AT&T's "Early Upgrade" pricing

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by PatriotInvasion, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. PatriotInvasion macrumors 65816

    PatriotInvasion

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    So, I'm the primary line on a family plan with 2 iPhones. Every year, AT&T provides me with "Early Upgrade" pricing where the 16GB iPhone costs $399 on a 2 year contract. I usually just pay that and sell my old one to recoup most of the cost which is great, but I'm still not sure why/how AT&T offers this.

    I remember reading something about AT&T providing this if you spend >$100/month on your line or something but not sure. Anyone know the logic behind this?

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  2. iSaxon macrumors 6502a

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    You are eligible after 6 months of your service contract, or after 12 months if your last upgrade was a partial discount.
     
  3. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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    I think that if you spend < $100 / month then after 1 year, you get the early discount... it is essentially full subsidized price PLUS $250. So the 16GB 5s would be $449 ($199 + $250).

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    That isn't how it works for me... I only got the early iphone upgrade after 12 months... and I got that last year too, this year same, no full upgrade.
     
  4. iSaxon macrumors 6502a

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    My bill is >$300 and my line is over $100 but I got the partial discount after 12 months because my last upgrade was an early upgrade
     
  5. PatriotInvasion thread starter macrumors 65816

    PatriotInvasion

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    Weird, it used to be $399, not $449. Still no pricing yet on AT&T's site because the 5S isn't available for order yet, but we'll see. Either way, I know I can get $350-$375 for my iPhone 5 via Craigslist within a day or 2. So if I can net out under $199 for the upgrade, not so bad. Been doing it every year since the 3GS
     
  6. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    It's cheaper to pay full price than to take the early upgrade price. Early upgrade is $250 extra every year, $500 for two years. Full price adds $450 for one year, no extra the next year. You save $50 by paying full price every other year. :)
     

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