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Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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AT&T iPhone 5 upgrade

Dropped my iPhone 4, broke both sides of the glass. Im 4 months away from full upgrade, and ATT doesn't seem to want to do the iphone 5 for 199 for me. Is this standard? or is there some way I can get the upgrade done for 199? Apple any better to deal with?

Also is gamestop good to deal with to get a quick iPhone 4 refurb without contract?

Also if I actually just pay the 449 what kind of accidental drop protection etc do I get without buying apple care?
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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Dropped my iPhone 4, broke both sides of the glass. Im 4 months away from full upgrade, and ATT doesn't seem to want to do the iphone 5 for 199 for me. Is this standard? or is there some way I can get the upgrade done for 199? Apple any better to deal with?
Apple has nothing to do with your ability to upgrade. at&t did away with early upgrades at the full subsidized prices this past year. The only way you can get it done for $199 is if you take out a new line for $10/mo and do the device swap and put a dumbphone on that line for the remainder of the contract. You'll be able to pay the $199 but it'll cost you $120/year and cannot be done if you've already moved to the mobile share plan. Not worth it as this is best done mid-contract so you retain the ability to upgrade to the latest yearly. I'd just wait it out and maybe replace the glass in the meantime.

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Also if I actually just pay the 449 what kind of accidental drop protection etc do I get without buying apple care?
90 days if you purchase it with a credit card that offers accidental damage protection.
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 07:34 PM   #3
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Does ATT allow you to purchase apple care direct from their site? or do I have to go apple?

How does this work?
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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who here actually paid 449 for the iPhone 5? anyone?
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 07:25 PM   #5
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Dropped my iPhone 4, broke both sides of the glass. Im 4 months away from full upgrade, and ATT doesn't seem to want to do the iphone 5 for 199 for me. Is this standard? or is there some way I can get the upgrade done for 199? Apple any better to deal with?

Also is gamestop good to deal with to get a quick iPhone 4 refurb without contract?

Also if I actually just pay the 449 what kind of accidental drop protection etc do I get without buying apple care?
Thanks!
Call them and ask to let you do it early and be nice about it.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 07:26 PM   #6
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Call them and ask to let you do it early and be nice about it.
I tried, called apple, ATT, apple again, nothing. its amazing but i guess thats how it is. anyone actually pay 449?
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:00 PM   #7
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I tried, called apple, ATT, apple again, nothing. its amazing but i guess thats how it is. anyone actually pay 449?
Lots of people do. Some people even pay $649. Not all carriers offer the discounted upgrade like AT&T does. Also I have heard that if you get the $449 price you won't be eligible for the $449 price again, and will need to pay $649 to upgrade before your contract is up. Your other option is to pay $150 to get an out of warranty replacement for your 4. That would not affect your contract.
I used the discounted upgrade a couple years ago to get a 3GS for $250 (that was after the iPhone 4 was available)
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:08 PM   #8
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who here actually paid 449 for the iPhone 5? anyone?
I unfortunately did.

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Lots of people do. Some people even pay $649. Not all carriers offer the discounted upgrade like AT&T does. Also I have heard that if you get the $449 price you won't be eligible for the $449 price again, and will need to pay $649 to upgrade before your contract is up. Your other option is to pay $150 to get an out of warranty replacement for your 4. That would not affect your contract.
I used the discounted upgrade a couple years ago to get a 3GS for $250 (that was after the iPhone 4 was available)
Wow, $649!?!?! No 5S for me.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:09 PM   #9
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well ill get apple care on it, so i guess if its 449 thats ok, because i wont be paying 449 if i break it etc. i think im gonna order it from apple tonight.

Yeah no way would i go 649 not even CLOSE...449 is already nuts with apple care on top of that.
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I tried, called apple, ATT, apple again, nothing. its amazing but i guess thats how it is. anyone actually pay 449?
I called and they let me do it, but I had never done it before. Do not know if that is the case, maybe the other reason why they did it is because I spend about 250 a month for cell phone service. Who knows.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 12:13 PM   #11
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who here actually paid 449 for the iPhone 5? anyone?
I got my first 5 16gb on lunch day for free (it was a gift), unlocked it and sold it for $1059. Then I got a 32gb for $595, unlocked it and sold it for $1152.

Now I got a 16gb and paid $700. It seems to be factory unlocked.
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I just responded in a another thread here, http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...8#post16390818, but I was able to get the upgrade over 6 months early. You may need to call a few times but if you're polite and have an account in good standing I think you'll eventually get some luck.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 04:24 PM   #13
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ATT said no twice, and apple twice. im 4 months away from upgrade give or take a few days.

I broke a couple iphones over the years and I would just call apple or go to ATT and get upgraded to the next one for 199, OR get a replacement for 199. Did they change their policies? Cause as long as I was willing to sign on for another 2 years, it was 199.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 04:47 PM   #14
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I just responded in a another thread here, http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...8#post16390818, but I was able to get the upgrade over 6 months early. You may need to call a few times but if you're polite and have an account in good standing I think you'll eventually get some luck.
This was for iphone 5? What did you say?
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ATT said no twice, and apple twice. im 4 months away from upgrade give or take a few days.

I broke a couple iphones over the years and I would just call apple or go to ATT and get upgraded to the next one for 199, OR get a replacement for 199.
You can still get a replacement. The replacement cost is $150 for the iPhone 4.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 06:35 PM   #16
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may just hold off on it. not sure yet. Few months and its 199.

Also off topic kinda but if I buy this iphone 5 do I keep my grandfathered unlimited data plan how I have all along with iphones and ATT?

if I order im gonna do apple store online
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