iPhone Device Upgrade Eligibility Question

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  1. egeek84 macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,
    I still own an iphone 3G from when I signed up for ATT Wireless which was in January of 2009. With the announcement of OS 4.0 being announced and multitasking only being available with the 3GS, I have decided it's time to upgrade. However after checking my acccount, it looks like I won't be able to get the subsidized pricing. Here is what it tells me:

    You can take advantage of our no commitment pricing. Additional discounts may be available on 06/24/2010

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    iPhone Upgrade
    As a valued AT&T customer, we can offer you a discounted iPhone upgrade at a higher price, along with a 2-year commitment and an $18 upgrade fee. Please proceed with the online upgrade process for pricing details. You may qualify for a full discount on a standard iPhone upgrade on 06/24/2010


    Does that mean that on June 24th, I will be able to pay like 199 for a 16gb 3GS? In another thread, I read something about having to have a plan thats 99 dollars or higher for 3 months. Does that mean I would have to be on a 99 or dollar plan 3 months prior to June 24th to get the discounted rate? I am so confused, please help me lol.

    BTW if I click continue now, it lets me buy a 16GB 3GS for 399 dollars. Is that a discounted rate?
     
  2. AppleHack23 macrumors member

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    Yes, but that also means you'll be able to upgrade to the next generation iPhone. It should launch sometime around that date. So I wouldn't buy a 3GS then only to realize that the next generation iPhone comes out the next day.
     
  3. egeek84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK but question, my price plan is under 99 dollars a month. Does that mean I won't be eligible for subsidized pricing? My voice plan is 39.99, 30 dollars for iphone data plan, and 20 dollars unlimited txt which is under 99 dollars ;/
     
  4. AppleHack23 macrumors member

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    Same as mine. You will be eligible. Don't worry. Its just that you should really hold off on getting an iPhone until you ARE eligible. Then its just a few days away from the next generation iPhone, and trust me, you will be happy you waited. And you mentioned before that you can buy a 16 gb iPhone 3GS for $399 USD, the subsidized price of the 16gb iPhone 3GS is $199 USD.
     
  5. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    Nope, the average iPhone user on the primary line will be upgrade eligible in less than two years. To be upgrade eligible every year or 12 months you have to hit $99+/month. What your account is saying is that on or after 6/24/2010 you will be eligible for a FULL discount as if you were a new subscriber. Prior to the date noted in the previous sentence you will pay a higher price to upgrade - normally $200 USD more than the fully subsidized price.
     
  6. egeek84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But then how come in another thread im reading something about having to have a 99 dollar or higher price plan for the 3 months prior to your upgrade date? What is that about?

    EDIT - Nevermind, im dumb. I understand now :) Thank you!
     
  7. egeek84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Got it, thank you.
     
  8. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    That's because the person will not be eligible near the date of the new iPhone release and they can't wait. So they are asking for a way to shorten their upgrade eligibility window.

    **EDIT**
    Also, one thing to keep in mind - if the iPhone is released on say the 17th, you can go into a direct AT&T store and still get the upgrade at a full discount. Be careful though as some AT&T stores that have AT&T plastered everywhere are not true Direct AT&T retail stores - they're third party vendors. They will have to wait until your official upgrade date.
     
  9. egeek84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok now it all makes sense, THANK YOU! :)
     

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