Does At&t early upgrade option reset your full upgrade?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by UKyank, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. UKyank macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011
    Quick question: if you choose to do the early upgrade with at&t (paying the additional $250), does that in affect 'reset' your full subsidy upgrade to 2 years again?

    I.e. my full upgrade is Sept 2014, if I pay the extra for the early upgrade when the 5s comes out will my full upgrade stay Sept 2014 or be pushed back to 2015?

    Just trying to figure out what would be cheaper, doing the early upgrade option or buying an iPhone outright & then upgrading to the 6 fully subsidized.
  2. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    It will reset your contract back to two years.
  3. UKyank thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011
    The 'early upgrade' option makes no economical sense at all then (at least if you just have a single line like me)
  4. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Upgrading a phone every year makes no economical sense either. It's a premium you pay to have a new phone early.
  5. bigcstyle4 macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    Yes, your contract will be extended until 2015 and your upgrade eligibility adjusted accordingly.

    Option 1: You can buy unsubsidized for $649 and then get a new phone next year for $199. Total cost ~850

    Option 2: Do the early upgrade for $449 this year and again next year. Total cost ~900

    If you can afford to put up $650 right now you save about $50 in the long run but its not much of a difference.
  6. UKyank thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011
    Its still not much of a difference, but you also would avoid the upgrade fee if you just purchased the phone outright rather then 'early upgrade'.
  7. bigcstyle4 macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    That's true but you'd still end up paying it next year when purchased at the subsidized price. So either scenario has one $36 upgrade fee whether now or later so it's a wash.
  8. UKyank thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011
    Wouldn't scenario 2 give you 2 upgrade fees to pay as opposed to just one with scenario 1?

    I'm only considering this because I was offered $650 for my iPhone5 (64gb), otherwise I really don't see much of anything from what's been leaked of the 5S to make it a very compelling upgrade.
  9. bigcstyle4 macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    Haha indeed you're right. Not sure how that slipped my mind. So it really ends up saving you $86 over the course of a year.
  10. maximus96, Aug 26, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2013

    maximus96 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    open second line, buy 5S for $200. put your old sim in the new phone, remove the new data plan and pay $10/month for 12 months. total cost, $200+50(tax)+120(ghost line for a year)=$370. You should be able to get at least $380-400 for the 5. Next year, your original line will be upgraded at $200+$50, plus another $120 for year two of the ghost line...sell 5S for $380-400...then rinse and upgrade every year...

    the above ignores month fees that gets tacked onto the ghost line...probably another $2-3 in fees and taxes and other crap...
  11. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    If you want a new phone its better to just sell your current iPhone and buy your new one at full price -- and while you're at it you might as well get the unlocked model. Then, in another year you'll qualify for a full upgrade.
  12. UKyank thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011
    This option does seem to come out cheaper, though I'd lose my unlimited data - though with throttling does it really matter. Hmmmm, more options to think about.
  13. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  14. maximus96 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    another thing to keep in mind: after you early-upgrade once, you can't doing it again until after 18 months
  15. UKyank thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2011
    So in a nutshell early upgrade is the worst idea ever to choose
  16. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2008
    if you got money to burn, then no
  17. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    If you have money to burn then pay full price and then get the full upgrade the next year. It's $50 less. :cool:
  18. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Good thread op.. I was thinking the same thing!
  19. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
    lol you have no idea what you are talking about... I have had every iphone since the beginging and have spent maybe $500 for all of them...

    1st year - $200
    2nd year - sell for $450/buy new $650, -$400
    3rd year - sell for $450/ buy for $200, -$150
    4th year - sell for $450/buy for $650, -$350
    5th year - sell for $450/buy for $200, -$150
    6th year - sell for $450/buy for $650, -$350
    7th year - sell for $450/buy for $200, -$150

    see a trend here?...I have sold MANY iPhone since the original release, you will always get $400-$500 for your phone. The worst time to sell is now, give it a month after the 5s comes out and prices will go back up. It has happened every year and will continue to. I have had multiple copies of each release of the phone due to various wheeling and dealings, especially with a couple loop holes i found that are still active :D The above trend though is rock solid, its a given and should be done...

    According to the numbers above which a very close to what happened every year give or take $25-$50 i gave the $500 i am down since the original iphone purchase. More than likely though i am only down $300ish. These new plans the carrier are release are a joke, give us your old phone for next to nothing!!
  20. Fant macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    If you add a 2nd line and swap sims ... Are you sure you can remove the data plan on it? I thought the 2 year agreement was on both the line and monthly data plan
  21. evorc macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2011
  22. itjw macrumors 65816

    Dec 20, 2011
    Positive. I have 5 lines. All are upgradeable at different times (so I can upgrade whenever I want to whatever I want (or the wife wants, as the case may be...)). Only 2 have data plans (my unlimited and her gimped 2GB plan). They don't care as long as you pay the $10+++.

    It's an easy way to always have the latest and greatest. And if $10+++ a month is worrying you, then you SHOULDN'T be buying the latest and greatest anyway...
  23. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    Does AT&T even do $10 a line anymore with the new plans? Wouldn't it be like $40 a line?
  24. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
  25. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    On the new plans, yes. You're stuck paying that $40 per month unless you pay ETF. Older Family Talk plans, it's actually worth getting the extra line if you want to upgrade every year.

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