Carrier What to Do? ATT Customer : Use Subsidized Pricing or Buy Full Price

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  1. pat.micunnis, Sep 25, 2013
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    pat.micunnis macrumors regular

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    I'm currently an AT&T customer with the grandfathered unlimited data plan.

    I purchased my iPhone 5 last September. I used up my upgrade to buy it at the subsidized price ($299 for 32gb).

    I'm interested in purchasing the iPhone 5s. I'm eligible for the "early upgrade" pricing ($200 off retail) -- e.g. $549 for 32gb.

    I prefer not to sign up for another 2 years with AT&T.

    I am leaning towards getting the Verizon version (full retail) but open to getting the AT&T model.

    Any others facing my same dilemma? (Yes I know there are greater problems that folks are dealing with LOL)
     
  2. Taranokc macrumors newbie

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    I was in the same boat and was going to just upgrade. My phone was stolen and I called to confirm prices, but the csr pushed both my lines to a full upgrade woohoo! Call again and see if they'll do that. I never even asked.
     
  3. henryonapple macrumors 6502

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    why do verizon version? they're all the same

     
  4. pat.micunnis thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. iSaxon macrumors 6502a

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    I upgraded to get the 5 last year and I was in the same situation as you. I could either do an early upgrade, or pay $200 more to get it at full price.

    I ended up going for the full price option.

    At the Apple store I got an AT&T iPhone 5S at full price and when I plugged it into iTunes and hit restore it stated that the device was unlocked.

    The main reason that I paid full price, aside from getting an unlocked device, was so that I can upgrade next year for the iPhone 6 at the subsidized price.
     
  6. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I paid full price. I'd rather save my upgrade for next year, although I'll be likely just moving to tmobile or mvno
     
  7. kappakai macrumors newbie

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    I paid full as well. My AT&T contract is up in December, and I'll probably switch to T-Mobile. I have the grandfathered unlimited on AT&T, but T-Mobile's pricing (especially their family plans) are very attractive, and also offer unlimited. Plus, here in LA, T-Mobile is doing quite well with their new LTE and HSPA networks. Full price will also make it much easier to sell when the 6 (and bigger screen, please oh FSM, please, give us a bigger screen) comes out.
     
  8. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    I was in the same situation and opted to pay full price so I can jump on the AT&T Next wagon next year.
     
  9. unbiased macrumors newbie

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  10. pat.micunnis thread starter macrumors regular

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    Did you buy AT&T or Verizon?
     
  11. solo118 macrumors 65816

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    Same boat, but I just do early upgrade every year. It does not cost much in the end, especially if you sell your current phone.
     
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    if you end up paying full price, get the verizon model. no reason not to and gives you more options.
     
  14. Krissypantz2828 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes I am. I can do an early upgrade for $49.99, pay for the phone on a 2 year contract- $329.99 and sell my iPhone 5 to make up the difference. Only catch is I wont be getting the same plan as I have now :( Its $15 more.

    Oh and also I won't be able to get my hands on the iPhone 5s in my city for at least another month unless I start sleeping outside my stores when they re-stock.

    All that hassle doesn't seem worth it to me, so I am left with the only option of buying it in November.

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    Your monthly plan doesn't sky rocket like mine does with an early upgrade?
     
  15. Smithwicks macrumors regular

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    Do you enjoy being ripped off? ATT Next is a horrible deal for consumers.
     
  16. macher macrumors 65816

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    Is early upgrade available every year?
     
  17. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    You could always sell your phone for about $300 and use that towards the full retail price. It'll be like paying for an early upgrade without the contract part.
     
  18. pat.micunnis thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm now eligible for subsidized pricing!

    A couple of weeks ago, I only qualified for the "early upgrade" price ($200 off retail).

    Today, I checked my eligibility upgrade ... To my surprise, I now qualify for the true subsidized pricing of $450 off (e.g. $299 for 32 gb). I used my upgrade last year to buy the 5.

    I only plan to keep the 5s for a year and then get the 6.

    Any advice?
     
  19. Apfpilot macrumors regular

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    I used the subsidized early upgrade price. I am really happy with AT&T and my iPhone 5 will sell for more than the $449 it cost. I also called AT&T and complained about some misinformation they gave me and they gave me a healthy bill credit to make up for some of the difference. When the 6 comes out I'll probably do the same thing.
     
  20. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Why don't you re-sign and then just pay the ETF in Dec? You end up saving 100 bucks... or am I wrong on this? 300 (for sub'd 32gb) + 305 (325 ETF - 20 for 2 months of service) = $605. Off contract= $700
     
  21. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    If you qualify for the full upgrade price then take it! You are paying about $20/month for the phone whether you take it or not. :cool:
     
  22. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    Could someone please explain this to me? My voice is $40, unlimited data is $30, and unlimited text is $10. Do you mean the $20 is built into the price of voice and data? Because as far as I know, the above prices were like that since the dawn of time.
     
  23. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    You could sell your iPhone 5S next year and use the proceeds to subsidize the iPhone 6 :)

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    I think he or she means your monthly plans already has the subsidy cost built into. You pay the same monthly rate regardless of whether you get a new phone or not. It's not like T-Mobile where they give you $10 off monthly if you do not renew your contract.
     
  24. ABC5S Suspended

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    Subsidize for me....AT&T will give me 3 GB data plan for same price as Verizons 2 GB data plan. Seems like a no brainer. Only need to find out if AT&T coverage is same of better than Verizons in my area.
     
  25. aneftp macrumors 601

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    If u got iPhone 5 at subsidized price last year how are u getting full subsidy iPhone 5s pricing within 12 month?

    Please clarify.
     

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