Buy phones outright at Target

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  1. Superbenj, Nov 24, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2014

    Superbenj macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014

    Does anyone know if you can buy phones outright, off plan in Target, specifically Verizon ones?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You can do that at, but I'm not sure about Target. I don't know too many people who buy their iPhones at target so my advice is to call them and see what they say, and/or try to buy it that way and report back
  3. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    I asked my local Target a couple years ago and the "mobile guy" said no. They only sell on contract except for the prepaid phones that are on the shelves. Basically, that is how they make money. I would suggest buying directly from Apple.
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    I looked at the fine print at a Target two or three weeks ago and they listed the no-contract price at $50 above MSRP.

    Seems even if you can get them to sell one without contract you'd be paying extra for it. As mentioned they make their money off the contract, so why would they sell any of their limited stock to someone who didn't want a contract?

    Best to just stick with Apple.
  5. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Likely up to the store manager. They have the power to sell you the device and they have the power to price match their competition. If they refuse and you raise enough of a stink with management I am certain they'll just sell you the damn thing to shut you up lol. The question is whether you want to deal with that...

    Of course, you can always choose next or edge and then just oay it off through your carrier.
  6. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    This is correct. Same policy is in place at Best Buy, as well.

    Also, maflynn was partially incorrect. You can only buy a full-price Verizon iPhone outright on if you are a current Verizon subscriber who doesn't qualify for a subsidy/contract extension. They'll sell you one no matter what at an Apple Store, but you need to find what you want in walk-in stock (you can't reserve it for pickup via the online tool).
  7. Superbenj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    Thanks all

    There is currently no stock at any Apple stores anywhere, otherwise I would have just picked one up there

    $50 over asking sounds ok, so may try Target who do seem to stick what I'm after, cheers all
  8. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Really? just now shows lots of availability of Verizon iphone 6 and 6+'s.

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  9. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Can you not order online creating a new line of service (or new account) to hold it and then "change your mind" when you get in-store? Essentially a variation of the order on 2-yr contract and change to buying outright or on Next when in store for AT&T models?

    Sure you might get a hard pull on your credit but that tends to be way overblown and won't matter unless you're doing it repeatedly. (sure a single pull is a valid concern in certain circumstances, but inconsequential for most situations/people)
  10. ssl0408 macrumors 65816

    Sep 22, 2013
    New York

  11. Superbenj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    I'm after a 128, grey 6, I think there was only one place with one in Tenessee yesterday!

    Loads of 128 grey pluses no 6s though

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