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iPhone Moving to Verizon, AT&T Offering Early Upgrades to iPhone 3G and 3GS Users

Do AT&T Early Upgrade Offers Spell End of Exclusivity of iPhone?

After reading a post about AT&T offering early upgrades to iPhone 3GS customers, I decided to check my account for any offers. Sure enough, I was offered an early upgrade on my iPhone 3G.

How did I discover this? All I did was call *639# from my iPhone (upgrade eligibility number through AT&T), and got this text that offered me an early upgrade with a new two-year contract, waiving an $18 upgrade fee. My contract is up in July, but other 3G and 3GS customers have reported that AT&T has moved up their upgrade eligibility dates by four months or more. Could this be an attempt by AT&T to retain iPhone users before they lose exclusivity to another carrier later this year? Couple this new offer with the recent rise in ETF fees, and you can bet the farm that AT&T's two-year customers will likely stay put.

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bethinabox bethinabox 6 years
Awesome! I bought my 3G last April, and I'm eligible to upgrade with the $18 fee--except the phone is still $400 :/ Maybe I can get a discount though since I'm starting a job with Best Buy Mobile soon!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 6 years
something that might be interesting to everyone with an Iphone to consider. So the 4th generation came today shortly after Apple announced that it is no longer offering unlimited data. The 4th Gen is going to use a lot more data with the HD camera/camcorder and video phone. That is going to kill your data use.
ciaokatie ciaokatie 6 years
Interesting! (I posted as KatieLyn earlier)... I checked my upgrade status right after reading this article and it said I wasn't eligible until February.... and now? I'm eligible! Very, very interesting. Now I have even more reason to want the iPhone 4!
aniline aniline 6 years
It is earlier than the normal upgrade date - My original upgrade date was in July (my contract's up in Oct or Nov? Around in there) but I'm eligible for a new phone now.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 6 years
@Katielyn If they were already eligible for an upgrade, then why would AT&T be saying they'll waive the upgrade fee? I know that normally your eligible for a new phone a few months before your contract ends anyways to keep people from leaving, but this seems like they're extending the time even further out from your contract end date. I've never wanted a smart phone, but if the iphone comes to Verizon I might change my mind.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 6 years
Verizon is doing this too. I got a text the other day saying that I could get a free upgrade now as part of their special anniversary sale. My contract isn't up until February, so normally I wouldn't be eligible for an upgrade till November. I love my phone though, so I'm keeping it till it goes bad
imLissy imLissy 6 years
No, they renewed the contract for another two years. See KatieLyn's comment.
aniline aniline 6 years
Thanks for posting this! I just checked and I'm eligible for an upgrade now instead of late July.
clairestrose clairestrose 6 years
I got the following message, "...you may qualify on 01/07/2011 (for an upgrade)". I normally wouldn't be able to qualify for an upgrade until 08/07/2011. Interesting..
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