Full Retail +200 = $699 upgrade.

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  1. SteveSparks macrumors 6502a

    SteveSparks

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    It is my understanding

    $199 = New 2YR Customer 3GS 16GB
    $299 = New 2YR Customer 3GS 32GB

    $399 = Full Retail cost of 3GS 16GB
    $499 = Full Retail cost of 3GS 32GB

    When is the Apple Store telling me that if I wanted to upgrade my 3G 16GB phone that the cost will be

    $499.00* — 8GB iPhone 3G (black)
    $599.00* — 16GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)
    $699.00* — 32GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)

    I don't understand...
     
  2. gloss macrumors 601

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    Because it's:

    $199 = New 2YR Customer 3GS 16GB
    $299 = New 2YR Customer 3GS 32GB

    $399 = Early Upgrade Cost (if eligible) of 3GS 16GB
    $499 = Early Upgrade Cost (if eligible) of 3GS 32GB

    $499.00 = Full Retail Cost (if ineligible for early upgrade) of 8GB iPhone 3G (black)
    $599.00 = Full Retail Cost (if ineligible for early upgrade) of 16GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)
    $699.00 = Full Retail Cost (if ineligible for early upgrade) of 32GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)
     
  3. SteveSparks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I understand that a new customer or a new like would qualify you for the new customer pricing. However what qualifies your for early upgrade cost?

    It looks like what I have read is incorrect if the above is true. That AT&T is subsidizing $400 per phone rather than $200 per phone.

    The jump from $299 to $699 is 2.34 times the cost. WOW!

    That is 2.34 X $299 = 699!!!!

    I'm floored....
     
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Yep, that's your problem. As Gloss pointed out, this assumption is faulty. That's not the retail cost.
     
  5. Munitalp macrumors 65816

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    $399 and $499 are the early upgrade prices, not full retail
     
  6. SteveSparks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How do I qualify for Early upgrade? I purchased my phone on launch day of the 3g phone? So have another year?
     
  7. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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    Call AT&T or try to preorder one from the Apple Store. About 1/2 way through the process (way before you pay) you will be able to see a date when they will allow you to get $199/$299 pricing.
     
  8. SteveSparks thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do you mean the $299/$399?

    I'm confused....
     
  9. Jeremy08 macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know if "$399 = Early Upgrade Cost (if eligible) of 3GS 16GB" means that you have to sign another 2 year agreement?
     
  10. Munitalp macrumors 65816

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    The price for qualified upgrades is $199 and $299

    The price for early upgrades is $399 and $499

    The price for full retail (no commitment) is $599 and $699
     
  11. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Yes, you do, as the phone is once again subsidized.
     
  12. racers macrumors regular

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    Yes you do
     
  13. BLACK MAC macrumors 6502

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    I am eligible for an early upgrade in July. Does this mean I have to pay $500 for the 32GB? The AT&T rep told me it was $300. I am confused. :confused:
     
  14. racers macrumors regular

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    go check your account it will tell you the price you have to pay
     
  15. randomusername macrumors 6502

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    Actually, I'm pretty sure it's...

    $99 = iPhone 3G 8GB, fully subsidized
    $199 = iPhone 3G S 16GB
    $299 = iPhone 3G S 32GB

    $299 = iPhone 3G 8GB, partially subsidized (if you're not eligible for an upgrade and are willing to sign another 2 year contract)
    $399 = iPhone 3G S 16GB
    $499 = iPhone 3G S 32GB

    $499 = iPhone 3G 8GB unsubsidized, contract free
    $599 = iPhone 3G S 16GB
    $699 = iPhone 3G S 32GB
     
  16. woodekm macrumors 65816

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    :rolleyes:Is a compass REALLY worth it??????:rolleyes:


    J.J., but because of this, I'm Defiantly waiting till the next MAJOR upgrade, or when Apple pulls the Ol', "New lowered price" stunt out of the blue...... Not Sour grapes or anything, but I was actually hoping for more of an "upgraded" phone (style, mostly). Not that I dont think our current phone doesnt stand out. Just wanted to see a little evolution.

    I LOVE my current 3G. They should be enticing as many people as possible (especially loyal customers) into the new model, and that "early upgrade cost" aint' gonna' do it. Maybe there's something on the horizon for current 3G owners. Prol just $number$ game though.:(

    A man can dream.


    At least threads like this show the displeasure.
     
  17. gloss macrumors 601

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    Basically, if you're well into your current contract (between 12 and 18 months, depending on how much you're paying monthly), they'll give you the early upgrade price ($299/$399). If you are no longer on contract or otherwise nearing the end of a previous 2 year contract, you'll likely be eligible for the $199/$299 pricing. Either way, you have to sign a new 2-year contract. If you want to pay $699 up front, you don't need to sign a contract.
     
  18. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    Do you really believe that the compass is the only difference between the 3G and the 3GS, or were you trying to be "funny?" :confused:
     
  19. vipergts2207 macrumors 65816

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    The thing on the horizon for 3G owners is in June/July next year. It's not like Apple's going to come out with another iPhone in September because 3G users still wouldn't be qualified for an upgrade.

    As for evolution, what else do you want, it got a brand new processor, graphics card, compass and many other things. People wanting to see another revolution in phones like the original iPhone was are going to be waiting awhile.
     
  20. mysticbluebmw macrumors regular

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    I don't understand why so many people are complaining about 'loyal customers' being left out in the cold. We all signed 2 year contracts so we could buy FULLY subsidized 3G's at $199/$299 instead of retail prices at $599/$699. Now, everyone wants to break their contract because Apple released a new phone? Companies release new phones all the time. That doesn't mean you can break your contract to try and receive another FULLY subsidized phone at 11 months or less into your contract. I think it's great their at least offering partial subsidies on the GS for 'loyal customers'.

    To the OP, if your AT&T account is not showing a partial subsidy, and you bought it on launch day, it's probably just an error. Call AT&T CS to get it cleared up, that's all.
     
  21. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    Who said anything about there is going to be a MAJOR update next June? Lol.

    Suck it up, you guys. I feel sorry for the ones who have to pay 599/699 though, haha!

    I'm in the 399/499 group, and I got my iPhone 3G on 8/29/2008. I am eligible for a upgrade on 9/30/09 for the 199/299 price, but I'm too impatient.
     
  22. gloss macrumors 601

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    I have literally been waiting two years for an iPhone.

    Arghghghghghgh.
     
  23. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Come on. The new model has quite a few upgrades including

    New 600MHz processor
    256 MB RM, twice as much
    Better camera with video recording
    Voice control
    Better graphics chip

    You either see the value in it or you don't. ATT owes us nothing if you agreed to a 2 year contract and accepted a phone at a subsidized price. As greedy as they are, they are entitled to recoup their costs and their pricing does just that.
     
  24. cni2i macrumors member

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    Hey, if you want the latest and greatest, you are going to have to pay the price. I personally will just keep my current iPhone 3G. The cost of the upgrade and another 2 years will AT&T...I am just not ready to make that commitment.
    Tempted, but no.
     

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