AT&T drops iPhone 3G S prices for early iPhone 3G adopters

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in iPhone edited January 2014
AT&T on Wednesday published an open letter to customers on its iPhone 3G S upgrade eligibility program in which it announced that, for a limited time, it will offer early iPhone 3G adopters the opportunity to purchase an iPhone 3G S at the same $199 and $299 price points as new customers.



The exclusive U.S. iPhone carrier said that generally speaking, the more a customer spends with AT&T, the quicker they become eligible for a price break on a new device. For example, iPhone customers who spend more than $99 a month per line are generally eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their contract.



However, with iPhone 3G having launched last July and the new iPhone 3G coming out this June, no iPhone 3G users are eligible to upgrade to the iPhone 3G S at the advertised $199 and $299 price points under AT&T's standard policy because 12 months have yet to pass.



Instead, AT&T said iPhone 3G owners could upgrade to a 16GB or 32GB iPhone 3G S for $399 or $499, respectively, if they wished to do so before they became eligible for upgrade pricing either 12 or 18 months into their iPhone 3G contract.



This led to widespread criticism of the carrier by loyal customers who felt they were getting the shaft for being amongst the quickest to plunk down the cash for last year's iPhone. In its letter Wednesday, AT&T says it hears its customers loud and clear, and concedes it made a mistake.



"Since many of our iPhone 3G customers are early adopters and literally weeks shy of being upgrade eligible due to iPhone 3G S launching 11 months after iPhone 3G, we’re extending the window of upgrade eligibility for a limited time," the carrier said in a statement that was also accompanied by the YouTube video, below.



Specifically, AT&T said it will offer iPhone 3G customers who are upgrade eligible in July, August or September 2009 its best upgrade pricing, beginning Thursday, June 18.



Affected customers who've already preordered from an AT&T store will see the cost of the device adjusted when they come to pick it up. If you pre-ordered from AT&T online, AT&T says it will send you an e-mail and issue a credit.







For customers who pre-ordered an iPhone 3G S through Apple’s online store, your upgrade eligibility will be reassessed based on AT&T's new upgrade policy for iPhone 3G owners. If you are eligible for the lower price, Apple will issue you a credit for the difference as applicable.



"We’ve listened to our customers — and hope our response helps answer some of your questions and concerns," AT&T said. "We are incredibly proud to be the U.S. carrier for the new iPhone 3G S and will work around the clock to be ready on June 19 to serve customers who are interested in the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet."
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  • Reply 1 of 206
    Thank you baby jesus!!!!
  • Reply 2 of 206
    chronsterchronster Posts: 1,894member
    Craigslist should be flooded with iphone 3g's soon lol
  • Reply 3 of 206
    mactrippermactripper Posts: 1,328member
    Love Apple, but it seems like they are heavily losing iPhone market share to RIM, thus the deep discounts.



    Quote:

    International Data Corp's Mobile Phone Tracker data puts Research In Motion at more than half of the smartphone marketshare for the first quarter of 2009: that 55.3 percent share compared to a 19.5 percent share for Apple's iPhones. That's a dramatic surge from two quarters earlier, when BlackBerry devices hung on to 40.4 percent and Apple had 30.1 percent, according to IDC.



    Of course it could very well be the huge amount of people waiting for the new iPhone 3Gs...



    So much for that article right? Hehehehe



    We will see of course if this course of action by Apple/ATT works.



    Opening up the iPhone to other network carriers has helped RIM considerably, Apple should do the same.



    See this article:



    http://www.crn.com/retail/218000045;...PCKH0CJUNN2JVN
  • Reply 4 of 206
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,087member
    Oh, come on... Blackberry is better for texting, iPhone does almost everything else better. EOM.
  • Reply 5 of 206
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,127member
    Right O2 should follow suit, the handset costs so much more here on contract than in the US, so O2 should find this even easier to do!
  • Reply 6 of 206
    mactrippermactripper Posts: 1,328member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chronster View Post


    Craigslist should be flooded with iphone 3g's soon lol



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  • Reply 7 of 206
    msanttimsantti Posts: 1,377member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacTripper View Post


    Love Apple, but it seems like they are heavily losing iPhone market share to RIM, thus the deep discounts.







    Of course it could very well be the huge amount of people waiting for the new iPhone 3Gs...



    So much for that article right? Hehehehe



    We will see of course if this course of action by Apple/ATT works.



