buying the iphone5 no contract t mobile

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  1. Dragunov macrumors member

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    Id like to buy an iphone 5 no contract as i am with t-mobile but i dont want to go to an apple store at 6am and then them still not have it. Has anyone gone to the store and lined up and got an iphone no contract without them being sold out? even without a reserve? and any tips for someone trying to do so.

    i live in NYC and plan to go to the Roosevelt field mall one, if anyone happens to have gone to that store, but all tips will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. google macrumors regular

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    yes, if they have one in stock you can pay full price.
     
  3. Dragunov thread starter macrumors member

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    yes but is there any way of knowing if they get a shipment, and if they will have any off reserve that i can grab. which is why im asking for tips. its a annoying drive to go get one
     
  4. jrz macrumors member

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    There is no way to know. I was in the same boat as you- I showed up to the Indianapolis store 3 times in 8 days, each time an hour before they opened. On the third time, they had them available and I was able to pay full price. Unlocked, and on T-Mobile.
     
  5. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

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    Right now, NYC apple stores wont sell you the iPhone without tying it to some kind of account. Roosevelt field has the same policy.

    This is the *current* policy at least in this area.
     
  6. Dragunov thread starter macrumors member

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    I had called the store and they said the best bet was to get there early and wait in line. I had told him what I have told you guys. Is this from direct experience? It seems like its a cluster**** for people like me.
     
  7. Dragunov thread starter macrumors member

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    Anyone in nyc was able to buy a iphone 5 off contract? I went to radioshack, att, and verizon and all said no.
     
  8. Cebuano1976 macrumors regular

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    I am with T-Mo too but I live in PHX. I bought mine at Fry's Elec. They sold it to me for $899 (64GB). It was for Verizon. Just got a nano sim from T-Mo. DONE!
     
  9. Dragunov thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for that, but we dont have that here.
     
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  11. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

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    100% confirmed. You can't do it right now.
     
  12. stieny macrumors member

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    Just use the 10pm/next day pick up off of Apples website. This is what I did when I bought mine a few weeks ago since there wasn't any available anywhere for a walk-in purchase.

    You just have to hop online a little before 10pm and get all your info in there and ready to buy. The nearby Apple stores stock will refresh at 10 and you'll be able to select the store, pay for it, and then pick it up the next day. You have to be quick though as they were selling out 1-2 min after 10pm at all my local stores. It took me a few nights to secure one.
     
  13. rd261 macrumors regular

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    I believe that only works if you have a contract to renew. Ive been trying to upgrade my phone but Im not eligible to sign a new contract so it wont let me place my order.
     
  14. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

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    This only works if you have/want a account with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.
     
  15. stieny macrumors member

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    I did not have a contract to renew. My contract started on 10/11 (when I bought my 4S) and expires 10/13. I picked up my iPhone 5 and the contract stayed the same. My two year contract still ends next year in October with an early upgrade this coming spring.

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    I understand that. That's my fault as I was under the impression the OP had an existing contract with a carrier and was just looking to see if they could purchase without signing a new 2 year.
     
  16. Dragunov thread starter macrumors member

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    so since this thread has derailed, heres what i figured out about getting the NYC stores to sell you a no-contract iphone 5

    NO stores will sell the no-contract iphone 5 unless you want to SIGN a contract, ive called numerous times and here are the store that WONT sell WITHOUT contract:

    -apple
    -best buy
    -target
    -radio shack
    -verizon
    -ATT

    are there any other store that i can check? I have t-moblie and live in NYC trying to buy a iphone 5 no contract, nothing..
     
  17. Dragunov thread starter macrumors member

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    how is anyone buying the iphone 5 in the US, NY specifically without a contract!?
     
  18. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    bump much?


    apple store stopped selling them off contract. they were doing it at first.
    if you speak to an apple store employee and hes cool, you can get him to. tell him to ring it up under their easy pay system, then it will allow you to select device only.
     
  19. Dragunov thread starter macrumors member

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    my thread got derailed, and was never answered. bumping is the only way to survive.
     
  20. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    mhhmm..
    you were the last person to say something before you bumped it.. you derailed your own thread? :rolleyes:
     
  21. golf1410 macrumors 6502a

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    How did you unlock it? Apple has not released an unlocked version yet.
     

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