iPhone Payment/Installment "Activation"

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by goblutes, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. goblutes macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2014
    #1
    Looking to get an unlocked iPhone 7 with the Qualcomm modem (A1660/A1661). I'd prefer not to have to pay outright, so I am considering the payment/installment plan through Apple.

    As best as I can glean, if you buy the phone with the payment option on the website (apple.com), then you must activate the phone with a carrier. However, if you buy in stores, the fine print seems to suggest that you do not have to activate the phone with a carrier.

    You can read the details here:

    https://www.apple.com/legal/sales-support/iphoneinstallments_us/

    1b reads:

    Wireless Service Activation. If purchased on apple.com, the Financed iPhone requires activation on a new or existing wireless service plan with an eligible carrier under the carrier’s terms, and may be subject to an additional fee charged by your carrier.


    I take this to mean that carrier activation is not require if purchased in store.

    Given my preference for the Qualcomm modem and an unlocked phone, then I need to get the Verizon version.

    Can anyone help me confirm or deny this?
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

    Applejuiced

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Location:
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    #2
    I believe if you do the monthly payment plan with Apple you have to activate it with an active line.
    And if you want the verizon iphone 7 version you will have to have a verizon account.
     
  3. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502

    Nick11Mac

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Location:
    Petaluma, CA
    #3
    They ask who your carrier is and activate it in the store.
     
  4. goblutes thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2014
    #4
    So i could get a prepaid verizon sim card and be good to go?
    --- Post Merged, Nov 26, 2016 ---
    Is there a difference between the sim-free unlocked phone and the verizon unlocked phone?
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

    Applejuiced

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Location:
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    #5
    Or you could go in with someone that has verizon activate it and then take out the sim card and replace it.
    Not sure if that's a viable solution.
    I believe the Verizon and the current sim free is the same device.
     
  6. goblutes thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2014
    #7
  7. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502

    Nick11Mac

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Location:
    Petaluma, CA
    #8
    Sorry, I misunderstood. Best wishes.
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

    Applejuiced

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Location:
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    #9

    Im confused.
    Do you want to buy it using the payment plan or buy it full price?
     
  9. goblutes thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2014
    #10
    I'm considering the payment/installment plan rather than the upgrade plan. They are two different things. Though my preference for one rather than the other may be misguided.

    If I wanted to buy it outright, there would be no question: buy the sim-free version.
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

    Applejuiced

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Location:
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    #11
    I thought they were the same thing.
    You can update a year later and trade in for the new iPhone or just continue to make the payments till you pay it off.
    Isn't that the Payment plan by Apple?
    Im confused.
     

Share This Page