Dumb Question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by drewdawg, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. drewdawg macrumors newbie

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    I know this is a stupid question but I figured I would ask it here.
    When you buy the iPhone for $199, you sign a 2 year contract. Does that mean that if I get the iPhone 5 I would have to wait 2 years and get the iPhone 7? Because a lot of people seem to get a new iPhone once a year.
     
  2. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    There are no dumb questions (sometimes. There are always exceptions. But yours isn't)

    The two years just means you cannot get a new contract (with the current carrier or a new one) without paying an early termination fee (ETF). The people that buy a new iPhone every year do one of two things: either they pay the ETF and get a new iPhone, or (and probably the more likely option) they buy the new iPhone outright for the unsubsidized price and then activate it on their network with their current carrier. If you wanted to upgrade your iPhone in the middle of your contract, then you'd have to choose one of these options.
     
  3. antman2295 macrumors 6502

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    What about the early upgrade eligibility that many people receive for paying a certain amount on their monthly bill?
     
  4. AIP5 macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, that's true. For AT&T, at least. AT&T allows you to upgrade early (a year early as was my friend's case). My friend's had every version of the iPhone since it came out, and AT&T's gladly let him upgrade without any termination fee. Why wouldn't they? It guarantees his payments for 2 additional years instead of just 1. (Of course, you probably won't be eligible if you bought an iPhone within like 7 or 8 months or so).
     
  5. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    Ahh! I completely forgot about that! You got my back :cool:

    OP: Another option is some carriers allow early device upgrades mid contract for being a "loyal customer" by staying with the carrier for a certain amount time, paying your monthly bills on time, etc. (basically it varies by carrier depending on their terms. You'd have to check with your carrier specifically and see what their terms are for early upgrades).
     
  6. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Ya well let's hope VZW decides to do that... been a customer for over 10 years and no benefits so far :(
     
  7. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    Like I said, it differs from carrier to carrier.
     
  8. Looon macrumors 6502a

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    The local verizon salesman told me they are no longer going to be doing early upgrades soon
     
  9. cyks macrumors 68020

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    Even if you're not eligible for a free upgrade, they will (at the very least) allow you to buy it at a somewhat reduced cost (with, of course, another 2 year contract).

    Many people simply sell their year old phones and purchase a new one with the proceeds... you may lose some money in the process, but it won't be too much and you'll always have the 'latest and greatest' available.
     
  10. twitt3r macrumors 6502

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    Unlike some people here, I'll tell you straight - it IS a dumb question. If you want a new iPhone before your existing contract is up, you will have to pay either way through Early Termination or your heavily inflated monthly payment if you are on a silly plan.

    Alternative is to buy the phone unlocked so you can pick your plan and sell it whenever you want.
     
  11. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Yep you wait

    The years of your contract..
     
  12. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Most just sell their current one thats why.
     
  13. ah123 macrumors regular

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    You sign a contract for a reason. It is legally binding.

    You have to stump up the cash one way or the other if you want to break this contract.

    Or you can just honour the contract and not get up-tight about not having a phone that came out of the factory this morning (not aimed at OP, just people who can't survive unless they have the most up-to-date tech all the time).
     
  14. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    My family has been with AT&T for many years(Cingular, which was my service before, bought them and then chose to keep the name for their company. Even before that, we had switched from AT&T to Cingular), and never missed a bill or paid it late. They let my upgrade every year and fortunately it is/was early June, just in time for every iPhone up until now. This year I used my upgrade for a white iPhone 4 so I'm set for awhile. I love my iPhone 4, although I am excited to see what Apple comes up with next with the fifth generation iPhone. I won't be getting it though. I'll wait till next year for whatever comes out. My iPhone 4 will last until then.
     
  15. twitt3r macrumors 6502

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    Interesting how people try and convince themselves. You say that now...
     
  16. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    And I'll say that whenever it comes out. I like having an opinion, whether or not you think it's just me trying to convince myself of something else. Not sure what exactly, but whatevs.
     
  17. twitt3r macrumors 6502

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    See what I mean?
     
  18. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    Sure do. Thanks.
     
  19. twitt3r macrumors 6502

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    You're welcome. See you around when you get your iPhone 5 (or whatever it ends up being called) a month or two after it launches.
     
  20. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    I'm not getting the iPhone 5. Didn't you see my post before?
     
  21. ah123 macrumors regular

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    Someone's keen to start a fight in every thread... Bored during your school holidays, are you, twit-t3r??
     
  22. twitt3r macrumors 6502

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    You say that now.
     
  23. twitt3r macrumors 6502

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    Not sure if you went to school or not, but acronyms tend to consist purely of capital letters.
     
  24. ah123 macrumors regular

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    consist*
     

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