Pricing of expected iPhone this summer for people who got the 3GS?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by doubleatheman, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2009
    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.


    (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.
  2. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    My guess is that you will have the same discount on the new iPhone as you are able to receive on the 3gs right now.
  3. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    The $99/month deal is only if your bill is that much for a SINGLE line, not a family plan.
  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I'm not sure if this is correct or not, but what I have found out through some research is that previous iPhone owners have a 200 dollar discount off full retail price when doing an early upgrade. Thats what I did last November, I had the 3G, then early upgraded to the 32GB 3GS for 499. It could be a whole ATT thing as well. I'm just not 100% sure.
  5. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    i got my 3GS in Sept/Oct of last year and I just checked and I have this option as well! :D wont matter tho cause I think im adding a line to get the full discount then giving my 3GS to my girl to use on the new line and keeping the new iphone for myself :)
  6. Revelation78 macrumors 68000


    Dec 18, 2008
    North Carolina
    That's incorrect. If your bill is $99 per month or greater prior to applying taxes then you'll get the full upgrade price every 12 months on your primary line only.
  7. Eye4Desyn macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2009
    U, S, and A
    I just looked into this last night while at home, debating if I would be interested in getting the new iPhone when it launches this summer (provided the hardware feature set is too deep to resist). My eligibility date is the same as the OP - and I have a family plan that is more than $99/month. If I'm understanding you correctly, you're saying that instead of 2/20/2011 - I'll be eligible for the upgrade price this June/July (2010) for the new iPhone? What is the current upgrade price for 16GB iPhone 3GS? This whole thing is rather confusing as I've only done this once (going from original iPhone on launch day to iPhone 3GS on launch day - 2 years) and have not really followed the matter regarding upgrade pricing etc.
  8. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    Let me clarify, each line on a family plan has to be over $99. If you have a bill that's a total of $100, you still don't qualify because it's split between 2 lines.

    It was a modified version of this:

    So your example can be incorrect. If you have a basic family plan and the primary line isn't an iPhone, you won't get the 12 month upgrade price. The only way you can pretty much guarantee you get it is to have your primary line an iPhone and include an SMS/MMS package.
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    But lets wait till the new iphone is announced and see what AT&T and Apple will do when it comes to early upgrades, renewals etc....
  10. corriewf macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2009
    I got my 3GS in Aug last year and can upgrade at full discount this Aug....Weird.
  11. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2002
    Charleston, SC
    Mine says I will qualify for a full upgrade on 6/20/10. I bought my iPhone 3GS on 6/20/09 - so it makes sense. I'll be able to upgrade in full for the next generation.
  12. doubleatheman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2009
    My bill is not more than $99 a month before taxes, just after.

    $59.99 family 550

    $30 iphone data

    $5 texting on iphone

    is less than 100 before taxes :(

    My line is the primary line on the account. I have no clue how it became the primary line, as my moms used to be. One day my iPhone showed up on the bill as the primary line.

    Looks like I need to save up ~$399 for the lower size model expected. And that was the purpose of this post, I wanted to know how much I need to save up for the new iPhone :) I would go for the larger size, but I only use 7gb of my 32gb iPhone lol!
  13. TheCheapGeek macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    My line on my family plan is the primary line and has a +99$ bill before taxes. I bought the 2G on launch day.

    I bought the 3G on launch day and received an upgrade because the first iPhone was not subsidized. I bought the 3Gs on launch day and received an upgrade because my line qualifies for a 12 month upgrade interval. I will buy a iPhone G4 this summer as my account already shows upgrade eligibility on 6/20/2010.
  14. Ironworker808 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    I got my 3Gs on launch day, and am not expecting to be eligible for full upgrade discounts for another year.

    But I wonder if enough people complain like they did last year if Apple/AT&T will again allow full upgrade discounts for customers after only one year?

    I'm not going to complain or expect the full discount, but if they cave in to customer demand like they did last year, I will take advantage. :D
  15. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    If you bought a 3GS last year, why in the bloody hell would you already need a new iPhone? I got mine on launch day and don't see the need AT ALL for dropping another $300 AT LEAST on another phone. I love new tech as much as the next person, but this isn't going to be anything monumental like adding 3G speed.
  16. Nicksd84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Am I missing something here? Doesn't it say as of feb 2011? Anyway, ATT loses money long term if you don't generate enough revenue for hem every month and they keep giving early upgrades. I understand wanting the discounted prices because it seems good and all, but it would make horrible business sense.
  17. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    1. iPhone 4th gen will most likely see the first redesign of the iPhone. Remember the iPhone has essentially been the same screen and shape since 2007 so it's due for a redesign.

    2. Most people like me sell their iPhones to "subsidize" the cost of the new iPhone. I know I can get $400 plus for my mint 32gb iPhone 3GS (depending on how fast I want to unload). So while it's true no one really needs a new iPhone every year, by selling my previous iPhone I can justify getting the lastest model iPhone. That way like last year I sold my 16GB iPhone 3G for $450 and purchase a 32GB iPhone 3GS for $499(early upgrade price and not full upgrade pricing).
  18. cyper2002 macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    You can sell

    Well, its quite simple. We want the new features and speed improvements. All I have to do is sell my current 3GS and the upgrade is down to about 100-200 dollars, well worth it in my opinion. I did the same thing last year. Sold my 3G which was 1 year old and purchased the 3GS for less then a new customer would.
  19. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    My 2 year contract on my 3G expired on 3/10/10 so I own you all!

    The right play is to have two iphones, and upgrade every other year.

    EXCEPT... I did not upgrade last year so I have a 3G and 1st Gen. I hate it when a plan doesn't cometogether.

    Although maybe I will end up with two iPhone iiii
  20. doubleatheman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2009
    I don't expect the full discount price of $199, Because I did not complete my 2 year contract. I understand this. AT&T would not make $ if they did this. (err less profits at least.)

    It seems the next price jump is to $399 for the early upgrade option. This is probably what I'll end up paying.

    I wish the early upgrade price for current iPhone owners was only $100 more than the full upgrade cost. $299 sounds fair.

    Although Apple and AT&T must understand that most of the sales of the new iPhone will be old iPhone owners. I still think its crazy to make a 2 year contract on a device that comes with a 1 year warranty. (I always get Apple care anyway.)
  21. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Not crazy at all.

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