AT&T Upgrade Eligibility: Find Out How Much You Will Pay For Apple’s New iPhone 4?
Early this week, some of our readers observed that AT&T had moved up the upgrade eligibility criteria making it possible for them to upgrade to iPhone 4 when it goes on sale on June 24.
During Apple's WWDC Keynote address, Steve Jobs confirmed the good news:
“I’m thrilled to announce AT&T is going to make an incredibly generous upgrade offer. If your contract expires any time in 2010, you are immediately eligible for a new iPhone 4 at the same $199 or $299 prices if you top up your contract 2 years.”
"We know that people are eager to get iPhone 4, which is why we moved up the upgrade eligibility date for current iPhone customers by up to six months."
AT&T's decision to upgrade the eligibility date by six months has taken a lot of subscribers by surprise since this effectively cuts the existing contract with the carrier down by up to six months. Consequently, there are doubts raised over possible fine-prints with the new AT&T offer. If you, like several subscribers, are confused about the eligibility and costs involved, then this article is an attempt to demystify it for you.
Check Upgrade Eligibility Date
As AT&T's existing iPhone customer, you need to first check if you're eligible for an iPhone upgrade. To find out, you can log in to the AT&T Wireless website and click on "Upgrade Eligibility" option to know your subscriber status. Alternately, you may simply dial *639# from your AT&T phone to receive information regarding your eligibility status on your mobile phone.
Upgrade Eligibility Available:
If you are shown the above message, then you are eligible for upgrade. In that case, you will be able to purchase the new iPhone 4 at a subsidized price of $199 for a 16GB model or $299 for a 32GB model, the same as a new iPhone 4 customer. You will also need to pay an additional $18 as upgrade fee. Migrating to iPhone 4 will tie you up with a new two year contract with AT&T that will also come with a high Early Termination Fee (ETF) of $325 that it had recently raised. Any unfulfilled contractual obligation from the earlier contract is however waived.
Upgrade Eligibility Not Available
If you have only completed less than 18 months of your two-year contract with AT&T then you might get the above message indicating that y're not eligible for an upgrade currently. Nevertheless, you can still choose to upgrade to iPhone 4 by paying an "early upgrade" price of $399 or $499 for the iPhone 4 16GB and 32GB models respectively. As in the earlier case, subscribers will still need to sign up for a new two-year contract with the higher ETF charge of $325.
This alternative relieves you from any sort of contract with AT&T. You can purchase an iPhone 4 off-contract at a price of $599 for the 16GB model and $699 for the 32GB model. While there is technically no contractual period, the iPhone 4 devices will still be locked to AT&T under this option.
If you're confused about AT&T's new data plans then you can checkout this article more details.
Are you eligible for the new iPhone upgrade? Tell us in the comments.
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