Question regarding upgrading to iPhone 5 on ATT

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bosoxnm3, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. bosoxnm3 macrumors member

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    I got my 3GS in August 2009, so I've been eligible for an upgrade for quite some time. I received the phone as a gift from my parents, so they pay my bill. The bill is under my mom's name. When the next iPhone comes out, I will be in school in DC and they will be home in Connecticut. I got my 3GS at ATT, but plan on getting the next one at Best Buy as i have a ton of gift cards for there. What exactly is the process when I get my phone at Best Buy? Do I have to sign a contract renewal there? If I do, would my mom need to be with me as the phone is under her name and she gets a discount on the monthly plan from her work?
     
  2. saving107 macrumors 603

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    The account holder has to be present, and this rule applies no matter what phone you upgrade to or from which retailer.
     
  3. bosoxnm3 thread starter macrumors member

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    Damn. How does it work if you order it online from say Best Buy?
     
  4. saving107 macrumors 603

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    It must ship to the address that is on the bill.
     
  5. AreYouIn? macrumors 6502a

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    Actually your mother just needs to add you as an authorized user and you can do everything she can, including a contract renewal. I am also a student on my parents plan and I handle all of their upgrades/service issues as I understand it more than they do.

    Edit: I've only purchased phones from best buy directly from the store so I can't comment on online purchases.
     
  6. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

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    Seconded for authorized user. As long as your bill is paid (not overdue) and you have the last 4 digits of the SSN you can do as you please as an authorized user.

    And you can do it from Apples website, AT&T's, in store, where ever you want, my friend.
     
  7. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Maybe I just had bad luck when trying to by an iPhone 3GS, at that time (2009) I was authorized on my mom's account and the Apple employee would not allow me to get an iPhone unless my mom was present with her photo ID.
     
  8. shelbymayer macrumors regular

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    you are absolutely correct! The only thing an authorized user can't do is add a line to the account or cancel a line!
     
  9. hypervish89 macrumors regular

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    Just make sure your an authorized user on her account. She can add you by calling AT&T or by going online to att.'s website and adding you there.
     

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