Free Iphone?? :-/

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  1. CiccioAtSea macrumors regular

    CiccioAtSea

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    I preordered my iPhone and picked it up in store on launch day, credit card has not been charged yet.

    What do you think? Is it normal?

    Thanks
     
  2. Aibocyrus macrumors 6502a

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    Well... if you ordered it online and picked it up in store are you positive your card was not charged immediately? Plus if you're on installments then of course your card would not have been charged more than $50 or $60
     
  3. CiccioAtSea thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just bought the phone at full price, my card was supposed to be charged as soon as I stepped outside the store and total to be paid is 829 €

    Monday morning arrived, money are still on my account.
     
  4. Aibocyrus macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not even going to lie to you, if it was me, I would just shrug it off. You did everything right. If the employee messed up or the CC company messed up, it isn't on you. you have nothing to feel guilty for. just take it lol
     
  5. CiccioAtSea thread starter macrumors regular

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    Moreover the end of the month is coming and I usually reach the limit of the plafond on this card as it is the one I normally use for small, daily expenses...

    I also received my invoice by email and it states "this invoice has been paid with Visa/MasterCard" so apparently the transaction is closed for them
     
  6. rarebeauty macrumors 6502

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    Something similar happened to me a few years ago but at the AT&T store. It was when the Next plans first started. I paid the tax for a gold iPhone 5S and was expecting to be billed every month for the remainder. They never billed me. So I pretty much got a brand new 5S for $50 lol.
     
  7. brianric macrumors regular

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    I walked out of the Apple Store last Friday with a free 7 Plus 128 GB Gold, a case, and a $50 gift card. The AUP was botched this year, spent over 3.5 hours between getting my 6S Plus removed from my iCloud account, getting Citizen One loan approved, trying repeatably for Verizon to activate the phone, then Apple couldn't print the receipt. At that point the manager said I had a free phone.
     
  8. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    It will be charged eventually. When I pre-ordered my Apple Watch the amount showed up in my pending charges but then it showed again in my available funds. It wasn't until a few days after I had received my Apple Watch that my card was charged again and the money left my account.
     
  9. UnluckyXIII macrumors 6502

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    I would hold off for a few days, possible delay in processing the transaction. Hopefully you get lucky and you don't get charged :)
     
  10. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a

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    no it isn't .. your card is being hacked from italy by the mafia... go complain to your bank, FBI, etc.
     
  11. CiccioAtSea thread starter macrumors regular

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    So Mafia would be hacking my bank account to give me a free phone?
    mmm... seems legit... :)
     
  12. CiccioAtSea thread starter macrumors regular

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    It never appeared in my movements, not even as a preauthorization; no updates yet
     
  13. nyfliiboy macrumors regular

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    You will be charged eventually whether it's now or not.
     
  14. mbsaeger macrumors 6502

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    Same thing happened to me when they started the next plans.. I waited months and even called about it and no one could figure it out so therefore free phone. Wonder how many phones they gave away?
     
  15. rarebeauty macrumors 6502

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    Now that I think about it, I called and asked about it as well they told me that they had no record of me ever starting a Next Plan and they were baffled. They probably gave away quite a few phones before catching the error lol.
     
  16. CiccioAtSea thread starter macrumors regular

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    Actually she scanned the barcode on the confirmation email that I showed her and that was it..

    she did non even bother asking me my ID nor the Credit Card used for the reservation, but the email clearly stated that she was supposed to ask me both.
     
  17. Aibocyrus macrumors 6502a

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    Yea. When I worked at AT&T apple caused the most problems for fraud on other people's accounts because they don't do everything they are supposed to in order to verify identities
     
  18. myvoip07 macrumors member

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    You may or maybe lucky. Since you pre-order it and provided all the CC details along with address etc.. Apple still has all your information stored with them. They may charged you eventually or maybe not.
     
  19. Mooseiah macrumors member

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    Says right on the contract they emailed me that you won't be billed the initial amount for 3 business days. It's been a single business day since you picked up the phone, and it's possible with the volume of new contracts it will take even longer. I picked mine up Saturday and have also not been billed, unsurprisingly.

    Right now if I got to check on my upgrade eligibility I do get this message for my 7+:

    "It looks like you've already paid off this iPhone. Good news. This iPhone is yours to keep. You can purchase a new iPhone with the iPhone Upgrade Program at any time, or go back to check the eligibility status of a different iPhone."

    But my receipt reflects a loan number with Citizens One, and the $1175.52 I have financed with them. I would expect within 5-10 business days everything will settle in, we will be billed, and everything will reflect properly. I would not bet on getting a free phone.
     
  20. CiccioAtSea thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is ok, and I actually ordered my phone wishing to pay for it, on September.

    But what if, for example, they remember about me let's say in December, when I use my card a lot and I need my plafond to be fully available? Or if it happens while I'm traveling? 869€ on a plafond of 2500/month in a quite good percentage..

    Of course I have other cards, but I don't like to have this thing "pending" on my account.

    I'll probably call apple if nothing happens in the next days... but I can't stop asking myself if I should just keep the phone..

    Any honest advice would be appreciated,
    Thanks
     
  21. weeman macrumors 6502

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    Is your phone activated yet? I bought my phone on Friday and didn't get charged til I activated it yesterday. Preordered online just like you too.
     
  22. Arnezie macrumors 65816

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    It's the Polish mafia
     
  23. Switchback666 macrumors 68000

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    the charge will show up, the apple store works likes the itunes store in that regard, i think they save quite a few bucks on processing fees with the merchant by doing it in batches and not charge you right away and paying the fee for each individual transaction but im not really sure on that.
     
  24. CiccioAtSea thread starter macrumors regular

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    Writing from my iPhone 7 right now.. activated straight out of the shop on launch day :)
     
  25. CiccioAtSea thread starter macrumors regular

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    Maybe you're right, thanks.
    We'll see
     

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