IPhone 6 - Get at Apple Store?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thebeachbum, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. thebeachbum macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2012
    I'm upgrading to an IPhone 6 this week. I plan to get it from the Apple Store. Do I let them activate it on Verizon or should I make them leave it in the box and let Verizon activate it?

    Thanks for nay feedback, positive or negative.
  2. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

    Feb 6, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Will never understand this in America, in the UK we get the phone and can enjoy unboxing it ourselves.. :eek:
  3. kaielement macrumors 65816

    Dec 16, 2010
    No Apple will do all the activation. No need to take it to Verizon. Taking it to Verizon is a wasted unneeded step.

    P.S. if you haven't already you should look into the Edge program and do the math see if thats a better deal. In most cases it ends up being better to do Edge. Just a thought.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
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    Enough with the petty bickering. The posts that had people sniping at each other were removed.
  5. perkedel macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2014
    In America here... I do the same thing. I buy it from apple store, and take it home and unbox it myself.

    I'd just buy it from the apple store.
  6. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    If you're buying the phone outright, get the SIM free unlocked version. If you already have an active Verizon nano SIM, you should be able to pop it in and have it work.
  7. thebeachbum thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2012
    Appreciate the feedback. The Sales Rep at the Verizon store told me if I purchased the IPhone 6 at the Apple Store that I should not let them activate it. I should bring it to the Verizon store unopened. He stated it took them (Verizon) a half an hour to undo what the Apple Store would do and set up the phone. There is BS someplace. I'm smelling the Verizon Sales Rep on this one.
  8. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

    Feb 6, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Out of interest what needs setting up exactly? Do you not just put sim card into the phone then use it? :confused:
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Verizon employees probably get some bonus or commission based on activations.
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I suspect this is the reason or they want some type of activation charge.

    I always go to the Apple store and switch SIM myself.

    If something is wrong with the phone, I would much rather deal with Apple than the carrier.:rolleyes:
  11. abecker macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2008
    There's two ways of doing this:

    1) Buying the unlocked version: You will have to go to Verizon afterwards OR swap your existing nano sim into it.
    2) Buying the actual "Verizon" phone from them: They will likely require you to activate it in store. All they do is scan the barcodes on the bottom and you're good to go. You do NOT have to open it in store. However, keep in mind that you're existing phone will lose service when this happens. You do NOT need to go to Verizon afterwards.
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    If you are switching from another Verizon phone that has a nano-SIM (e.g. iPhone 5 or 5s), just have the Apple rep give you the phone without unboxing it. Take your SIM out and put it in the new phone before turning it on.

    If you are upgrading from an iPhone 4 or 4s, which has a micro-SIM, or an Android that does not have a nano-SIM, just make sure the Apple rep has scanned the bar code and "activated" the line. When you turn on the phone for the first time, it will activate the new SIM card.


    There is one case when you absolutely should not let the Apple Store rep open the box and activate the phone. That's if you are trying to preserve an unlimited data plan while still getting the subsidized price. It's called the "Best Buy" method from where it was first discovered to work.

    That involves ordering the upgrade, but then taking the new phone out of the box, KEEPING IT TURNED OFF, removing the SIM and throwing it away, and then inserting your original SIM from your old phone and THEN turning it on and letting it activate. Supposedly, as long as that new SIM never gets activated (which is why people recommend throwing it away), you will not lose your unlimited data plan. But if you let the rep (or anyone else) turn on the phone with the new SIM in it, it will update your account and convert your unlimited data into a mobile share plan with limited data.

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