Buying the Verizon iPhone X

WolfSnap

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I'm currently on AT&T, but, I want to buy the Verizon iPhone X. My understanding is that I need a verizon account to do so...

I currently own a sim-free iPhone 8 Plus, am I able to just start Verizon service using my iPhone 8 Plus as the phone that I'll be using on Verizon, get the SIM from Verizon (and with it, now have a Verizon account).

Since I already own the phone, there won't be any contract, right?

Can I just order the Verizon iPhone X, then cancel the Verizon account?

Do I need to wait until I receive the phone before cancelling? I know with AT&T, the iPhone's require you to enter your phone #, and the last 4 of your SSN before they'll work for the first time. Does Verizon do that too?

I'm planning on paying full price for the phone. Just want the qualcomm/CDMA version vs. the AT&T or T-Mobile version.
 

matthewv1227

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You’d need to become a new customer under BYOD and activate the sim they send (they’ll ask for your 8’s IMEI). i wouldn’t cancel until you have your X in hand. No contract, but may be faced with certain fees (upgrade, activation, etc. ). i would do their smallest plan possible for iphone when signing up. And because no contract... once you have the X in hand just call to cancel service.
 

EM2013

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You’d need to become a new customer under BYOD and activate the sim they send (they’ll ask for your 8’s IMEI). i wouldn’t cancel until you have your X in hand. No contract, but may be faced with certain fees (upgrade, activation, etc. ). i would do their smallest plan possible for iphone when signing up. And because no contract... once you have the X in hand just call to cancel service.
Yup you can bring your own device and they do charge a $30 activation fee.
 

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If I'm able to cancel it within 14 days, do they refund the $30 activation fee?

Also, anyone know if Verizon does a hard or soft credit pull? FICO is in the 800's, and would like it to stay there -- another hard pull might drop it a few points :(
 

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I asked three days ago at Verizon about buying the Pixel 2 XL outright since I didn't want a contract with them and the employee told me I needed to be put on a prepaid plan first. Then cancel it.

You are better off getting it at the Apple Store. That's an extra just trying to cancel a one-month plan from Verizon. There is an $30 activation fee, service fee of $20, taxes, and whatever cheapest plan ($35+) you want. You could end up paying nearly $100 extra.
 

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If I'm able to cancel it within 14 days, do they refund the $30 activation fee?

Also, anyone know if Verizon does a hard or soft credit pull? FICO is in the 800's, and would like it to stay there -- another hard pull might drop it a few points :(
It's a hard credit pull. It showed up on my report last year when I signed up.
 

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I asked three days ago at Verizon about buying the Pixel 2 XL outright since I didn't want a contract with them and the employee told me I needed to be put on a prepaid plan first. Then cancel it.

You are better off getting it at the Apple Store. That's an extra just trying to cancel a one-month plan from Verizon. There is an $30 activation fee, service fee of $20, taxes, and whatever cheapest plan ($35+) you want. You could end up paying nearly $100 extra.
Going to be very hard to find the black 256gb Verizon at Apple I'm guessing... Ugh, wish Apple didn't make this so hard!

Honestly, the hard pull of my credit is what's currently causing me quite a bit of hesitation.. I don't care about the few dollars extra -- I do care about my credit though.
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It's a hard credit pull. It showed up on my report last year when I signed up.
Crap. That's disappointing. :'(
 

Shadowbech

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Going to be very hard to find the black 256gb Verizon at Apple I'm guessing... Ugh, wish Apple didn't make this so hard!

Honestly, the hard pull of my credit is what's currently causing me quite a bit of hesitation.. I don't care about the few dollars extra -- I do care about my credit though.
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Crap. That's disappointing. :'(
Surely it will go down but then wouldn't your credit score go back up at some point? I don't think it's a huge point deduction.
 

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I asked three days ago at Verizon about buying the Pixel 2 XL outright since I didn't want a contract with them and the employee told me I needed to be put on a prepaid plan first. Then cancel it.

You are better off getting it at the Apple Store. That's an extra just trying to cancel a one-month plan from Verizon. There is an $30 activation fee, service fee of $20, taxes, and whatever cheapest plan ($35+) you want. You could end up paying nearly $100 extra.

Yeah not worth it. I was gonna do the exact same thing, I’m with T-Mobile right now but wanting a Qualcomm iPhone X, after some thoughts it’s just not worth the trouble. If the X takes a month to delivered are u gonna keep the Verizon account active for the entire time? I just gonna do preorder on the T-Mobile model this Friday. After all GSM is still the predominant network worldwide.
 

