How To Get An iPhone 5 Without Waiting 3-4 weeks

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  1. ITS ME DAVID

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    Just read this on techno buffalo http://www.technobuffalo.com/technobuffalo/advice/how-to-get-an-iphone-5-without-waiting-3-4-weeks/

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  2. EverythingApple

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    I wonder if anyone here has tried it. I might do so tonight.
     
  3. fury

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    Makes perfect sense. I hope they do that with the unlocked phones when they start selling them.
     
  4. Europa

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    They have very little stock. Even if you check right at 10 pm exactly, you'll have difficulty finding one from what I've seen so far.
    They didn't last year. The only way you could get them was to order through Apple.com.
     
  5. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    I tried this earlier this week. No stock anywhere. Lucky to have a local AT&T with stock.
     
  6. ITS ME DAVID

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  7. fury

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    I know. There's always hope, though!

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  8. EverythingApple

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    No luck last night...I tried. And, I have some good offers on my 4 for sale. I'm not parting with it yet.
     
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    Did this last Friday and landed iPhone5 16gb. It is true, picked it up Saturday around noon. Good luck all
     
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    Does anyone know when they will start selling the unlocked phones?
     
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    If you will be using either AT&T or Verizon, then you're in luck...

    AT&T: you can unlock it by connecting it to your computer and restoring it through iTunes, assuming, of course, you payed full price for it. And as far as Verizon, they're all sold unlocked. Don't give Verizon any kudos for this--they have no other choice.
     
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  12. Europa

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    But as far as I know, you still have to provide a phone number and account information for either AT&T or Verizon, so this wouldn't help someone on T-Mobile, etc.
    Apple hasn't stated an ETA for the factory unlocked models. I think they started selling the factory unlocked 4S about a month after the carrier-locked versions last year, so hopefully it won't be too much longer.
     
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  13. ITS ME DAVID

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    But the att if purchased at full price is unlocked you just have to do the restore to unlock it.
     
  14. Europa

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    But you have to already have an AT&T account (that isn't eligible for upgrade) or set one up a new account to get an AT&T iPhone at full cost. I've heard that you can go into Apple and pick one up and ask them to sell it to you as a "Device Only" using the "Easy Pay" app on their in-store iPhones that they use as registers, which will bypass the need for AT&T account info, but I can't find a way to get to that point. You can't just waltz into an Apple store right now and expect to find any iPhone 5s in stock. You have to order and wait or try to find one right at 10 pm for next day pickup, and both methods require an AT&T account.

    The only way I can see to do this is buy one on AT&T, wait a month until it's no longer returnable, then cancel the AT&T account and pay the ETF or buy a used AT&T iPhone 5 on eBay/craigslist. Otherwise, just wait until the factory unlocked models are available for order. It will probably be sometime this month.
     
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    If you buy an iPhone 5 or any smart phone at AT&T for full price you don't pay ETF. ETF its only for subsidized phones.
     
  16. Europa

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    I was referring to a new contract with fully subsidized phone when I mentioned the ETF.
     
  17. Mthoroughbred

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    I'm sorry. I missed understood! Lol
     
  18. Europa

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    No problem. :)
     
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    Places my order at 10:01 last night and picked mine up at 10 am this morning!
     
  20. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    So someone finally had some luck! Good job.
     

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