Upgrading to next gen

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  1. jimmy83 macrumors 65816

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    Iam an O2 customer UK, took my contract out in Sept 08 and just wondered what happens when the next gen iPhone comes out-rumored to be around June time. Is it possiable to pay a lump sum and recieve a new next gen iPhone, and stick to my current contract?

    Those of you who upgraged from 2G-3G might be able to help me.

    Thanks all :)
     
  2. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

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    The first iPhone wasn't subsidized which was why customers were allowed to upgrade with a simple contract extension. The 3G is a different story. If you are looking to upgrade you'll be paying full price unless your contract is coming to an end, which yours isn't even close to achieving.
     
  3. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    Agreed. I wouldn't even say it's a given they'll allow you to pay £270-ish and take out another 18 month contract to upgrade (though that is possible). The chances of another free upgrade are nil.

    Phazer
     
  4. jimmy83 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What do you mean by the first part, that the 2G was subsidized? When did the 3G iPhone come out?
     
  5. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    The first generation iPhone was UNsubsidized. That is, buyers paid its full price with no contribution from the carrier. The 3G is different. Carriers are subsidizing the price now so that you can buy it for $200 (for 8 GB) instead of something like $500. When the provider subsidizes the price of the phone, they expect to make it up in service charges, which is why you can't upgrade to a new phone before you are close to the end of your contract.

    The 3G arrived in July 2008.
     
  6. jimmy83 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So if I wanted the next gen I guess I would have to either pay up my remaning contact line rental of pay for the phone itself?
     
  7. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a

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    more than likely
     
  8. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    The question is, will O2 or the Apple store let us buy an unattached new gen iPhone and put our previous O2 sim cards in...

    Hope so!
     
  9. jimmy83 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Good point, hope its not more than 400 pounds either
     
  10. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    I would imagine it'll be closer to £250, given the price of the first gen iPhone. I hope so anyway, I wouldn't mind paying that much... as long as I can upgrade 6-8 months later when my contract runs out as well.

    It's in their best interest to offer these sorts of deals for current iPhone customers anyway, otherwise they lose out on potential sales.
     
  11. Jess.H macrumors member

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    No kidding, it starts to get pretty ridiculous.
     
  12. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    It shouldn't be. The current one is only 4.7 ounces.

    :p
     
  13. App1€ macrumors regular

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    How so? If they don't offer any deals here is what happens.

    1. You pay cancellation fee to leave company in anger.(money)

    2. You buy the phone at whatever price available to you (money)

    3. You stay in the contract and they keep making money (money)

    They can't lose if they don't offer any deals.
     
  14. michael31986 macrumors 68040

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    im sure current iphone customers will at least get a discount. not as cheap as first time or people who can upgrade their contract.
     
  15. jimmy83 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yer a discount on the handset would be nice
     

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