Buying Iphone 3g form Apple Store.. Help Urgent..

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sagarrana55, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. sagarrana55 macrumors member

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    hey guys my friend wants to buy an iphone 3g.. without AT&T contract and he wants to buy it from apple store.. he wants to buy $200 one locked.. and then he wants unlock by gevey turbo sim.. but i heard that apple store won;t give $200 iphone with out AT&T contract. we have to buy contract right away in store.. is it true?? and can i tell apple store representative that i want to gift iphone to my friend and he will buy contract later.. will they give me only iphone ($200 one).. please help..
     
  2. efp1 macrumors 6502

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    They won't sell it to you unless you sign a contract. Not at Apple, not at AT&T.
     
  3. jlake02 macrumors 68020

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    Have to hit up Ebay if you want an iPhone without an AT&T contract.
     
  4. jlwillia macrumors regular

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    sign the contract, cancel in 30 days

    Someone else could probably confirm or deny this better than I, but I think you can sign the ATT contract and cancel within 30 days and only lose the activation fees. The 30 days is like a trial period. However, I don't know if you will be asked to return the phone or not. Anyone know how/if that works?

    I know that's not too much help, but it sounds like you are looking for any and all ideas...
     
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    I have no idea what they'll do, but the $200 price is heavily subsidised. AT&T gives Apple a few hundred dollars to get the phone that cheap. They're either going to want the phone back or the cash!
     
  6. motoracer1486 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure they haven't heard that one before...:rolleyes:

    "Give me the phone for $200 and I PROMISE I'll sign the contract later..."
     
  7. sagarrana55 thread starter macrumors member

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    so do u guys have any idea how can he buy ipphone 3g without AT&T contract casue i really want to use T-mobile.. not AT$T please help..
     
  8. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    I seem to recall reading that if you cancel early AT&T demands the phone back plus a restocking fee. If you don't return it, they charge you the difference. I'm sure it's all there in the fine print...
     
  9. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a

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    You can't get the iPhone 3g for $200 anywhere, even a used one. Att or apple will never sell you one without a contract yet (it's comming for $600 and $700). You can sign the contract and cancel after 30 days, but you will have to pay the $175 etf plus the one months service and it will end up costin about $500.
     
  10. acvball92 macrumors regular

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    you can't use the iphone 3G for T-Mobile anyways...
     
  11. sergiuria macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can
     
  12. sagarrana55 thread starter macrumors member

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    guys can i go to apple and tell them that i want to gift this iphone to my friend and then he will buy contract from AT&T later... can i do that??
     
  13. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    No, you have to sign a contract at the time of sale.

    I'm sure Apple has heard that request before, however.
     
  14. sergiuria macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can go tell them that. Will they give you one? Well, No. Because everyone would do this to buy phones cheap and sell them for more money and make a lot of profit
     
  15. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    The phone is for the ATT network.

    It is advertised and described as to be used only for the ATT network.

    You are not going to get one from Apple or ATT (no matter how many ways you attempt to lie to them).

    Switch to ATT or deal with no 3G phone.
     
  16. skubish macrumors 68030

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    You can but it will be on EDGE only no 3G. Why? Because T-mobile 3G operates on different frequencies that ATT 3G.
     
  17. sergiuria macrumors 6502a

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    I read somewhere that you could get 3G in some areas, where the 3G is 2100hz, or something like that
     
  18. sagarrana55 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanx for ur answer guys...... ok so guys can please tell me now what option do i have..... can i get at&t contract and cancel it between 30 days.. will they ask me to return it?? guys please give me some ideas... many people here uses t-mobile on iphone.. did they all buy it for $500????? i doubt it....
     
  19. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    your only option: Get it for 200$(300$ for the 16GB), wait 30 days, pay the 175$ EFT charge totaling to 375 for the phone and the EFT, plus the first month's bill= ~450$ then get the SIM card unlock= 490$ for everything.
     
  20. sagarrana55 thread starter macrumors member

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    ohhh ****... i was thinking that i can buy it but thanx for the info guys... i am disappointed......
     
  21. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    If you want to use it for T-Mobile, you can get the First Gen. iPhone and then software unlock that, and it'll pretty much be the exact same seeing as how T-Mobile's 3G sucks..oh and you'll have a cool lookin aluminum back!!
     
  22. question fear macrumors 68020

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    No you can't. T-Mobile's 3G uses a different band that requires a chip capable of handling their oddball frequency. Even though the iPhone overlaps into the 2100 range, it's not the same. I don't remember the technical specs, but supposedly it means T-Mobile needs a special version of any 3G phones to get 3G.
     
  23. Xtgirl macrumors regular

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    You might as well just buy a 2G iphone off craigslist or ebay...since you can't use the 3G for 3G anyway....so buy the old iPhone and you can unlock that for T-mobile and save yourself some frustration and money...
     
  24. jmann macrumors 604

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    Some idiot traded their 8gb iPhone 3G for my iPod touch. :cool: I am really lucky. That's how I got mine for t-mobile.
     
  25. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a

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    how is he an idiot, he got what he wanted didnt he.
     

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