Upgrade to 16GB iPhone Without Extending Contract

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After some initial confusion, iLounge received clarification from AT&T regarding the possibility of replacing your current iPhone with a 16GB one.

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  2. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    You sign a new contract? But they backdate it?

    AT&T, make your own internal billing easier!!
  3. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2007
    Boston, MA USA
    Do you normally sign a new (backdated) contract when upgrading your phone? Or is this an iPhone specific thing?
  4. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    Ah cool! Hopefully its the same if you upgrade from 1st gen to 2nd gen (whenever that is).
  5. bdj21ya macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    This makes no sense whatsoever. If I put my old SIM in, and throw the new one away, don't I just avoid this hassle altogether? I thought iPhones worked with any iTunes activated SIM--put it in and connect to iTunes.

    Maybe they figure people will be too stupid to understand the paperclip SIM replacement diagram.

    Usually, at least here in the U.S., people buy new phones subsidized, so the contract extension makes sense. But for most any company specific phone (AT&T locked in this case), or for any unlocked SIM phone, you just pop your SIM in and it works. No need to deal with the company at all if you're buying unsubsidized.
  6. tomjleeds macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Note that O2 UK users don't need to sign a new contract if 'upgrading' from 8GB to 16GB (AKA buying another one and...well, getting rid of the other one somehow).
  7. nbs2 macrumors 68030


    Mar 31, 2004
    A geographical oddity
    Maybe that's the goal? With these "special SIMs" that ATT is using in the iPhone, this would make it easier to get rid of your old iPhone. But, what is the contract start date for the guy that you sell your phone to? Is it your old date as well or is it the date that he activates himself as the new owner (that would be kind of crappy - buy a used phone and still need to have a 2 years).
  8. darwen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2005
    California, US
    You need to get the phone past the activation screen. It is only going to get past that screen if you activate a new sim in it.

    There are no special sim's in iPhone, it is the phone that would prevent you from swapping sims... not the practicality of it.

    Once a US phone has been activated, any AT&T sim will work in it. Before it has been activated, no sim will work in it. You need to activate the new sim which makes the old one useless. That is why it is done like this.

    To put it simply, your new 16gig phone will not get past the activation screen if you put an 8gig sim in it. It needs a fresh activation with a fresh sim.
  9. Orng macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2007
    When they say "Sign" a contract, do they actually mean "agree to" a contract without a signature?

    Because if I asked my current provider (Rogers) to show me my signature on a contract, they might find the request a little... challenging. And yet they'll happily refer to the contract I allegedly signed if I try to make major changes to my plan or try to get out of it.
  10. salimdao macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2007
    Anaheim, CA
  11. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Upgrade Cost = $499 for new iPhone - how much you get for your old iPhone on eBay
  12. salimdao macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2007
    Anaheim, CA
    hahaha. i thought so.
  13. joecirca79 macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2004
    So Cal
    If i give my wife my old iphone and i upgrade to the 16gb, what activation if any will she have to go through? She's currently on at&t.
  14. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    In my case, that would be $499 - $300 for the old phone I sold in a matter of hours on Craigslist. $200 to double my storage AND get a new phone in perfect condition is not a bad deal, as far as I am concerned.
  15. sal macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2007
    what will people do with their old phones? I hear you can't use them as ipods without them being activated. I assume they can be sold and someone else can reactivate it for a new contract?
  16. SirOmega macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2006
    Las Vegas
    1. Buy 16GB iPhone
    2. Unlock old iPhone
    3. Sell old unlocked phone on ebay for $500
    4. FREE upgrade!
  17. sal macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2007
    um will people really spend $500 for an unlocked iphone?
  18. Zoboomafoo macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2002
    correct me if i'm wrong, but isn't this like a ground-breakingly awesome thing?
  19. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2008
    have you looked at ebay lately? last time i looked they were going for over $500! take a look..it will blow your mind
  20. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    A while ago I contacted At&t I was told that I could either get a new iphone (at that point not yet 16G) or downgrade to a phone of equal/less value without having to renew.
  21. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2007
    Boston, MA USA
    Except in the case of the iPhone, apparently, since they're telling people to activate the new SIM and sign the new contract instead of swapping the old SIM to the new phone. That's what struck me as odd.
  22. violaboy macrumors member


    Sep 7, 2007
    not going to help my wife!

    my wife wants an iphone and i'd love to give her my 8GB and get the 16GB, but i called ATT and they said that we'd have to start a new contract from the date of purchase of the new unit. :(
  23. Fuzzbear macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2008
    Illinois, USA
    Will swapping the sim cards not work?
  24. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2007
    Boston, MA USA
    I just re-read this and it seems like that makes sense...you're starting a new contract for the new phone, no? Or are you saying they said you'd have to start new contracts for both phones?
  25. Jaunty macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2004
    London, England
    So you have one contract and want two? How will back dating your current contact help you? :confused:

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