Battery111 wrote:Will do. I'm more concerned that this is going to be the norm with Verizon every year. If I can't even pre-order through apple, it's going to get frustrating. I recognize this is all fairly silly and inconsequential for most, getting the new model every year. It's just one of my things that I enjoy. I'll likely engage in my standard response to such things, which is writing a letter. And Verizon will likely engage in their standard practice of summarily dismissing said letter.
Why? You said it yourself, your T-Mob phone works so just keep pre-ordering that one because it goes on sale the same time all the others do. That's how I have always bought my new iPhones. I just never tried to use Verizon service. And who cares if you buy new iPhones every year. Tons of people do it including my friends and family. $700 per year is not a big deal if it's something you enjoy. My stupid credit card AF's are way more than that.
Battery111 wrote: Had I taken the phone into a Verizon store to switch over, I'm guessing I would have dealt with a lot of "we're not sure we can do that" and "this phone isn't compatible".
It will be like this forever until universal SIM cards become the norm and then all of these stupid carriers won't be able to keep lying to people. Although, I am sure they will come up with some new lie to control who can and can't use their network again without being milked for a few more dollars since that is the end game here for every carrier. I am on prepaid service for life and will never return to a major carrier. I forgot to mention, when I have purchased carrier branded phones and not unlocked phones from Best Buy, they question me why and sometimes ask, "Are you sure that will work?". They don't stop me from spending my money, especially because they charge $100-$150 on top of the carrier's MSRP, but they still give me confused looks occasionally. It's funny...people are so blown away by the fact that someone might have $500-$700 to spend and not want a f*cking discount or stupid contract. Not everyone is a godd@mn bottom feeder who is tricked by silly marketing with BS they don't need. As I mentioned before, when I was in retail sales, I sold phones out of contract all the time. If carriers are going to act like such pissy little children when it comes to someone just wanting a phone, then figure out another way to make a profit or raise the out-of-contract price. I don't know the best plan. But, telling people they are not allowed to spend their money, especially such large amounts, makes absolutely no sense. I would never tell customers, "NO, WE DON'T WANT YOUR DIRTY MONEY! GET OUT OF HERE!"