Can iPhone users upgrade whenever a new iPhone comes out?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jessay, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Jessay macrumors member

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    Just curious. I had the 3GS for 5 months before the iPhone 4 came out. Surprisingly, I was able to upgrade, but AT&T renewed my contract (which I was totally fine with). I would like to get the 4s, but I don't want to be stuck with it when the 5 comes out...
     
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    It depends on how much you pay for your iPhone line, and how generous AT&T is.
     
  3. mopppish macrumors 6502

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    I think I shot myself in the foot. I bought and iPhone 4 within the first month of its release.
    Over the summer (since that was when I anticipated a new iPhone would be announced), I checked my eligibility and I was eligible for a full upgrade.
    Now, however, my upgrade eligibility shows up as 3/12/2012.
    I assumed it was a mistake at first, but then I remembered that when my girlfriend moved to Ireland last month for grad school, I changed my plan from family to individual. That must have reset my eligibility. Damn!
    Otherwise, I was planning to upgrade since selling your old phone almost always means you'll break even IF you're eligible for a full upgrade discount.
    I would expect that buying now would mean that you're eligible for the very next iPhone, as has been the case for the last few releases.
     
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    It probably didn't reset your eligibility per se, it's just that people who spend over $100/line with AT&T get upgrades every year, while people who spend less get them every 18-24 months.
     
  5. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    Well I here in Canada am technically bound to my iPhone for the duration of my contract which is three years (I'm with Fido). So technically I have to wait until next September to upgrade from my iPhone 3G but I believe I can do it within the last six months of my contracts which means I can upgrade in early April. Unless I but the phone outright I'll have to wait.
     
  6. Jessay thread starter macrumors member

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    This may be true. I have no idea why I am always able to upgrade when the new iPhone comes out. Ex: bought the 3GS, and had it for about 5 months until the iPhone 4 came out. Surprisingly, I was able to upgrade. I have had my iPhone 4 for 16 months. Again, I am eligible for an upgrade.
     
  7. AnthonySmith macrumors 6502

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    Same with me. I'm upgrading now to the 4S from the 4 and hopefully I'll be eligible again for the 6, which I think they'll call HD.
     
  8. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    I always upgrade my personal line via early upgrade whenever a new iPhone is released. (449/549/649)
     

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