Best Buy Charges Extra $100 for Unactivated iPhone X, Says Customers 'Want This Flexibility'

Best Buy Charges Extra $100 for Unactivated iPhone X, Says Customers 'Want This Flexibility'

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Best Buy is charging customers an extra $100 for the ability to purchase an 'unactivated' iPhone X.

The absurd $100 price gouging fee appears to give customers the privilege of being able to purchase a full price iPhone without needing a plan or an account with a carrier. You may want to do this if you'd prefer the Qualcomm modem which historically has been available on the Verizon model; rather than the Intel modem.

Here's the statement from Best Buy provided to Bloomberg:

“Our prices reflect the fact that no matter a customer’s desired plan or carrier, or whether a customer is on a business or personal plan, they are able to get a phone the way they want at Best Buy,” Danielle Schumann, a company spokeswoman, said in an email. “Our customers have told us they want this flexibility and sometimes that has a cost.”

Apple declined to comment on Best Buy's pricing but you can send the company some feedback here.

If you've talked to Best Buy about this $100 markup, let us know their explanation in the comments!

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Best Buy Charges Extra $100 for Unactivated iPhone X, Says Customers 'Want This Flexibility'
Bluedice - October 30, 2017 at 11:17am
i dunno how's working in states, but in EU, if u bought a phone at full price without any plan, the carrier to which the phone is bound, is obliged to unlock u'r phone free of charge. unlikely, if the price u paid is even a cent less than full price, then a charge for unlocking is made by the carrier. but that will be voided after u'r present contract (plan) ends.
sarah ackman - October 29, 2017 at 4:14pm
bbyguy is right. I went into 2 stores this week and was sent to apple to buy my unlocked phone. i guess they stopped doing it on some phones a few years back. i would gladly pay 100 extra if they could still.
BBYguy995 - October 29, 2017 at 1:02am
I am not sure what stores or corporate contact verified this. Best buy outlet offers up to a 6s unlocked; but as inventory is provided by the carrier, an unactivated or unlocked new Iphone wont process in the POS system.
Pauliep - October 29, 2017 at 3:10am
You clearly don't know your bestbuy, they want your money no matter what.
BBYguy995 - October 29, 2017 at 4:45am
After 17 years... i have a decent grasp of how the company works and as to what procedures work in our system. If you go to our website and attempt to purchase a non-activated iphone x; it wont process. That component isnt my opinion, but verifiable to replicate. No need to be rude... accuracy is king.
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