and i think it will get more so as they build up for the international launch.

    ANy chance of a US friend ordering it for you from apple.com?
     
  25. gatearray macrumors 65816

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    Utter nonsense.

    Don't let one misinformed Apple retail employee on the phone make up your mind for you on this one, you are free to purchase whatever iPad you wish. It is not "locked" to any carrier, you are not obligated to activate AT&T at the time of purchase, and your nationality or credit card has absolutely no bearing on any purchase you might wish to make. I am 100% sure on all of this.

    So, full steam ahead, and enjoy your new iPad 3G two weeks ahead of the UK launch, friend!
     

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