Getting sprint iphone4s on monday need help.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kevinbomb123, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. kevinbomb123 macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
    Hi, well i'm going to be picking up my first iphone on monday i will be picking up the iphone 4s 16 gig with sprint now my question is. Are these devices readily available or are they sold out everywhere. My second and last question is on the day of my purchase do i pay the $200 fee plus the first months contract plan? Thanks for your time.
  2. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I would call the place you plan on buying it from. Last statistic I read said the phones are sold out at 75% of places. Whether you fall into that category is a complete guess. You will pay the $200 contract price for the phone as well as an activation fee (if you fight it they may waive it, especially if you happen to be a new customer).
  3. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I purchased a 32GB 4S just a few weeks ago through Sprint. Then, they were not readily available. Not sure how it is now as far as demand. Anyway, you pay only for the phone upfront. You'll be taxed on 649.00, retail price of the 16GB. The activation fee of $36 will be charged on your next bill statement along with your chosen plan plus any proration if your a prior Sprint customer. Lastly, they will offer you Apple Care Plus. I was told you have to purchase this at time you purchase your 4S. You have 14 days to cancel it through Sprint. But you cannot, I was told, later purchase Apple Care Plus if you change your mind. Apple Care Plus gets charged on your next bill along with the activation fee and selected plan.

    Good Luck!
  4. scaredpoet, Dec 2, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2011

    scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Couple of corrections on the above post:

    1. What amount of tax you pay depends on what state you're in. Some (like mine, NJ) will charge you tax on what you paid for the phone. So if you are eligible for the new line/upgrade price, you pay the tax on that, not the full unsubsidized price.

    Other states do assess tax on the full, unsubsidized price, so you'll have to check with the retailer you're going to to see what tax they will assess.

    2. Apple's updated policy is that you have 30 days from the purchase date of the phone to buy AppleCare+. It used to be that you had to buy it on the spot;this is no longer the case.

    iPhone 4S models are still not readily available. So, don't expect that you can just walk into the store and guaranteed you'll walk out with the exact iPhone 4S you want, if any 4S at all. If you're buying from the Apple Store, you won't have much luck getting anything on a Monday morning, but you can try checking out their inventory and reserving one the night before. Best Buy, Sprint stores or other retailers, you'll just have to ask them about their stock and availability.
  5. Eager Beaver macrumors 6502a

    Eager Beaver

    Sep 28, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    Why? Sprint has the slowest internet speeds on the continent, why would you go with them?
  6. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    You'll pay for the phone, when you order it, or buy it.

    You'll get your first bill later. A lot of times Sprint waits a full cycle, so you aren't billed the first month, but the following. That means that bill is also higher than usual.
  7. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    Must be your location / opinion. I get pretty fast speeds where I am.
  8. Mr. PoopyPants macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2011
    First question: I walked in to an Apple Store back on November 22nd without reserving or pre-ordering and was able to pick up a 64 GB on Verizon within 15 minutes. I hear that carrier stores are very much hit and miss; your best bet is probably with the Apple Store.

    Second question: Assuming you're already a customer with an existing smartphone and supporting data plan, if you buy at the Apple Store, you pay for the phone and the tax at the time of purchase. Carrier will bill you for the plan separately. If not, I'm unsure as to what Sprint's specific policy is on billing cycles.
  9. dmusicman385 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    New York
    Not sure where you got this? I live on Long Island and have no issues. I work in NYC and at times notice it to be slow however Sprint beat Verizon in overall speed on iPhone 4s in NYC, so I am not concerned.
  10. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    Yeah, it varies a lot by location. Speeds are fine in the Seattle area, too.
  11. MarkWithSprint macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    If you haven't purchased the phone yet, I would be happy to set up an order for you. Most orders I have placed for the phone recently have been received a little after 24 hours. You can contact me via email
  12. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    About a week or so ago when I got mine... in San Antonio, Apple stores were sold out and Best Buy wouldn't answer their phone. The first Sprint store I called had 5 black 32GB in stock.
  13. SporkLover macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2011
    Call your local Sprint Stores, and Sprint 3rd Party Stores.

    I walked right in and purchased mine. It was an impulse buy..
  14. BiggAW macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    It doesn't sound like the OP is stuck on a family or work plan with Sprint, so he/she should get AT&T. AT&T has the fastest iPhone, and simultaneous voice and data, and, depending on where you are, a tie for best coverage with Verizon.
  15. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Price could be a huge factor.
  16. hexspeed macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2009
    Sprint store availability

    Was walking through the big mall on the north side of Columbus OH and Sprint store had a sign outside saying "iPhones Available". Have also seen similar signs at near-by Radio Shacks and Sprint affiliates. Already have mine so didn't bother to check on which models / colors they had.

    Although OP didn't seem to care about AT&T, their store in the same mall also had 4s in stock. Didn't ask at the Apple store -- too crowded this time of year.

    At least around here, there doesn't appear to be any shortage of new iPhones.

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