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  • Was Your AT&T Upgrade Eligibility Moved Up?


    I had been planning on waiting for my AT&T upgrade credit, due in August, before getting a next-generation iPhone (iPhone HD? iPhone 4G? iPhone 2010? iPhone IV: Afterlife?), even though I knew I'd want one at approximately 2pm Eastern Daylight Time on June 7, 2010. I'm getting a 64GB, and without credit those are going to be pricey. Plus there's the looming Early Termination Fee, which should be low based on the twenty-two months I've had my beat-up 3G, but who wants to spend more then they have to?

    So I called AT&T on Saturday asking for the exact day my credit kicks in, so I can budget. They painfully-nice lady at Customer Service nicely informed me that I have upgrade credit now, today: two months earlier than anticipated. Sure enough, when I go to "myWireless" it tells me that "As a valued customer, we can offer you an upgrade with a new 2-year commitment and an $18 upgrade fee." And the nice AT&T lady said they'd waive the upgrade fee... which is also what shows up when I call *639# from my phone. Sweet!

    I chalked it up to the standard AT&T screw-up, just in my favor for once. However, according to posts at MacRumors and AppleInsider this morning, many customers are reporting the same thing. It's not clear yet whether it's a major screw-up, or a great deal AT&T is giving its customers but declining to publicize for some reason.

    Perhaps we'll hear an announcement paired with the iPhone A4 unveiling later today. But if you're an AT&T customer, dial *639# and see what your upgrade eligibility is.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Was Your AT&T Upgrade Eligibility Moved Up? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 163 Comments
    1. FeistyGirl's Avatar
      FeistyGirl -
      Eligible to upgrade, but I still get the $18 fee. Whoohoo! and D'oh!
    1. nomisser's Avatar
      nomisser -
      Yea so was mines. I guess they trying to make up for that bullcrap they pulled with the new data plan o well I'm not going to complain
    1. turdsmoka's Avatar
      turdsmoka -
      Same thing here. 18 fee, though.
    1. JayWheelz's Avatar
      JayWheelz -
      Quote Originally Posted by FeistyGirl View Post
      Eligible to upgrade, but I still get the $18 fee. Whoohoo! and D'oh!
      Mine is the same. Damn At&t lol.
    1. Messington's Avatar
      Messington -
      I though there was already an article on mmi about att allowing early upgrade because of the new iphone launch?

      I have a 3gs that I got in late july of last year and according to att I can upgrade (with $18 fee) today.
    1. TheWiredHavocMC2.0's Avatar
      TheWiredHavocMC2.0 -
      awesome. i got the same text. I guess i am getting the next iPhone after all
    1. chrisrotolo's Avatar
      chrisrotolo -
      was december now i am eligible cant wait to preorder
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      Hey i got the same exact thing.

      Does that mean i can upgrade to the new iPhone whenever it comes out?
    1. ggrassmid's Avatar
      ggrassmid -
      I've had my 3G since mid July after it came out. I can upgrade without the $18 fee.
    1. DeviantGeek's Avatar
      DeviantGeek -
      My upgrade date was also pushed up with $18 fee.
    1. aimetti's Avatar
      aimetti -
      my main line says im due for upgrade lol , who woulda thought. I bought the 3gs in sept 09.

      my wifes still says 5/4/11 however when i log into att and go to her phone upgrades it lists all the full discount upgrade prices as well.

      Anyone else notice same thing?
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      This is a smart move on at&t's part. Locking people in for another two years early around all the hype of the new iPhone. Smart move at&t. I just checked and also got the same upgrade message.
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      I dialed the number and got the same text MSG. I got my 3g in oct 08, was eligable to upgrade and got my 3gs in oct 09; does this mean I can upgrade now and don't have to wait til oct to get the discount pricing???
      -Luke
    1. MJedi's Avatar
      MJedi -
      Meh. I'm not eligible until 3/01/2011 and has been that way in the last 3 months since I started checking. I got my 3GS in June 2009.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Nope they did not move mine up and I am not to happy about it! lol

      I was told to walk into a AT&T store and sweet talk those guys in there into moving it up so I am going to. After not being able to use my phone for seven months while in Florida because of their crappy towers you would think they would have moved me up to be nice.

      I called AT&T about moving me up and that is how I found out about going into one of the stores.
    1. bmays's Avatar
      bmays -
      Are we sure they are referring to an iphone upgrade or the standard upgrade for any other phone? Aren't there two different upgrade options?
    1. Messington's Avatar
      Messington -
      Quote Originally Posted by lkailburn View Post
      I dialed the number and got the same text MSG. I got my 3g in oct 08, was eligable to upgrade and got my 3gs in oct 09; does this mean I can upgrade now and don't have to wait til oct to get the discount pricing???
      -Luke
      It appears that way.
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      I like how they give me an $18 fee, when I have waited 2 years with my trusty 3G and my commitment finished in March. Why is my fee not waived?
    1. jabregousmc's Avatar
      jabregousmc -
      i dialed the number and mine also said i'm eligible for the upgrade + the $18. sweet. so now just hoping when i add a line for my fiance that she can get the unlimited data as well! *fingers crossed*

      on a side note, i cant wait to hear what news wwdc brings today!