AT&T punishing fanboys with iPhone 3G S Upgrade Pricing

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  1. m021478 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    I just went to the AT&T local store near apartment to pre-order two 32GB iPhone 3G S for myself and my wife...

    I was informed that due to the fact that we purchased both of our current 16GB iPhone 3G devices on July 15th, 2008 (about 2 weeks or so after the 3G became available for retail purchase), that my wife and I would be ineligible for the upgrade pricing for the new iPhone 3G S, as it has not yet been a full year since we purchase our phones.

    This means that if we wanted to get the new iPhone 3G S right away when it's finally released on June 17th, then my wife and I would have to pay $499 for each phone. They said that we would have to wait until July 15th, 2009 to be eligible for the $299 upgrade pricing for the new iPhones.

    So, because of the fact that we waited on longs lines and purchased our new iPhone 3G pretty much straight out of the gates when it was released last summer, we am now being penalized this time around by being requiring to wait one extra month to buy our new iPhone 3G S's ~ that is, unless my wife and I choose to suck it up and pay the full non-upgrade price for two new iPhones, which is an astouning $1,000 ($499 x 2)... yeah, right!!


    P.S... and please, no one refer me to this Gizmodo article which doesn't really make an ounce of sense......the guy who wrote this article must've been one crack or something, as any person should be considered more than justified for complaining about this completely wacked-out situation.
  2. bigchief macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2009
    Cry us all a river. You have to wait an extra month. Boo Hoo. If this is the most pressing thing going on in your life. We are all in a funk for your horrible situation.
  3. TurboSC macrumors 65816


    Aug 4, 2007
    no one put a gun to your head and forced you to purchase the iPhone 3G, you knew exactly what you were getting, for what price. Maybe you should have read the other 5000 threads about this issue.
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    You know, when I don't understand something the LAST thing I do is go onto a board full of people who do understand it and brag about my inability to understand that subject.

    Why would you do that?

    Since you apparently haven't done any research on the subject, let me fill you in:

    Having a July date makes you luckier than 95% of the other 3G owners here.
    (Most of whom have Nov-Dec upgrade dates even though they also bought phones last July, just like you.)

    You just came into a room full of blind men and started complaining about having to wear glasses. Seeking out folks who have it worse than you and then complaining to them is not going to get you any sympathy.
  5. BMac702 macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    Start selling weed, thats what I did and I'm buying two 3GSs at full price just because I love Apple and AT&T so much:)
  6. MEDiphone macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009

    am starting to think these forums are absolutely ridiculous.
    Listen folks, ATT does not need to pay for your new iphone every 11 months because you want a new one.

    OP-your post is absolutely idiotic.
  7. cere macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2008
    You have a very sad definition of punishment. You bought a phone last year and were given a discount in exchange for a contract. You have no reason to expect any discount on another phone before you are eligible, whether Apple releases a new model or not. Instead of being thankful that they will let you upgrade at a discount, you are upset that they are not going above and beyond what your contract says quickly enough.

    You want a new iPhone 3Gs at discount? Open a brand new account and sign a new contract and pay for both contracts.

    If today or next month, you are able to upgrade at the discounted price and Apple releases a brand new model a month after that, would you feel AT&T is again obligated to open your contract and let you buy the newer model at the discounted price? That would be ridiculous, no?

    I am amazed at how entitled some people think they are. It is really difficult for me to comprehend that sort of selfish, self-centered attitude.
  8. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US

    Really, how many more times do you need to be told before you understand. Here's a quick suggestion: Understand the next contract you sign *before* you sign it. More specifically, ask when you can upgrade to a new phone. And please don't upgrade and then complain a year from now. Sheesh.
  9. bostonte macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    How is this different than any other cellphone contract that any other carrier has ever offered?

    I've never had a cell phone contract that allowed me to upgrade at the new activation price any time I wanted.

    I guess I must be an idiot buying the wrong phones or something...
  10. BMac702 macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    Or just pay the ETF for your 3G and start a new subsidized $200 contract.
  11. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    It's called a contract. You signed it when you purchased your 3G. AT&T doesn't owe you a damn thing.
  12. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    There should be like a sticky thread or something.
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Oh my God. Are you serious about this? I am rather amazed that you're an adult (assuming you're an adult because you're married). I am rather amazed that you see waiting one month for something is sign of you and your wife being penalized for getting the 3G phone at launch; which you did not get at launch because you said you purchased 2 weeks after launch. First, AT&T is not penalizing you for waiting 2 weeks after the 3G was out to buy. Second, AT&T is not penalizing you one bit, instead they're allowing you to upgrade 12 months earlier than you would normally be allowed. Third, the article below is, in fact, meant for people like you.
    It does not make sense because it does not lean in your favor.

