If I just got an iPhone in the fall...


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jul 16, 2009
Is there a way I can "trade" it in and get the latest one when it comes out?


macrumors 68020
Jan 22, 2009
Is there a way I can "trade" it in and get the latest one when it comes out?
Not to an AT&T store, Best Buy or any other retail store.

You can maybe "trade" it to an individual if you offered them $200-300 dollars with your phone.


macrumors 604
Jun 9, 2009
Mich near Detroit
did you miss the part!

where you agreed to a two year contract! not you get a new one every time a new one comes out! I bought in June when the 3GS came out I can get the new one in Nov if I choose that is still 7 months early! btw I am on one of the cheapest plans 450 Minutes and unlimited data 200 SMS/MMS so AT&T isn't getting rich off me. if you are over $100 a month then you can get one every year.


macrumors Nehalem
Feb 19, 2005
Math Lesson

If you bought a phone in the fall, let's assume the fall is November, and a new phone comes out in June of the following year. November to June is 7 months. Assume a = 24 and b = 7 (the length of your contract) then solve for c: a-b=c What's that? Oh, it's 17.

What happens if you just got an iPhone in the all? You can buy a new one at subsidized pricing in as little as 11 months (often AT&T will grant an upgrade 18 months into your contract) or in as much as 24 months.

E-mail Steve Jobs and tell him you're going to be super mad if a new phone comes out. Let us know how it works out for you.

Alternatively, you can take the mad ass profit you're trying to make off your iPads to finance an out of contract upgrade to your iPhone that may or may not be here by June.


macrumors regular
Oct 16, 2007
Is there someone else on your line (or anyone know you know) that is eligible for an upgrade that doesn't care for upgrades?

I got 3 iPhones on our family plan and you can simply switch back to your normal phone and take off the data plan by calling AT&T. There might be a VERY small charge for having the data plan for less than a couple hours (since they prorate).

Sell your current iPhone for 250+ easy as long as you took care of it. Assuming it is a 3GS, you might get more. But I haven't checked prices on ebay for a long time.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 1, 2008
Via Satellite
In the past AT&T has allowed you to upgrade at a slightly higher subsidized price if you are within a certain period of upgrade eligibility. It usually has to be at least a year or more. Anything less than that and they more than likely would force you to add a new line of service or pay full unsubsidized price. Being that you bought this past fall, you will most likely not be eligible for an upgrade.

However, with rumors of an iphone coming out on the Verizon network, AT&T may be forced to offer more attractive upgrade packages and certainly lower service plans. What At&T really wants is you to sign a contract. They want the money that they make off of you from that contract usually more than the price of the phone itself. So who knows things could get wild on this next iphone. Hopefully it will force AT&T to offer more competitive service plans, especially since they will no longer be the only iphone carrier in town.