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iPhone 4 AT&T Upgrade: Are You Eligible?

For those of you on AT&T who has an upgrade before the end of 2010, then you will be pleased to know that you are eligible for an early upgrade to the new iPhone 4. The price you pay will be $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB version – the carrier has subsidized these prices.

AT&T seems to be doing things different from the start with the new iPhone 4, as when the 3GS model was released last year they were criticized by its customers for not allowing them to upgrade early. For those who are not eligible, then you will have to pay the full price for the handset when it is released on June 24.

To get the iPhone 4 for $199 and $299 you will have to sign-up for a new 2-year contract – even though we know that Apple will launch yet another new smartphone next year, which we expect to be called the iPhone 5.

The easiest way to see if you are eligible for an early upgrade is by dialing *639# on your current AT&T handset, which you will then be sent a return text. You will then be told if you are eligible for an early upgrade, or if you will have to pay the extra price. More details on this can be found on Chris Ziegler’s article on Engadget


  • Teece

    Anyone who got the 3GS when they came out in June 09 will not qualify for the 199/299 price until February of 2010 at the earliest. They act like they are doing us this huge favor by letting us do an early upgrade for $200 more, but really they are not. My phone bill for two Iphones is ridiculous each month. You would think that AT &T would be happy to let someone upgrade their phone and take advantage of this newest iphone at the special price point of 199/299. I wish At &t weren't the only carrier of iphones. Maybe then there would be better plans/deals.

  • Paul

    So really this deal isn't special at all. AT&T has always offered an upgrade at 18 months on a two year plan. I'm not sure how they can call this a special offer.

  • Brian

    You might want to clarify your information because only current iPhone/SmartPhone customers that have upgrade dates before the end of 2010 will eligible for the 199 and 299 pricing. Those customers without iPhones/SmartPhones, but have upgrade dates before the end of the 2010, may be eligible for an early discounted upgrade, but it will be 399 and 499 (16 and 32 gig, respectively). I’ve contacted AT&T customer service and was told that while 3 of my lines have October upgrade dates, they are not eligible for the 199 and 299 pricing because they do not currently have iphone or smartphone service

    I’m hoping this changes as I don’t want to wait 4 months. =)


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