Potential Release Date Upgrade Problem

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  1. ThatBeerGuy macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    Now that the Sep 9th announcement date is out, I'm a little concerned about the rumored release date of Sep 19th. I preordered and got an iPhone 5 on the Sep 21, 2012 release date with a 2 year contract. As such, my eligible discounted upgrade date is Sep 21, 2014. If Apple does release the iPhone 6 on the 19th, am I going to be charged the full price because I'm not eligible for a discounted upgrade until the 21st? I hope Apple is taking that into consideration.
     
  2. The Tos macrumors 6502a

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    What carrier are you with? I have the same problem with one of my lines. I am with Verizon. They said as long as it is within 7 days it shouldnt be a problem upgrading on the 19th.
     
  3. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Every year this question gets asked and every year millions of people upgrade.

    Just relax, you will get an iPhone on launch day like everyone else.
     
  4. ThatBeerGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm on Verizon too. I used to be on AT&T where you could upgrade a couple months early at a discount.

    I'm not worried about not getting a phone on launch day, I'm worried about possibly having to pay full price. Oh well, just have to wait and see.
     
  5. jkel777 macrumors 6502

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    Potential Release Date Upgrade Problem

    I'm in the same boat as you. However, I don't want to upgrade because I'd lose the $25 MSVP discount on my line since I'd be signing a new two-year contract. So it's either buy full retail or use Next, and I'm probably going with Next.
     
  6. metacove1 macrumors member

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    Same situation here as well. Looking forward to getting some clarification on this.
     
  7. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    1. Why be concerned ? Just wait until the 22nd and buy then. Goodness sakes. Its a %^&#%$ phone.
     
  8. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    because on 9/22 apple.com will say "ships in 1-2 months".
     
  9. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Considering how many times this gets asked, you would think ATT/Verizon/etc would take this as a marketing opportunity. A commercial or AD on their website telling people they are OK for a full upgrade even though the phone is coming out a few days earlier than their technical 2 year date.
     
  10. metacove1 macrumors member

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    Its more than a phone ;-) It does others things. But whatever. You don't have to be excited.
     
  11. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    It seems Next is the cheaper option for you anyway.

    2-year contract:
    Upfront: $200-400
    Upgrade fee: $40
    Add'l monthly cost: $25 * 24 months
    2-year total: $840-1040

    AT&T Next 12:
    Upfront: $0
    Upgrade fee: $0
    Add'l monthly cost: $32.50-42.50 * 20 months
    2-year total: $650-850

    AT&T Next 18:
    Upfront: $0
    Upgrade fee: $0
    Add'l monthly cost: $27.08-35.42 * 24 months
    2-year total: $650-850
     
  12. jkel777 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, looks like it is!

    I've actually been wondering this: if you choose Next on Apple's website to buy the iPhone, do you technically not pay anything (so the total amount due is $0)? How does that work?
     
  13. saving107 macrumors 603

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    I believe you still pay the tax on the device.
     
  14. ctbaz macrumors member

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    Plus the upgrade free is now $40 for those getting a 2 year contract. Most of the times you can call ATT and get that waived but now days you might not anymore.
     
  15. djransom macrumors 68040

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    With Next you have to pay the taxes upfront at the time of the upgrade. Outside of that everything else is spot on.
     
  16. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Tax laws vary by state so I didn't include that in the calculation. In California (Los Angeles area), I've always had to pay tax based on MSRP upfront even on 2-year contract subsidy.
     
  17. jkel777 macrumors 6502

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    In Oregon we don't have a sales tax, which is why I asked if I'd be paying $0. Not sure if they'd add a tax online, though.
     
  18. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816

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    Realise that upgrade eligibility dates are like birthdays - they happen every day of the year for somebody. Yours may be 2 days after the (possible) iPhone release date, for others their eligibility date may conveniently be on or just before the release date.

    I'm pretty sure your carrier will allow you to upgrade starting at the beginning of your upgrade month.
    Failing that, you may have to wait the 2 days to order, and put up with the possible delivery delays at that point. I'm sure you'll survive.;)
     
  19. rrm74001 macrumors regular

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    If you are concerned about have the latest and great phone the very second it is released, you should probably get on an early upgrade plan with your carrier:

    Verizon Edge
    T-Mobile Jump
    Sprint Easy Pay
    AT&T Next

    I think your carrier will still work with you even though you will be 2 days early. But I mean, worst case scenario you have to wait 2 days. Is that so bad?

    Call your carrier and ask. They will be the best people to ask.
     
  20. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    you're missing the biggest CATCH... AT&T next requires you to surrender your current phone. which i think is the biggest ripoff. why would you surrender your current phone ANDDDD pay for the full price of the phone?
     
  21. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Surrendering the phone is entirely optional. Once you've paid off the phone in full, it's yours. You don't have to give it back to AT&T.

    If you wish to upgrade early, you can trade in the Next phone after you've paid 60% of MSRP ($390 16GB, $450 32GB, $510 64GB) and AT&T will waive the remaining payments ($260 16GB, $300 32GB, $340 64GB). If you do the early upgrade/trade in, you haven't really paid full price for phone, just 60%. Can you get a higher price selling on ebay, CL, etc? Sure. I reckon there are quite a number who'd rather avoid the hassle of selling and would rather just do Next, though.
     
  22. eoblaed macrumors 65816

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    I think you're confused. :)

    This is a phone:
    rotary-phone.jpg

    Even this is a phone (had a couple of these, actually):
    Motorola-StarTAC-75-01.jpg

    This, however, while it can make and receive phone calls, cannot even remotely be considered simply a phone:
    1.jpgde435fae-eee1-409f-b60c-2ee03b1fd564Large.jpg iPhone5s_PF_3UP_HERO_PRINT_small.jpg

    And like a previous poster said, even a day or two after launch (heck, maybe even hours), good luck getting one for weeks at least.
     
  23. Stlcheer macrumors 6502

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    On the Apple website today I'm showing a full upgrade date of September 15th. Last week it was September 21st. I preordered the iPhone 5 and received it on release day in 2012. I think we'll be ok for upgrades this year.
     
  24. jekjones1558 macrumors 6502

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    What carrier? I use Verizon and the Apple website is still showing Sep. 21 for me.
     
  25. elmorage macrumors newbie

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    I just spoke to verizon and had my upgrade date moved from 9/21 to today. Initially they said no, tried to offer me EDGE, then I explained the situation. I simply told them I was pre-ordering 2 iPhones on the first day and while I wanted to stay with verizon, if my upgrade wasn't changed I would just order with another carrier and let my verizon contract expire in 3 weeks. Short hold and then a new upgrade date.

    It isn't the few days that is the issue, there have been times where shipping times have slipped to weeks and months if you don't get in early on the order.
     

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