    You need to start looking at things through the eyes of a logical adult. Figure out that this is just a phone. Don't bring your wife into your whiny rant about being penalized for wishing to essentially break a contract. You may want to look into what it means to sign a contract while you wait an additional 30 days for a phone. Clearly you and your wife have some burning desire to have this phone in June and not July. Clearly there is a feature that if you go another month without it you and your wife will die.
  14. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Exactly. The current situation is that the OP is on a "hire purchase" and hasn't yet paid off the first phone.

    Option 1: Pay the ETF, thus finalising the purchase of the 3G, then hire purchase a 3GS.

    Option 2: Wait until you've finished purchasing the 3G, then hire purchase the 3GS.

    Option 3: Buy the 3GS at full price.
  15. DaGreat01 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW MANY OF THESE DAMN THREADS ARE THERE GOING TO Be????????!!!!!!!!!!

    How about you go to the thread with the subject "ATT is.....Amazing" Maybe you can get your lazy butt up and do what they did if you REALLY cant wait 26 ***** days!!! I will only have a year with my iPhone 3G in December! You are in a MUCH better place than I am!
  16. randomusername macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    It's not a punishment. How are they punishing you by not giving you something for a lower price? They'd loose a lot of money on another subsidy before you're eligible for it. It's not punishment when they're treating the iPhone 3G S pricing like every other phone on any network. When you're not eligible for an upgrade and you want a Blackberry Bold, or a Palm Pre, or a Sidekick, or an enV Touch, etc. you have to pay for price to get the phone. And I don't care if they let previous generation iPhone users get the iPhone 3G for a lower price because that's different. First generation iPhone users didn't get a subsidy at all, so they were given an early upgrade because they paid so much on their first iPhone. But for iPhone 3G owners, you got the friggin' phone for $199/$299! Deal with it! It's the same with any other phone. So stop whining because you're not getting special treatment. It's punishment to OTHER phone buyers if only iPhone users get these special benefits.

    And you're not even paying full retail to get the iPhone 3G S before you're eligible to upgrade! For full retail prices it's $499 for the 8GB iPhone 3G, $599 for the 16GB iPhone 3G S, and $699 for the 32GB iPhone 3G S. You only have to pay $300 for the iPhone 3G, $400 for the 16GB iPhone 3G S, and $500 for the 32GB iPhone 3G S. So, technically, you're still getting a subsidized price and you're still getting special pricing for the iPhone 3G/3G S and for the iPhone 3G/3G S only.

    You whiners are pathetic.
  17. BMac702 macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    And if you pay the ETF and sign a new contract it'll be cheaper than $500 to upgrade now :)
  18. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    fanbois and fangirls deserve to be punished for making a new thread every five minutes on a problem that really doesn't exist.
  19. TheSpecialist08 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2009
    Sacramento, CA
    Sure, this thread is ridiculous, but you guys don't have to be a*sholes about it. Remember the forum rules and show a little respect. As far as your predicament, just wait the month man! I cant believe you would consider spending $1000 + just to avoid waiting one month! I'm in the same boat brother. I have to wait until the 13th. Save your money and wait it out.
  20. pablo7 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2008
    Not Again With Another Fawking Cry Baby Thread.......
  21. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
  22. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    It's "tough love" baby . . . if these folks don't get muss'd up a bit, it just encourages the whiney, wimpy behavior.

    That behavior, I might add, casts other reasonable owners and supporters of the iPhone family in a bad light. ;)
  23. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
  24. Hints-The-Name macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
    I bought my 3G just 2 months ago, I want and iPhone 3G S and I have to pay $399. Apple is ripping me off blah blah blah. We have heard your complaint millions of times and we think its stupid when you sign a contract, you actually have to fulfill it. Atleast there doing the favor and offering you a a early upgrade fee instead of making you pay $700 so count that as a blessing b/c they dont offer that on every other phone. So instead of looking at it like Apple is ripping you off, why dont you look at it like I only have to wait one month or atleast I can get it $200 cheaper than somepeople. I truthfully think an iPhone with an upgrade should cost $400/$500 so I am happy paying only $400 as I am lucky enough to not have to pay $600. Some people arnt even able to get it for $500
  25. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

    Apr 26, 2003
    I really don't understand what the big deal about this upgrading is. My iPhone 3G is only 8 months old. I sold it on ebay for a nice price and that greatly offsets the cost of my new 3G S. So what is the problem on upgrading when so much of the cost is covered with the sale of your current 3G?
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