Why aren't I eligible for early upgrade pricing?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dmx, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. dmx macrumors 6502a

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    Let me start off by saying I'm not trying to be cheap. I knew when the 3GS came out that the 4 was one year away. If I have to pay full retail (599), I will.

    I've had my 3GS since August 2009. My bill was the base with the $5 texting plan until I changed the texting to unlimited in October. Since October, I think my bill is 89.99 a month + fees etc.

    When I check my upgrade status, I get..

    iPhone Upgrade
    You can take advantage of our no commitment pricing at a participating retail sales location. You may qualify for a full discount on a standard iPhone upgrade on 01/16/2011

    I don' expect the full subsidy, but since I've had the phone for a year shouldn't I be eligible for the early upgrade pricing sometime before January? :confused:
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Same here.
    I dont know whats up with that.
    I'd gladly pay the early update price but why wouldnt they allow this?
    I thought anyone could do the early update thing.
     
  3. mistertomlinson macrumors 6502

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    I'm in the same boat. Bought every iPhone to date. I got the 3GS DAY ONE and as of June 19th, my contract will be a year old. It would seem like I'd get SOME kinda discount, like the $400 price I got on the 3GS when I purchased it, but I have to pay $599. Sad face.
     
  4. dmx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. I don't think it is unreasonable to expect the early upgrade pricing after 1 year on your current contract, especially when you consider how much AT&T charges compared to other carriers.
     
  5. pcorrado macrumors 6502

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    maybe it has something to do with using an early upgrade last year? I'm not sure if that fact is in common with everyone here.
     
  6. elephunkman macrumors 65816

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    Same here, I don't mind putting another 2 years. As a result, I'll be using the upgrade from one of my other lines.
     
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  8. dmx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, now that you mentioned that, yes I did use an early upgrade for my 3GS. That must be it.



    Nevertheless, when many who have a 3GS are eligible for a full subsidy at launch (right?), I still think I should at least get the early upgrade price a year later. (August or so)
     
  9. christyn macrumors 6502a

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    yep, exactly what I was going to say..
     
  10. wr1020 macrumors regular

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    Well i got my 3gs on release date last year as a brand new AT&T customer and my bill is a lot less than $100 thanks to my fan discount and i'm getting the upgrade discount of 199/299. Can't wait, putting in a pre order for a 32gb.
     
  11. dmx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, that is one of the reasons I don't get the full subsidy... but shouldn't I at least be eligible for the early upgrade pricing?
     
  12. pcorrado macrumors 6502

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    I agree - I mean they should really just change the iPhone contract to 18 months with a 1 year upgrade cycle - they must make enough on the plans to cover the subsidy - they got us all hooked on upgrading yearly anyway. But those are just the musings from an excited consumer who knows nothing of this businesses internal workings!

    My wife and I are early upgrade eligible and we got our phones in september after returning to AT&T from trying out sprint so we paid new customer pricing - the only reason I would think we have the early upgrade option and others who bought before us don't has to be exercising the option with the 3GS - I would complain to AT&T, file a complaint with the BBB or try to get in touch with executive relations - if this is the policy maybe we an get it changed.
     

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