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Yeah not worth it. I was gonna do the exact same thing, I’m with T-Mobile right now but wanting a Qualcomm iPhone X, after some thoughts it’s just not worth the trouble. If the X takes a month to delivered are u gonna keep the Verizon account active for the entire time? I just gonna do preorder on the T-Mobile model this Friday. After all GSM is still the predominant network worldwide.
its a good way for them to secure Intel radio unit sales not offering sim-free and forcing you to fall in line with your carrier model, and lessen dependence until they can figure out how to put their own radios in there made by them.

I suspect they're in a similar predicament with Samsung being only OLED screens

and with Pixel 2 XL and V30 displays being tragically flawed, both made by LG, I think they're shackled to Samsung for a little
 

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Yup you can bring your own device and they do charge a $30 activation fee.
Do you know if the activation fee is for new verizon customers as well?
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Yeah not worth it. I was gonna do the exact same thing, I’m with T-Mobile right now but wanting a Qualcomm iPhone X, after some thoughts it’s just not worth the trouble. If the X takes a month to delivered are u gonna keep the Verizon account active for the entire time? I just gonna do preorder on the T-Mobile model this Friday. After all GSM is still the predominant network worldwide.
Is verizon ip0hone not GSM? Sorry what do you mean by Qualcomm iPhone X?
 

Zune55

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Verizon iPhone is both GSM and CDMA
T-mobile iPhone is only GSM
Isn’t better than your phone has 2 features CDMA & GSM? You will pay the same price for both? Does GSM/CDMA is little weak on signal side or something. Just wondering why you don’t want phone will dual features?
 

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Isn’t better than your phone has 2 features CDMA & GSM? You will pay the same price for both? Does GSM/CDMA is little weak on signal side or something. Just wondering why you don’t want phone will dual features?
Qualcomm = Verizon = one some ATT and TMo users wish they had

no downside to cdma+gsm in qualcomm vs gsm only in intel

Qualcomm believed to be a better chip but with software, on parity speed and reception wise

negligibly so many say others disagree
 
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Isn’t better than your phone has 2 features CDMA & GSM? You will pay the same price for both? Does GSM/CDMA is little weak on signal side or something. Just wondering why you don’t want phone will dual features?
Verizon iPhone is most wanted because it's much more versatile. Generally has a higher resale value too. Some reports claim that QUALCOMM iPhones (aka Verizon iPhones) have slightly faster data speeds. Reception strength is identical.
 
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Qualcomm = Verizon = one some ATT and TMo users wish they had

no downside to cdma+gsm in qualcomm vs gsm only in intel

Qualcomm believed to be a better chip but with software, on parity speed and reception wise

negligibly so many say others disagree
Thanks i really appreciate clearing up i am using iphone for long time but I never knew the info you shared. This is my first year I bought verizon iphone 8 and i really like its speed. Internet is fast too with Verizon network.
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Verizon iPhone is most wanted because it's much more versatile. Generally has a higher resale value too. Some reports claim that QUALCOMM iPhones (aka Verizon iPhones) have slightly faster data speeds. Reception strength is identical.
Glad i bought verizon iphone 8, thanks for the awesome info.
 
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Do you know if the activation fee is for new verizon customers as well?
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Is verizon ip0hone not GSM? Sorry what do you mean by Qualcomm iPhone X?
Qualcomm iphones suport both cdma and gsm.
 
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Do you know if the activation fee is for new verizon customers as well?
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Is verizon ip0hone not GSM? Sorry what do you mean by Qualcomm iPhone X?
Yes for new customers. I just switched to Verizon and they charged me an activation fee on my first bill.
 
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Yes for new customers. I just switched to Verizon and they charged me an activation fee on my first bill.
Did you call them to waive it since it's your new line/account with Verizon? I was told by bestbuy they will waive it.
 

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Did you call them to waive it since it's your new line/account with Verizon? I was told by bestbuy they will waive it.
No I didn’t call them about it so I don’t know if they do waive it.
 

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Yes for new customers. I just switched to Verizon and they charged me an activation fee on my first bill.
Build up some time with them and you'll get future fees back.

I've been with Verizon since my Nokia 5120 in 1998... and haven't paid an activation fee in forever. When I got my 8 Plus and iPad Pro 12.9 last month they charged me the $30 x2, and I called them up and requested an account credit.

"We want to thank you for your loyalty, that won't be a problem."

$60 bill credit was on this month's bill. :D
 

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Build up some time with them and you'll get future fees back.

I've been with Verizon since my Nokia 5120 in 1998... and haven't paid an activation fee in forever. When I got my 8 Plus and iPad Pro 12.9 last month they charged me the $30 x2, and I called them up and requested an account credit.

"We want to thank you for your loyalty, that won't be a problem."

$60 bill credit was on this month's bill. :D
I got the 8 plus as well when it was released and they didn’t charge me an activation fee this time, at least not on this upcoming bill.