Do you think AT&T will provide subsidies for those who bought a launch day 4S?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by britneyfan, Sep 1, 2012.

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Do you think AT&T will provide subsidies for those who bought a launch day 4S?

  1. Yes.

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    8.6%
  2. No.

    53 vote(s)
    91.4%
  1. britneyfan macrumors 6502

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    I think in the end, they well. They want to sell more phones, right?

    Most people won't buy a $500 or $700 phone. Look at sales for the first iPhone. Proves my point.

    Apple wants better sales numbers, so does AT&T. Remember, people have a choice and their ETF is probably cheaper at this point than if they were to stay and get the new phone.

    They've done it in years past too.

    Something to keep in mind.
     
  2. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Nope.

    But it will be a wake-up to AT&T because it is now cheaper for me (and others) to pay the ETF and get the phone on Verizon (or other carriers).
     
  3. Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

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    Not a chance. Pretty absurd that the contract you signed says an upgrade every 18-24 months, yet people whine when AT&T doesn't give them a free $450 subsidy every year :rolleyes:
     
  4. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Why do you think?

    I think they know the fact you stated though. If they don't, they're bad business people.

    Anyway, do you think that it'll affect sales?
     
  5. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    I just use my wife's upgrade every other year for a new iPhone :)
     
  6. Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

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    Their quarterly profits seem to suggest otherwise.

    Not a chance. The next iPhone will be the best selling smartphone in history... regardless if 4S owners are stuck with the inferior model.
     
  7. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Disagree. People aren't going to spend $500 for a phone. Look at the first iPhone.
     
  8. troop231 macrumors 603

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    The reason I'm switching is because I'm thinking for the long term, and Verizon's LTE footprint is much larger than AT&T's. I also like the fact that I can use my data however I want on Verizon (FaceTime, and Personal Hotspot) Cherry on the cake IMO.
     
  9. Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't matter if people stuck with the 4S don't buy the new iPhone, it will still be the best selling smartphone in history.

    Book it.
     
  10. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yep, I agree with that too.

    For me, I just want what I have.

    I used to be with Verizon and I didn't care for them that much. Now I'm thinking of switching back.

    $190 plus $330 is a lot better than $250 plus $330 plus $36. Just ridiculously expensive.

    I probably won't upgrade to the 5S though or whatever the intermediate upgrade is. I needed to get the 4s. Hopefully I won't be in that position a year from now.

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    People with the 4S, 4, and 3Gs who upgraded after June 2011. That's A LOT of people.
     
  11. troop231 macrumors 603

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    You can join me back on Verizon! :D - leaving AT&T!
     
  12. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Don't know if I want to go back there though.
    Maybe something changed there since early 2010.
     
  13. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Yup, I do the same. But, every other year is a full price payment.
     
  14. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Going into the AT&T store with baked goods tomorrow or next weekend and getting that upgrade. :)
     
  15. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nope, highly doubt it.
    Would be great if they do but Im not holding my breath.
     
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    I suspect ATT will expect people to live by their contracts and not give them another discounted phone.
     
  18. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    60% of AT&T Verizon or sprint users are all family plans.

    Chances are not all the lines are expiring.

    If you have one or maybe two lines tha paying the etf may make sense.

    But paying etf on 4-5 lines get rather expensive. ($325-$10/month).

    Remember grass is not any greener on other side. Verizon only lets u upgrade every 20 months also and they charge $35 new line activation ($30 for upgrades).

    So if it's been 11 months since your last upgrade ($325-$110). Your ETF will be $215.

    $215 plus $199/299 (subsidized price on Verizon) plus $35 activation fee

    So your savings over AT&T early upgrade pricing is $35 at the most.

    Amd food for thought. Verizon and sprint have $350 etf fees.

    There is no where to run.

    So go ahead and go to Verizon. Just remember. AT&T may or may not pro rate your last months charges. You pay one month in advance for post paid plans. Yeah. That sounds weird. But that's what you do.

    So if you bill cycle ends september 18th and you order new iPhone with Verizon on September 19th. You may be on the hook for entire September 18th-October 17th AT&T charges.
     
  19. iBreatheApple macrumors 68020

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    Absolutely not. As stated previously so many times before, they stopped doing this the year before last. Last year they said that their contract with Apple prohibited this and there was no back door or secret way to get around it. Instead they gave (around) $180 bill credit.
     
  20. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    Unless apple gives them a discount, no
    Only for selected profitable accounts as a way to keep them
     
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  22. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Yes. But this is year it's affected the most people. Since the quiet policy change in spring 2011. Many people who had 12 month upgrades waited till iPhone 4s to use their last12 month upgrade

    So this is first time that the 12 month period passes and they do not qualify for full subsidy upgrades. Because most people upgraded from June 2010-April 2011.

    So those people had one last use of the 12 month upgrade. And most use it on iPhone 4s.
     
  23. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    Not gonna help ya. If ur planning in upgrading to the 5 on launch, prepare to pay full price. I wouldn't bank on a subsidy because ur not gonna get it. You can threaten to leave, cry, offer gifts, etc. they won't budge. Used to be that if ur monthy bill was over $100 and ur payment history was perfect they might let u slide in. I was able to upgrade every year because of this. But now I got a second line for my daughter and every year one of those lines is up for and upgrade.
     
  24. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. It seems that AT&T has started to enforce their contract.
     

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