If I get iphone now, will I be eligable next yr for sum kind of subsidized price?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by McBeats, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. McBeats macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2007
    If I get iphone now, will I be eligable next yr for sum kind of subsidized price?

    with the history of what ATT does at the times of the new iphone release in june, will they cut me a discount after 7-8 months into the contract??
  2. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2008
    Upstate NY
  3. Mugambo macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2009

    It is doubtful for 3GS owners to get any kinda upgrade discount.
    The same problems 3G owners faced this year.

    October is too late for any subsidies next year.
  4. Uabcar macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009

    Is it safe to expect an early upgrade price in exchange for an early renewal of the 2yr AT&T contract? Or was this something that was done this year for special circumstances?

    I remember there was a lot of discussion around the subject when the new phones came out and as I recall not everyone was eligible for the mildly subsidized price (ie.$399 16g 3Gs). This was because they were not far enough into their ATT contract / or paid enough to them yet??

    I got a 3Gs not too long ago and I would guess that I'll want the new one when it comes out. If I'm eligible for the early upgrade price and then sell my 3gs then the net out of pocket cost should be nominal. I've wondered about the mechanics of this transaction so let me know if there is a step/cost I'm missing.
  5. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    Lulz. Yes, and you'll also get a cake and a parade for your patronage.
  6. Uabcar macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    I took so long to type my response/question that you posted this.

    Looks like you're saying that the light-subsidy is only available for a short time right after the launch.
  7. Revelation78 macrumors 68000


    Dec 18, 2008
    North Carolina

    Those that spend in excess of $99 USD for the cell bill prior to taxes are eligible on ONLY their main line every 8-12 months. So if your bill is $99 or more, then you should be eligible - otherwise NO.

    You also have business lines have different eligibilities too...
  8. Uabcar macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    Very helpful, thanks.

    I'm on a family plan with a FAN discount. My bill, before tax, is just over $100so based on what you said I'd be in good shape. I assume my bill will indicate which number is the 'main' line?

    With my luck the requirement will rise to $125 next year and then I'll be out of luck.
  9. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    You will be able to sell your used 3GS for what the new, unsubsidized phone costs.
  10. haddman macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2008
    wrong, has to be over $100 per line, not per family package. I was paying about $200 a month for a 2 iphone family plan after taxes...before only comes out to about $180 or so...basically I have the 1400 min fam plan with unlitmited txt msg added on, and I bought my 3G's on launch day, and I was not, and will not be eligible for the 3Gs until December. So I'm just going to wait the extra 6 mo and jump on the next one.
  11. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    If you spend enough you can do almost anything :D My family plan with my wife (3000 mins, unlimited texting) is about $275/month with taxes and I get to upgrade every year on the dot. I think her line is 18 months though.
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    At best, if you bought one now you would be eligible for a discount in October 2010.
  13. grantsdale macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    I bought the 3G within the first 2 weeks, and was even an earlier adopter upgrade to the 3GS. I expect the same thing to happen this year.
  14. lollicup macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    new generation of people = false self of entitlement :rolleyes:
  15. mgamber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    LOL...boy, you people just never learn anything, do you? :rolleyes:

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