Verizon Offering iPhone Deals to Store Employees

February 21, 2011

Either through goodwill or a competitive nature, Verizon Wireless is reportedly offering Apple retail store employees inexpensive cellular plans if they purchase a Verizon version of the iPhone 4. The company is offering two options, one that offers a low monthly rate with the purchase of a full-price phone, and another with a lower iPhone price, but a higher monthly rate. According to tipsters, employees can pay the non-subsidized price of $649.99 for a 16 Gb iPhone 4, for example, and then pay just $25 a month for 1,500 monthly minutes, along with unlimited texts and data. A consumer plan with unlimited talk time, data and texts costs $119.94. A similar plan on the AT&T network would cost $114.99. Verizon’s second option for Apple store employees is to purchase the iPhone at the subsidized price, but pay the full monthly rate for 10 months. After that, the rate would drop to $25 a month for the remainder of the two-year plan. Under the offer, an employee accepting the offer would not be eligible for any iPhone upgrade discount in the future if they are still working for Apple.

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Apple Genius February 22, 2011 at 0032

I can confirm this is true, it’s a great deal. Not even Verizon employees get this good of a deal! I just hope AT&T offers something better to Apple employees

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Jimbo February 22, 2011 at 1426

We can’t find any such details regarding VZ discounting. Where are you finding this?

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Bob February 22, 2011 at 0131

Yikes, that sucks! No option to upgrade in the future if they still work for Apple? I remember when I worked for Apple retail in Canada, we got 40-50% off our plans depending on which carrier we chose and we were able to upgrade based on the carriers existing upgrade policies. Also the discount would stick even if you left the company.

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Actual Apple Employee February 22, 2011 at 0622

You can upgrade. But Verizon doesn’t do the whole Early thing like ATT does. They have a different discount system. Basically instead of the sliding scale of when you can get the full upgrade price, Verizon makes you wait the whole period and then depending on your plan might given you $50-100 ‘discount’. THAT is the part that you won’t get. Which makes sense because the baseline plan is $69 and you are paying well under that.

What they haven’t told us yet is if you can do the 10 months thing again or if the second phone will have to be full price. Might not be an issue in two years, depending on what full price is.

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Retail Employee February 22, 2011 at 0748

Also, Apple Retail stores sell the phones for $599 and $699. It seems other locations sell it without contract for $50 more, but not Apple. So if we buy the phone it is not $649 or $749, it’s the same price as AT&Ts.

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NotTellinYou February 22, 2011 at 1212

Apple employees already get a discount on AT&T service and have for MANY years even before the iPhone as AT&T is the company’s main cellular provider.

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bmovie February 22, 2011 at 1641

Is it just me? There are a lot of Verizon stores in Manhattan, but the few that I passed by recently, now seem to be sporting Apple computers instead of Dells. Is it just me or some Verizon stores? Has Apple offered Verizon stores discounts or free Macs?

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Actual Apple Employee February 23, 2011 at 0743

I heard about this deal but I went to the Verizon Store and they said that the promotion did NOT exist. Can you please verify? Please tell me what this promo is called so I can tell the VZW Employee about it.

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Apple February 24, 2011 at 0045

For employees who can’t find the deal, look under RNN. If you don’t know what that is, you don’t work at Apple.

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new apple employee February 24, 2011 at 1258

I just got hired by Apple literally today, so I’m not sure how to confirm this. Can anyone help me get this deal?

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Anon Apple Guy February 25, 2011 at 1057

This is 100% true. In fact, I have it setup! It took about 48 hours to setup as you have to work one on one with your Apple Stores Verizon Rep.

The first step is looking at the iPhone Index RNN article from a few weeks back. Down towards the bottom of that page their should be more information about the deal and where to start. Your store managers/leaders are also completely aware of this deal…talk to them. You will need to get paperwork direct from them to fill out anyways.

Also, you get 1/2 off tethering.

LOVE IT

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Really Anon February 25, 2011 at 1140

The RNN article is somewhat obscure. Employee plan information is listed under the article mentioning upgrades and plans for VZ. For some reason, our store leadership never mentioned this plan to employees until prodded.

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Anon Apple Guy February 25, 2011 at 1101

Also, Verizon stores are NOT aware of this deal so they can’t answer any questions for you. And in my experience this deal is actually better than what Verizon retail employees are offered.

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