GOOD NEWS !!! U Can Use In-Store Pickup to Buy "Device Only" (backwards process tho)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pat.micunnis, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. pat.micunnis, Sep 30, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2013

    pat.micunnis macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2013
    just picked up my Verizon 5s device only phone through in-store pick-up...
    I'm currently an AT&T customer...

    1) I selected "create new account" & entered my information. Then placed my order.

    2) I went to the store to "pick up" the phone. NOTE: this will sign you up for a new Verizon account. And will activate the phone.

    3) The specialist will then return the device. My specialist was kind enough to call Verizon support to ensure my device is deactivated.

    4) Wait 5 minutes -- this will put the phone back into the store inventory & make the phone available for sale again

    5) Specialist will then ring you up for the new phone as device only

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  2. henryonapple macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2012
    are people opening up new lines? or upgrading their existing line and then returning it? seems like a lot of trouble if it's the later.
  3. pat.micunnis thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2013
    Open up a new line - so it doesn't mess up your current line.
  4. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    Its run your credit tho bc it asks for SSN

    edit...I dont have Verizon but I want the Verizon unlocked phone...if I open a new line Ill have to cancel the contract and pay ETF tho..?
  5. s54 macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    Yeah, I would also like to know if it matters whether I open a new line with Verizon or upgrade my existing line?
  6. byeehaaw macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2007
    New York, NY
    not sure if this is true.. i tried it last week when personal pickup was available and they were not able to do this for me. I used to work at an apple store and this was considered an online purchase. When returned, it does not go to store inventory. i would say YYMV. I also take that with a grain of salt since they also claimed they were not selling their iphones device only on that day (Roosevelt Field, Garden city NY location). what a bummer too i had a 16gb Gold ATT model... sigh
  7. pat.micunnis thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2013
    I updated my original post with "instructions." My specialist called Verizon support when he was returning the phone -- he confirmed with the Verizon agent that 1) No Activation fee is charged, 2) no ETF
  8. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2011
    About to do this tomorrow, will add to the post and see how things went! I have a order placed for a Verizon iPhone 5S on 2 yr term, going to use your method and see how things play out
  9. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
  10. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2005
    FYI both stores in Long Island, NY refused to do this process.
  11. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2011
    Had the absolute best experience possible,
    - Ordered last night for "In Store Pickup" on new account through Verizon
    - Paid, was told that I might have to pay deposit etc etc as I'm Canadian (So no credit check actually went through cause I had to do everything in the store as thats what the apple site told me while I was placing the order)
    - got email this morning its ready
    - walked into store
    - told genius I would like to pay full price here and now
    - He went back for 2 mins, came back with iPhone and told me the other order will be cancelled, Took my CC, I signed and walked out of the store with my full price paid Verizon Silver 5S! all within matter of 12mins total max (I was in a rush already and it just worked out perfectly)
  12. pat.micunnis thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2013
    Was I right on the money? To all the naysayers that it can't be done...or too much trouble.
  13. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2011

    Yup, I mean there was no way I was going to be able to walk into the Apple Store [those of you doubting can check other threads of people complaining about being denied full price purchase of iPhone 5S] and demand a iPhone without having one already ordered.

    So those of you that are having trouble, his advise is what I do recommend.
  14. bottled macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    Tried this method today but did not work. Their excuse was that if they return it, the device goes back on the shelf for the next person who wants to reserve it. The guy was nice enough to ask 3 other reps but all told him no. Only way is to get a ticket at 7AM.
  15. amdhunter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2013
    It's also a great way to drop your credit score by 5-10 points. Some people are simply retarded. It's not worth instant gratification to have a hard credit hit -- for a phone.
  16. romeo.xk macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    It works, if they do not want to do it at your store, just let them "sale you the phone, and after they have open the box, tell them you want to return it, and buy it at full price, since at that point they will not be able to sell it to anyone else, they might as well resale it to you...

    In the pass 10 days they have had to re sale me 2 of my phones, one because they were not paying attention and did a return on the wrong phone, so they had to re sale it to me, and the other one was for an online reservation I did for a swap.

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