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AT&T Extends Upgrade Discounts for iPhone (Some) 3G Early Adopters

AT&TAT&T announced Wednesday that it would extend full discount pricing to iPhone 3G early adopters "for a limited time." The company said that beginning on June 18th, iPhone 3G owners who would have qualified for a fully discounted upgrade in July, August, or September can take advantage of the fully subsidized price of US$199 or $299 for the new iPhone 3G S models.

"We've been listening to our customers," AT&T said in a statement. "And since many of our iPhone 3G customers are early adopters and literally weeks shy of being upgrade eligible due to iPhone 3G S launching 11 months after iPhone 3G, we're extending the window of upgrade eligibility for a limited time."

The company said that its various upgrade eligibility tools, like the one found at, will reflect the change in policy on June 18th -- in other words, if you check now (June 17th, 2009), you'll be given the same upgrade options as before.

"We've listened to our customers," the company wrote, "and hope our response helps answer some of your questions and concerns [about upgrade options]. We are incredibly proud to be the U.S. carrier for the new iPhone 3G S and will work around the clock to be ready on June 19 to serve customers who are interested in the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet."

If you are eligible for the new upgrade options, you can try to get one in-store beginning June 19th, or you can order online with what the firm said will be a 7-14 day wait on delivery.

AT&T said that those who already pre-ordered a new iPhone 3G S at a lower or no-subsidy rate will have their price adjusted when they pick up the device. If you pre-ordered through Apple, AT&T said that Apple will issue a credit for the difference.

The upgrade policy change largely effects those who bought an iPhone 3G in July, August, or September of 2008, and spend more than $99 per month on their plans.

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Okay, i bought my 3G on September 5th 2008 and when i called AT&T today the salesman told me i am eligible for the $199 upgrade price for a 16gb 3GS but my upgrade date isn’t until February 5th 2010 (18 months into my contract). The 3G came out July 15 2009 so technically no one would be available for an upgrade in July, August or September because 18 months from July 15th is December 15th 2010.
Was the AT&T guy wrong and i’m not available for the upgrade price or am i missing something here?


guest said:

Hmmm.  I’m not seeing it.  I bought an iPhone 3G on the first day of release, and AT&T says I’m not eligible for an upgrade price until December.  What precisely is an “early adopter,” if not someone who bought on day one?  Am I not an early adopter because my monthly plan is $81 and not $99?

I don’t quite understand.


Everett said:

This looks like the source of the information:

It makes it a little more clear that the upgrade eligibility is between 12 and 18 months, where those who are at 12 months will be the ones that spend more than $99 per line.  So basically only people who like to pay a lot and have the best immediately are going to get the earlier upgrade option.

As for me, I have a family plan with two lines, so I’m no where near $99 per line. Thus I have to wait 18 months and so I can’t upgrade until next year.


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