Carrier Verizon stores not selling phones out right!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sotorious, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. sotorious macrumors 6502a

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    i called 3 of them so far. They were about to till i told them i dont have verizon service, i think he is trying to get some sign ups. I am trying to get it so i can use it with t-mobile!
     
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I'm not surprised. Verizon makes money on the service, not the phones so much. They want to sign up customers to service contracts. Your best bet for Verizon device-only is an Apple Store, but if they are putting up a store reservation system as is rumored, that avenue might be closed for a few weeks.
     
  3. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    ^ this is probably why they aren't selling non-contract versions.

    As a business they have to take care of their own customers first.
     
  4. got2go macrumors member

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    Just buy it then cancel your contract and pay the ETF. I think it's cheaper anyways.
     
  5. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

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    You got to wait like 30 days or more unless you want to return the device too
     
  6. sotorious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am trying to see if a friend of a friend works at verizon, they still got plenty in stock and i know there is t-mobile stores that have them in stock as well, but verizon is the only ones that are bringing in more then 16gb

    I am going to offer one of them 50 bucks on the side, maybe to cover their commission charge.
     
  7. got2go macrumors member

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    If you buy accessories they would do it I bet. Then take the accessories back.

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    It's still cheaper to pay for the service and subsidized phone and cancel than buy a device outright. Use Verizon for a month then switch. Not like Verizon is horrible or anything.
     
  8. BruiserB macrumors 65816

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    I figured they wouldn't be....otherwise they would become the go-to place for anyone wanting an unlocked phone. And each one that goes to a non VZ customer is a lost plan sale to them. Can Verizon customers go in and get one for full price? I assume they can as it's required to keep unlimited data, isn't it? But will they only do it for someone currently with unlimited data? And even if you're a customer, would they force you to activate it to one of your lines?
     
  9. sotorious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I even asked so if i was a verizon customer would i be able to buy it out right? he told me the phone has to leave here activated.

    edit: well it looks like most stores right now are ONLY selling them with a 2 year activation.
     
  10. BruiserB macrumors 65816

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    So it has to leave activated....but that doesn't mean that the customer then can't go reassign another phone to that line and then you can take and use the phone with a GSM SIM. But it might tie your "friend" into having to maintain service on the line for 2 years even if they aren't actually using the iPhone on it.
     
  11. joeshmo2010 macrumors 6502a

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    I highly doubt any salesperson would value their job at $50. Sorry, it's not gonna work.
     
  12. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Just sign up for their service and pop your T-Mobile sim card in the phone when you get home. Then cancel the Verizon service after 14 days and pay the ETF.
     
  13. bhags8 macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a iphone from verizon on Friday and am sending my old phone to gazelle. I want to return it and buy a different color. Would I be able to return to verizon and have no phone on my line for a day or two then go to Apple and buy one and have them activate it?
     
  14. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    True. But you can activate a cheap flip phone and go down to something like a $30/mo plan. Pay the month, pay the ETF, see ya VZW. Kind of a pain, but whatever.

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    No. You need to have a phone active. You could just get a cheap flip phone off CL or something. Not a bad thing to have around in general, in case you want to do this, or in case your phone is lost/damaged, etc.
     
  15. Bull201314 macrumors newbie

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    i dont know if anything will beat my experience friday. Went into a verizon plus store which is mainly fios service but do wireless as well. Had 5s stock in the back but refused to sell me one because i was an existent customer and they only would sell them to new ones
     
  16. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    or you could just go to the apple store...

    lol
     
  17. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Am I missing something? A Verizon iPhone will not work on a TMO network. Verizon is CDMA and TMO is GSM. You need to get an ATT iPhone.
     
  18. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    You are missing something. Both companies use LTE, the Verizon iPhone has more LTE bands than any other phone on the market (and is compatible with T-Mo's network), and Verizon LTE phones are required to be sold unlocked per FCC requirement. So a Verizon model can be used on AT&T and T-Mobile.
     
  19. KPOM macrumors G5

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    The Verizon iPhone is the same as the AT&T/T-Mobile one except that it has added CDMA support. I'm running AT&T on an unlocked Verizon iPhone 5s that I got from an Apple Store yesterday. :)
     
  20. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    You are missing a lot of things. The Verizon iPhone 5S still has a GSM radio, and a Nano-SIM slot. This information is no big secret and is all over the apple store website as well.

    It will work on GSM/LTE networks of basically any GSM/LTE carrier in the world (with a select few excepted).
     
  21. tgwaste macrumors 6502a

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    I went into the store on launch day and bought my 5S outright. The guy thought I was a bit crazy. Hes all "That will be $900, are you SURE you want to do this? I can get it for you for $399!" So I taught him some Math:

    contract price = $399

    no contract price = $900
    sell price for current iphone = $500 (at least)
    total out of pocket cost: $400

    unlimited data, no contract.

    ^^ how it should always be done.
     
  22. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    If you cancel after 3 days, you will have to pay the activation fee. Buy the phone with contract, cancel the same day. They will tell you to return the equipment but, as far as I know, if you don't, they will just bill you for the ETF. So, theoretically, you can pay $200 for a 16GB and then pay a $350 ETF with no activation and 1 day of service at about $4.

    Come to think of it, I haven't come across this in awhile. They must have closed this loophole.
     
  23. legioxi macrumors 6502a

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    Corporate stores never sell un-activated phones. Tried to buy them many times in the past (Android and iPhone models) when switching phones out of contract. They take so much time to activate so I prefer to buy and activate on my own. Only places I could do that would be third party stores.
     

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