Getting around ATT Contracts??

farkasam

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Apr 10, 2009
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Hi All,

I've been an ATT customer for almost 6 years. In September, my old piece of crap phone died and I bought an equally crappy Samsung Eternity at the ATT store to replace it, of course renewing my 2 year contract with them. Now, I'm ready to upgrade to the iphone, but of course I won't be eligible for the discounted phone prices until May of 2011! I've sent 2 emails to ATT reminding them of my loyalty as well as the fact that had my previous phone not failed, I'd be buying an iphone at the lower price now and renewing my contract too. They have said that they make no exceptions to this ridiculous rule. I don't understand how my wanting to pay them another $45/month as well as several hundred bucks for the device makes for a good business model. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get the iphone for the discounted price, or am I basically screwed??
Thanks for your help!
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
You're pretty much sol.
Loyal or not no company will let u get a discounted price when your account is not due for an upgrade.
You can add another line to your account for an
additional $10 a month and get the iPhone by signing a new 2 year agreement.
 

Knowlege Bomb

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Feb 14, 2008
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Hi All,

I've been an ATT customer for almost 6 years. In September, my old piece of crap phone died and I bought an equally crappy Samsung Eternity at the ATT store to replace it, of course renewing my 2 year contract with them. Now, I'm ready to upgrade to the iphone, but of course I won't be eligible for the discounted phone prices until May of 2011! I've sent 2 emails to ATT reminding them of my loyalty as well as the fact that had my previous phone not failed, I'd be buying an iphone at the lower price now and renewing my contract too. They have said that they make no exceptions to this ridiculous rule. I don't understand how my wanting to pay them another $45/month as well as several hundred bucks for the device makes for a good business model. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get the iphone for the discounted price, or am I basically screwed??
Thanks for your help!
Add a line to your account. You'll get the discounted price on the iPhone then you can do one of two things; pay $9.99 a month for two years or cancel the line.
 

farkasam

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Apr 10, 2009
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New York
what are you complaining about, you already used your upgrade. Geez.
Ummm, I fully admitted to not thinking this through, hoping for a loophole. Sometimes it's good not to be so satisfied with what the Company decides is fair for us, just a thought.
 

rKunda

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Jul 14, 2008
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what are you complaining about, you already used your upgrade. Geez.
Pretty much. This gets so tiresome. Because it's AT&T anything goes, I guess. It wouldn't be fair for AT&T to say, "Suprise! We're extending your contract to 4 years!" Why do people feel no sense of obligation to fulfill their commitments?

You knew full well that you were signing up for a 2 year contract. Now you want out of it when it doesn't suit your preferences.

Sometimes it's good not to be so satisfied with what the Company decides is fair for us, just a thought.
They didn't decide anything. You signed an agreement with them. Apparently, you thought it was fair, too.
 

ToroidalZeus

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Dec 8, 2009
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It is 599 for a contract fee iphone + tax on that 599 so like 80+ dollars. Almost 700 for a phone.
It is 200 for a new contract iphone + tax and then 9.99 + fees each month for service x 24 is around = ~500 total.

So a new line is the cheaper option. Other then that i would say you could buy a 8gb 3g on ebay or craigslist for somewhere in the 200 range. Or if you know what you are doing, you can buy a broken iphone 3gs on ebay and get it repaired.
 

farkasam

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Apr 10, 2009
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Pretty much. This gets so tiresome. Because it's AT&T anything goes, I guess. It wouldn't be fair for AT&T to say, "Suprise! We're extending your contract to 4 years!" Why do people feel no sense of obligation to fulfill their commitments?

You knew full well that you were signing up for a 2 year contract. Now you want out of it when it doesn't suit your preferences.



They didn't decide anything. You signed an agreement with them. Apparently, you thought it was fair, too.
The lines between what is actually fair (a subjective) and what is actually available (an objective) often fail to intersect. If you are content to fulfill monopolistic obligations by all means do so.
 

TSX

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Oct 1, 2008
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Look at your bill if theres a change in "terms of service" since you signed your contract this voids the contract, but they wont tell you that.
 

rjohnstone

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The lines between what is actually fair (a subjective) and what is actually available (an objective) often fail to intersect. If you are content to fulfill monopolistic obligations by all means do so.
The contract YOU agreed to is pretty black and white. There's nothing "subjective" about it. It was fair enough for you to agree to it, so suck it up and either finish your obligation or pay up.

You admit you're looking for a loophole to break the contract that YOU agreed to.

I have a word to describe people with attitudes like yours, but it would get me banned. :rolleyes:
 

powerbook911

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the make it a family account was a decent idea.

You add a line, get the discount on the iPhone.

Then you have them combine it into a family account. The old samsung doesn't require data plan, so you can have it for just $9.99 a month until the contract on that line ends.
 

farkasam

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Apr 10, 2009
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The contract YOU agreed to is pretty black and white. There's nothing "subjective" about it. It was fair enough for you to agree to it, so suck it up and either finish your obligation or pay up.

You admit you're looking for a loophole to break the contract that YOU agreed to.

I have a word to describe people with attitudes like yours, but it would get me banned. :rolleyes:
Thank you for both missing the nuance of my argument as well as for the helpful information:D
By the way, that stats quote was likely coined by Charles Wentworth Dilke, not Disraeli. . .
 

pcs are junk

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Hi guys, i was just messing around today, and well my iPhone is jailbroken, and i was able to ssh one of my apps on there, well it was just a testing app i guess, and it works on the simulator, but not on my iPhone. i was just wondering how to fix this. thanks in advance!
 

ozzyman500

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Don't know if this makes a difference but the SDK isn't for jailbroken phones. Correct me if I'm wrong.
 

pcs are junk

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Don't know if this makes a difference but the SDK isn't for jailbroken phones. Correct me if I'm wrong.
no i mean i SSHed it into the application folder, into the filesystem. it became an app where i couldnt delete it, just like apple's standard apps. it works fine on the simulator.
 

eplchamps0305

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By the way OP if you want the iphone that bad , you can just buy it one ebay. You have to pay for what you want.
 

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tico24

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Why don't you just put it on the correct way?
i.e. generate a mobileprovisions file and just use the iPhone Configuration Utility to install it.
 

The Gary

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Mar 18, 2009
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one other option:

You can cancel your AT&T contract and pay the $175 fee less $10 for every month you used it. You can then get the New customer deal on the iphone and be paying $200 plus maximum $175 so total is Max $375 far better than the cost of a phone without a new customer deal.