AT&T.. 1 year discount after buying 5s isn't until 9/21.

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  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    In the past, I know AT&T has given people upgrading the discount even if they were a few days early.

    I upgraded to the 5S last 9/21, and therefore my discount won't kick in until 9/21 this year. Does anyone know if AT&T plans on relaxing that again this year?
     
  2. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    If you got a 5S, then your discount won't kick in until September of next year. My mom has a 5 and she's already upgrade eligible.
     
  3. turbo350z macrumors newbie

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    Why not just call and ask???
     
  4. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You get like half of a discount now. If you go to Apple.com and do "Check Upgrade Eligibility" it will show you. I get like $200 off after 9/21/2014.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    They should not. They offer a program for annual upgrade don't they? You can wait. Seriously.
     
  6. rxtiger macrumors member

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    Just called ATT and couldn't get them to budge. I will probably buy the 6 plus outright and not extend my contract. No flexibility. Maybe it will change before Friday.
     
  7. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    If you're asking about the early upgrade, it's showing as available now for me (also got 5s on release date).

    iPhone 6 Plus
    16GB $549
    64GB $649
    128GB $749

    iPhone 6
    16GB $449
    64GB $549
    128GB $649

    I don't think you can expect to get the fully discounted $199/299/399 or $299/399/499 upgrade pricing.
     
  8. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Weird, this isn't showing for me. I wonder why, that is strange.

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    And no, I didn't expect to get the full upgrade, but usually its like $200 off the full blown retail price, which is what you see too.

    I don't understand why that isn't showing up for me. It's saying that my discounted price doesn't go into effect until 9/21.
     
  9. stretch80 macrumors regular

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    I'm hoping for the exact same thing. It seems like the last couple years it took a couple of days for AT&T to move the date up. Lets keep our fingers crossed!
     
  10. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Yeah. That's kinda unusual that it's not showing up for you. This is what I get.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Yeah, 5S buyers pay $250 + 2 year cost thru AT&T.
     
  12. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    The 5s is $349. It's the 5c that's $250. Just noticed, the 5s 32GB is just $50 more than the 16GB version. That's a nice change.
     
  13. DribbleCastle macrumors regular

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    I was just trying to remember back to last year if they moved the date up. I'm pretty sure I called AT&T and asked them to budge last year but they didn't, but I definitly remember ordering on the pre-order date last year too.

    Can anyone else confirm if AT&T moved the date up for early upgraders last year?

    I was actually pleasently surprised that they offered early upgrading pricing agian. I thought they would force us into the Next plan BS. Thank god.

    Now to decide.... 6 or 6 Plus.....
     
  14. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I always remember them doing this so I really hope they do it again :(
     
  15. aluren macrumors 65816

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    Mine is showing up as 9/21 too, and I got the 5s on launch day.

    I'm not familiar with how the plans work, but for those of us that upgrades every single year, doesn't the cost kinda balance out? So either take the $200 discount every year, or buy one for full price, then get the full discount the next year. Both scenarios we end up saving $400 in 2 years?
     
  16. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Not exactly. If you use early upgrade, you save $400 in 2 years. If you do one normal upgrade and one buy outright, you save $450 in 2 years. You also need to factor in the upgrade fee in case you can't get it waived.
     
  17. Tayloner macrumors newbie

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    I'm in the same boat, don't become partial upgrade eligible until September 21st because I bought the 5S at release. One question though, for pre-order, won't we need to be eligible as of the 12th, not the 19th?

    Hope this changes ASAP. Although, I'm scared this is a strong arm to get people to switch to NEXT. I remember ATT being lax on this in past years, but the rep I spoke with today was pretty adamant that no eligibility changes could be given (who knows if she knew what she was talking about though, honestly).

    Even worse, I'm scared that if I can't purchase before the 21st, it'll be on back order and I won't be able to get my 5S sold off to Gazelle by their October 10th price lock deadline.
     
  18. nolegirl macrumors regular

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    I'm in the same boat too. I spoke with THREE reps who said the date couldn't be moved. I just said forget it. I'll still check on Friday to see if they changed it, and if not, I'll just have to wait. You may have to contact Gazelle to see if they can extend or may be give you another offer. Is there any talk of supply constraint for the iPhone 6?
     
  19. Pipper99 macrumors 68000

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    I checked my upgrage eligibility, and as I expected, if I buy an iPhone 6 Plus on 9/12, I will have to pay full price. However, there is an asterisk above the full price "Buy Today" column as well as over the "Buy Sept 21, 2014" column showing that a new 2 year contract is required.

    "**Requires new two-year AT&T wireless service contract, sold separately to qualified customers; credit check required; must be 18 or older. In CA and RI, sales tax is collected on the unbundled price of iPhone."

    If I'm reading this correctly, I'll have to renew my contract if I pay full price. I hope this is an error.
     
  20. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    I presume that is after you manage to sell the older device too, right?
     
  21. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Since resale value is variable, no, I didn't take that into account. Numbers are based purely on MSRP and 2-year contract pricing assuming you just bought the 5s last year on subsidy and are not eligible for full subsidy right now.

    MSRP
    2014: $650
    2015: $650
    TOTAL: $1300

    Buy Outright + Full Subsidy
    2014: $650
    2015: $200
    TOTAL: $850

    Early Upgrade Every Year
    2014: $450
    2015: $450
    TOTAL: $900
     
  22. Tayloner macrumors newbie

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    I was told by an AT&T store manager tonight that they could not change my eligibility from 9/21 to 9/19 or 9/12. He suggested trying with customer service, but we know they're not doing it either. Looks like their sticking on it this year to push people to NEXT.
     
  23. iMas70 macrumors 65816

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    I bought a 16GB iPhone 5 the morning that it was released in 2012. After a few weeks I realized that I was going to run out of storage so I returned it and got the 32GB version. That reset my upgrade date so now I have to wait until October 18th. I didn't think this as supposed to happen when I found out about it a few months ago. Spoke to AT&T and Apple. Nothing that they can do. Oh well, I guess I won't be doing the release day thing anymore.
     
  24. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    I'm curious, are you on the old plans or Mobile Share? Also, do you have unlimited data? I think this might be a tactic to get people to switch plans. I'm on Mobile Share and 2 or our lines are already eligible for full subsidy despite a contract end date of 9/21/14.
     
  25. Apollonian, Sep 10, 2014
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    Apollonian macrumors 6502a

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    Do they offer all lines a partial upgrade after one year on contract or is it on a case by case basis?
     

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