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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. iCantu's Avatar
      iCantu -
      Question!?
      why can't i upgrade? it doesnt let me only for a discounted rate not full discount=(
    1. zturn13's Avatar
      zturn13 -
      I was supposed to be have a upgrade in December but it says i'm able now with the 18 dollar fee but my dad on the same plan has upgrade without the fee but he is not the primary number the account is under my mom but she has the the fee too
    1. iamthekiller's Avatar
      iamthekiller -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      For those with the $18 fee - Are you on a family plan? Last I checked (I'm not 100% on this) the $18 fee is only waived on the main line, not secondary.

      I'm on a single line business account, not with family... and I still have $18 fee.
    1. dirtbmxer's Avatar
      dirtbmxer -
      I got the message saying that I'm not eligible until 2/21/2011. I preordered my 3GS for the day it came out last year. How am I unable to get the upgrade?
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      Same here and my 3gs screen crack last week, so am getting a new phone. My upgrade was not do till this november.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I just checked and all of my lines are eligible for discounted upgrades even though they shouldn't be. I am paying full price regardless to avoid the new 2 year contract and ETF fees.
    1. iamthekiller's Avatar
      iamthekiller -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I have paid way before I have to each and every month.

      ......

      seven months of not having to pay them
      lol... that MAY be why

      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      I just checked and all of my lines are eligible for discounted upgrades even though they shouldn't be. I am paying full price regardless to avoid the new 2 year contract and ETF fees.
      You're going to wind up paying something like $800 to avoid a $325 termination fee? Good luck making decisions like that.
    1. Peligro0's Avatar
      Peligro0 -
      samiez i can upgrade without the $18 fee ftw guess im getting the iphone
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronfin44 View Post
      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.
      Yes, very smart move. I'm also eligible for the upgrade. But, i'm not eligible for the waived fee

      But hey it's better than nothing.
    1. captainjman2's Avatar
      captainjman2 -
      not me 2/20/2011 ......got my 3gs when it came out
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by iamthekiller View Post
      lol... that MAY be why



      You're going to wind up paying something like $800 to avoid a $325 termination fee? Good luck making decisions like that.
      Not just the ETF...24 months of being locked into AT&T as well.
    1. area51crypto's Avatar
      area51crypto -
      As best as I can make out on AT&T Wireless the upgrade they show is 3gs iphone! They are not showing to a 4g!
    1. KiZZ's Avatar
      KiZZ -
      I was already eligible but my wife's was moved up from the end of July to now eligible. Thanks AT&T!
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Mine was moved up by all of these:

      1) Poor AT&T service.
      2) More of the same iPhone promises.
      3) And most importantly, "By a Droid Incredible for $149 at W_reFl_"!

      Of course selling on the Bay helps too!
    1. captainjman2's Avatar
      captainjman2 -
      ya dude im the same way
    1. RicanAtor's Avatar
      RicanAtor -
      This is awsome. Well, one of my friends said that they did this for all iphone people. Oh, I cant wait for the 4G!
    1. itb165's Avatar
      itb165 -
      Ready to upgrade, $18 waived =)
    1. soccer5bl's Avatar
      soccer5bl -
      any early upgraders looking to get rid of their 3gs's?
    1. graveydellic's Avatar
      graveydellic -
      I am confused on whether the early upgrade means we get the discounted price of 199(for the 16gb) or do we have to pay like 400 bucks? My contract for my 3G runs out in August, but I too am eligible along with the 18 dollar fee. Am I eligible for full price? or for the discounted price? That's where I am confused.
    1. Phillies2606's Avatar
      Phillies2606 -
      ATT is updating their site now