Apple Announces iPhone Upgrade Program for Annual iPhone Purchasers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Today at its "Hey Siri" special event, Apple announced a brand new program at its retail stores called the iPhone Upgrade Program. The program is designed for users who want to have the newest iPhone every year, and even comes with AppleCare+ included. Those who sign up for the program will be able to trade-in their current iPhone for a new model after 12 monthly installments are made, starting a new cycle of the program each year.


    Users are given an unlocked iPhone and allowed to pick from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, allowing customers to choose their current carrier or select a new one if they "don't have any carrier commitments." iPhone 6s users can expect to pay $32.41/month (16GB), $36.58/month (64GB), or $40.75/month (128GB) while on the service. Alternatively, those opting for the larger-screened iPhone 6s Plus will see slightly higher prices: $36.58/month (16GB), $40.75/month (64GB), or $44.91/month (128GB).

    Users who are interested in using the iPhone Upgrade Program to finance a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus can do so by making a reservation online starting at 12:01 PDT Saturday, September 12, the same day pre-orders for the smartphone go live. The reservation will allow you to hold a spot at the Apple Store of your choosing for an appointment in setting up a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus with the Upgrade Program.

    Article Link: Apple Announces iPhone Upgrade Program for Annual iPhone Purchasers
  2. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    Literally double the price of T-Mobile's offering. But includes AppleCare+.
  3. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  4. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    I'm sold on this if it can use your existing plan. If this is for new customers only, that's a problem.

  5. Supermallet macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2014
    Yep, I'd be willing to pay a fee to Apple to upgrade if it allows me to upgrade on my unlimited Verizon plan without jumping through the hoops one normally has to go through to get a phone upgrade on Verizon and keep an unlimited plan intact.
  6. Zorn macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2006
    I like the idea of this in theory, because I do this myself anyway, and this would save me the hassle of eBay. I would like to see some added value with this though, and no not AppleCare, because I never buy that anyway. Maybe some kind of bundle with added iCloud storage and Apple Music, or something. Plus, we all know $32/mo is going to be for a non-adequate 16GB phone.
  7. trife macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2012

    Need more info ASAP. I'm loving that it includes Applecare+.
  8. webbuzz macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2010
    Agreed. The best part is not having to step foot in a carrier store.
  9. jocamero macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Can you elaborate?

    I just checked T-Mobile's site and it shows $27.08/month for a 16GB iPhone 6.

  10. MVallee macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I wonder what the pricing will be like for the 128GB 6S Plus.

    Also, I wonder when this will come to Canada.
  11. Viper3773 macrumors regular


    Oct 11, 2011
    So is this for a LEASE or do you OWN your iPhones??
  12. roguenode macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2011
    This is intriguing. Will have to see details. As a tmo customer on the $30/mo for unlim text, 5GB 4g data, 100min prepaid setup, using Tmo to finance the phone forces me to get insurance through them AND forces me to a much more expensive plan for comparable data. If I can buy through Apple and keep using the $30/mo prepaid setup, I'll likely do it.
  13. b0r3dguy macrumors member


    Jun 26, 2010
    Orange County, CA
  14. randian macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2014
    T-Mobile $15 JOD is a discounted promo that ended yesterday, their regular price is $27 a month, and their warranty is $8/month on top of that. Looks to me like T-Mo is charging $35/month and Apple $32. Of course T-Mobile's insurance charge is optional, while Apple's is unfortunately mandatory.
  15. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2011
    Perrysburg, OH
    This is what I'd like to know. Also, it says $37.49 for a 6S Plus 16GB, so if you do a year, that's only $449.88 for the year. Buying it outright would be $749, so a $300 difference. That's about what you'd get on eBay, give or take $50, and you get AppleCare plus. If this is how it works, I'm all in. ONLY if I can keep my current plan ($45/month w/ 250 MB data).
  16. Markjkc macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2013
    Brighton, UK
    Same but for the UK
  17. pjroyst macrumors newbie


    Sep 9, 2015
    Usually with these lease programs, they'll require a down payment for the 64 and 128 gb models keeping the price the same per month. And with the lease, at the end of the lease period you have an option to buy the phone as well.
  18. Locoboof macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2008
    Bay Area,Cali
    This was a giant F.U. to AT&T... Once AT&T said you can no longer get a two year contract from apple only AT&T shoved that down their throat today. They'll give it to you unlocked,not effecting your current contract.

    Well played Apple.... I'll see you on the 12th
  19. randian macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2014
    This works better for the larger storage phones in my opinion. The difference between the 16GB and 128GB phones is ~$8/month, or $96/year. The full retail price difference is $200, but you will get far less than that on resale. The fly in the ointment is sales tax. Do you pay it all up front or over time? If over time you also avoid sales tax on the portion of the phone you haven't yet purchased when you upgrade next year.
  20. Bawstun macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2009
    It clearly says it requires an activation with one of the 4 major carriers. It's in the bottom print.
  21. randian macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2014
  22. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    My bad. Apparently it was a promo that ended yesterday
    [QUOTE ="jocamero, post: 21799392, member: 202804"]Can you elaborate?

    I just checked T-Mobile's site and it shows $27.08/month for a 16GB iPhone 6.[/QUOTE]
  23. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
  24. Supermallet macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2014
    According to the Apple page, these are the fees for the 6s: 16 GB $32.41, 64 GB $36.58, 128 GB $40.75.

    6s Plus: 16 GB $36.58, 64 GB $40.75, 128 GB $44.91.

    And according to their eligibility check, I'm not eligible since I'm on a 2 year contract. It looks like they're just replacing the carrier as the financier for the phone, so it may have to be on a finance-type plan that the carrier offers? I won't be eligible for an upgrade until next year so maybe someone else on a 2-year contract whose eligibility is coming up can give us more info.
  25. jmitch150 macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Yes, except that AT&T has me locked in for another 10 months with their Next 12 plan from last year. I'm forced to upgrade with them now this year.

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