Everyone already knows that new iPhones are going to be announced on Tuesday October 4th during Appleís ďLetís Talk iPhone
Ē event. For those of you who are on AT&T and Verizon, you may be wondering if you are eligible for an upgrade with your carrier. It is widely known that if you donít buy off contract, early upgrade fees can be extremely expensive for smartphones, especially for an iPhone.
Instead of wondering if youíll be eligible for the upgrade or calling in and sitting through generally horrendous customer support, there is an easier alternative for both carriers. Check below:
If you are an AT&T customer
, you can check your upgrade eligibility straight from your current iPhone. Dial *639#
(from the Phone app) and call the number. AT&T will give you a message that states the following: ďA message will be sent to your phone.Ē Shortly after, you should get an SMS message with the details on your upgrade eligibility and contract commitment.
As of right now, there isnít any certainty on how AT&T determines early upgrade fees but it has been noted by many that the more you spend on your iPhone, the more likely you are to receive a favorable upgrade price. Regardless of what early upgrade fee youíll have, expect a two-year contract to be tacked on as part of the deal.
On a side note, going to the retail store and negotiating can sometimes help you cut a deal on the early upgrade fees. In some cases, AT&T retail employees have been able to play around with the early upgrade date to offer an early iPhone purchase at a more reasonable price. This is all purely luck though (or based off connections) so donít complain if you donít succeed.
If you are a Verizon customer
, youíll have to check online for upgrade eligibility. Customers need to login to Verizonís website
and navigate to the ďMy VerizonĒ page. Each phone tied to your account will be displayed with its upgrade eligibility date here.
Remember, regardless of what happens, you can always pay the extra $200 for an early iPhone upgrade if you really want to. As for your old iPhone(s), you can keep them for backup, give them to your parents, siblings, children, or friends, or sell them! If you plan to sell your old iPhone(s), you can use a variety of different services such as NextWorth
, but in reality you are probably better off selling the device(s) on CraigsList or something similar to it instead.