Getting an iphone without upgrade eligibility

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by coreybox, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. coreybox macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2005
    Hey guys,

    I've got a question for you guys.

    I'd like to buy an iphone. Unfortunately I'm not upgrade eligible.

    I have a couple questions about trying to circumvent this.

    Here is what I'm wondering. If I had a friend that WAS upgrade eligible, could they buy the phone, give it to me, and have me use it. Sort of as if they were buying the phone as a gift for someone.

    Would that work or not? Any better way?

  2. musicismycallin macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2008
    There is the early upgrade price, I thought. 399/499.
  3. NateDMB macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2008
    Unfortunately "your friend" would be locked into a 2 year agreement which includes the data plan. So they would be screwed. There is however a early upgrade price of 399/499. Rough I know, but probably your best bet.

    Good luck.
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    You would have to pay the non-upgrade pricing price.
  5. coreybox thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2005
    This is what I was afraid off (and expected).

    thanks for the help,
  6. spamdumpster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2008
    Here's my experience with this:

    Apple and At&T told me that there was no exception to the upgrade rules for the iPhone. However, there are exceptions for other phones. I asked them to make an exception so that I could buy the blackberry bold when out came out, and they told me that they would do this. I also asked them to make a note on my account for this.

    Hopefully, now when I go to buy an iphone, they'll let me get the upgrade price. Probably now, but worth a try.

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