Cheapest way to upgrade to 3GS from 3G?

Dec 17, 2008
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I have a 16gb iPhone 3g but want to upgrade to the 32gb iPhone 3gs, I haven't had my phone for the year yet even (about 7 months or so though) and I've been an att member for like 8 years or so. What's the cheapest way for me to upgrade to 3gs 32 gig? Would I have to sell my current phone, pay the early termination fee and get the 3gs for 300 that way, or is there a better way to do this? Please help, I'd like to get this phone sometime this week
 

dturner

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You need to go to the ATT website and see what your eligibility is, but my guess is that you will find you can get the 32GB for $499 with a new 2 yr contract. No need to pay the early termination fee. In fact if you did, you may find that you couldn't turn around and open a new account just to get the $299 price. And you would end up with a new phone # to boot.
 

Europa

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Just pay the $499 and then sell your 3G for around $400. Don't pay the ETF or try to scam them in any other way (they've thought of everything and it doesn't work). In the end, the most you'll save is $30 (when you factor in activation fees etc), but you lose your phone number, it's a hassle, they have waiting periods between canceling and reactivating, and you have a limited amount of times you can cancel an account anyway.
 

Joon

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Your best bet is ebay or craigslist your 3G phone. You will get around $400 on ebay, and around $425 - $450 on craigslist depending on the condition of your phone. I sold my 3G 16 gig black for $400. After the paypal fees and ebay fees I cleared about $380. I was extremely lucky as I qualified for the subsidized cost of the 3G S. I had a $50 gift card to the Apple store and when it was all said and done I paid $275 for my phone. If you can get $400 for your phone you will pay about $150 (depending on your state tax, here in Illinois it is 10%) out of pocket for a 3G S.