Regarding Upgrade Eligibility

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by granny shifter, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. granny shifter macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2008
    I have a quick question regarding upgrade eligibility. The primary line on our account (my brother's) is eligible for a full subsidized upgrade. He bought a 3GS at launch last year. I understand that a primary line is eligible to upgrade when the plan is above a certain amount. All of my family members have iPhones. I bought an iPhone 4 on launch. As of today, my line is the primary line. Will I be eligible for the iPhone 5 next year at the fully subsidized price? My brother doesn't care about upgrading this year. Thanks.
  2. pugnut macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    You can check AT&T online customer service for eligability or you can dial *639# from your phone and it will send a text back with your upgrade date.
  3. granny shifter thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2008
    I checked online and it says 2/2012 for me. My brother is eligible right now for an Iphone 4. Might this change next year after paying for a years worth of service?
  4. hlysmksbtmn macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Iphone 5 will probably come out in june/july. Not likely that they would move your eligibility up by more than 6 months.
  5. granny shifter thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2008
    Is this so even if I am now the primary account holder? My brother was telling me that I should have done an upgrade swap. I don't know what would happen though. He might be stuck with a two year contract. We are paying quite a bit and that is why the primary account holder is eligible for a new Iphone every year. I'm hoping that this is transferred to my line.
  6. hlysmksbtmn macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Ya if u did an upgrade swap he would have had a new 2 yr contract. He was eligible his year because AT&T made a special upgrade exception this year for the iPhone 4 (basically they made everyone eligible 6 months early but who knows if they will do that next year)

    I also swapped my primary line. But I'm not eligible until 2012 and I also have an expensive family plan with multiple iPhones.
  7. granny shifter thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2008
    Thanks for the clarification. I hope AT&T produces the same deal as they did this year. I'm guessing it might have to do with competition against Verizon or something.
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I've had a new iPhone every year since 2007 and it seems that AT&T and Apple really want my business. Having a Family Plan with 5 iPhones and unlimited data; it seems they'll do anything for my money...:eek:
  9. Seattleite macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2010
    We switched from Verizon to AT&T last Oct so that we could get iPhones. We got two, then later added two non-iphones/lines to the account as well. I did not expect to be able to upgrade at a reasonable price as we had not had the phones long, but when I checked, they said I could switch from the 3gs to the iPhone 4 for just $199, which I did :D

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