Why are $600 phones coming with a commitment?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NJRonbo, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    It's bad enough that I am not eligible for a discount
    until November. I had thought, at least according
    to this chart, since my upgrade eligibility is after
    December 2010 that I would pay $399 or $499 for
    an iPhone 4...

    [​IMG]

    So that chart is obviously wrong.

    I go to preorder a 16GB phone and the price is
    $600.

    Here is the kicker: it comes with a 2-year contract.

    Aren’t phones at the $600 mark no commitment?
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Only sense it makes to me is that I am 12 moths
    into a new 2-year contract I entered last year with
    the purchase of the iPhone 3GS.

    So, they won't let me buy a non-commitment phone
    until I finish my original commitment first.
     
  4. JediZenMaster macrumors 68000

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    I'm confused because if you pay 600 dollars your paying full price and therefore there is no 2 year contract. Maybe i misunderstood this.
     
  5. macatak911 macrumors regular

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    Yeah I was under the assumption that the $600 price is non-contract. It seems if you order from Apple.com at the price you are getting a contract.
     
  6. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I started this thread and I think I understand the situation.

    I still have another year on my contract.

    So, to buy a phone at $600 they won't make it "no
    commitment" because I still have to finish my original
    contract out.

    That is the same reason I can't even get a discount.
    I am only one year into a 2-year contract. They want
    at least 18 months under your belt before offering a
    slight discount.

    If I was out of contract then the $600 "no commitment"
    would make sense.
     
  7. JediZenMaster macrumors 68000

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    That blows, I didn't realize they re-upped my contract. So this is going to mess up my "Real" upgrade that i get next year then? Or will it balance out in the system?
     
  8. mathieuheartmac macrumors member

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    $199/$299 price is for new customers or customers eligible for an upgrade. Full price for anyone else. You must sign a contract to buy one either way.

    FROM APPLE WEBSITE:
    "Can I buy an iPhone without an AT&T contract?
    No. iPhone requires a two-year AT&T wireless service contract."
     

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