Purchasing iPhone 3G At Apple w/ Fan Discount

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sjb, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. sjb macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2007
    I've heard mixed reports on this, so I'd like to get some clarification. I currently have fan on my AT&T account, and I am an iPhone 2G user so I'm getting no discounts, however I still have fan on my account. Can I purchase a phone from an Apple store without removing the fan, or do I need to remove the fan or buy from an AT&T store?

    If I can't buy from an Apple store, that is entirely stupid. AT&T will be out of stock for months!

  2. angel1286 macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    you cannot buy at an apple store with a FAN on your account you must remove it or go to an att store.
  3. Stunod7 macrumors member


    Mar 21, 2008
    Tomorrow. Me and you go camp the AT&T store. What time do they open?
  4. sjb thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2007
    I don't know. I think they'll be out of stock forever.
  5. hard-case macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2007
    Call up AT&T. Do NOT just request that they remove the FAN. Make sure that you don't have an IRU or BMG code associated with the account, as any of those indicators will end up preventing Apple from accessing your account.

    Those have cause a number of people grief, because you don't see them in your account profile online.
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Why AT&T won't let Apple access FAN accounts doesn't make any sense to me, but the sales process at Apple will fail if you have the disc. on your AT&T account.

    You can either wait for AT&T to get them in stock and do the whole transaction at the AT&T store, or

    Call 611, drop the FAN, make the purchase at Apple, and then visit an AT&T store with photo ID and proof of employment to have the FAN put back on.
  7. ubersalad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2008
    What if I have "AC" on my account, do I get an discount?

    What the heck is a fan?
  8. sjb thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2007
    Any idea how long it takes to drop the FAN?
  9. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    Wow this has been covered up and down, it needs to have a sticky!

    The fan removal is instant, at least it was for me. Then I went home, went online and added it right back. You should call 611 from your ATT phone and have it removed before you go into the store.
  10. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2006
    washington dc
    In my case they dropped the FAN and I still got an IRU error. I eventually had to leave emptyhanded. Went to an AT&T corporate store today and they said there is nothing on my account that should prevent me from purchasing from Apple (I have gift cards). Haven't tried it yet but I'll report back... definitely didn't seem instant though.
  11. iP2 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Only problem is your discount will take 2 billing cycles to take into effect again after you re-add it. Call ATT if you want this confirmed. Hence many people (myself included) do not want to get the FAN removed in the first place and stuck with going/waiting to ATT.
  12. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    They say that but that is just to cover their ass. I called today after adding mine yesterday and they told me that my discount was back active on my account.
  13. iP2 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Oh its active immediately...but it won't apply for 2 billing cycles. When you re-add the FAN, its considered a new discount. I recall reading this on the contract or on ATT's website (both elude me at the moment) that FANs take 2 billing cycles. Was even told by Business Care when I called (of course taken w/ a grain of salt). Maybe ATT will let this slide due to the iPhone release (though I wouldn't hold my breath!).

    But I'm not taking any chances with ATT where I leave money on the table for no other reason than lack of patience. Report back on your first 3G bill...let us know if your FAN discount applied right away. If so, great. You just never know with ATT. :eek:

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