What will carriers do if the iPhone 6 is released earlier then September?

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  1. mikeyiphone macrumors regular

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    Verizon and AT&T have added programs that allow customers to get a new phone every year. Due to these programs the ability to upgrade early is no longer an option for those in traditional 2 year contracts.

    My question is do you think Verizon and AT&T will break and allow loyal customers to upgrade 1, 2, or 3 months early (Some rumors are saying as early as June for the iPhone 6)?

    Since the iPhone 5 was released in Mid September 2012, anyone who owns an iPhone 5 on contract will have to wait till September 2014 to upgrade. I can imagine this will cause an issue if the iPhone 6 is released earlier then September.

    Personally I would not enroll in the Next plan from AT&T (my provider for the last 8 years). I do not want to pay $600 for a phone I won't own at the end. I also do not want a new phone every year. I can wait the 2 years but if a new numbered (iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6) iPhone is released early I do want to have the opportunity to buy it at no penalty.

    Please refrain from the " you signed a 2 year contract honor it" answers. I don't think I'm asking for much if Im looking to leave my contract 1-3 months early to sign a new 2 year contract, which in my case, has led to an 8 year history with the same company.

    Thanks!
     
  2. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    The carriers wont do anything. Its up to the customers to decide if they want to upgrade or not.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Carriers will hold to the contract
    But exceptions can and will be made based on how much the customer pushes or has leverage at the time
     
  4. ref26 macrumors 6502a

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    You do own the phone with Next once it's paid off, which you can do at any time.
     
  5. easy-peasy macrumors regular

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    I sure hope they don't. Consumers that act spoiled give the rest of us a bad name.

    Waiting a few months to get what you want isn't a big deal. True adults do it all the time.
     
  6. mikeyiphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    Besides mastering the skill of waiting, are labeling and being judgmental also traits of "true adults".
     
  7. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    My contract isn't up until October because I didn't preorder my 5 and took that long to get one. So I'm good I guess regardless.
     
  8. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    The next iPhone will come out in September so there's no need to worry about it.
     
  9. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    Even those under contract can upgrade their iPhone by paying full retail for a new one. Plenty of people do. Once carriers eliminate the subsidy, which is essentially a give away--that's what I'll do. Though innovation had slowed to the point that I doubt I'll need to buy a new phone every year.
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It sounds like you don't understand how Next works.

    If you buy a $650 model, you pay 20 monthly payments of $32.50. This adds up to $650 and you own the phone after 20 months(or less if you pay it off early).

    If you choose to trade in after 12 months, you've paid $390 toward the phone. You'll be obligated to trade the phone in, or cough up $260 to pay it off(and then it's yours).

    Personally, I don't need a new phone every year or even every two years. I've switched to AT&Ts new Shared data plan which is $40 less than what I was paying previously for 2 lines. Now every month I don't upgrade is additional money in my pocket.
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    What will carriers do?

    Sell the phone. And break previous records.

    Was this a trick question? :confused:
     
  12. DiCaprioAngel macrumors 6502

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    Not everyone is in need of having a new phone every year or as soon as it comes out. I got the iPhone 5 and if the iPhone 6 comes earlier than September, I'm still waiting until September regardless. I'm a very patient person. My phone works fine, I don't need to buy the 6 as SOON as it comes out, I could wait. And I don't think it's going to affect the carriers in any way. Either way, people will still use them to get their phones and it's not up to them whether or not a person decides to upgrade. It all depends on the user and how much money they're willing to spend to get the latest and greatest.
     
  13. Nathan21585 macrumors member

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    AT&T is trying to get people to switch to Next so no they won't let you upgrade early. They will let you know that you can upgrade on Next.
     
  14. mikeyiphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is what i think they will do as well. If thats the case it makes sense to wait the 1-3 months.

    I do have a feeling this phone will be released earlier then the previous models. Too many rumors and possible leak photos are appearing this early in the year.
     
  15. 869639 macrumors 6502

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    at the end of the day, carriers will scramble and push customers to upgrade because iPhone 6 is going to be the "biggest deal yet" for customers and carriers.
     
  16. cynics macrumors G3

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    For this reason only I don't think Apple would release the phone any earlier. If they did, a lot of people would wait. Some of those people would lose interest because the buzz will have worn off some. That could potentially effect sales.
     

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