Only new AT&T customers. Is it confirmed that us existing users won't see an upgrade button? I'll check now I guess.Actually, as a new AT&T customer, my iPhone is subsidized. Kinda...
...because I just found out that my iPhone doesn't count as a subsidized phone purchase with AT&T. In other words I can get any deal, right now, that AT&T currently offers to new subscribers on another phone (I don't have to add another line). I verified this at my local AT&T CS, at an AT&T store, and on AT&T's Website (it shows my iPhone line as being eligible for upgrades). Indeed I have the Website open and am deciding on a phone. The only drawback is that I have to extend my contract by another 3 weeks (no
biggie, and if I knew this when I bough the iPhone I would have done it then).
So I just need to decide whether to get one of the free phones to keep as a spare, a Blackjack to Ebay (unopened), or something else. Might even go for a Curve and Ebay that. They seem to be going for $500 on Ebay, and I can get it for $250. Either way getting the extra phone helps mitigate the cost of the iPhone, IMO.
I think its fine to go through 3rd party outlets once they retire the current model to get the first edition iPhone at a discount (refurbished or closeout). I guess thats what I like about the Apple store I go to. I don't find what Ive bought for 50% off or whatever when something new is about to come out.I don't know about this one. I have two other people in my family who really want iPhones. When I bought the device, I never expected the price to remain $600 - it IS a tech device and should follow the rules just like everything else. I don't care how the price comes down (subsidies, reduced production costs, newer models, etc), it'll make it easier to buy more iPhones for the family!