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Verizon employees won't be able to add the iPhone 4 to their employee accounts?

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Verizon employees won't be able to add the iPhone 4 to their employee accounts?
Although good times are in store for Big Red, it might not be as jolly as one would think for its employees who have long yearned for the day when the iPhone would join their lineup in stores.

Sure you can be glad about the arrival of the beloved Apple smartphone, but it appears that Verizon will not allow the new handset to be activated on employee accounts. Furthermore, it sounds like Big Red is taking additional precautions as they're informing employees that they will blacklist an employee line in the event that an Apple iPhone 4 is added to their account.

The unnamed source goes further by saying that there is no concrete date as to when employees will be able to activate the flagship device on their employee line. Naturally, we'd suspect that Verizon wants to give the device to as many potential customers as possible from the onset – as opposed to employees taking up stock.

It's not clear at the moment how many units will be on hand for launch day, but this action to prevent employees from buying the handset isn't something new, in fact, it's generally what you see going on with any major product launch. Nonetheless, we suppose that desperate employees can always purchase the handset and activate it on a normal consumer account.

source: SlashGear

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posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:32 2

1. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)


If they are smart enough to be on Verizon, they why the hell would the even want to?

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:34

2. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)


I meant then why would they want to. Damn my fat fingers!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:41 1

3. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


I'm thinking that Verizon is loseing out with the 1 year contracts that it gives their employee for the 2 year priceing on the device. O' well, more for the public. Good for the ppl.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:41

4. fb_dragon76 (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


its iphone, who cares. Its all the other phones I'd like to get my hands on :)

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 13:46 1

5. dpullen81 (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)


so typical of vzw... when att launches the phone all employess were given them for free and like always vzw launches new phones and doesnt allow their employess to have it... this type of policy only makes the employees less knowledgable and less likely to sell the device. NOT SUPRISED AT ALL

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:06 1

6. Junior (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)


But then again, the iPhone sells itself.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:19 3

11. Hotzb22 (Posts: 103; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)


ummm i am a att employee and we did not get iphones for free and couldnt get the iphone at all on employee plans till sept 2009 and sold out quick and now cant get them any more unless we sigh up for a consumer plan with a 2 year contract just like everyone else

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:35 3

18. prdmshrl (Posts: 20; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


This is not true. I am an AT&T employee and were not allowed to activate an iPhone on our employee plan until several months later. That has happened with every iPhone that has been launched. This also applies to handsets that AT&T believes that will have a high demand (i.e Blackberry Torch).

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 17:07

23. dpullen81 (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)


i dont know what market you guys r in but at least in the midwest market employees that were with att for more than 1 year recieved a free iphone at initial launch

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 07:32

28. kcombs (Posts: 246; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


iPhone 3g is the only phone that can be on an employee line (ERP) if you have a company owned phone line (COU) for store use you are provided with a phone. I work for att, my brother works for att, and my sister in-law works for att. they do not have access to the iphone unless its on a consumer line with 2yr contract. there was a few iphone 3g that were given as a prize to some people but not everyone gets a free iphone. I paid $299 for my 16gb iphone 4.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:14 2

7. Afune1 (unregistered)


Why would a Verizon employee want one anyway... The HTC Thunderbolt and Motorola Bionic are the flagship devices of the new lineup even with the Iphone.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 19:56 1

25. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


In your opinion! Moto makes crap phones. Just look at the X junk!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:26 1

8. caclark724 (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Dec 2010)


I have to agree with the above statement....why would an employee want to lock into an iphone and why the hell would a customer want to lock in to a 2 year contract with a iphone that wont be on LTE...when all the new "top of the line" smartphone will be???

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:34

10. ProVZW1015 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


Employees only sign a 1 year contract and are able to upgrade 10 months in.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:34

16. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)


must be nice! i got my incredible last april pre order want to upgrade my phone to htc thunderbolt.. but now have to wait til december 28? a long time i must say.. ugh.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:35

17. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)


big red should have upgrade specials for members who have been loyal to them for 8 years and up like a 2 year contract.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:40

19. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)


mean 1 yr contract

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 17:59

24. dpullen81 (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)


yeah well i have been loyal to carmax on my last 5 cars and they arent throwing me a bone on a new car. give me a break people this is retail. i cant go to walmart and get free groceries this week because ive been shopping there for 15 years...

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 11:32

29. vzdub employee (unregistered)


I remember the $5/mo plan. aww those were the days. i don't see what the big deal is. i work in sales and would much rather have the phone go to the customer so i can make my commission. besides, for those of us that really look at specs on the device, i am certainly not getting a JesusPhone. The Thunderbolt or Bionic are and a Xoom are where Im putting my money on. i travel and use my phone for everything. i dont even have a home computer, so 32GB of memory are not enough for me. i prefer a devie that will allow me to expand the memory, dual core processor is waaaaaay faster. im just happy we have a great selection of phones that all customers can relate to.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:27 1

9. xtroid2k (Posts: 379; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Well, I am a former verizonw wireless employee and left in early 2009. However this policy is nothing new as its always been this way. How you percieve the action is up to you however what was "explained" was that vzw reserves as much stock for its customers before giving it to the eomployees. As far as vzw not being able to sell as well; hmm then lets explain how they are the biggest carrier and have one of the best handset line ups. Whether or not I like them to which I do it doesn't matter. They are doing excellent as a company and this policy does not hurt them to say the least. plus I am not really lusting for an iphone. I'm thinking more along the lines of the thunderbolt or bionic

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:19

12. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


thunderbolt has single core processor.

bionic has blur.

i really needed something above and beyond for me to consider android. it didnt happen, so im thinking i go with the iphone.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:30

14. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)


wait for the iphone4g and iphone4 3g. in june perhaps.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:12

21. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i think it will just be iphone 5, the GSM non-4G version. CDMA iphone release cycle is completely unknown, but I doubt it will be out in six months. ATT's LTE network will be in its infancy at best come june, so there is very little chance this year's GSM iphone will be 4G.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 20:16

26. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


I think this blur is better

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:25

13. baldilocks (Posts: 517; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Launcher Pro takes care of most of BLUR. Problem solved. Next?

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:13

22. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


ive heard this, but never seen it in action or read reviews. it works pretty seamlessly?

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 15:31

15. darthray (Posts: 72; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)


oops hate mis typos! (not) iphone4 3g. wait for iphone 4g

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:01

20. lol (unregistered)


why do you guys keep using testman pics, he hasnt been around with Verizon for a year now lol

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 20:19

27. Eviltweety88 (unregistered)


Why would you go with the iphone with no LTE, NO FLASH 10.1..? It's a cool device, but the Atrix 4g is dual core, 1gb RAM, same high display with flash 10.1 AND HTML5. Yes, you would have to put up with ATT, but the iphone people that leave their network should free up some bandwidth. I'm going Atrix hands down..only drawback on phone is the 5mp camera...and I can live with that!

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