iPhone 11 When you bought your iphone did you have to open it in the store or unbox it at home?

saridevenis1

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I would like to unbox my phone at home. Last time I bought a phone they made me open it in the store to activate it or something. What did you do with your phone?
 

Ntombi

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Well, mine was shipped to me, but when I bought my stepmom’s iPhone at the AT&T Store, they opened and activated it. That was a new account, so maybe that’s why? I haven’t bought in store in several years, so I don’t know what they do for upgrades.
 

teeshot44

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If you're buying a carrier specific or indicate you are upgrading they will usually open it to activate it. I say usually. Buy a sim free and they shouldn't have any reason to open. Order online and pickup or have it shipped and have fun with the unboxing. Also might depend on who you're buying from and where you are.
 
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saridevenis1

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If you're buying a carrier specific or indicate you are upgrading they will usually open it to activate it. I say usually. Buy a sim free and they shouldn't have any reason to open. Order online and pickup or have it shipped and have fun with the unboxing. Also might depend on who you're buying from and where you are.
Do you just ask them to hand you the sim card if you get it in the store so they wont open it?
And where do you get it online? Im not paying all of it upfront, im on a payment plan
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Always in store so they can install the Belkin InvisiGlass screen protector when it is factory fresh.
They always mess that up. I want to do it myself. A few years ago I bought a phone and they actually put the case on upside down after unboxing my phone.
 

HDFan

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They always mess that up.
Were they installing InvisiGlass? They use a special machine to do the installation. No way to get that kind of installation quality doing it manually at home. If they installed a screen protector that you purchased and messed up the installation then you should request a refund. [You said case - did you mean screen protector? An upside down case is an easy fix ...]
 

JPack

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Unbox at home. Why would they force you to open the box unless you have a contract? Also less dust at home for glass installation. Using the tape method for installation, it's virtually foolproof.

The only time I would unbox in store is when I don't buy from the Apple Store. I want to make sure it's not a dummy unit inside.
 

saridevenis1

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Were they installing InvisiGlass? They use a special machine to do the installation. No way to get that kind of installation quality doing it manually at home. If they installed a screen protector that you purchased and messed up the installation then you should request a refund. [You said case - did you mean screen protector? An upside down case is an easy fix ...]
Where do they have a machine? They did the screen protector by hand when I got my phone. And yea it was the case that was upside down. Youd think someone handling phones all day would know how to put a case on. I dont want them to mess with a 1200 dollar phone
 

rui no onna

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Most (all?) Apple Stores have them, at least in the U.S. My understanding is that the machine is only for the installation of the $$$ Belkin InvisiGlass.
Same. Bought the Belkin InvisiGlass in-store (SoCal) and they had an equipment that looked like a mini-George Foreman grilling machine to install it. Screen protector was perfectly aligned and bubble free.

The lady who installed it was super nice and said if we weren’t happy with the install, she’d do it again with a new one.
 
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teeshot44

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Do you just ask them to hand you the sim card if you get it in the store so they wont open it?
And where do you get it online? Im not paying all of it upfront, im on a payment plan
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Numerous places to order online, depending on where you are. Apple, Best Buy. What payment plan are you on? Apple and BB both offer 0 % interest. Both can order online and ship to home. Carrier specific will come with sim installed if home delivered. If no sim, just put your current sim in. If you buy sim free, go to carrier after you open and have them set it up or go to carrier online to set up account and they'll mail you one. You need to be a bit more specific what you trying to accomplish.
 
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