From at least the iPhone 4 through the 5, AT&T had an undocumented loophole that if you pre-ordered a new iPhone, you were not hit with the $250 early upgrade fee. This made annual upgrades a no-brainer, as long as you could afford the gap between the preorder and selling your 1-year-old phone on eBay or Craigslist. I couldn't afford the gap last year, so I don't know whether this loophole still exists. I'm hoping to use it for my sister-in-law, as her line doesn't hit the 2 year contract release until March. Is this loophole still available? Or was it so obscure that no one here even knew about it?