Buy my iphone4 at Apple store or Wireless store?

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  1. GMan821 macrumors newbie

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    My contract with ATT is up in a few weeks and I've decided to go with Verizon and get the iphone4. My question is, is there any advantage to buying the phone at the apple store or should I just get it at the Verizon store? Any thoughts?
     
  2. Phil-82 macrumors member

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    If you buying the phone outright, with no contract, apple would be the only place to get it. I think you should get it at the verizon store so you can get a nice contract with a verizon rep
     
  3. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    I'd buy at the Apple Store. It's just so much easier with repairs, and replacements if needed. Plus, the people in the Apple Stores are less obnoxious than Verizon employees.
     
  4. DaBlackMamba macrumors member

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    I'd buy from the wireless store. I bought mine from the ATT store and I got some good discounts. Apple can't really give you any discounts.
     
  5. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    This. Apple is textbook while the wireless store might be able to credit you the activation fee, give you a free accessory, etc.
     
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Buy your phone from where you’re going to get wireless service. Bring it to Apple for service though.
     
  7. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    Realize that verizons restocking fees are crap
     
  8. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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  9. Jnoffke macrumors newbie

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    Whats your reason for going with an iphone 4 over waiting for the new iphone? I ask this as I am in the same position my contract ends in july and well I need a new phone. I can wait but at the same time I dont think the new iphone is going to be anything worth getting over an iphone 4.
     
  10. flipster macrumors 6502a

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    Good choice going with Verizon, insane speed and service.

    I had an iPhone 4 on AT&T and a 4 on Verizon. The test went something like this.

    AT&T:

    Full Bars
    4.3 mbps down
    300 ms ping
    all cache, history and cookies cleared

    Verizon:

    Full Bars
    .80 mbps down
    200 ms ping
    all cache, history and cookies cleared

    Now, i opened various websites, and EVERY TIME, the technically *slower* Verizon iPhone beat it. EVERY TIME. It is technically suppose to be slower due to the obvious network speed difference, but for some reason, the Verizon one was still beating the AT&T one. Woo, go Verizon
     
  11. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

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    Huh? How is Verizon beating AT&T with .80 Mbps down?


    OP - Get it at the Apple Store, their return/exchange policy is much better.
     
  12. flipster macrumors 6502a

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    Someone told me it was because AT&T's high ping.. I don't know, being a tech geek, this baffled me too.
     
  13. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    You can always bring your Apple product to and Apple store for assistance. It does not matter who you buy it from.
     
  14. PNutts macrumors 601

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    What new iPhone? :rolleyes:
     
  15. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    v



     
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  17. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    Most non-media-intensive websites are probably small enough that they can be downloaded just about instantly even at .8Mb/s... at that point ping will play a much larger role. 200ms is a 50% smaller delay than 300ms, so it is convievable that a normal website will load faster.

    AT&T's speed will be more useful when streaming video and downloading files.
     
  18. famoussasjohn macrumors 6502a

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    14 day return policy too..
     
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  20. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I'd just go to my local AT&T store since they generally are less crowded than my Apple Store.
     
  21. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    with restocking fee I believe
     
  22. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    YEMV... definitely wasn't my experience
     
  23. GMan821 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for all the feedback. I'm going with Verizon because ATT sucks in my area. Dropped calls are the norm. And, since I definitely want to stick with iphone, Verizon is my only option. I'm hearing rumors more and more about a Sprint iphone, but since my contract is up soon, looks like Verizon. (although I used to have Sprint and their service in my area is fantastic. oh well).
     

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