Prepare yourselves for a long one, ladies n' gents: So - we all know about the upgrade eligibility debacle. At first, I believe I would be able to buy a 16GB 3G S for $199. Then I heard it would be $399. Then I saw the ever elusive "memo" and thought that maybe, once again, I was eligible for the $199. Well, I only spend $89 per month, instead of the req'd $99 per month. So, of course, I didn't qualify. And I got to thinking of two things: 1. I could just ETF for $120 and start a new account / new line and buy the phone for $199 plus tax. Thus saving myself about $80. My number is not incredibly important to me, as it's still fresh in my new hometown. But it would still be a huge inconvenience. 2. I could offer AT&T the supposed $120 they missed out on (from $89 to $99, over 12 months) and then have them "flip the switch" to make me upgrade eligible for the $199 price. I've been growing frustrated over the weekend because I kept reading about seemingly haphazard circumstances in which people who clearly didn't qualify, got to upgrade for $199 anyway. And thinking of these two rationalizations, didn't really help my frustration. The way I was looking at it, it was unreasonable, but understandable, that I didn't qualify for the $199 price - but it was incredibly unfair that I was getting gipped out of $80. So I called. And I called. And I called some more. I went into stores. And no matter who I talked to, they wouldn't budge. I got so many different answers and responses, none of which were conclusive. But the end result of every conversation was, "regardless of the logic you have pointed out, we can not help you". I asked: "Will you really force a customer to cancel and re-subscribe to save $80?" and they said "If that's what you want to do, go for it." I asked: "Can I just pay you $120 and then you make me upgrade eligible?" to which they responded, "Sir, we cannot adjust the iPhone price for you." Finally, one lady offered me a forty dollar credit and I said, "Super, but I want $80". Turns out, she had offered me the $40 as an error, and had to leave the offer on the table since she had mentioned it. So, after talking with her supervisor, and her supervisors supervisor, I was able to get the $40 credit. Which, I guess, in the grand scheme of things, is better than nothing. So I guess the point of this post, aside from mild entertainment, is to ask this: "Is my logic flawed?" Was there really anything wrong with offering to pay the $120 difference to get the $199 price? I mean, essentially, that's what was happening in that "memo", right? FYI: I bought iPhone 8GB one week after launch and iPhone 3G one day after launch.