Wow...So we cant do anything...?

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

  1. ThunderApple macrumors 6502

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    So basically the people whos early upgrade is in 2011 CANT get the iPhone 4 AT ALL?
    Why cant Apple just make it so that we can just pay the price of the phone with a 2 year comminment ($199, $299) but just trade in our 3GS and get the iPhone 4 and still be on our old 2 year contract? Im pretty pissed that theres no way for me to get the phone at a normal price since i cant get a early upgrade till 1/6/2011...

    Am i mistaken or something and there IS a way to get it? I dont feel like paying $700 for the phone with no contract.

    The only option i see right now is buying one on eBay but those are going to go up to premium price.
     
  2. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

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    You can do something, buy the phone at full retail (which if you're willing to pay 300.00 on contract, if you REALLY want this phone 599/699 should not be that big of an issue), or wait 18 months and do an early upgrade.

    Stop whining.
     
  3. Marty Macfly macrumors regular

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    Then I guess you don't feel like getting it, as paying for it is a way to get it. :confused:

    Talk to AT&T. I'm sure they'll make hundreds of exceptions on a case by case basis.
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

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    You knew this when you signed your contract. If you didn't know that, it's your fault for not reading it.
     
  5. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    First, why would they want your old phone back? You should still be able to get the early upgrade offer of $399/$499 and not have to pay full retail. They surely wouldn't let you stay on your "old" contract, that's just asinine.

    My guess for an iPhone 4 you will spend in excess of $900 USD through eBay. With the new ETFs people will have to sell them for more to make profit. You figure a buyer will pay $299 + 325 ETF, I wouldn't accept $700. So either way you are going to pay more now, so pick your poison.
     
  6. treyjustice macrumors 65816

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    Stop whining dude. You signed a 2 year contract to pay for that shiny little 3GS you got a 199. You probably don't pay enough on your bill to have it covered yet. If you want one but it outright and stop complaining.
     
  7. ThunderApple thread starter macrumors 6502

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    When did i say i want my old phone back? I said why cant we trade it in and get the iPhone 4 BUT stay on the same contract that you were on with the 3GS.
    And it says im not eligible till 1/6/2011 which isnt even this year. I mean really, by then, Apple will be teasing us with another iPhone. I was just hoping they would let me us all trade in our 3GS on the release date of the iPhone 4 and get one with a fee. Weather or not its $199 or 299. I rather get it on release date then wait another year.
     
  8. Marty Macfly macrumors regular

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    I can tell you that (unless you're outside the U.S. and you put the day first) Apple will not be pushing an iPhone on this date or for another six months.
     
  9. elephunkman macrumors 65816

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    Why don't you qualify for an early upgrade? I am not the primary line on my plan but still get an early upgrade, yet my full upgrade date is in Mar of 2011.
     
  10. Cander macrumors 6502

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    Why does this come up every year? Is it really that that hard to understand the subsidizing business model?
     
  11. samcraig macrumors P6

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    the entitlement you have is amazing.

    Guess what - you signed a contract. Guess what else - your whining is exactly like all the (dare I say) cry-babies who posted the same when the 3GS came out.

    You can get a 4G - you'll have to pay for it. Or wait to get a subsidized price. Want to know WHY AT&T won't let you trade? Do you need it spelled out for you? It's because you haven't finished paying off the phone you have via the subsidy. So why should they eat the cost of the 3GS you want to give back to them.

    Go sell your 3GS on ebay if you want to subsidize your OWN purchase.
     
  12. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    Read my actual post! "Why would THEY want your old iPhone back?" your not eligible this time due to when you signed your contract for a 3GS and the amount of your bill.

    If your bill is $99+ per month before taxes and fees, then you would be eligible every 12 months. At 12 months you would be eligible in Sep 2010 and your upgrade would have been pushed to now.

    You obviously don't spend that much in your bill so you are on an 18 month eligibility time-table thus you are not eligible this time around.
     
  13. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    Because they gave you a $400 subsidy when you bought the 3GS. They're not going to give you ANOTHER $400 subsidy on the new one when you haven't even paid off the 3GS. Or at least paid off most of it.
     
  14. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    So basically you agreed when you got your first subsidized iPhone that you couldn't get another until 2011. This is not something unique to Apple, or AT&T. If you'd chosen a barebones (yet subsidized) Nokia from Sprint a year ago, you wouldn't get a discounted Evo4G now.

    Wait a year for your upgraded iPhone 4. Until then, turn off your wifi so everyone else can use theirs.
     
  15. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    I guess AT&T is supposed to subsidize the iPhone even more than they already have based on how some people feel. Jeez, AT&T even allowed 6 months for an early upgrade and still some aren't happy. I don't know why I'm amazed, since this was the same reaction last year.
     
  16. Truffy macrumors 6502a

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    The question was why would they (the provider) want your old phone back in exchange for new and shiny? Apple release these things pretty much on an annual basis, around this time of year, so it should've been fairly obvious that a new one was around the corner.

    And you know something? When you finally get to upgrade to iP4, iP5 will be just around the next corner!

    I't a pity that your 3GS no longer works. :rolleyes:
     
  17. TeamDNA macrumors 6502

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    why would THEY want your old iPhone??? then give you a FULL upgrade without extending your contract...thats just stupid on their part..
     
  18. Marty Macfly macrumors regular

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    You'd think that at least one person would think to themself, "Hmm... Apple releases a new iPhone every year, but AT&T makes me enter a two year contract. Huh, I guess I'd better be pretty darn happy with the iPhone I get right now."

    Apparently not. :eek:
     
  19. Julien macrumors G3

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    You'r pissed because you agreed to and signed a contrat? If you are pissed it's at yourself.
     
  20. yg17 macrumors G5

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    AT&T could give away iPhones to everybody and someone would still complain that they had to pay shipping and handling on it.
     
  21. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    He didn't say you wanted your phone back, he said why would AT&T want it? You can always sell your 3Gs to someone else to help pay for your purchase.

    Call AT&T, if we understand the press release correctly you may be able to purchase for the early upgrade price of $399/$499.

    Also, you are being unreasonable. Like others said, when you purchased your phone originally, you signed a contract for 2 years. In exchange for that contract AT&T paid $400 of the price of your phone for you. That's the subsidy. Based on your spending, AT&T estimated that it will take until 1/2011 to earn that $400 back from you. This is why you can't just walk in, hand then your 3Gs and get another $400 discount on another iPhone. They would loose money.
     
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  23. schwell macrumors regular

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    Unbelievable.......

    Buy the phone at full price and sell your 3GS.
    Apple doesn't have a used iPhone lot like your local car dealer.
     
  24. tlbwriter macrumors regular

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    I don't feel like paying for one at all! Why don't they give me one for free? Waaaaah!
     
  25. gwfattwkr macrumors member

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    you have options, 1 sell your current phone you should be able to get 300-500 (if a 3GS) depending on the condition and memory try ebay or craigslist do it now before the release of the new one the price will drop once the new one is out.

    . ATT will allow most to do an early upgrade for 399 or 499 16 or 32gb.
     

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