Why are some 3GS owners eligible for upgrade pricing and others not?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NJRonbo, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    Excuse me for asking this question that
    may have been answered in another thread.

    I run a website of my own with a lot of Mac
    owners. We talk about iPhones as all of you
    do here. We are just much, much smaller.

    It seems that many people who bought the
    3GS when it went on sale in June of last year
    are eligible for the discount upgrade.

    Then there are others, like myself, who are
    not. I am eligible in February 2011.

    Has anyone figured out why that is?

    Now, mind you, I am certain of the fact that
    quite a few of our forum members bought a
    3GS last June and entered a 2-year contract.

    We are assuming perhaps it has something to
    do with how much money you spend each month
    with AT&T. It is being suggested that if you
    have a lot of service with AT&T and pay a hefty
    bill each month they will automatically grant you
    the upgrade pricing.

    Anybody know anything about this?
     
  2. amann76 macrumors 6502

    amann76

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    that is a great question. how can somebody that purchased a 3gs on release qualify for an upgrade but some people like myself who purchase on release don't?
     
  3. christyn macrumors 6502a

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    It's dependant on how much your monthly bill is. Those who spend $100 every month qualify for earlier upgrades on individual accounts, or one line of a family plan

    Only those who qualified for an upgrade Dec 31 or earlier are being moved up for this reason.
     
  4. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ....and I can assure you there are people
    who bought a 3GS last June who are checking
    their upgrade eligibility on their iPhone (*639#)
    and being informed they are eligible for the
    discount pricing.

    I called AT&T Wirelss service about this and
    they don't know anything. They claim that
    since the phone has not been rolled out yet
    they have no idea why some 3GS owners are
    receiving upgrade pricing and some are not.
     
  5. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Christyn,

    That seems to be the general consensus over
    on our forum.
     
  6. amann76 macrumors 6502

    amann76

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    my tells me i am eligible for discounted pricing but i won't be eligible for a full discounted rate until Feb 2011
     
  7. fuzion macrumors 6502

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    My personal bill is $250 a month for 3 phones and our work bill is $3000... I better be eligible no matter what!
     
  8. ComputersaysNo macrumors 6502

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    Maybe it has something to do with their plan before they got an iphone? First time enrollers vs. long time at&t-customers?
     
  9. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    i dont mean to hijack this thread but i didnt not want to make one for such a simple question. one out of our 5 lines on our family plan is upgrade eligible in the year 2010. december 23rd to be exact. that line does not have an iphone.. can we still use that line to upgrade for 200/300?
     
  10. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    It should be. That's the official policy

    X > $69 = eligible after 20 months
    $69 < X < $99 = eligible after 18 months
    X > $99 = eligible after 1 yr

    X = monthly bill (dunno before/after taxes or fan)
    must have had x amount for atleast three months.
     
  11. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816

    SAD*FACED*CLOWN

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    it depends on your monthly spending with them, and other factors such as if you have a past due balance or not...if you got a 3GS at launch and you spend more than $100 before taxes and your account is current you should qualify for an upgrade and at the very least you should be able to get the iPhone 4 at the 16/GB $399 and 32/GB $499 prices
     
  12. christyn macrumors 6502a

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    That is how AT&T explains it anyway.

    I purchased 2 3GS' on a family plan in July and am eligible on one line, and the other line not till 2011.
     

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