Can't buy AT&T iPhone without an account?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iTinker, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. iTinker macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    From what I'm seeing Apple will not sell me an AT&T iPhone without being an AT&T customer. Is that correct?

    In the past I've been able to just buy the T-Mobile model and put my AT&T (or AT&T MVNO) SIM in it but this year I want to get the actual AT&T model because it has the extra LTE band 30. It seems like this isn't something they allow though.

    It seems kind of strange that I am wiling to pay full price for the phone but they won't sell it to me unless I either provide a current AT&T account or sign up for a new one. My issue is I just switched to Cricket last week and am using the Cricket SIM in my locked AT&T iPhone 6 right now with no problem, but if I had known I needed an AT&T account to buy the AT&T iPhone 6S I would have just waited a week before porting my number away from AT&T... seems kind of ridiculous that if I kept my AT&T account I could have bought the phone and then immediately canceled the AT&T account but since I did that a week ago I now can't buy the AT&T phone.
  2. OrionsByte macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2015
    AT&T wants your phone service more than it wants to sell you a phone.

    Why not just buy from the Apple Store? LTE band 30 is exclusive to the AT&T network and it's not even up in running in most places yet, so if you're on Cricket now I have no idea why you'd need that extra band.
  3. iTinker thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    Apparently the only thing you can buy from the Apple Store right now is the T-Mobile phone unless you have service with one of the other providers. Cricket is AT&T so it will use LTE band 30.
  4. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    It's so obvious people take phones back and forth between T-Mobile and AT&T. I don't know why Apple had to cause this difficulty/confusion regarding band 30.
  5. techstyle macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2013
    Bay Area
    buy it under a friends account who has AT&T.
  6. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Just get the T-Mobile model. The iPhone 7 will be out before Band 30 is widely utilized.
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I am betting it will be iPhone 8. The T-Mo phone will be just fine for now.

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