AT&T not offering upgrade pricing for iPhone 5 to existing iPhone 4S customers?

AT&T not offering upgrade pricing for iPhone 5 to existing iPhone 4S customers?
Have you checked your eligibility to see if you can pick up a new iPhone 5 with subsidized pricing? With previous releases of the iconic iPhone, AT&T has offered upgrade pricing to many customers who had purchased the previous year’s model. It looks like AT&T will not be making such offers this year.

This comes as no surprise, as AT&T has been tightening the belt with regards to subsidies and data plan pricing. Add the fact that AT&T will be requiring its customers to sign up for its Mobile Share service to use Facetime over cellular, and you see the trend that AT&T is pursuing with its pricing and subsidies.

There have been some customer reports that AT&T customer service reps were pinning the upgrade policy on Apple, which is highly suspect, as Apple would be more than happy to sell more iPhones to AT&T.

If you are an AT&T customer with an iPhone 4S, and were thinking of upgrading let us know if you are being offered an upgrade price or not.

source: TUAW



1. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, if you sign a two year contract, then you can't complain if you have to wait until the end to get your subsidy.

41. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2369; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Although in reality its more like 18 months until you can get a new subsidized phone.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I checked my account today all 5 lines eligiblefor an early iphone upgrade.. but my family is smart and we use androids so unless I feel like selling an iphone 5 for extra money and loose an upgrade..

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...but my family is smart and we use androids..." Sounds good. :) +1

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Mine also says , eligible for iphone upgrades, on both lines,,, I laughed, and said " yea riiiight" lol

37. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

your so cool =D

51. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

LMAO! !!! No you rock, and you know it

55. RyanM4g63

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

you're *** :)

56. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

ur so smart =D

12. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

I think android fans like posting stupid stuff just to seem cool. "My family of 5 is eligible for upgrades but were smart we use androids". So what was the reason for commenting if you don't have an iPhone 4s and been offered a iPhone 5 upgrade or not? Also it's lose, not loose! I guess y'all aren't to smart!

16. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

"I guess y'all aren't to smart!" too* =/

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

When you correct another's spelling or grammar, it is best that you make sure your spelling and grammar are impeccable as well. Otherwise you just look like a DUMBASS.

20. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011


22. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Sniggly you are a dumbass! Is that correct grammar?

33. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Awe, somebody seems a little butt hurt over being made fun of. Go away whiny.

34. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Not really. I don't know any of y'all. You don't exist in my eyes. Unlike you and your band of idiots who run wild on phonearena, I have a pretty fulfilling life. I just like making fun of android loyalists who would die for google, such as yourself.

46. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes, but now you're missing a piece of proper punctuation. I'll let you figure out what it is.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

The fact remains that the good man and his 5 lines were offered early upgrades to the iPhone 5; he is a smart man, tbough, and knows that there is no sense in using five subsidy allowances on a phone that uses yesteryear's technology and screen size. It's really sad what has happened to the iPhone; these are dark times for everyone.

44. Hemlocke unregistered

I'm sorry, did I miss the memo where the highest quality mobile screen on the planet, the Cortex A15 CPU, the best build quality on a mobile device, and the Qualcomm MDM9615 were "yesteryear'stechnology." If you want to carry around a skateboard-sized phone, fine, do what works. But to criticize something you obviously have no clue about because you don't like a certain size or brand is not embracing "open" or "choice," the Android buzz words. I suppose that only applies so long as it aligns with YOUR choice.

45. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hi. Best build quality? I think I hear Motorola and their Razr line saying "Bitch please."

47. Hemlocke unregistered

Yes, because plastic with a carbon fiber panel qualifies as being superior to anodized aluminum. You better alert the Air Force.

48. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Plastic with Kevlar and water resistant nano coating=much more durable than aluminum (dents) and glass (shatters). Look, the iPhone is a very nice phone, but it doesn't break any boundaries anymore in any way. All it does is play catchup to what comes out before it anymore. Combine that with Apple's horrific business practices and there's just no way you can convince someone like me to buy one.

49. Hemlocke unregistered

Like I said, where is the phone the iPhone is catching up to with the A15 SoC and the Qualcomm LTE chip? As for business practices, their business practices are no worse than any other company's. "They sued Samsung," and other such hate only masks the flip side, which nobody really talks about because it is indefensible: "Samsung steals." If they weren't thieves, not only would they not be convicted, Google themselves would not have sent them a warning concerning their designs. You don't see Ford rolling out the Ford-branded Enzo Ferrari knockoff, and this is no different.

50. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

On the contrary, everyday vehicle designs steal from each other all the time. Headlight, window and grill shapes match each other very often now. For instance, Ford offered the redesigned Focus along with the Fiesta and now the Fusion with those sporty looking high grills. Now there are many other cars from other manufacturers sporting the same look. What did Samsung actually "steal?" What is now in Samsung's possession that is no longer in Apple's? Apple uses the government to try to quash anyone even remotely competitive to them. They didn't even sue Samsung first; that distinction goes to HTC, whose phones look virtually nothing like an iPhone. Yes, in 2010 Samsung knocked off Apple pretty badly, but since then they have branched off heavily and gotten rid of the broad strokes that liken their phones the most to the iPhone. In fact, it's ridiculous to believe that anyone could mistake a Galaxy S3 for an iPhone in any way, or that someone would buy a Galaxy S3 versus an iPhone for features like scroll list bounceback. Apple is catching up to the rest of the smartphone world (except for Blackberry) by offering LTE to begin with, and a processor with performance on par with ones like the Snapdragon S4, Exynos, and Tegra 3. iOS 6 is finally including GPS navigation and panorama mode. Name one truly new feature on the iPhone 5 that is completely new that no one in the industry offered before.

52. LostInTheRed

Posts: 85; Member since: May 03, 2012

Ah, but be weary. The "early" iPhone upgrade adds $200 to the price of the iPhone. So a brand new iPhone 5 becomes $399 for the 16GB.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Phonearena, this is such a stupid article. Come on!! I know the i(nferior)phone 5 is being released, but at least have some quality stories out there. You buy an iphone last october, you will be eligible 18-21 months later for another upgrade. It used to be different, yes, but, you can thank APPLE and their legion of zombies for higher upgrade fees, higher subsidy costs, and less perks for upgrades. Used to be a customer could have earned a 50.00 or 100.00 additional discount - not any more.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It might apply to people who will be trying to do alternate upgrades, or to the "early iPhone upgrade" bullcrap that AT&T usually offers.

29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No, the policy has not changed for the 5...same as before - same for any smartphone.

35. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Please stop being so butthurt in every single Apple article. You'd think for somebody who despises Apple as much as you do, you wouldn't click and reply in every single article related to Apple.

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Exactly. Verizon and sprint have the same or similar policies. Maxwell, do you have an axe to grind with AT&T or something? Are you one of those who got a 4S and are sad you can't get the 4Stretch? Those that aren't eligible now will likely be eligible next year for the The New iFlop6S XL S+ LightingThunderPort DruidWiccanMagic RubberBandBounce MetalBox MountainTigerCockerPoodle LTE

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