Buy iPhone at Verizon store or Apple store?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mintgreen, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. mintgreen macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2011
    I've been on a month-to-month contract w/ Verizon for a while since my previous long-term contract ended. I'd like to get the iPhone and I'm wondering if it would be better to purchase the iPhone and sign a new 2-year contract at the Verizon store or the Apple store.

    If I bought the phone at Verizon, would I be able to get it repaired or replaced (if need be) at the Apple store, or would I have to do so at a Verizon store? I know I can troubleshoot it at Apple, but it seems Apple is a bit more lenient when it comes to required repairs/replacements than Verizon. This is the main reason I'd purchase through Apple rather than Verizon. I loathe dealing w/ customer service and tech support at Verizon stores. The Apple store always seems to provide a better experience.

    Also, if I purchased the phone and signed the new contract at the Apple store, and needed to return the phone within 14 days, would I be able to go back to the month-to-month contract I had directly previous to purchasing the phone? I know I can if I purchase directly through Verizon b/c I've done so before, but I'm not sure it applies to phone purchases/returns from other sources.

    Thanks so much for the help! I tried searching the forum for the same question but I only found posts about AT&T store vs. Apple store.
  2. Mr. Incredible macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Southern California
    I got mine from the Verizon store, and they gave me a $30 discount cause I waited almost 2 years before upgrading.

    So instead of the $199 price, I had a $169 price.

    I'm not sure if the apple store would've given me a discount, and I didn't want to risk the savings, so I went with Verizon.
  3. BlaqkAudio macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    New York
    I'm pretty sure you can get your iPhone repaired/replaced at an Apple Store even if you buy from a Verizon store; it is an Apple product after all.
  4. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    Damn, nice bro... I went 14 months after my contract ended to upgrade and still paid the $199 price at AT$T. Jackholes!
  5. Mr. Incredible macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Southern California
    You should've switched to Verizon ;):p

    But I ordered my phone online, I didn't buy it from the store (again, worried if I would get a discount or not).

    When did you upgrade your contract? I say you get the Verizon iPhone next, that is if you have bad At&t coverage.
  6. dumb terminal macrumors member

    dumb terminal

    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    When I bought my ViPhone from the 5th Avenue Apple Store, they asked me if I qualified for any additional discounts (new every two). I qualified for the $50 off, so instead of paying $199 for my iPhone, I ended up paying $149 (not including taxes of course).

    So even at the Apple store, you should still be able to take advantage of any additional discounts you may have with VZW. I think you can only use corporate/FAN discounts at the Verizon store though.

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