Verizon Ipad 2 Bait and switch

Discussion in 'iPad' started by janeal144, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. janeal144 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2011
    I went to Verizon to purchase a WiFi 3G and was told that I must purchase a monthly 3G connection plan.

    I said the charm of this iPad was activating 3G on demand from the iPad.

    The Verizon Sales person acknowledged that the sales pitch was misleading. He left to consult with someone. When he returned he said if I wanted to activate 3G only occasionally, then I would have to phone Verizon and pay activation and deactivation charges in addition to the monthly fee.

    The store location is Cranberry TWP, PA just north of Pittsburgh.

    Has anyone had this problem?
  2. mojohanna macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    I would say this is more of a case of uneducated employees who are talking out of their rear ends than bait and switch.
  3. janeal144 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2011
    Thanks for your reply. I guess it means don't go to my local Verizon store and if if I want the 3G model, I should by it from Apple or a responsible 3rd party.
    I would then activate the device at home and avoid the strong arm tactics used by the Cranberry TWP store.
  4. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    No disrespect but has nothing to do with bait switch but just as already mentioned a case of misinformation and sales person trying to sell you a product you don't want or need. Bait and switch is when a store displays a particular product and when you ask to buy it they tell you they don't have it and try and persuade you to buy another similar product.
  5. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    I think he is correct when he says "call verizon to turn on 3G and pay an activation fee".
    Of course, there is no fee if you activate on the device itself.

    Not sure why anyone is talking to cell phone sale drones for information.
  6. mreg376 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Actually the ONLY way to activate Verizon 3G on the iPad2 is through the device. They will NOT do it over the phone. There are no activation or de-activation fees.
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    If I remember my geography correctly, isn't cranberry township where a lot of very rich people live? Chances are, the saleman is able to use that line to get everyone who walks into the store for an iPad2 to signup for a data plan.
  8. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
    As ridiculous as this so called policy is, it definitely is not a case of bait and switch. Some AT&T corp stores try to do the same thing. That is one of the reasons why my husband got my iPad 2 at Target.
  9. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    Do a search. This was discussed heavily around the time of release.
  10. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    There really is no reason to buy your iPad from Verizon or AT&T when you can buy it for the same price and get it directly from the cow (Apple). Exchanges and returns are much easier, and the level of customer service is much higher. And why would anyone trust anything a Verizon or AT&T salesperson says? These people can barely change their underwear.
  11. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
    Why not get a wifi iPad from Apple and a 4g mobile hotspot from Verizon?

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