$175 Cancellation Fee and Next Gen Question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by julric01, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. julric01 macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    Just a thought that's been running around my mind since they first announced that this thing will be locked and tied to a 2 year contract - what happens when Apple comes out with the second generation of the iPhone with 20 or 30 gig and all sort of improvements - my bet is that this will happen before your 2 years is up - then what?

    In the case of most other tech, you can sell your current model and move on - or just have 2 - in this case, you may have to wait out of the game for 2 years - or I'm guessing, pay the $175.

    Weird that with all the other minute concerns everyone seems to point out, this never comes up.

    Regardless - my butt will be in line on the 29th :)
  2. Fluidmusic00 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Central Florida

    I was thinking about that for a long time too, but..

    1. You can upgrade after 18 months (1.5 years), so you don't have to wait as long.

    2. Apple will probably not do any major upgrades in that time (but this is just a hunch).

    So, I figure the earlier I get it, the faster I can upgrade it later without paying for the termination fee. That's if I really want another iPhone, which I probably will. :)
  3. jshbckr macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    I'm assuming it will be treated like other phones. You can buy the new phone at full price whenever you want and then put your SIM card into it and use it as your new phone. Then you can probably sell the iPhone to someone else who wants one.
  4. paulyras macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2006
    My understanding is you will be charged an early termination fee if you cancel service before two years, but that since it isn't subsidized, you could potentially upgrade as soon as a new one comes along. That seems like a very Jobsian way of handling it. I could be wrong though.

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