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AT&T Upgrade Eligibility: Find Out How Much You Will Pay For Apple’s New iPhone 4?

June 9th, 2010 06:40 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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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:

ā€œIā€™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.ā€

According to AT&T Mobility CEO, Ralph de la Vega, the decision was taken in order to allow more customers to purchase iPhone 4 and enjoy the benefits of the new iPhone. He says:

"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:

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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

ATT price for iPhone 4

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. 

[via iLounge]

Source: AT&T Upgrade Eligibility: Find Out How Much You Will Pay For Apple’s New iPhone 4?

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