Is Cash Cool?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BlondeBuddhist, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. BlondeBuddhist macrumors 6502a

    BlondeBuddhist

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    This might be a stupid question, but bear with me..

    When pre-orders started I saw that you needed a credit card to do so. I currently use a pre-paid Visa credit card, and was able to "pre-order" through Best Buy with no issue.

    I am wondering if you can purchase the iPhone from ATT with just cold hard cash. Seems like a silly question. To clarify: Cash is cool? Credit Cards were only needed to pre-order?

    Blonde Buddhist
     
  2. Iphoneness macrumors 6502

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    You can use cash at AT&T but only cards at Apple stores.
    I went to the Apple store a couple months ago to buy an iPhone with cash and they wouldn't let me and went down the street to AT&T and paid $655 cash for one.
     
  3. lorenwade macrumors 68000

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    I would call and ask because I've heard the exact opposite. My friend was a denied a preorder for having only cash at AT&T, but Apple took his money. Best to call and find out.
     
  4. Iphoneness macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, good point. Different stores have different policies a lot of times.
     
  5. BlondeBuddhist thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Im not talking pre-orders, Im talking Launch day.

    I can understand a card needed pre-ordering, because they just charge it once they have them.
     
  6. PorterRocks macrumors 6502

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    The 1st gen iPhone is the only one that I've paid cash for from an Apple store. I guess I haven't exactly tried to pay cash with the last 2 iPhones. But, there ya go...:confused:
     
  7. iManny macrumors newbie

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    Cash should be fine at At&t, and cash will work at apple, but they will make you buy a apple gift card first and then buy it with the gift card.
     
  8. lorenwade macrumors 68000

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    Right and I understand what you mean. I was only trying to give some insight, not an answer. The only true answer you will get is when you call. ;)
     
  9. BlondeBuddhist thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's all good. :) - Just deciding if I should bother taking the cash off my prepaid credit card or not. Personally I think it will work, since the money is guaranteed.

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  10. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a

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    People were not allowed to get iPad's with cash from Apple. However, one woman changed that when she attempted this and was told no by an Apple store. After she went to the press Apple changed there policy (and gave her one for free).

    http://www.newmaconline.com/buyers-can-now-pay-cash-for-ipads_2010-06-01/

    So I think what goes for iPad also goes for iPhone. Plus for iPhone they need your social security number and name (for the at&t phone service), so I would assume that will take care of tracking customers, for the "no more than 2 per customer" policy. iPad's on the other hand you could have purchased one without giving Apple that info, since no data plan is or was required.
     
  11. BlondeBuddhist thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    not sure what your getting at but, AT&T already has my Social Security number, and name for that matter?
     
  12. lorenwade macrumors 68000

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    Yes but wouldn't it suck if they said they didn't accept cash? ;) My AT&T doesn't accept cash whatsoever.
     
  13. CaCohen0509 macrumors regular

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    I have a similar question. Can you pay in cash and then the difference on your credit/debit card?
     
  14. BlondeBuddhist thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am going to have the amount I need in cash as well as on my pre-paid credit card. by "the money is guaranteed" i mean on a prepaid Credit Card. By having both I believe Im covered. How a company doesn't accept cash for anything is beyond me? It's nearly unbelievable. Just paid my bill in cash at said store on Friday.

    Blonde Buddhist
     
  15. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Debit cards give me points, and thats a few extra points for me when buying the iPhone :)
     
  16. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    Exactly what happened to me on 3GS Launch Day.

    I had come directly from selling my 3G, and had cash. They asked me to buy a gift card, which I then used to buy my 3GS. No biggie.
     
  17. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    With an iPhone you are buying a 2 year contract. Cash is the last choice for a long time commitment. Debit cards are only a litte better. Can't blame them.
     
  18. youssefm macrumors 6502

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    AT&T will be accepting cash, and credit cards on launch day, for walk-ins. I haven't called and asked at the apple store
     
  19. lorenwade macrumors 68000

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    That works. But why are you torturing yourself? One call... and that's all! Hahahaha. :confused:

    Every store is different. Mine has a strict no-cash policy!

    Just trying to help you guys out... I wouldn't want someone to not be able to get their phone!
     
  20. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    This is what they will do.

    Last year, I wanted to use two cards for my phone since I was paying $499 for it. They made me put the amount on a gift card then as well.
     
  21. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    I wouldve assumed they would do the whole "Create an Apple account thing"
     
  22. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    If people don't have a credit card or a debit card, they can take their cash to 7-Eleven or other stores and get a prepaid credit card. They work perfectly at Apple or AT&T. I would do this over chancing them refusing cash.
     
  23. Dj BW macrumors regular

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    I paid cash for an apple gift card and paid for my iphone online. no problems
     
  24. BlondeBuddhist thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome. I have a pre-paid Visa with $315 on it. Not a gift card either. It's an actual credit card I had to activate online. I used it at best-buy to "pre-order" and it worked fine. The AT&T store is across the street from BB and I will be showing up around 4 a.m.

    Blonde Buddhist
     

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