Carrier Question for AT&T Customers Upgrading to 5s

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by adam044, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. adam044 macrumors 65816

    adam044

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    So my biggest dilemma in getting the 5s is not having an available upgrade for next year when the 6 comes out. (Assuming that it does) I know I can add a line for $10 a month but then that's still $120 for the year.

    My main question is for those of you who bought the iPhone 5 last year with a new 2 year contract and now 1 year later are now buying the iPhone 5s where you are not eligible for an upgrade how much is it going to cost you? Looking for people with AT&T because that is who I have.
     
  2. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    won't it be the unsubsidized price since you're not eligible?
     
  3. billycuth macrumors 6502a

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    Early upgrade pricing (6 months into a contract) is $250 over full upgrade:

    16GB - $449
    32GB - $549
    64GB - $649
     
  4. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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    You basically have to pay a $250 premium to early-terminate your contract. The original ETF is $375, which is reduced by $10 per month.

    If I were you, I'd wait and get a 6 for the upgrade price. The 5 to 5C is not worth it.

    iPhone 5S : 16GB
    iPhone 5S : 32GB
    iPhone 5S : 64GB
    Before Sep 15, 2014
    $449.00
    $549.00
    $649.00
    After Sep 15, 2014
    $199.00
    $299.00
    $399.00
     
  5. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    AT&T isn't showing any pricing yet on the iPhone 5S but they're offering me the 5C for $350 ($200 off).
    I assume the 5S will also be $200 off for early upgraders.
     
  6. mjcxp macrumors regular

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    You are better off buying it outright this year and doing a full upgrade next year.

    2 16 GB iPhones early upgrade $449 x 2 = $898
    2 upgrade charge $36 x 2 = $72
    Total with early upgrades = $970

    1 16 GB iPhone no contract $649
    1 upgrade charge $36
    1 16 iPhone full upgrade $199
    Total with no contract and full upgrade $884
     
  7. adam044 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Okay this is what I was looking for. I knew there was some type of "discount" or early upgrade fee. It's actually better than I thought. If I was to get the 5s and then sell it for say $400 when the 6 comes out I would only be paying $149.

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    I've got my upgrade fee removed from my account each of the last 5 phones I've got.

    I think it makes sense to buy on contract for $299 this year, once the 6 comes out I can sell it for $400 and then buy the 6 for $149. Unless I'm missing something
     
  8. CrAkD macrumors 68040

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    Its all going to depend on how much money i have come friday. if im doing ok ill pay outright for a 64gb. if im cutting it close ill do the early upgrade for $650. i think of it like this. either $850 and $400 next year or $650 and $650......only saving $50 by buying it outright this year.....is a year loan of $250 worth losing $50? possibly haha.
     
  9. mjcxp macrumors regular

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    Yeah I have had my upgrade fees removed too but it took 3 chats and 2 phone calls to get them removed last year.
     
  10. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    I don't know how likely it is but AT&T could always change their early upgrade rules. That would be one reason for buying it outright this year.
     
  11. moldy lunchbox macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty sure the reps have cracked down now on the avoiding upgrade fees, I got them to do it in Jan 2013, then had my phone stolen in June and got a replacement and they wouldn't budge at all on removing the fee.
     
  12. adam044 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes they could but I guess that's the risk I would be taking. I either can buy outright this year or use my upgrade this year and hope they dont change their policy so that way next year it only costs me around $150. Right now it is much better for me to buy on contract.

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    That's brutal took me 1 10 minute chat session.

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    Had it done last month. All depends on who you talk to really.
     
  13. billycuth macrumors 6502a

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  14. mjcxp macrumors regular

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    Keep calling them or chatting with them until some clueless rep will waive them.
     
  15. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    Have a corporate discount that waives them.
     
  16. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

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    We can come back to this thread and my post in a year but I am almost 100% certain when the iphone 6 comes out next year the base configuration will be 32gb and they will have a 128gb option so that will help you sell early and pay 50 bucks for new phone
     

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