When can I buy a full price AT&T 5s?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by spinedoc77, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Blah, woke up early to get an iphone online. Realized you couldn't get a full price one thru ATT. I don't believe I can order one in store. So do I actually have to wait until Apple stores physically get them? I know I can technically get one from an ATT corp store, but I really don't feel like playing the shell game with reps who don't want to sell a contract less phone. Best buy was also an option last night, but I refuse to pay the $50 extra fee BB wants.

    When, realistically, do you guys think we can actually buy a full price ATT 5s?
  2. joeybuckets macrumors regular


    Jan 13, 2008
  3. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    can't you buy a VZW unlocked and put your att sim in?

    not too sure if it's the same as the full price att.
  4. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Shell game?

    A corp AT&T store will be more than glad to sell you a 5S at full price. Two different friends that went to two different stores did so today.

    Do you really want one of not?:confused:
  5. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    it depends on the specialist. just call your apple store and see if they will sell you contract free "device only" phone. I did that this morning and no problem. They said just contact ATT whenever i want to use it, but i unlocked it first thru itunes restore.
  6. bottled macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    When I purchased my 5s this morning at the apple store, they asked if I wanted to pay full price..
  7. jpcarro macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2009
    On your nine
    I bought my 5s at an AT&T branch this morning and they wouldn't let me buy full price to avoid re-upping contract.

    Found a line on the family plan that was eligible for upgrade and use that.
  8. surferfb macrumors regular


    Nov 7, 2007
    Washington DC
    Same here, they handed me the phone, I walked over to check out, and they wouldn't sell it unless I resigned for two more years. Said it was impossible to sell it at full retail price. I don't necessarily believe them, (and told them as much), but they definitely wouldn't even try to check me out.
  9. AbeFrohman macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2011
    I walked into Best Buy this morning at 8:15 - no line; bought a 64 G off contract for Verizon. My buddy went to same store 2 hours later - same thing for AT&T.
  10. spinedoc77 thread starter macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    I've tried to purchase phones over the years from ATT corp stores, they always seem to tell me they can't with a contract. I know it's BS, and I called them on it one time, but it has to be elevated to a manager and it's a pita to do and I really don't feel like dealing with it. Plus I kinda like walking into the Apple store and buying one, they make you feel good about your purchase instead of pulling teeth because someone is not getting a commission.

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