Can the Apple store perform an upgrade swap?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sofakng, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. sofakng macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    My wife is eligible for an upgrade but doesn't want one so I'm going to use her upgrade eligibility to buy myself the iPhone 5.

    From what I've read, I need to order the phone under her phone line but then call AT&T to activate it on my line.

    However, if I want to buy the iPhone 5 from the Apple store, can they do this or do I need to buy it online so I can activate it at home using the 1-800 number myself?
  2. iphone46 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2011
    No. The apple store cannot do this. If there's an AT&T store close to you do that instead or call AT&T when the phone gets there if you order online.
  3. sofakng thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008

    Is it possible to purchase the iPhone 5 at the Apple store but not activate it? (i.e. can I take the iPhone to an AT&T store and activate it?)
  4. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    Gone are the days when the Apple Store had to activate your phone on the spot when you bought it. You can bring home the phone, still shrink wrapped, and activate with AT&T over the phone. Still, the best advice might be to stop at an AT&T Store on the way home and have them go through it in the store in the event that something crazy happens and you end up needing a new SIM due to activation sequence issues.
  5. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    I suspect by ordering (2) online via apple pre-order that I can activate one legit, and then do a swap activation by calling AT&T.

    I.E. my sons and wife's are eligible, mine is not. I will activate my sons with my account- he is getting my 4S.

    Correct? Never done this either.
    Or, I can just mozy on over to AT&T brick and mortar.
  6. sofakng thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    The reason I'm asking is because it sounds like the iPhone 5 will ship on next Friday (9/21) which means we won't receive it until Saturday (9/22).

    However, if you can pre-order and reserve for in-store pickup (is this possible??) then you can get it on Friday (9/21), right?
  7. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    no. It will arrive on the 21st. The carriers get the phones and hold them until the 21st for delivery.
  8. sofakng thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    Doesn't it say "Ships September 21st" ? (So I'd think deliver would be the next day)

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