Breaking- iPhone 3G S Early Subsidy Now Offered By AT&T


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Yes, I know. Another iPhone (s AAPL) post. But I think many folks are going to like this news because it might save a few bucks on a new iPhone 3G S. We just got direct word that AT&T (s T) will be allowing some current iPhone 3G customers to purchase a new iPhone 3G S at the fully subsidized price with as little as 11 months on their contract:

“we are changing the date when some iPhone 3G customers are eligible for our best upgrade pricing on the new iPhone 3G S. Beginning June 19, iPhone 3G customers eligible for an upgrade in July, August, or September will get our best upgrade price of $199 (16 GB) and $299 (32 GB).”

Obviously, this doesn’t impact every iPhone 3G owner, but given the carrier-subsidy business model, it’s a decent gesture. AT&T will even provide a refund if you’re now eligible for the lowest iPhone price and have pre-ordered at a higher price. I’ve confirmed this news on AT&T’s Facebook page which has all of the details. OK, that’s it for iPhone posts for now. Time to go download 3.0!



The problem is that every 3g owner didn’t get their iPhone till July of last year, and based in the 18 month upgrade rules, we are not eligible till Dec. So how does this help??


Thank you for this post. I have been fretting about having to wait until July to upgrade. I called ATT and tried my best to talk them into but to no avail. I even went to an ATT store and tried to get the upgrade price now instead of July. I even complemented the ATT rep from everything from her shoes to her nose ring, but no luck.


I would think this would not apply to 1st gen regardless because that phone was NEVER subsidized and you are eligible for that price now!

Shame I waited until Dec to get my 3G… that is okay. I am getting a new one on hubby line and he gets my 3G.


What about us 1st Gen iPhone owners? Are we the red headed step child again like we were with the original 3G upgrade?

Kevin C. Tofel

Not sure I understand your question. As an original first-generation iPhone owner, you’re already eligible for the lowest iPhone 3G S prices, no?


Nope. 1st gen iPhone owners have been eligible for the subsidized pricing from the get.


Hmmmm, I guess I will have to call my self. When my wife called they told her that we still had to pay full price because we are still within our 2 year contract.

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