ATT upgrade date

jfreak623

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Every year since iphone came out, ATT has moved my upgrade up soon before the new iphone would come out allowing me to sign another 2 year agreement for the new phone. We pay about $250 every month on our plan. Curious if this year will be any different as my date is still showing mid 2013.
 

batting1000

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Sep 4, 2011
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Every year since iphone came out, ATT has moved my upgrade up soon before the new iphone would come out allowing me to sign another 2 year agreement for the new phone. We pay about $250 every month on our plan. Curious if this year will be any different as my date is still showing mid 2013.
If they did, it wouldn't be until the device is actually announced, not a month before.
 

mattopotamus

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Pretty sure the iphone 4 was the last time they were doing that. They will let you upgrade for the subsidized price, but not the $199 price.
 

madsci954

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Oct 14, 2011
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They have stopped doing that since the 4S came out. Now you have to wait 20 months or so for another full upgrade.
Would be nice if they still allow it but we have to wait and see.
This, the upgrades are now like any other smart phone they offer. And it is 20 months.
 

Blaine

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Dec 3, 2007
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Hmm I may do that too. I bought my 4s on launch day. I'm not sure if it'd be cheaper for me to cancel or not.

Can I ask how much cheaper it will be for you?
 

mattopotamus

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Hmm I may do that too. I bought my 4s on launch day. I'm not sure if it'd be cheaper for me to cancel or not.

Can I ask how much cheaper it will be for you?
I want to say you pay $10 a month for each month left on your contract for ETF. So if you have exactly 1 year left you would pay $120 for ETF and the $199 for the new contract price. Really, the only incentive to not do this is if you have unlimited data.
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
I want to say you pay $10 a month for each month left on your contract for ETF. So if you have exactly 1 year left you would pay $120 for ETF and the $199 for the new contract price. Really, the only incentive to not do this is if you have unlimited data.
The etf is $325
You get $10 off per month that you stayed with the contract.
So $325 minus $120 you would still need to pay around $200-205 to get out.
And you cant resign right away with the same name and social I believe. You will have to wait 30-60 days.
 

mattopotamus

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The etf is $325
You get $10 off per month that you stayed with the contract.
So $325 minus $120 you would still need to pay around $200-205 to get out.
And you cant resign right away with the same name and social I believe. You will have to wait 30-60 days.
ahh thanks. Makes sense or else everyone would just cancel and resign. That is originally why they use to let you upgrade for $199 whenever the new iphone came out b.c the ETF was only $175 and it would have always been cheaper to cancel and then re-sign.
 

Blaine

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Dec 3, 2007
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Hmm well do you guys think it'd be better to do an early upgrade, or just pay in full and use a full upgrade for next years iPhone?

Either way, I'll be selling my 4s once I get the new phone.
 

al0513

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haha we have discussed this before.

Ive never had to pay the extra $250 on top of sub price on an upgrade and i've been able to upgrade to a new iPhone every year (Most of them on launch day or a week or so after).

Just sit back and wait till 9/12. Then call *639# and I'm sure you will be able to upgrade like me. At least that is the hopes. :D

And this worked with the 4S. ... paid $199 + $36 activation fee. Of course i've been with AT&T for ..... 10 years ? + my dad has been with them for another 8 or so?
 

617aircav

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haha we have discussed this before.

Ive never had to pay the extra $250 on top of sub price on an upgrade and i've been able to upgrade to a new iPhone every year (Most of them on launch day or a week or so after).

Just sit back and wait till 9/12. Then call *639# and I'm sure you will be able to upgrade like me. At least that is the hopes. :D

And this worked with the 4S. ... paid $199 + $36 activation fee. Of course i've been with AT&T for ..... 10 years ? + my dad has been with them for another 8 or so?
Nope. Not anymore. Go to nyt.com. In the tech section they have an article about this.
 

jfreak623

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makes sense...i mean they are getting more than enough of the subsidy back by me spending $250 a month with them. Not to mention, if they made me wait my full 2 years now, i may consider all of my mobile options then. They better keep me signed while im willing lol
 

rockyroad55

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The etf is $325
You get $10 off per month that you stayed with the contract.
So $325 minus $120 you would still need to pay around $200-205 to get out.
And you cant resign right away with the same name and social I believe. You will have to wait 30-60 days.
Unless you have a family plan. You can add a new line with the new iPhone then call to cancel your old line.
 

mattopotamus

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Hmm well do you guys think it'd be better to do an early upgrade, or just pay in full and use a full upgrade for next years iPhone?

Either way, I'll be selling my 4s once I get the new phone.
if the price stays the same, it is $650 to buy the phone out right.

if you buy at the subsidized price you pay $250(upgrade fee) + $199(new contract price) + $36(activation fee) =almost $500. Personally, if you plan on staying with your current carrier and not changing your plan you should always go the cheapest route, but if you may change carrier....I think it is a no brainer to out right buy the phone for only $150ish more b.c the ETF would be higher.