AT&T Pushing up Upgrade Eligibility

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Daj27, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Daj27 macrumors newbie


    Jun 30, 2010
    So I noticed my upgrade eligibility has been pushed up a couple of months much like last year around the launch time for the iPhone 4. Anyone else seeing the change on their account?
  2. HeezyBear macrumors regular

    May 21, 2010
    I just checked. I bought an iPhone 4 the day it came out and am eligible for a fully subsidized upgrade. So I'm guessing my upgrade eligibility has been bumped up since it's usually two years, right?
  3. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    No, it depends on many factors and, I think, a wizard.

    There's no telling what your date is going to be (mine is currently sitting at 16 months after my iPhone 4 purchase) but whatever it is, the question is 'did it change.'

    For me, no, it has not. It's the same today as it was when I last checked 2 months ago.
  4. HeezyBear macrumors regular

    May 21, 2010
    Why would your upgrade be 16 months after your purchase and it not be the same for me? A roll out of upgrade eligibility is the only thing that comes to mind. Similar to how it was last year.
  5. Daj27 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 30, 2010
    It's usually a year and a few months after the last upgrade or start of contract.
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    If you bill is $100+ before taxes it's every 12 months. I believe if it's $90 it's then 18 months and anything less is the standard 20-22 months.
  7. M-5 macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 2008
    I upgraded to the iPhone 4 on release day, and I don't qualify for another full discount upgrade until 02/25/2012.
  8. HeezyBear macrumors regular

    May 21, 2010
    Oh okay, I got you. So since I'm on a family plan that's always around $150, it's 12 months. Cool, never knew.
  9. jfrancis04 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2010
    Mine still says November, which is what it has been for quite a while now.
  10. nizmoz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Strange, mine got switched to November but my other iphone 4 is still 07/2012 when we got them last year. Interesting.
  11. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    It's figured of individual phone totals examples.

    two iPhones on family plan say $75 a month 20-22 months
    Two iPhones on family one $100 the other say $90 one is eligible every year the other 18 months.
    2 iPhones on family $100 each both can up grade every year.

    Last year AT&T made tons of people eligible after the I4 was announced hopefully they will do it this year as well..
  12. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I think last year's mass bump up in upgrade eligibility was because they knew they were going to lose exclusive rights to the iPhone in January of 2011 in the US, so they wanted to make sure to lock in customers by enticing an early upgrade so they don't switch to Verizon by waiting a month or 2.

    As for this year, the price per month correlation to upgrade eligibility makes sense. Since higher rate plans allow at&t to recoop the subsidized price cost sooner then lower rate plans.
  13. LinksAwakener macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
    QFT. I saw the room they use to decide your eligibility, there was definitely a wizard. Long bluish white beard and all.

    I got my iPhone 4 on August 8th of last year, I pay anywhere from $100 to $150 a month (probably averaging $130), and I become eligible for an upgrade on January 8th--which never changed.

    So as was said earlier, definitely a wizard.
  14. Eddyisgreat, Jul 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

    Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Just checked my date. Prior to today (or whenever they made the switch) my upgrade date was Feb 2012 on a launch day iP4. Today it's 11/25/2011. My bill is usually over $100 but my fan discount brings me to around $90 bucks/mo. I was also given an early upgrade last year as well.

    ppl were tweaked because the upgrade date for the family lines wasn't bumped up (in some cases) as was the primary line. This is because the primary line bears the cost of the entire voice portion of the bill plus (in the case of the iPhone) data and any txting plans on their individual line or family line. The secondary onward lines only dealt with the 9 or so dollar charge for the additional line + any texting on their line, so a user would need to add on packages such as unlimited text and international data, maybe phone insurance before they come anywhere close to the $100 dollar threshold.

    As for the threshold for price per line and upgrade date, that's been published for some time now :
    Q. Does this change only apply to iPhone 3G customers who spend $99 or more per month?
    A. In most cases, yes. iPhone customers who spend more than $99 a month per line with us generally are eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months. In general, the more a customer spends with us, the less time they have to wait to get another new device.

    Q. What about customers who bought in July, August, or September 2008 but don't spend over $99 a month?
    A. We value the business of all our customers. Getting a new subsidized device is based on several factors including monthly recurring charges and having an account in good financial standing. In general, the more you spend with us, the less time you have to wait to get another device. This is a very fair system. That said, we do offer early upgrade pricing only for iPhone for those customers who don't want to wait.
  15. Djs621 macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2008
    I'm in the same boat as you, 150 a month family plan. Except mine says I won't be eligible to upgrade til February 2012
  16. toss002 macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Can someone explain, good or no.

    I purchased my iPhone 4 September 2010 (last year) and renewed the contract.
    I will be eligible for a full discount on a standard iPhone --> 12-27-11.

    What do you think?

    PS: I pay around $78 a month.
  17. LinksAwakener macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
    Yes that would explain a lot--except for the fact that there are so many anomalies. As an example, I spend quite a bit more than $100 a month on my bill but I don't qualify for an upgrade until 17 months into my contract, where toss002 pays about $78 and gets upgraded after 15 months (allegedly).
  18. joshwithachance macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2009
    I got my iPhone 4 on launch and have 450 mins, 2 GB data, unlimited messaging, and a fan discount so my bill comes out to about $82 per month and I have an early upgrade for $400 now and I'll have a full upgrade on November 19th.
  19. CrashnTrash macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
    I pay around $75/month. I got mine around June, 2010 and a month ago I was eligible for a new iPhone Feb, 2012. I just checked and now its bumped to Nov, 2011. The best part, I called Apple Care and they said I have Warranty up till June, 2012. They said someone accidentally gave me this warranty by typing the wrong serial number :)
  20. Daj27 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 30, 2010
  21. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Mine says 12/21/2011, interesting, I did buy a month after it came out however. For a second I thought it said: 12/21/2012 hahaha :p
  22. neworleans-7 macrumors regular


    May 18, 2008
    12/21 is my birthday...lmao :eek::eek:

    But to stay on topic, my upgrade date changed as well. I bought the iPhone 4 at launch and my upgrade was originally 02/25/2012 and now it's 11/25/2011.
  23. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    On a FamilyTalk rate plan, each line has it's own MRC and so each line has an individual upgrade date based on the MRC of that individual line.

    Short answer, make sure your iPhone is the anchor line since with the base rate plan + the data plan you might have a higher MRC and receive an earlier upgrade date. Each additional line starts at $9.99 so they always will have the longest period before they qualify for a full equipment upgrade discount.

  24. Djs621 macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2008
    Thanks for the advice Dave! You're right, according to my account the anchor phone will have a shorter period between upgrade eligibility. But in my case it's only 2 weeks :rolleyes:

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