Didn't a new iPhone used to really only cost $200 w an upgrade/contract?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TH55, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. TH55 macrumors 68030

    Nov 5, 2011
    With no rate raising to where the Next was a better deal?

    When I got my 4S in 2011 I was new to AT&T but I joined onto a family plan. It was $200 and that was it, the rates didn't go up.

    Now they're saying it's cheaper to buy it full price bc your rates go up??
  2. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Correct. There's basically no subsidies anymore on AT&T. You end up paying for the device in full one way or another.
  3. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Yeah they used to just hide the price of the phone in your bill for you. Now they actually let you know what you're paying.
  4. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

    Nov 5, 2011
    Sucks, I want a new phone but I don't want to pay $700.
  5. kilcher macrumors 65816


    Jul 3, 2011
    Then get it with Next. Next = 0% financing over 20 months. If you have Mobile Share your bill will be $25 cheaper per month because AT&T is not subsidizing the full cost of your phone.
  6. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

    Nov 5, 2011
    Didn't they used to just not give you a discount on the family plan?

    Also, do those not on a family plan still get the $200 deal?


    Right that's what I did but I'm still paying full price. That's why I'm considering returning.
  7. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Its a freaking super computer in your pocket. Bleeding edge.

    Cpu, gpu, incredibly high dpi lcd, capacitivie multitouch, flash storage all in the size of a little sliver of finely machined Al...
  8. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Are you talking about the absurd price of $39.99 for a mere 450 minutes of voice a month? Because outside of the plan charges, all the other fees in my bill were imposed by the federal, state, and local governments.
  9. CrazyMutha29 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    Dude... You've always paid full price for the phone. AT&T is just being a bit more transparent about it now. You never got a phone for $200. Any way you slice it you're paying at least $700 for your $700 phone. The only difference between all the plans is how it's broken out.
  10. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    For most customers on old plans it was...

    $200 for 4s
    $240 for $10/mo extra line for 24 mo
    $35 for upgrade fee (now is $40)
    $75 for roughly $3/mo taxes and star fees on extra line over 24 mo

    $550 total

    So while you thought you were paying only $200, in reality for most customers you were merely saving $99 off the $649 retail price (not that big of a deal over a 2-year contract).

    If you switched to the new family share plans that cost more then go blame the person who switched you.
  11. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    In case you're forgetting, getting an iPhone required signing up for a $30 data plan which makes for an add'l $720 revenue over 2 years. That's where they hid your subsidy re-payment. The bad thing about it is if you don't upgrade every 2 years or you buy your devices outright, you're still forced to pay the subsidies that are built into the data plans.
  12. Fant macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    I still have the family talk plan with AT&T. I just added a line.. paid:

    $299 for 64gb iphone 6
    $40 activation fee
    $99 applecare
    $10/mo for extra line x 24 = $240
    $20/mo minimum data plan x 24 = $480
    total = $1158 + taxes - corp discount for 64gb iphone 6 + applecare + 2 years of service.

    Of course this is after i'm paying the $50/mo+$30 on the primary line but still its cheaper than NEXT.
  13. Ramio macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2011
    Houston, TeXas
    THIS. It's the same.

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