Just lost my new iphone 4 & very sad.

Cnnz

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My parents just bought me my first smartphone, the iphone 4. I'm staying(as a student) in a pretty upscale condo alone, and I'm a freshman in college. However I stupidly left my car unlocked and got my iphone 4 stolen, surprisingly. My dad called at&t and apple, and apple blocked the phone from use and I'm getting a new sim card from at&t tomorrow for my old non-smartphone.

I also have a friend here that I met and he works at apple. Is there anyyyyyy way I could buy an iphone 4 with the renewal contract price? I just got the iphone and renewed the contract in the first week of August. Would there be any way apple would be kind enough to allow me to buy the iphone for a special contract price(we only paid 50$ with 2 year contract). I'm willing to pay 100-300$ or possibly 400$ for it. But I really don't want to shell out 600$ for it..
 

acorntoy

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My parents just bought me my first smartphone, the iphone 4. I'm staying(as a student) in a pretty upscale condo alone, and I'm a freshman in college. However I stupidly left my car unlocked and got my iphone 4 stolen, surprisingly. My dad called at&t and apple, and apple blocked the phone from use and I'm getting a new sim card from at&t tomorrow for my old non-smartphone.

I also have a friend here that I met and he works at apple. Is there anyyyyyy way I could buy an iphone 4 with the renewal contract price? I just got the iphone and renewed the contract in the first week of August. Would there be any way apple would be kind enough to allow me to buy the iphone for a special contract price(we only paid 50$ with 2 year contract). I'm willing to pay 100-300$ or possibly 400$ for it. But I really don't want to shell out 600$ for it..
You will be able to find a bunch of them on eBay/amazon for $200-300 and possibly less after the new iPhone announcement, just make sure they state the phone is for AT&T, and when it comes just cut the sim or get a micro sim for the phone and it'll work the same
 
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note235

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You will be able to find a bunch of them on eBay/amazon for $200-300 and possibly less after the new iPhone announcement, just make sure they state the phone is for AT&T, and when it comes just cut the sim or get a nano sim for the phone and it'll work the same
micro
 

Cnnz

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You will be able to find a bunch of them on eBay/amazon for $200-300 and possibly less after the new iPhone announcement, just make sure they state the phone is for AT&T, and when it comes just cut the sim or get a nano sim for the phone and it'll work the same
I meant a new one, unfortunately. I really don't want a used one as they tend to have scratchs/marks on them.

The one I had was kept in perfect condition and I cased it right away.

This really sucks that apple cant do anything to trace it or even the at&t company. I had the find my iphone app but the phones battery was dead.

How much will apple sell the iphone 4 once the 5 comes out?
 

acorntoy

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I meant a new one, unfortunately. I really don't want a used one as they tend to have scratchs/marks on them.

The one I had was kept in perfect condition and I cased it right away.

This really sucks that apple cant do anything to trace it or even the at&t company. I had the find my iphone app but the phones battery was dead.

How much will apple sell the iphone 4 once the 5 comes out?
Depends, if it becomes apples next extreme budget phone like the 3Gs currently is it might be $375 unlocked.
 

ucfgrad93

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That is a tough break, OP. If you paid using a credit card, the card issuing company may provided accidental loss or theft protection and replace the phone. Have your dad look into it if he paid.

If they can't do anything you have 3 choices:

1. Get a used one from ebay or Craigslist. There should be plenty coming on the market soon.

2. Use your old non-smartphone.

3. Save up, and purchase another one on your own.
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
My parents just bought me my first smartphone, the iphone 4. I'm staying(as a student) in a pretty upscale condo alone, and I'm a freshman in college. However I stupidly left my car unlocked and got my iphone 4 stolen, surprisingly. My dad called at&t and apple, and apple blocked the phone from use and I'm getting a new sim card from at&t tomorrow for my old non-smartphone.

I also have a friend here that I met and he works at apple. Is there anyyyyyy way I could buy an iphone 4 with the renewal contract price? I just got the iphone and renewed the contract in the first week of August. Would there be any way apple would be kind enough to allow me to buy the iphone for a special contract price(we only paid 50$ with 2 year contract). I'm willing to pay 100-300$ or possibly 400$ for it. But I really don't want to shell out 600$ for it..
Nope, it will be $649 or in 6 months you will be eligable for an early upgrade at $450.

This really sucks that apple cant do anything to trace it or even the at&t company. I had the find my iphone app but the phones battery was dead.

How much will apple sell the iphone 4 once the 5 comes out?
Neither Apple or AT&T is in the business of searching for lost or stolen phones.
Next time be more carefull with your own items.
 

Mr Hill

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Sorry you had to learn a hard lesson that way but these days thieves recognize the value of the Apple logo and will steal these items any opportunity that they get. I keep my iPhone in sight just about 24/7.
 

aristobrat

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Would there be any way apple would be kind enough to allow me to buy the iphone for a special contract price(we only paid 50$ with 2 year contract).
Apple has zero say in how much your carrier charges you for a phone under contract.

