$499 was a discount on the 3G?
I wrote to AT&T's customer service asking why I wasn't eligible for the subsidized price, since the last time I bought a subsidized phone was in Oct 2007.
Well they told me that when I bought my 3G for $499 and signed a new contract, that contract gave me the phone for a discounted price, thus resetting my eligibility from that date. Is this news to anyone else? I don't recall the option to buy the phone without a contract for more than $499, so what exactly was I getting a discount from? I thought that because I wasn't paying $299, I was not resetting my upgrade clock.
I feel like we've been screwed here. Is this standard in the industry that there are two levels of subsidy, both of which reset the date at which you can get a discounted phone? I'm away from home and can't look at what the contract said.
I'm curious to hear what other people think, and if anybody is in a position to do a little investigation into whether this is right.
- 06-11-2009, 04:50 PM #2
- 06-11-2009, 04:54 PM #4iMore Pro
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And the pricing for no contract is 599 and 699, so it was a 200 dollar discount.
- 06-11-2009, 04:56 PM #5
- 06-11-2009, 07:34 PM #6
Guys guys guys , one thing I do know a new law was passed or is being passed that will give us more protection against this stuff and help to remove these long contracts.
Either way I'm willin to bet if the iPhone was on any other carrier even verizon the same crap would be happening
Thts why I laugh when people get mad at ATT and wish for verizon.
Thats like not like being burned but enjoying being drowned
Either way it's bad
- 06-11-2009, 07:43 PM #7
I was aware of that from the get go and I made sure I could upgrade for the 299 price.
I knew that if you weren't eligible for an upgrade you would have to pay more and I don't think Apple or at&t made that clear enough. Now they made it a lot more clear.
- 06-11-2009, 07:53 PM #8
Yeah either way reset your eligibility. If you paid 499 you still got a 200$ discount.
As far as paying 499, I'm skipping the 3G S because I got 199/299 price last year, and if you pay 499, you'll keep paying 499 every year, lol
For what I use my phone for, the 3G is good enough until I'm eligible. I'm not all about wasting money right now.
I had a weak point last night where I considered selling my 3G and using the money towards the 3G S at 499 for a 32GB, but changed my mind.
It seems like some people knew that, so maybe I just missed that point.
- 06-12-2009, 04:12 AM #10