What is the cheapest way for me to get an iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by razaac, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. razaac macrumors newbie

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    My first question is, is iPhone 4 available for the no commitment price right now in US?

    Second of all, I have a family plan right now, it is the 700 minute nationwide plan and I have four lines in said plan right now. We also have the unlimited messaging for the whole family and no data plan at all.

    Now, my question is, if I were to get an iPhone 4, what would be the cheapest way to do so?
    Assume 32GB, $699 for the no commitment? $299 and take the new 2-yr contract? (What is even the new 2-yr contract?)
    Or is there another way I am not aware of? Can I upgrade my current plan with a data plan somehow and get a cheaper iPhone? I don't qualify for the upgrade right now and I don't know if I qualify for the early upgrade.

    What is the cheapest way? Or should I just suck it up and shell out 700 bucks?
     
  2. Briview macrumors regular

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    Okay, I'm not aware of the plan, since you seem to not know if you qualify for the $299 early upgrade... if you MUST have it now, maybe buy it on a new line for a 2-yr contract ($299) and then immediately cancel the contract (ETF: $325) and that alone is just a tiny bit cheaper than the no-commitment i4 (which still requires AT&T monthly usage despite not committed to a contract, but the option that I said... the termination... will get you a glorified iPod touch through which you can most likely insert an iPhone 4 microSIM or a general cut-down SIM of some sort from AT&T). So $299+$325=About $625 which is better than $699 in both financial terms and the commitment terms that I mentioned earlier.

    That's as far as I know... sorry if this doesn't help.
     
  3. razaac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!
    How does the early upgrade work? Like, what is it? Do you have to have a previous iPhone to get an upgrade?

    And also, if I do what you said, how can I get my current SIM card to be a microSIM? If i take it to an At&t store would they do it for me or would I have to cut it down myself?
     
  4. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

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    if you want the cheapest get the 16gb...

    Also, starting a new at&t contract may prove to be SLIGHTLY less costly than buying at no commitment, + you get a month of service :)

    Assuming you have at&t right now go in and ask if you can early upgrade. They will swap your sim with a microsim
     
  5. razaac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how does early upgrade work? I mean, I have a voice and text plan right now. Can i keep those and just slap on a data plan?
     
  6. oldschooldude macrumors regular

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    Based on all the whining/complaining/negtivity that a lot of new iP4 owners are posting in the various threads the last few days, i'd say you could almost get it free - just ask one the disgruntled owners!

    And no, I'm not one of those that are unhappy with my new iP4!
     
  7. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    Add a new line to your plan, then cancel your old line. $199 plus whatever is left of your old $175 ETF.
     
  8. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

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    theres ALOT of people who bought this phone, first day alone 600,000 sold. so if youre hearing alot of people complaining theres ALOT more that arent.
     

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