AT&T Upgrade $399 Question

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  1. dylanursula macrumors 6502

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    I have the iphone4 16Gb and would like to upgrade to the new iPhone comes along. I just got a replacement iPhone4 for a dodgy home button and as its mint could sell it for decent money I have seen. As I am not eligble for an upgrade until Feb 2012, the price currently being offered for a new 16Gb iphone4 is $399 which I assume would also apply for the new iphone when it comes along assuming a retail price of $199. The question I have for AT&T folks is if I take advantage of the $399 price, do I extend my contract for 2 years?

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  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    If I understand you correctly then the only way not to extend your contract is to pay the full retail price. If that is $399 then so be it. However, I believe the no-commitment price is $599 and $699. Your $399 price is likely a discounted early upgrade price that will require a new commitment .
     
  3. saving107 macrumors 603

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    $199 is for an eligible upgrade or new customer.

    $399 is for an early upgrade, and you will have to sign a new 2 year contract.

    $599 is the full retail price and does not require a new contract.

    $649 is for a Unlocked iPhone that does not require a contract or a carrier.
     
  4. dylanursula thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks saving107
     
  5. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    This begs the question, is it worth the $200 to wait and buy it in January/February, or is it better to shell out the $200 and have the item now (or when it's released).


    For me, I think I'd have to wait...
     
  6. willsoriano macrumors member

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    $399? I text *639# and I get this;

    "A full discount on a standard device or iPhone upgrade is not available at this time but you may qualify on 05/29/2012. We can offer you a discounted iPhone upgrade at 2-yr commitment pricing + $250 along with a new 2-yr commitment and an $18 upgrade fee. Please visit a participating iPhone sales location for pricing on this offer."

    That's $468
     
  7. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    His upgrade date is ~4 months earlier than yours. That's why he gets a better price.

    For him it will be $399 + $18 upgrade fee.

    He's saving $50 over you.
     
  8. willsoriano macrumors member

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    And of course my math fails me again. I'm jus happy to be able to get an early upgrade after having just got service in december.
     
  9. iFiend macrumors 65816

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    It used to be just $200 more than normal upgrade price to get an early upgrade through AT&T. They recently (the last 3-4 months maybe?) raised that to $250.

    FYI - you can go to Apple and it's still only $200 more ;)
     
  10. willsoriano macrumors member

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    See that's what I was curious about. I want to do a pre-order (which I remember reading apple store only, could be wrong), but does that meani pay full price or early upgrade price.
     
  11. nmork macrumors regular

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    Just curious, how long is the time between upgrades supposed to be? I got my 4 on launch day and...

    [​IMG]
     
  12. matbook101 macrumors 6502

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    Depend on how much you pay them each month. The more you pay the earlier the upgrade.
     
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    It's not but sometimes logic is trumped by the desire to have the latest and greatest. It is clear a 2 year contract no longer has the same meaning these days, ergo, the OP is willing to waste his money to get it now. /shrug it's his money.
     
  14. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    I think AT&T screwed you over.


    You bought your phone in July, and signed a 2 year contract, which should end in July of '12.


    Your upgrade date is December of '12 (Judging by your AT&T signal-logo-thing).
     
  15. iFiend macrumors 65816

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    This.

    I bought my iPhone 4 on launch day and got an upgrade on 6/24. I am a single line and spend $99/mo before taxes. Seems to be the sweet spot as every year I am eligible for an upgrade on launch day.
     
  16. emoore macrumors regular

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    Since the iPhone 4 came out in 2011 wouldn't that put the contract end in 2013? So it looks like December of 2012 is correct since you can usually upgrade a few months early.
     
  17. iFiend macrumors 65816

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    Last time I checked I bought my iPhone 4 in 2010 :)
     
  18. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    The iPhone 4 came out in summer of 2010.

    Meaning the contract should end in summer of 2012.

    It is now 2011 and the iPhone 5 is almost out. They release one iPhone every year.


    Yes, the Verizon iPhone 4 came out earlier this year, but that was a different story, as he's on AT&T. And he specifically stated he bought it on launch day.
     
  19. saving107 macrumors 603

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    You are eligible for an early upgrade 6 months after having used your full upgrade. You are not eligible for a full upgrade until 20 months into your 24 month contract, but for the last few years AT&T has made exceptions for current iPhone owners and has allowed only iPhone owners to upgrade to the newest iPhone released (but if you have a different phone, you have to complete your contract or wait to be eligible), but this is not a written policy and varies year-to-year.
     
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    I went from 2/25/12 to 11/25/11 back to 2/25/12. I'm a sad panda lol. I don't know if switching my sim card to the Motorola Atrix a couple days ago had any affect on it but I'm switching back lol.

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  23. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    You don't extend your current contract for an additional 2 years. You start a new 2 year contract that replaces your existing contract.

    Dave
     
  24. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    More or less extending the contract..
     
  25. maximus96 macrumors 6502a

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    i bought two iphone4's on launch day and like the rest of you that pay less than $100/line, we're not eligible for upgrade until Feb/2012. However, we are eligible for the early upgrade for $199 + $250 plus the $18 fee. So for us, the iphone 5 will cost $467+tax each under the current contract in my wife's name.

    I rather not pay that much so I came up with another plan. The early termination fee, by the time the iphone 5 comes out, should be around $175 give or take. ($325 - $10 for each month on contract) The new iphone 5 should then cost us about $374+tax each under my name as a new account. Selling the unlocked iphone 4 on craigslist should be enough to cover most if not all of that.

    To get around the new account/new phone number issue, I will port our current AT&T numbers to google voice and never have to worry about giving out new numbers to friends/family again.
     

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