During the sales process, their systems talk to your carriers, and they charge you what your carrier tells them to.

It's ATT that would need to be kind to you.

As already mentioned, see if your parents paid for your phone with a card that offers the 90-day protection plan.
 

dotme

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I can imagine you feel all kinds of disappointment and it's an adjustment to be away from home too. All I can say is don't assume used phones will have scratches. Some phones will be immaculate even if a year or more old. The advice to wait a few weeks and buy after the next iPhone launches is good. And if you had a data plan, have AT&T kill that until you need it. That can save some money too.

Craigslist deals can allow you to inspect before you buy, but if you go that route, have the seller meet you inside an AT&T store so AT&T can verify it's really an AT&T phone before you buy. Always meet somewhere public and safe.

Good luck!
 

vampireszombies

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I meant a new one, unfortunately. I really don't want a used one as they tend to have scratchs/marks on them.

The one I had was kept in perfect condition and I cased it right away.

This really sucks that apple cant do anything to trace it or even the at&t company. I had the find my iphone app but the phones battery was dead.

How much will apple sell the iphone 4 once the 5 comes out?
Not all used iPhones are going to have scratches. Just read the description, and if applicable look at the pictures of what your buying. I've bought an iPhone 4 from Amazon Used-Like New for about $310 early 2012 and it looked brand new. (I can't stand scratches either)
 

ixodes

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That is a tough break, OP. If you paid using a credit card, the card issuing company may provided accidental loss or theft protection and replace the phone. Have your dad look into it if he paid.

If they can't do anything you have 3 choices:

1. Get a used one from ebay or Craigslist. There should be plenty coming on the market soon.

2. Use your old non-smartphone.

3. Save up, and purchase another one on your own.
I agree, these are three excellent choices.

Especially #3. That choice has served me well, for many years.
 

nostresshere

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1 - you left the phone in the car - you never, ever leave stuff in the car. Hello?

2 - you left the car unlocked. Sort of a bad thing, but really bad when you leave stuff in it.

3 - YOU were bad, but you think Apple or the phone company should help you out? It does not work that way.

4 - You don't want a used phone now? Poor you.

Sorry. Many things more to say, but won't go there.
 

moosquared

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Nov 10, 2010
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Feel your pain there. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do.
I carried 2 phones with me. A blackberry and an iPhone. Went to the restroom and left my 4S on the counter, thinking that I got it in my pocket, turned out there was only a BB in it. Not even 10 mins and I ran back in. It's gone. Phone was turned off. Tracked using findmyiphone apps, it showed up on maps. Sent messages to the phone asking to return it but was ignored (I expected it, but had to try). Got myself a new 4S after that, but still very pissed til now :mad::mad::mad::mad:

I've had so many phones, that's the first time and the most expensive (I think) one that I've lost. And it was in a perfect condition too!
 

Fernandez21

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That sucks. You should talk to your sales rep. to see if they can do anything about that. Something you might be able to do is ask them about adding insurance to the line since you just bought that phone 2 weeks ago, it covers theft, though there is no guarantee about that.
 

walie

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My parents just bought me my first smartphone, the iphone 4. I'm staying(as a student) in a pretty upscale condo alone, and I'm a freshman in college. However I stupidly left my car unlocked and got my iphone 4 stolen, surprisingly. My dad called at&t and apple, and apple blocked the phone from use and I'm getting a new sim card from at&t tomorrow for my old non-smartphone.

I also have a friend here that I met and he works at apple. Is there anyyyyyy way I could buy an iphone 4 with the renewal contract price? I just got the iphone and renewed the contract in the first week of August. Would there be any way apple would be kind enough to allow me to buy the iphone for a special contract price(we only paid 50$ with 2 year contract). I'm willing to pay 100-300$ or possibly 400$ for it. But I really don't want to shell out 600$ for it..
pay up. daddy can afford it.
 

bandofbrothers

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I was in the same situation a few weeks ago as my iPhone 4 was pickpocketed from my person. They knew how to disable findmyiphone and turned the unit off before I could ring it.

After feeling like crap I went ahead and visited my local network shop and bought the 4s outright for £499.00 GBP

Luckily I had the disposable income at that time.

Now my iPhone remains in a hard leather case whilst in my jeans pocket and never again in a holster !

I hope you manage to obtain another iPhone that suits your pocket and aesthetic standards.
 

Skika

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I got my iPhone 4 stolen a month and so back. I went to my carrier and they said they can put a trace on the IMEI of it becomes active in the network it will show up. Couple days ago i just got a letter saying that my phone is having regular activity and that i should take this document to the police. I went now they are in the works of bringing it back.