Buying new iPhone- At&t store or Apple store?

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  1. Greene23 macrumors member

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    I searched Mroogle and didn't see this specifically, so I apologize if this has been answered.

    I am planning on getting an iphone 3gs on Friday and didnt know if I would be able to get everything done at the Apple Store alone. Do I need to go to an AT&T store? I will be porting my number from Verizon if that affects anything. Reccomendations on the process?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    I would go to the AT&T store because I don't think that Apple creates new AT&T accounts. I'm pretty sure they only do upgrades. You can have AT&T set you up a new account, and then make sure you have your Verizon account number, address and password, so you can give it to AT&T so they can port your number. Or you can do it all over the phone. It's really easy.
     
  3. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Apple stores do create new accounts. Both my Father and I got our iPhone at the Apple store. Either works.
     
  4. jmann macrumors 604

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    Oh wow. Did they go over contract/plan details and prorations like they were supposed to? :)
     
  5. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    I went to an Apple store and they were able to port my number from Sprint and it was activated before I reached the subway station to go home. I don't know why they couldn't do the same for you.
     
  6. Greene23 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well its convenient either way for me to go to either store, but I would prefer do everything with Apple. Now what about these $25 discounts everyone wants to offer up? whats that all about?
     
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    They did for me, IIRC, but it was a couple years ago.
     
  8. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Yes, and you even get to sign your signature on Apple's EasyPay device that you agree to AT&T's two-year contract. ;)

    Greene23, if you're going to buy inside an Apple store, you can (and should) start the process at home.
    http://www.apple.com/iphone/buy

    You can start the port process, credit check, and pick your plan BEFORE you get into the Apple store. It'll make the whole process go a lot quicker! At the very end, you pick the store that you want to pick up your phone at.
     
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I sent you a PM about it, but it's just a referral program.
     
  10. Greene23 thread starter macrumors member

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    You alla re so helpful. So if I began the online work before my contract is up with Verizon... (I am literally switching the day my contract is up - the 19th) will I get punished by Verizon? I guess until I hit "Go" nothing will talk to Verizon huh?
     
  11. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Yes.
     
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    This is true. Make sure that you don't port your number over even a few hours too early. I would call Verizon before you finalize it just to verify that you are now off contract.
     
  13. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    No worries about the online stuff, ... none of that goes out to Verizon. It just makes the in-store process go more quickly.

    During the in-store process is when Verizon is notified that you're porting your number away, which cancels your contract with them.
     
  14. hsk macrumors regular

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    You contract ENDS on the 19th? Or the 18th? I would let a day pass just to be safe.
     
  15. Greene23 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ends on the 19th, going in the 20th. Think Im safe? would love to go on the 19th but wanted to be totally safe.....
     
  16. hsk macrumors regular

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    Yep, if your billing cycle always ends on the 19th, the 20th would be a go.
     
  17. tcphoto macrumors 6502a

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    I endured Verizons killing of features for one year and 335 days. I called them and told them that I had enough. The rep first told me that I would have to pay a $60 cancellation fee but quickly back tracked to a $30 fee. I reminded her of the lack of features when I owned the same phone with AT&T and I asked for a Supervisor. After a brief time on hold she came back and released me of my contract.
     
  18. lozanoj83 macrumors 6502a

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    How about you go to Best Buy and get reward points?
     
  19. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Just make sure you still have service with the number you want to port over, else Verizon may NOT port it. That's VERY VERY VERY important. I was specifically asked if my number was active because it makes porting it MUCH easier.

    So, don't wait for your contract to end and then port it. You can port your number out WITHOUT canceling your contract and paying the ETF.
     
  20. madmak macrumors member

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    if you want to jailbreak, I'd try the ATT store because you are more likely to find a phone with the older bootrom at ATT than at the Apple store.

    if you dont care about Jailbreak, ignore this post
     
  21. hsk macrumors regular

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    Contract expiration has nothing to do with your service - he could just not sign a new contract and go month to month. Just because his contract expires does not mean his line of service is going to suddenly turn off.
     
  22. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    I don't know about Verizon but Sprint allows customers to port their number over to another carrier 30 days before the contract expiration date with no early termination fee. Might want to call Verizon to check and see if they have a similar policy. You could have your iPhone today. :)
     
  23. Wtrdog macrumors newbie

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    The only thing that I wished I had known before going to the Apple store is that if you get your phone at the Apple store you can't get phone support at AT&T. I got mine at Apple and it's farther from my home. I've had to switch out the phone a few times for issues, and I have to go to an apple store. if you need a sim card, you go to att.
     
  24. barnaby117 macrumors member

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    I would go to the Apple store, just because the experience is so much more enjoyable. I've definitely gotten good service at AT&T stores on occasion, but half the fun of going to the Apple store is just hanging out in the Apple store. Congrats on the new iPhone!
     
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