According to AT&T, Apple is Dictating the New Upgrade Eligibility Details

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by glide, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. glide macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2007
    Just got off the phone with an AT&T Premier rep (so take this for what its worth)

    They said the new upgrade eligibility for users who upgraded to 3G last June-Aug and spend $99 a month on their bill is coming straight from Apple.

    I, of course, asked how apple is dictating policy since they are not a carrier. I was then told it was part of their contract with AT&T, and that any AT&T rep who deviates from this arrangement will be terminated.

    Oh - and the phone I pre-ordered from ATT on the 11th is back ordered for 2 weeks. Class act....
  2. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Just sounds like passing the buck of responsibility to me, not anything legitimate.
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  4. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    It is plausible that Apple has some control over this. Although if true it means Apple is probably taking less per phone to make this happen.
  5. Nikos macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2008
    New York
    2 weeks? Just cancel your order and pick it one up from Apple.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd be surprised that apple would be dictating what level of rebating current owners would be getting. Either way, they're getting the same amount. Its ATT that stands to lose some money by offering the 3Gs for less money to existing customers.
  7. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    LOL. Apple is telling ATT not to let all 3G owners upgrade? That's priceless. If Apple did anything, it's convincing ATT to extend the eligibility window out three months is a good idea.
  8. Kevlar macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2004
    Great White North
    This is right on the head. Apple gets so much money flat out per phone they sell to AT&T. AT&T sells these phones at a lesser rate, and makes up the difference in the contracts people are forced to sign to get a discounted rate for the phone. Apple probably couldn't care less when AT&T allows their users to upgrade their phones, they would probably want the option to upgrade more often.
  9. cjandnw macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    South Jersey
    The prices were flexed because the anticipated preordering and hype is much less than the last tw0o releases. Apple set a goal to sell 1/2 millions phones this weekend.
    They cannot have egg on their face, only apple.
  10. Almy macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2008
    That's a scripted response they're using for a lot of things right now. An AT&T rep told me a couple days ago that apple dictates they require a data plan on any iPhone no longer under contract, yeah right :).

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