    Opening up the iPhone to other network carriers has helped RIM considerably, Apple should do the same.



    See this article:



    http://www.crn.com/retail/218000045;...PCKH0CJUNN2JVN



    Well, RIM has like 127 different versions of the Blackberry and has all 4 major carriers.



    Apple has 2 versions of iPhone and 1 carrier.
  • Reply 8 of 206
    joecd77joecd77 Posts: 1member
    I have the original iPhone. Doe this mean I can get the current 3G for today $99, and then upgrade to the 3GS on Friday for $199, and then sell the 3G?
  • Reply 9 of 206
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by msantti View Post


    Well, RIM has like 127 different versions of the Blackberry and has all 4 major carriers.



    Apple has 2 versions of iPhone and 1 carrier.



    And who's fault is that?
  • Reply 10 of 206
    dhkostadhkosta Posts: 150member
    And what about those of us that are eligible in MARCH!?
  • Reply 11 of 206
    s3obeds3obed Posts: 3member
    I'm still not eligible, bought iPhone on 3G release date and I'm not eligible until 12/12/2009.
  • Reply 12 of 206
    fraklincfraklinc Posts: 244member
    This must be a joke cause no one that brought the 3G last year at launch will qualify and those that qualify have been eligible for a upgrade for over a year now cause they brought the 1st gen iphone without it being subsidy. AT&T is doing nothing here really if you think about it.
  • Reply 13 of 206
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by joecd77 View Post


    I have the original iPhone. Doe this mean I can get the current 3G for today $99, and then upgrade to the 3GS on Friday for $199, and then sell the 3G?



    No, you would have to travel back in time and purchase it (3G) June of last year.
  • Reply 14 of 206
    a_greera_greer Posts: 4,594member
    NO ONE WILL QUALIFY! The rotten thing here is that they requier 18 months to "qualify to upgrade" so no one who bought the phone in June 08 would qualify untill Dec 2009 or Jan 2010 depending on billing cycle...so...who is gong to qualify?



    On top of everything else ATT has screwed up, this is like a fuck you to the most loyal customers.



    If I cant upgrade now, I will just wait till the 4th itteration of the iphone comes out...hopefully not on an ATT network
  • Reply 15 of 206
    dogcowdogcow Posts: 713member
    Still not clear... I thought you could upgrade after 18 months... so December for those who bought last July?? But I guess if you spend more than the basic plan $85 vs $99 then you can upgrade 6 months early. This is still not very clear. So now do I still have to wait for December or am i bumped up an arbitrary number of months (3, maybe?). I'll add a $20 txt plan to the plan for a month then remove it if I can get a new phone 6 months early....
  • Reply 16 of 206
    Hell has frozen over!
  • Reply 17 of 206
    tomhayestomhayes Posts: 127member
    My preorder is going to be returned un-opened.



    Should have included people who bought iPhone 3G in July of last year regardless of the "upgrade eligibility" voodoo.



    I pay $104 a month and on time and I am still not eligible until 12/12/2009.



    I pre-ordered one at the premium knowing I could return it before opening it for a full refund - and that's what I'm still planning to do.
  • Reply 18 of 206
    mactrippermactripper Posts: 1,328member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by msantti View Post


    Well, RIM has like 127 different versions of the Blackberry and has all 4 major carriers.



    Apple has 2 versions of iPhone and 1 carrier.



    Yes the iPhone is the anti-Blackberry of the smartphone market. So it's kind of useless to compare apples and oranges.



    Just wished Apple made a more serious iPhone version for corporate types w/Exchange, keypad etc. right off the bat, they had RIM by the nuts for quite some time there. Now it's tough times, smart phones are supplemented by business as a expense. So a lot of people will use that instead of buying their own iPhone and trying to work with that.



    We will see if the deals/iPhone 3Gs will bounce Apple back up in market share or not.



    IMMO, not a lot people have huge amounts of money to spend being upside down on their mortgages and all.
  • Reply 19 of 206
    sdeetzsdeetz Posts: 5member
    This does not help 3G owners at all.



    I bought my 3G the very first day it went on sale, and AT&T just told

    me that I'm still not eligible until March 2010. So apparrently the

    only people elibigle are ones that bought an original iphone before

    spring 2008, and did not extend their contract to get a 3G.



    Sounds nice for PR purposes, but a useless gesture for most of us.
  • Reply 20 of 206
    aplnubaplnub Posts: 2,586member
    Works for me. Off to place my order with Apple.
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