So can I just buy it then?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by shadoe1989, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. shadoe1989 macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2009
    Ok ive searched on the boards and can not find an answer. Im on vacation its 5:45 am here so I cant really call lol. Ok I paid the full retail when the first Iphone came out, then last year when the 3g came out I paid 199 to upgrade. So does that mean I wont get the 199 price again? I here some people that just had the 3g say that they can upgrade for 399 for the 3gs. So can I just pay 399 without signing a contract? AGAIN ATT CONFUSES THE HELL OUT OF ME!!! LOL:apple:
  2. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    No, you can't pay the $199 for the iPhone 3GS.

    You only got the $199/$299 for the 3G because you signed a 2-year contract and got it as a subsidy.
    That means if you want another phone (That is subsidized) within two years, you can't get it. You have to wait until you're upgrade eligible/end your contract early.

    Depending on when you got your iPhone 3G, it might be better to cancel your current contract, and then get it for $199.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The 399 price is the semi-rebated price for current 3g owners wishing to upgrade to the 3Gs. I'm not sure what the non-rebated price would be but I suspect a heck of lot higher then 399.

    The 199/299 price is the full rebated price for new ATT contracts or those who now qualify for a new phone like (i believe) 2G owners
  4. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    16G 3GS - $399

    32G 3GS - $499.

    That's the semi-subsidized price.

    At least for the present. :apple:
  5. razorianfly macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Or take out a new contract, without canceling your existing (less cost for you),
    and pass your existing iPhone to a family member willing to pay the remainder of the contract.

  6. i-John macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2008
    The Republic of Texas
    New/upgrade eligible
    In the US
    $199 - 16GB 3GS
    $299 - 32GB 3GS

    If you're currently under contract and not eligible, you get the following by signing a fresh 2 year contract.
    $399 - 16GB 3GS
    $499 - 32GB 3GS

    No contract pricing.
    $599 - 16GB 3GS
    $699 - 32GB 3GS

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