Can you preorder online on Apple or ATT if you don't have a SSN?

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  1. rugox macrumors regular

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    Just as the title says, my friend is staying in the States for awhile and he doesn't have a SSN. Can he still preorder it online?
     
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Does he have an account with an American carrier?
     
  3. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    If you are ordering through Apple for AT&T, they will require the SSN to check your plan eligibility and give you the subsidized pricing.
     
  4. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    No. However, he would be able to purchase a no contract iPhone 5 when they are available.

    The SSN is used to run a credit check before setting up a post-paid contract and providing you with a discounted iPhone.

    Dave
     
  5. rugox thread starter macrumors regular

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    He doesn't have an account with any American carriers. Iphone 5 would be his first phone. I saw that you do need an SSN to check the eligibility on the apple site, but what about ATT?
     
  6. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

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    Apple site checks for AT&T that would mean that AT&T checks as well.
     
  7. soleilvie macrumors member

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    If I'm porting a number from AT&T to Verizon, do you know if I will need to enter the account owner's SSN? I'm not the account owner but I am an authorized user. Just wondering if I'll need to ask my friend for his SSN.
     
  8. Bugdozer macrumors member

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    Yes, I did a mock sale as we are porting numbers fom AT&T to Verizon. It needed account holders social security number and drivers license number as well as password o the account.
     
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  10. teamjaycub macrumors 6502

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    If you are just upgrading an existing line, do you just need the last 4?
     
  11. i-John macrumors 6502a

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    ALL subsided iPhones require a contract, so yes they ALL check your SSN.

    Only option is full price.
     
  12. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    I Think... Someone confirm.
     
  13. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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  14. teamjaycub macrumors 6502

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    Yea, pretty sure now at most you will need last 4 of SSN if you are a current customer.
     
  15. SenseiPhone macrumors regular

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    Ask him to buy in full price without commitment, contract or whatsover.
     
  16. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    If his friend doesn't live in the States and is just going for a visit how/why would he have an account with an American carrier? (Don't you think the OP would've mentioned that?)

    What choice would he have other than purchasing full price and off contract?
     
  17. dchao macrumors 6502a

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    If you are an US resident, you can use your SSN to buy an on-contract phone. Once you get the phone , terminate the contract and pay the ETF. You give your phone to your friend, and he/she pay you $199+ETF. If its an AT&T phone, your friend need to unlock it when taking it out of the US. :cool:
     

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