New Contract, Old Phone. Upgrade eligible?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AnthonyCM, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. AnthonyCM macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2007
    My wife is done with the Palm Pre. Great software, crappy hardware. Here's the question:

    If I give her my old iPhone (1st gen.) and put her on AT&T, will she be eligible for the reduced upgrade pricing when the iP5 comes out? In other words, is she only able to utilize reduced phone pricing when she first signs up to AT&T, or can she use that privilege when the new phone comes out?

  2. AreYouIn? macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    Nope only in 2 years will she be able to get reduced pricing again. Or possibly one year mark for some people.
  3. flipster macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2010
    Well, I know on Verizon that this is possible; I don't know about ATT. The iPhone 5 won't be out until June of 2012, the 4S will be out most likely in September though.
  4. tigress666, Jun 11, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2011

    tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    Um, if I understand right, I don't think you got the question.

    It sounds like his wife isn't on AT&T right now (note the "and put her on AT&T" which implies she's on something different).

    I'd ask AT&T. I suspect that if you already have an account with AT&T and you just add her as a line (but she doesn't sign a 2 year contract), that you'll be fine. She'll just need to sign a 2 year contract when she does want to get subsidized pricing (The pricing is incentive to sign a contract). And I know that even if she is an added line that signing a 2 year contract will still get her a subsidized price even though she's an added line to a current plan (my iphone is an added line to my roommate's account and we have a family plan. I was even told I could upgrade my iphone before he did his but that would mean that if he decided to leave AT&T before my contract was up I'd have to be able to have a good enough credit score in order to transfer the plan in my name or he'd end up having to trust that I'd pay the bills cause if I stopped paying/tried to leave early it would be on his credit/responsibility). Basically I think they'll allow you to add a line without a new contract being signed. But, here is the important thing, I could be wrong (about the adding a line without her signing a 2 year contract) so ask AT&T about this.

    But, I'm pretty sure that if she starts her own account on AT&T, they will require her to sign a contract (basically I don't think they will allow month to month for a single user unless you have a pay by the minute phone kinda deal and they don't allow that for iphones... though I did hear a rumor real recently on here that they had started having pay per minute plans for iphones so once again, I could be wrong ;) ).
  5. pyro008 macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2011
    False. Once you sign a contract the upgrade discount is on the line/account. You can wait and use it whenever you want, however most people would not do this because the only reason to sign a contract is to get the discounted hardware.

    To answer the OP: it would work fine, but if you'd rather keep her options open, you might want to keep her off contract until it actually comes out.
  6. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    Not always. I have definitely been in the same situation and been refused an upgrade by AT&T. In my case I canceled the line (there was no contract) and added the line again. I know it doesn't sound right, but that's what I had to do.
  7. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    If you just activated a new line and didn't buy any hardware from AT&T than you'll be fine.

    I did this when I switched to AT&T (no contract, had iPhone 3G w/ T-Mobile) and was eligible to get the iPhone 4 @ $200.
  8. pyro008 macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2011
    If there was no contract why would you be eligible for an upgrade?
  9. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Yes, you'll be able to upgrade to the iPhone 5 since you won't be signing a contract by using your own device. I'd be careful about signing up through iTunes just in case it automatically registers you into a 2 year contract (which I believe it does). I would just go to the store and tell them you that you have the device so you don't need to sign a contract.
  10. megsalias macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Mobile, AL
    I'm upgrade eligible, and I didn't sign a contract. I had canceled my account with AT&T after purchasing the iPhone 4 to go to a different carrier. After I couldn't deal without my iPhone, I went back. I made sure to tell them that I wasn't interested in signing a contract, since I already had the phone that I was going to be using. It wasn't an issue at all. No contract for now, and I can get the new iPhone when it comes out at the 2-year price contract price.
  11. pyro008 macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2011
    Obviously...if you sign a contract.
  12. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    It was a line on a family plan. All 3 lines were able to be canceled without an ETF (that's what I meant by no contract), but one line was not eligible for an upgrade. I argued with the guys at the AT&T store for a while, but in the end I just canceled that line and added a new one.
  13. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I agree. If you start her a new line she would be available for a full upgrade until she uses it. She would be available for a full upgrade when she wants it.
  14. pyro008 macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2011
    That seems like more of a glitch than a policy. I don't know how there could be a reason why they would not give you the discount if you were willing to sign a new 2 year contract with them.

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