So I skipped the 3g and got the 3gs, So I was able to purchase the 3gs at the regular $299 price for 32gb. I plan to get the new iPhone this summer, (My iPhone 3gs battery life is toast and Apple refuses to replace, even with apple care protection plan, no water damage, no cosmetic damage.) But that is besides the point. I want the new phone anyway. I logged into my att account today and found out that I am upgrade eligible for a partial discount on another 3gs. Below is the message I got: ----------------------------------- 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 02/20/2011. * $299.00* — 8GB iPhone 3G (black) * $399.00* — 16GB iPhone 3G S (black or white) * $499.00* — 32GB iPhone 3G S (black or white) ------------------------------------ I was a bit surprised, because it has not yet been 12 months, and I thought the upgrade/replacement price price was $599.00 for the 16gb 3gs, (the non contract price). So I am happy that the partial discount seems to be showing up. My questions are: what is this whole deal if your bill is above $99 a month you get a discount? (My family plan bill averages $103 a month.) 1 iPhone, 1 regular phone. Since I missed the whole early upgrade deal from the iphone 2g to the 3g I'm a bit clueless on how to get a phone sooner than the contract. I am aware of other threads that may be like this. From 1999-2007 I was always able to convince att to only give me a 1 year contract, all you had to do was ask and they would do it, (1 year was much more standard at the time.) I went through Nokia brick phones like water, They would hardly last me a year. And they always waved the upgrade fee if you ask. With the iPhone I know that I shouldn't even try that lol. Thanks (Also this is assuming the pricing of the new iPhone remains the same.) (And the fact that there will even be a new phone this summer.) EDIT: My main reason for not getting the iPhone 3g, My town did not have 3g when the iPhone 3g was released. In-fact we didn't have it for another 3 months.