Originally Posted by amaneta
Explain, then, how it is that AT&T customers who switched in anticipation of getting a 3g-S iPhone are also subject to this "subsidy" theory?
I have to pay nearly full price for an iPhone because AT&T couldn't just send me a SIM card and had to send me their CHEAPEST phone to get me switched over. So now THAT CRAPPY free phone is costing me $300 just because I want to upgrade to the iPhone before my 1 year contract is up???? And even if my 1 year contract was up, it would STILL cost me $200 more than "new" customers???
I'm seriously tempted to go back to T-Mobile who never once screwed me over in the 5 years I was with them, whereas AT&T has done nothing but make the switching carrier experience a disappointing, costly nightmare.
It's not just iPhone users that AT&T AND Apple are screwing over....
Oh Jesus ... you have to be kidding, right? Have you EVER owned a mobile phone before?
First of all, subsidy isn't a theory ... it's a business practice employed by well, every wireless company in the world to have you play less for the hardware so you end up committed to a certain contract length and therefore are a constant revenue stream for them for the life of your contract. This is why you pay $175 or whatever it is to break the contract if you want to leave early. So the carrier can recoup part of their loss on the handset itself. So if you really do want to go back to T-Mobile, you're in the hole to AT&T for $175 just to leave. Guess what, you would have had to pay t-Mobile too if you were still under contract to quit so you could move to AT&T.
Also, why would anyone switch "in anticipation" of something? Why didn't you just wait until the thing came out, and then switch over? I can't find a logical reason why people would go to AT&T right now, so they could get the iPhone later this month. You got the free phone on a subsidy, so you're going to have to wait 18 months (since you're a brand new AT&T customer) before you can upgrade without paying the extra $200 bucks. Why? So AT&T can recoup some of their subsidy from you before the subsidize an iPhone 3GS for you. Had you been an AT&T customer for a few more years or spent a certain amount of money on you account (via data plans, more expensive voice plans, etc.) then you'd b eligible to upgrade every 12 months. No one is quite sure about the algorithm they use, and no, it's not totally fair they do it this way, but trust me, this too is part of your contract.
I also don't understand the point of just having a SIM? If you were going to just want a SIM, again, you should have just waited for the phone to come out, and then switch. Sorry buddy, you dug your own grave here. You have some options though:
1) Terminate the AT&T contract and go back to T-Mobile
2) Terminate the AT&T contract, wait 60 days, sign back up with AT&T and get the discounted pricing (of course, this costs you almost as much as just upgrading at the premium, and you lose your number, soooo this is a dumb idea...)
3) Wait 18 months from when you switched and buy the iPhone 3GS at the discounted upgrade price
4) Add a line for $9.99 + tax per month, activate the iPhone 3GS on it, and just pay to have two phones on it until the contract on the first phone is up, and then roll it back to a single line plan (I haven't heard of actually being able to do this though, you'd have to contact AT&T
5) Next time read your contract and understand a little more about what you can and can't do and know that AT&T isn't the only company out there that doesn't allow you to upgrade your phone every month at their expense...