Can I buy an iPhone if not primary?

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  1. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    My wife is the primary name on the ATT account. Can I upgrade to a 3GS? Do I need to bring her along ? Apple store or Att store?
  2. cj50505050 macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    As long as you are eligible, know info such as the last four of her SSN# and the like I assume you would be fine.
    I'm not the primary account holder on mine either but i upgraded just fine.
  3. citron230 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    I think you have to be an authorized person to make changes to the account if you aren't the primary.
    My dad tried to buy an iPhone last year on my moms business account. He waited in line with me for 4 hours and when we got inside they wouldn't let him buy it because he was not authorized to make changes to the main account. Needless to say he was pissed.
  4. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    I was at the Apple Store this morning, and they were announcing that you HAD to be the primary in order to buy it.

    My GF is out of town, and is the primary account holder, so I ALMOST just left, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

    The girl I ended up working with was really cool and she didn't give a ****, she just said "this never happened".

    So hopefully it'll be cool like that for you.
  5. chhhrrriiisss macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    My mother added me as a primary on my att account last year and everything went smooth. I would just have whoever is the primary call att and add you.
  6. Scorch07 macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2007
    Wow you're lucky. The same thing happened to me... except they did care... I stood in line for 2 hours for no reason. Luckily, the AT&T store across the street had some in stock and the line wasn't too too bad there. The problem was my mom is "authorized," but apparently the Apple store can't do it with authorized people, they wanted the guy whose name is on the bill. The ATT store was able to do it with her though. Still... that was an extra almost 2 hours I didn't really need to wait for.

    Bottom line, it would be a risk to try it at an Apple store, you may get lucky, may not. The att store can help you out though, IF you are authorized on the account to make changes.
  7. boofat macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2009
    Authorized Required at Apple Store

    Just experienced this today at International Mall Tampa, FL Apple Store. You must be the primary account holder if you are upgrading your Iphone or if you are adding a line to an account. You can circumvent this by purchasing at the ATT store. However, none of the ATT sotres in my area have the phone in stock.:mad:
  8. lavinci macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2009
    At Apple, you have to have the primary account holder present at the time of purchase.

    At AT&T, you can be an authorized user and do the purchase.
  9. pmbooks macrumors regular


    May 23, 2005
    Another question: when adding another iphone into the family [plan], is there an additional $30 per month for the second iphone on top of the additional family plan cost?
  10. RKilbane20 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    What ever you family plan price is add 30 dollars to that. If you have to iphones you have to have 2 separate iphone data plans. So 60 dollars.

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