1. drachen23's Avatar
    I just went to an AT&T store in Manhattan and tried to buy a Focus S. I've been under my current contract for just under a year, so I can't upgrade yet. I went in expecting to get it at the full retail price. The clerk would not (or could not) sell me the phone, even at the off-contract price. Is this normal? What's AT&T's usual policy about selling phones off-contract?
    11-06-2011 02:19 PM
  2. aubreyq's Avatar
    Well that's certainly odd. Did you try another store? Maybe online?

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    11-06-2011 02:36 PM
  3. palandri's Avatar
    I just went to an AT&T store in Manhattan and tried to buy a Focus S. I've been under my current contract for just under a year, so I can't upgrade yet. I went in expecting to get it at the full retail price. The clerk would not (or could not) sell me the phone, even at the off-contract price. Is this normal? What's AT&T's usual policy about selling phones off-contract?
    I would guess they make more commission with a new 2 year contract. That's my guess.
    11-06-2011 02:57 PM
  4. KingCrimson's Avatar
    This whole 2-year contract racket has to stop. Seriously it is a total ripoff. I should be able to buy a smartphone and buy prepaid voice minutes and data by the 100GB increment. All prepaid, no caps. Why not?
    11-06-2011 03:58 PM
  5. drachen23's Avatar
    I would guess they make more commission with a new 2 year contract. That's my guess.
    I'm sure that was it. I probably should have asked for the manager and questioned him/her about it. I ended up buying it on the AT&T website. So now that guy gets no commission.
    11-07-2011 05:10 PM
  6. Wiccan Lagar's Avatar
    You should have picked up the iPhone and then asked the question again to see if the story changes. Then bought the iPhone and returned it an hour later, killed his commission and then asked asked for a manager to get the phone you want. We need to wage war on the biased reps.

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    11-07-2011 05:24 PM
  7. jimski's Avatar
    Got my Surround last November for $399 ($499, less $100 loyalty discount) at an AT&T store as I had just renewed my contract the previous August. No problems. My guess is your rep didn't do his job.

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    11-07-2011 06:40 PM
  8. jeremyshaw's Avatar
    Wouldn't sell it to me unless if I was an att customer :mad:

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    11-07-2011 07:24 PM
  9. aimfire72's Avatar
    I tried to buy off-contract yesterday in CA and they also refused to sell it to me! Asked to speak to a manager and he gave me BS about it being "policy" not to sell new phones within 90 days of release. First time I ever heard that and pure BS since I was able to get an Infuse a few months back on Day 1. :/
    11-10-2011 11:14 AM
  10. gravage's Avatar
    I would think they would rather have the phone sale than not. It's not like they're going to make ANY money off of you by denying you. Your contract can't be renewed that early.

    I bought mine on launch day with no issue. I had just renewed my contract with the iPhone 4s (which is probably going back). Sounds like a shady store. I would try another. I'm pretty sure you won't get the same response at all of them. I know for a fact that you can order it online from them at full price.
    11-10-2011 01:37 PM
  11. jeremyshaw's Avatar
    Yeah, I've decided to order from Amazon. If ATT doesn't want my money and not have to give a cut to Amazon, fine. Not my problem, lol.
    11-10-2011 01:48 PM
  12. Adiliyo's Avatar
    their website promotes their no commitement price for every phone, i would have raised a stink just to raise one, just based on principle that they should sell it to you since their website says they do.
    11-10-2011 03:02 PM
  13. anon(5324511)'s Avatar
    I got mine off contract too the first day it came out! Odd that some stores say NO while others just don't give a ****! I even told the guy, I came to buy the Focus S and I am not eligible for an upgrade so I will be getting it at full price! LOL!
    11-10-2011 03:57 PM
  14. aimfire72's Avatar
    Made some calls around today and one of the stores actually got some in stock. I didn't mention until the last minute when the guy was ringing it up that I wanted to buy it off-contract. No problem! So I guess some stores/managers are shadier than others, just try another store if one gives you bs.
    11-10-2011 06:51 PM
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