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    Need help with ATT iPhone upgrade at WalMart

    I am trying to purchase the new iPhone SE on the ATT upgrade plan which is 30 payments of about $6 which is about $200-half the retail price. Existing ATT line.

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    Employee, who works for the wireless contractor WM uses, inputs all info and at the end the sale is cancelled by WM. He calls it a "Walmart block”. He calls his help line (called "Warp”) and the result is try again in a few days. Clerk doesn’t have a clear explanation but says it sometimes happens.

    Trip #2

    Different WM, different state, one week later. Employee of WM wireless contractor.
    Sale cancelled again by WM. No reason given but clerk says she had the same thing earlier with a VZ upgrade. Clerk implies it may be some sort of fraud prevention put in place by WM-not ATT.

    Clerk suggests I go to an ATT store and see if they will price match.

    Anyone have any suggestions? Will ATT store match the WM price?

    Can’t really beat 50% off retail at WM.

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    seems like it may be an AT&T issue - https://www.reddit.com/r/ATT/comment...le_to_upgrade/

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWFLFFPM View Post
    I am trying to purchase the new iPhone SE on the ATT upgrade plan which is 30 payments of about $6 which is about $200-half the retail price. Existing ATT line.

    Trip #1

    Employee, who works for the wireless contractor WM uses, inputs all info and at the end the sale is cancelled by WM. He calls it a "Walmart block”. He calls his help line (called "Warp”) and the result is try again in a few days. Clerk doesn’t have a clear explanation but says it sometimes happens.

    Trip #2

    Different WM, different state, one week later. Employee of WM wireless contractor.
    Sale cancelled again by WM. No reason given but clerk says she had the same thing earlier with a VZ upgrade. Clerk implies it may be some sort of fraud prevention put in place by WM-not ATT.

    Clerk suggests I go to an ATT store and see if they will price match.

    Anyone have any suggestions? Will ATT store match the WM price?

    Can’t really beat 50% off retail at WM.
    You can order the 256 gb for $5 month online from att. Com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybutts View Post
    You can order the 256 gb for $5 month online from att. Com

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    That is for new lines only. I have an upgrade line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWFLFFPM View Post
    That is for new lines only. I have an upgrade line.
    Ah sorry for that. What about on Walmart website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybutts View Post
    Ah sorry for that. What about on Walmart website?

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    The problem with that is they will only ship to your home address. I am traveling for the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWFLFFPM View Post
    The problem with that is they will only ship to your home address. I am traveling for the summer.
    I miss traveling
    iPhone 11 is my current primary phone. But I have more phones than lines. Back to only Prepaid with the changes in the economy.

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    Walmart website been out of stock for 8 or 10 days. I had to get mine at the store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWFLFFPM View Post
    The problem with that is they will only ship to your home address. I am traveling for the summer.
    Maybe notify your cc companies that you are on the road traveling, so if Walmart reaches out to creditors, they can see you flagged travel. They're probably looking at your mailing address or zip and where you are trying to purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybutts View Post
    Maybe notify your cc companies that you are on the road traveling, so if Walmart reaches out to creditors, they can see you flagged travel. They're probably looking at your mailing address or zip and where you are trying to purchase.

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    Sometimes, they can get smarter now. At least one company I've used doesn't have to be informed about international travel if you have already used the card for flight/hotel reservations to the country. The same AI could determine that you are on a road trip.

    But doesn't hurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink1 View Post
    Sometimes, they can get smarter now. At least one company I've used doesn't have to be informed about international travel if you have already used the card for flight/hotel reservations to the country. The same AI could determine that you are on a road trip.

    But doesn't hurt
    Not so sure about that.

    I traveled to Italy about 3 years ago and most recently in the Fall of 2019. The first trip I needed to call ahead to let them know I was traveling prior to my trip. On my second trip to Italy, I got there and my cards kept getting declined until I was able to contact my bank to let them know that it was me using the card and that the purchases were approved.
    Don't make me turn this car around.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink1 View Post
    I miss traveling
    LOL!!! Me too KevinK1

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWFLFFPM View Post
    Clerk suggests I go to an ATT store and see if they will price match.

    Anyone have any suggestions? Will ATT store match the WM price?
    I guarantee that will never happen. Walmart cellular locations are authorized resellers of At&t products and services and are independent of At&t. Their phone prices are set by them as they purchase their own inventory. Not sure if you tried that yet.

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