Some customers are seeing their upgrade dates updated in time for the new iPhone?

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Some customers are seeing their upgrade dates updated in time for the new iPhone?
Two year commitments are somewhat tough to carry out through its entirety when there are so many good phones released throughout the year that can make it tempting. So far every year since 2007, Apple has been known to release a new version of the iPhone – which of course looks better price wise on a 2-year contract as opposed to its full retail cost. However, the one year gap in between new iPhone models generally keep some customers from purchasing it from the subsidized contract price due to the fact that they have not fulfilled the length of their contract to be deemed eligible for an upgrade. There is some hope as there are reports that some customers are seeing their upgrade dates being updated to make them eligible to purchase the upcoming new iPhone at a subsidized cost. After dialing *639#, some customers receive the message, “As a valued customer, we can offer you an upgrade with a new 2-yr commitment and an $18 upgrade fee.” Great news for them as they can move right on in with the new model even after the fact that they're purchased the iPhone 3GS and still within the confines of their agreement term. Apparently AT&T likes to reward its higher paying customers as it's revealed that customer who spend more than $99 a month per line are deemed eligible to get an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their agreement. Still it isn't too shabby for those eagerly awaiting for the unveiling of the new model, however, it does show how AT&T and Apple work closely hand-in-hand – but it would be nice if this move can be done for other handset launches aside from the iPhone.

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10 Comments

1. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Tis true good sir. I got my iPhone 3GS last year when it first came out. After that, it said I wouldn't be able to fully upgrade until 11-12-2010. Checked right after I read this and sure enough, I am eligible for upgrade...NOW! But I feel like AT&T does this every year. If you purchased the iPhone immediately, generally AT&T will let you upgrade for the next...right?

3. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Depends on your monthly rate too. People that are secondaries on a FT with an iPhone won't neccessarily be eligible.

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I read elsewhere that all lines were being treated to the same move and this was dictated by Apple. Not sure if it's accurate, but just fyi...

6. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

You might be right on track with the "If you purchased the iPhone immediately".

9. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Well, if your contract is over anytime this year you can get it according to ole Steve Jobs.

2. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

I have ANOTHER year b4 my upgrade is due..normal

5. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Do you have an iPhone?

7. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

This actually worked for me!

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Hey phonearena - this is old news...NEXT!!!!

10. myclevername

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

Because AT$T knows you're just gonna throw your old iPhone in the garbage instead of re selling it or giving it to someone else who would then just have to pay AT$T in order to use it. They aren't allowing early upgrades for the extra customers they're going to possbily get. No way. They would never do that.

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