? How to buy an iPhone at Full Retail

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Wicked1, May 26, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I was thinking of getting the new iPhone 4 in White 16GB model, but if I go to AT&T and buy one, they reduce the price from $699.00 to $499.00 so I save only 4200 and that puts me in a new contract for 2 years?

    I thought you could buy a phone out of contract at full retail???
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    what are you saying? they wont sell you one for $699 out of contract?
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Um, the OP is in the U.S. We dont do that here.
  4. Norouzi macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'm not sure about buying from AT&T but I know you can buy an iPhone without contract direct from Apple. My parents got my brother an iPhone 4 for Christmas last year and he was between upgrades.
  5. iFiend macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2011
    They are applying early upgrade pricing to you if they are giving you that deal.

    Go to Apple and tell them you want to buy an iPhone 4 without upgrading your contract.
  6. Carl G35c macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2008
    you are supposed to be able to that anywhere that sells iphones... go to another att store if possible
  7. MaskedCarrot macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2009
    Northern VA
    I work for AT&T and I can sell we do NOT sell iPhones without a contract. There is actually policy regarding that.

    The OP will need to goto an Apple store to buy it out right.
  8. dennisjr631 macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2009
    I don't know about AT&T but I've purchased 2 outright from Verizon.
  9. EvoKnvl macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    Just go to Apple or Best buy and tell them you want to buy the phone without contract. 16GB is $599. Interestedly enough, I went to AT&T and they were going to charge me $649 for one with no contract. Go figure...
  10. iFiend macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2011

    That's why I said go to Apple. They'll have zero problems taking your cash ;)
  11. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Or tell AT&T you lost your old phone, and then they will sell you one without touching your contract.
  12. mltaylor macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    All you have to do is go in to ATT and say you would like to buy an iPhone as a gift. They will discourage you because the price will be ridiculous out of contract but you say you don't care and BLAM there is your new phone.
  13. iFiend macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2011
    Or, as I said several times, go to Apple, and save yourself $50
  14. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    This assumes OP is close to an Apple store, depending on how far an AT&T store is vs an Apple store, OP may be better off paying $50 offset time, gas, etc. Either way works, though.
  15. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Was that price with tax?
  16. mltaylor macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    Gees...okay. He mentioned ATT so I mentioned ATT.
  17. iFiend macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2011
    Whoops, sorry! Meant to put a ":)" after my statement. I wasn't trying to be a jerk! :eek:
  18. mltaylor macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    Oh ok Gotcha :p
  19. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    I think you can buy a contract-free iPhone at full retail price from just about anywhere except for AT&T. Go to Apple, Best Buy, Fry's, pretty much any store that carry's the iPhone should sell it to you.

    But then again.. don't quote me on that, I've never actually tried it. It's just what I've heard from many people.
  20. ann713 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2008
    The only store that will permit you to buy the phone, with absolutely no obligations, is the Apple store.
  21. Hanwei macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2011
    Cambridge, MA
    This is not so. I've purchased phones at full retail many times in the past with NO obligations straight from Verizon. VZW has no problem selling phones without contract at full retail. :)
  22. ann713 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2008
    We are still talking about the iPhone right? I guess you were in luck. I tried Best Buy, Target and numerous of times at ATT to no avail.
  23. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    If you go to a corporate AT&T store they will sell you a iPhone 4 at the non-commit price IF and only IF you have a current account with them.
  24. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    I don't know about third party shops, but read above as ATT will sell you one as well.
  25. Pmpman macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2010
    I work for Best Buy Mobile, and I can tell you unequivocally that you CAN buy any phone you want for the outright price, including the iPhone 3gs and 4 ($549,$599,$699 respectively).

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