Question about future iPhone Upgrade

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thecoolone1, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. thecoolone1 macrumors regular

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    Hello! I was wanting to see if anyone has checked their Upgrade Eligibility on AT&T's website yet? I own a white iPhone 3GS which I got the day of launch as a new ATT Customer and today I was curious and thought I would check when I would be eligible for an upgrade (keeping in mind that hopefully a new iPhone will come June/July). The Upgrade page says the following:

    iPhone Upgrade
    As a valued AT&T customer, we can offer you a discounted iPhone upgrade at a higher price, along with a 2-year commitment and an $18 upgrade fee. Please proceed with the online upgrade process for pricing details. You may qualify for a full discount on a standard iPhone upgrade on 02/20/2011

    So does this mean I wont be able to get the new iPhone if it comes in June or July of this year since my full upgrade date is 02/20/2011? That would really suck if that's the case since I purchased my iPhone on Launch date!

    Also does anyone know what it means by "we can offer you a discounted iPhone upgrade at a higher price"?

    Thanks!
     
  2. cmaier macrumors G3

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    AT&T has historically accelerated eligibility after the new iphones come out - if their exclusivity arrangement is ending, they'll probably be even more likely to do this in order to get as many people locked into new contracts as they can.

     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    It looks like they're willing to do an upgrade with the fully subsidized price at some point but for now you'll be extending your contract and likely getting little to no discount.

    When you sign a 2 year agreement with a cell phone company you are not automatically eligible for an upgrade if a new model comes out. It is a contract, it seems that people don't really get that.
     
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    No as of right now you will not be able to purchase a new iPhone on launch day at full subsidized price. AT&T has to make money off of you by keeping you in the contract for longer. The higher upgrade price is usually $399-$499. AT&T made an exception for their most high paying customers last year to allow them an early upgrade. They could incentivize us (meaning everyone) if Verizon gets the iPhone.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Well said.
    People think they can get the full subsidized price every time a new phone comes out. Just like every other cellphone company you are due for an upgrade at the end of your contract or at 18 months since the day you signed an agreement with them.
    Most likelly when they new iphone comes out they'll let people do an early upgrade for an additional fee and a new 2 year agreement.
     

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