OMG WTF: iPhone Upgrade Pricing

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jpk32092, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. jpk32092 macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2008
    # (2) Requires new two-year AT&T wireless service contract, sold separately to qualified customers; credit check required; must be 18 or older. For non-qualified customers, including existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G, the price with a new two-year agreement is $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB)


    edit: someone beat me to it
  2. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    It'd be cheaper to pay the ETF and sign a new contract and get it for $299.
  3. The3nd macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2007
    just checked the process its only 499 to get the new 32 3gs upgrade and i have had att less then a year
  4. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    You're right.

  5. bjquach macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2008
  6. branjosef macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2007
    Wow that will be a very expensive compass. For $600 I can buy a real nice handheld compass ($5) and HD Camcorder ($595). I'll stick with my 3G
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    +1^^^ good call. That's what I plan to do, if push comes to shove. AT&T are a bunch of idiots. Let's everyone JB/Unlock and get T-Mobile with unlimited talk for $49.00 per month......:mad::mad::mad:
  8. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    32GB of storage.
    Video recording at more than 6fps (Cycorder)
    Voice command
    Faster processor

    Totally worth it. You could sell your current 3G and buy the new one at an end cost of about $100.

    The new one is going to cost me $50. I sold my 3G for $450 the other day.
  9. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Wow, I am confused.

    I bought a 3G last year as a new ATT&T customer.

    Phil tells me today that the cost for a 32GB 3Gs is $299.

    Now you have a link that says it will cost me $499 to upgrade?

    Where did this $200 come from?

    Is the $499 only if I continue my current contract?
  10. Mike2128 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2008
    $299 for new or qualified customers. You are not qualified to restart your contract and receive the full discount. $499 if you want to restart your contract for another 2 years and receive the $200 discount (as opposed to the $400 discount you'd receive if you waited the full 18 months).
  11. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    $499 is if you renew your contract. It's $699 if you continue your current contract, and $299 if you sign up for a new contract.

    Since you aren't signing up for a new contract, your best option is to renew your contract and get it for $499.
  12. blackberrylover macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009
    that means obligation free
  13. branjosef macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2007
    Wow congrats on the $450. I wouldn't of expected that. That would probably be the only way I would upgrade- if I could sell my current 3G. It just bothers me that apple with so much potential tends to underdeliver more and more each year. I wasn't so much into the black matte backing and stuff, but I would of thought they would do at least something instead of hyping yesterday's technology. The iphone is starting to become just another phone now.
  14. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    This really sucks. Nice screw to loyal customers. :mad:
  15. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    I mean, guys, sell your 3G on eBay and used that money towards the new one. I got $375 off my 3G on eBay. Thats only 25 more for the new 16 GB iPhone 3GS...NOT BAD at all.
  16. D3lta macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Cupertino, California
    I'm getting the same thing. My bill was due yesterday, but I just payed it. Now just waiting for it to update so I can see the $399/$499 pricing.
  17. jatt559 macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    I'm getting this

    As a valued AT&T customer, AT&T can offer you an early iPhone upgrade with a new 2-yr commitment and an $18 upgrade fee. You may qualify for a standard iPhone upgrade on 07/23/2009.
  18. longterm macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2007
    I can get a new 3GS for the "standard upgrade pricing" after 7/12, which is a year from when I got my 3G (that was day one).

    What's the "standard upgrade pricing?" If I wanted to get one today, I could get a 16GB for $399, a 32GB for $499.

    I really wish this were clearer.
  19. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2003
    Do you have to do anything special to you 3G to sell it? Like unlock it or anything?
  20. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    That's what happens with subsidized phones, unfortunately. If you don't see out the original contract, then your provider is going to want some of the subsidy paying back
  21. LargeNoggin macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2008
    I received a similar message. I also purchased 3G 1st day.
    I'm hoping this means that the $ 199 or $ 299 pricing is available once the first year is up?

    Not very clear at all
  22. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    Holy Hell....guess I wont be getting the 3Gs....Not for those prices.

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