$200 more.. No upgrade discount?

morrison 73

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iPhone 3G will be available for $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. These prices require two-year contracts and are available to the following customers:
  • iPhone customers who purchased before July 11
  • Customers activating a new line with AT&T
  • Current AT&T customers who are eligible, at the time of purchase, for an upgrade discount
Existing AT&T customers who are not currently eligible for an upgrade discount can purchase iPhone 3G for $399 for the 8GB model or $499 for the 16GB model. Both options require a new two-year service agreement. In the future, AT&T will offer a no-contract-required option for $599 (8GB) or $699 (16GB).

This is a big time bumout. I've been waiting for 3g, now I have to pay an extra $200 because I had to replace a broken razor phone back in March and signed a new contract.

I called AT&T and it was a no go, even talked to a manager (hour long). I've been with AT&T for 13 years. They said I must was until May 09 for an upgrade discount. No customer support.

Any suggestions? I want the 16gb for $299 not $499. It's unreal.
 

Lincoln

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Ouch - that hurts; but I'm afraid I don't see any way out of it. And as for the "iPhone customers who purchased before July 11" part, does that mean July 11, 2007 or July 11, 2008? I'm assuming the latter.

- John
 

kokogirl

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Ohhh. I think I do not qualify for the cheap price until December, then. :(
 

morrison 73

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It's unfair...new customers get hooked up and a 13 year long customer get shafted.

I might as well buy the 1st gen iPhone and wait until April 09.

Again the manager at AT&T said there is nothing he can do.
 

psylichon

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Again the manager at AT&T said there is nothing he can do.
Threaten to leave. After 13 years, they should throw you a bone. Although we've been with them for over 15 years and we never really got any perks.

They are hardasses innit.
 

Youngbinks

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Isn't the ETF $175ish? If so, you can cancel your contract and save at least $25. Sure it's not much but it's better than nothing.
 

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Isn't the ETF $175ish? If so, you can cancel your contract and save at least $25. Sure it's not much but it's better than nothing.
Would you then have to pay the $36 activation?
 

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Ouch - that hurts; but I'm afraid I don't see any way out of it. And as for the "iPhone customers who purchased before July 11" part, does that mean July 11, 2007 or July 11, 2008? I'm assuming the latter.

- John
Your assumption would be correct. Anyone that has purchased an iPhone before July 11, 2008 would have purchased an unsubsidized first gen iPhone so they would automatically qualify for subsidy pricing. Buying an iPhone between June 29 and July 11 of 2007 wouldn't have anything to do with subsidies.
 

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iPhone 3G will be available for $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. These prices require two-year contracts and are available to the following customers:
  • iPhone customers who purchased before July 11
  • Customers activating a new line with AT&T
  • Current AT&T customers who are eligible, at the time of purchase, for an upgrade discount
Existing AT&T customers who are not currently eligible for an upgrade discount can purchase iPhone 3G for $399 for the 8GB model or $499 for the 16GB model. Both options require a new two-year service agreement. In the future, AT&T will offer a no-contract-required option for $599 (8GB) or $699 (16GB).

This is a big time bumout. I've been waiting for 3g, now I have to pay an extra $200 because I had to replace a broken razor phone back in March and signed a new contract.

I called AT&T and it was a no go, even talked to a manager (hour long). I've been with AT&T for 13 years. They said I must was until May 09 for an upgrade discount. No customer support.

Any suggestions? I want the 16gb for $299 not $499. It's unreal.
I really don't understand why you're so shocked. This is the traditional form of businesss that all American cell providers have used for years. IF you have a subsidized phone (and almost all are subsidized) then you have to wait almost 24 months before you qualify for UPGRADE discounts. I know you want to buy it for $300, but think about the 7 million that bought them for $400 plus over the last year.
 

Naudan

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Ouch - that hurts; but I'm afraid I don't see any way out of it. And as for the "iPhone customers who purchased before July 11" part, does that mean July 11, 2007 or July 11, 2008? I'm assuming the latter.

- John
John to answer your question it for people who purchased before July 2008. AKA if you have a iPhone v1 your good to go for the $200 3g version.

BTW, If you bought your phone after May 27 2008 you get the 3g for FREE, with a new 2yr agreement.
 

styfle

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now i don't feel as bad that i spent 500 for my 16gig v1 iPhone since technically the new one is the same price

and i still had a year left on my other phone contract