How to hack the Verizon iPhone website for business delivery.

It's 12:00 in the morning, and my alarm just rudely awakend me from a much needed nap after a 36 hour product release sprint so that I wouldn't miss the Verizon iPhone preorder. All I want to do is preorder my damn iPhone and go back to sleep, but after 3 re-trys at submitting the form, and 10 minutes staring at the page to make sure I'm not hallucinating from sleep deprivation, I am convinced that there really isn't a damn field on this form to specify a "Company Name."

Finally convinced that the problem was Verizon's site, not my lack of sleep, I took a look at the code and immediately found the problem-- the "idShipBusinessName" field was simply set to "display:none"

All I had to do was simply remove-the "display:none" using developer tools in Chrome and boom: "Business Name" field shows up.

I resubmitted the form, finished pre-ordering the phone, then passed out and slept like a baby, feeling both stoked about having an iPhone on the way, and pretty smug about outsmarting Verizon's shoddy QA.

P.S. Verizon: if you're anticipating millions of people logging in to buy your product, you should probably test all the scenarios.

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7 responses
Ha, yes! Very, very proud.
like a boss.
nice hack wish vzw could maintain internet connection when a call comes in and I would consider switching.
*bows down* thanks a bunch for this :) I was at my wits end! Yay for Safari Web Inspector!
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Thank you all for posting. I have never cpnmlaioed about a company in my life. I am so troubled that I must speak, and am sorry but relieved that I am not the only one outraged. I have used Verizon ever since cell phones were. I figure I have spent over 10,000 with them. Recently I moved to New Mexico from NY, and had to obtain wireless services. I did so through Verizon, but there were complications, admitted by them, that they could not figure out or correct. Therefore, the service did not work ever. But I had to go back and cancel service which never worked, and have to pay an early termination fee! For breaking a contract. But the reality is the contract is null and void if the service does not work! I have spent days of time and effort to correct it, spoke to countless reps all the way up the line. I will need to pay hundreds to discontinue that contract, and will discontinue phone service as I can not abide by their practices, and will have to pay more, because they are a terrible company. The most disturbing part, is that every human being I spoke with, I pleaded with Tell me if what I am saying is incorrect, or wrong. I never get an answer, just a drone response as if I was speaking with zombies. Logic does not work, they look down at their cue cards and tell you they understand your perspective. But refuse to do anything different. I have never cpnmlaioed about a company in my life, but this has bowled me over and the reality that they can continue to be so horrific because no one stands up and says how absolutely soul sucking crazy it all is. I have spoken to others in just 24 hours, who are going to discontinue services even though they have to pay. Already their mistreatment of my situation has cost them hundreds of thousands, as my associates have spent what I have and would continue if it were not for their commitment to speaking out against this treatment. The problem is that this company gets away with this because people do not stand up. They made a terrible error with this person, because I have made it a personal mission to expose their practices. I feel sorry for anyone working for them, and hope they wake up to the fact that they are being dehumanized.Posted on Sat, 09/29/12 - 01:58 pm Reply
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