Can you leave the apple store with the phone not activated?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nhamp07, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. nhamp07 macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2011
    hearing different answers from apple. anyone ever done it.
  2. DarkSel macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2012
    Not unless you buy the unlocked T-Mobile version.
  3. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    Let them know the situation beforehand and see what they say.
  4. nhamp07 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2011
    Just chatted with someone else.:

    Now Chatting with Hope

    Welcome to U.S. Apple Online Store! My name is Hope; How may I assist you today?

    Im wondering about activation.

    can I buy a phone for my wife as a surprise and the phone not leave the store activated?

    Hey there, carriers send the iPhone partially activated and then rest of the activation takes place with you at your home.

    this is the same as buying it in the store?

    That is correct.

    so theoretically i can leave the store with my phone activated and hers not.

    When upgrading?

    It will be activated partially, but she will need to connect to iTunes or WiFi to complete the setup.

    will her current phone still work?

    it wouldnt be a surprise if her phone still worked

    her birthday is in a week

    Yes, her current iPhone will work until the new iPhone is setup.

    ok great thank you so much. i feel confident going in line soon. haha

    thanks again

    You are most welcome and I am sure she will love your surprise. :)

  5. Squeak825 macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2007
    Don't believe it. They have to tie it to a number in their system and it will shut down the other phone. I tried the same thing last year and even got them to agree to not open the phone in the store but the systems still transferred it when they scanned it to sell.

    Best option is to have it shipped from apple or from the carrier.
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If you buy it unlocked you can leave with it unactivated. Otherwise it needs to be activated immediately.

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