AT&T Greedy

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by w00t951, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. w00t951 macrumors 68000

    w00t951

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    About a month ago I got a text message saying that I'm eligible for the $18 iPhone upgrade. When I preordered my 4S this morning, it cost me $549, the full retail price. What happened to the upgrade fee?
     
  2. mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    How can you upgrade to an iPhone for $18?
     
  3. mattwallace24 macrumors regular

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    I believe you can upgrade to the iPhone 3GS for free + $18 upgrade fee.
     
  4. boshii macrumors 68040

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    Wait, so you thought you were getting a new iPhone for $18? It doesn't work that way.

    They're saying instead of the $36 they normally charge for activation, they're reducing it by half as incentive to upgrade. You still have to pay for the device. You were only eligible for an early upgrade, which is why it cost $549.
     
  5. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    It seems you misunderstood the text. AT&T no longer offers the $100 off the phone or $200 off the phone after the 2 year contract ends. You paid full because you were / are still under contract.

    To answer the topic question: Yes AT&T is greedy, all carriers are. Tethering was available right away in the 3GS but AT&T wouldn't allow it for free until 6 months later and charged a price - a main reason they lost exclusivity.
     
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    You didn't pay full. 4S is 649/749/849. I'm assuming you got the 32GB for 549. That means you got the "early" upgrade which is a 200 dollar discount not the full 450.
     
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

    Interstella5555

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    Have you actually tried calling your carrier? Not a lot of people will be able to answer that. Additionally, I'm still amazed that people somehow thing a company has their best interests in mind. Of course they want to make money.
     

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