Buying iPhone from Carphone Warehouse?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mcnicks, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. mcnicks macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2006
    Just a quick question about the buying process. Can I just pop into Carphone Warehouse and buy the iPhone in its box, then walk out and activate it using iTunes at home? Or would I have to muck around getting contracts sorted out in-store? (If its the latter I am not sure that I can be bothered going through with it - I'll just order online).

  2. sparkyms macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2007
    Southampton UK
    buy in store and activate at home.

    you have to sign a form but thats literally a 1minute thing.
  3. redgaz26 macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2007
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    if u can go to an o2 store to save any hassle. Cw may keep u there for 2weeks make u pay twenty pound a week for insurrance and probably give you a job.
  4. AndyClarke macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2007
    Fernhurst, Hampshire
    I was forced to pay by credit card at the carphone whorehouse and they refused to take cash from me, they said it was to prevent fraud with the iPhones, sounds lame to me. They also try and sell you phone insurance.
  5. DenniZ macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    1. Its paid by card because they can track how many iPhones someone is buying (2 max per credit card i think) although its 5 per credit card online.

    although i have bought 3 from the apple store.

    2. Phone insurance is just a waste of time, and quite alot of hassle to cancel as they offer you more deals when your trying to cancel.

    I recommend trying to go to the apple store in person to buy it. They don't make you sign anything, they even email you the receipt.
  6. Wavell macrumors regular


    Nov 7, 2007
    Essex, UK
    I went to CPW and my mate went to O2 shop .. we both had VERY different experiences buying our phone

    at the O2 store the sale went something like this : Hand over credit card, buy phone walk out of shop and activate with iTunes. total time in-store was about 2 mins.

    at CPW I had to provide credit card for credit check - then credit card again to purchase the phone. then plenty of form-filling and then yes they try to sell you phone insurance. It took me about 30 mins from point of approaching counter to walking away with phone.

    I'd recommend going to an O2 store over CPW ;)
  7. CD3660 macrumors 68040


    Jun 6, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom.
    Buy from an Apple Store if you can. O2 if you can't.
  8. thworple macrumors 6502


    Oct 20, 2005
    Sussex, England
    Yup, that sounds about right - to make matters worse I bought one on launch night too, so had to experience the wonder that is "The Carphone Warehouse Country-wide system crash!" which meant I had to wait even longer to get out the damn store.

    Try an O2 Store or an Apple Store.
  9. AndyClarke macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2007
    Fernhurst, Hampshire
    Yes thats the experience I had as well. I was in the shop for over an hour even though I was third in the Q. I think they make you pay by credit card or check your credit card so as to minimise the returns. As you know if you buy from the CPW and you fail the credit check on itunes you can return the iphone for a full refund (within seven days of purchase that is). I guessed that if you had a credit card then you are more likely to pass the credit check. Would I use the CPW again???? Not a chance!
  10. bassjunkie macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2007
    Leighton Buzzard, UK
    I also brought from the CPW on release night and had the joy of them swipping my card about 20 times trying to hit it lucky with the system! Although I was 9th in the que, (arrived at 17:45) it took me roughly 1 hour from joining the que to getting it home and activating :) which I thought was not bad going....
  11. skeen macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2007
    London, England
    I bought mine from there. They tried to push the insurance on me too, but it's way expensive - get O2 insurance, you can get it within 28 days of activation, and it covers everything. It's only £7.50 a month.
  12. April Dancer macrumors regular

    April Dancer

    Apr 11, 2006
    Surrey, UK
    CPW here to but it took me about 7 minutes and most of that was the young lad trying to find the right form. Told him I had the insurance covered and that was it, dead simple.

    Pretty impressed on the whole, or maybe I'm just in a good mood because they said my number would be transferred today, and it was. :)
  13. tonywob, Nov 27, 2007
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