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    Default Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    I do not know if I should sign up for the iPhone Upgrade Program. I want iPhone 7 plus because I have an iPhone 6 plus, and it's time for an upgrade. However, I read online that iPhone 8 (or whatever it will be called) will be completely redesigned, and I will probably want that too.

    So, I looked at the monthly payment for iPhone 7 plus 128 GB version under the upgrade program, and it's $41.58 a month and over 12 months that's $498.96. The cost of the phone is $869.00. If I read the iPhone Upgrade program correctly at 12 months, I can upgrade to the next phone for free and start a new 24-month payment cycle. If I join the program, I will probably upgrade after 12 months every time.

    My question is what am I missing? I feel like this makes too much sense to join the upgrade program because I will be paying a little more than half of the cost of the phone every 12 months, trading it in and then getting the best new iPhone. I feel like there is a catch, and I just don't see it. Is anyone signed up for the program and completed an upgrade through it? Also, I am currently grandfathered in on At&t unlimited data plan and I don't think that will be affected, but I don't want to lose it. Any help would be appreciated. I just don't want to make the wrong choice before the pre-order begins.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    I'm on the fence on this as well
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    Personally I am holding off as I buy my devices outright since last 18 months or so.

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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    I'm on a prepaid cell plan with AT&T. It looks like I can't use the Apple Upgrade Program on a prepaid. Can anyone confirm that for me for sure please?

    If I can, I want to get the 7+ on the Apple Upgrade Program but only if I can do it whilst staying on my prepaid account.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    I usually buy my phones outright, but this time I will try the upgrade program also. It's a perfect situation for me, since it's unlocked and includes apple care. I also like not having to deal with At&t during this process.
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    I'm doing the Apple Upgrade Program as long as I can do it online. The closest Apple Store is 120+ miles away, and I won't be driving there to do it. I think you can do it online - but I need to find out first.
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    If I read correctly the difference between apples upgrade program and installment pricing from a carrier is that you paying a small additional fee for Apple care. If I looked at the program correctly I just check it out but I use insurance through square trade for my phones.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    Hey Andrew -- long time no talk.

    I'm fairly certain you can join the program online when you pre-order, you will need to provide a credit card and SSN because it is financed.

    That is my plan.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by qnet View Post
    I usually buy my phones outright, but this time I will try the upgrade program also. It's a perfect situation for me, since it's unlocked and includes apple care. I also like not having to deal with At&t during this process.
    I was thinking the same thing thing time around
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by LSglock89 View Post
    Hey Andrew -- long time no talk.

    I'm fairly certain you can join the program online when you pre-order, you will need to provide a credit card and SSN because it is financed.

    That is my plan.
    You definitely can sign up for the program online. If you go through the AUP FAQ it gives online as an option. I'll be doing it as well
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    Looking at the info online part of the upgrade program (http://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/iph...pgrade-program) involved trading in your current mobile device. I want to say when I tried it last year it had to be done in store. Also make sure you bring two forms of ID and an actual credit card (no debit or prepaid cards) they will charge you the tax on the phone, and the first two months of service.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    I'm learning all kinds of information from you alex.skimp LOL! I may just pay for it outright or do installments now. I don't have an Iphone to trade in, and I don't want to trade in any of my other phones when I can sell them for more. I knew it was too good to be true.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by alex.shimp View Post
    Looking at the info online part of the upgrade program (http://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/iph...pgrade-program) involved trading in your current mobile device. I want to say when I tried it last year it had to be done in store. Also make sure you bring two forms of ID and an actual credit card (no debit or prepaid cards) they will charge you the tax on the phone, and the first two months of service.
    Wouldn't that be after you are already enrolled in the program? I wouldn't think they'd ask for your current device if you are just signing up.

    I have been wrong before though, just ask my wife.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    When you pre-order you can select the iPhone upgrade program but you cannot have it shipped if I remember correctly it required a in store pick up reservation, at which point they did all of the enrollment, paperwork. Its been long year so I may be wrong as well :-)
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    After chatting with Apple Support they said:

    Initial enrollment into the AUP can be done at pre-order and you are not required to turn in your current device.

    You will have the option to pickup or have it shipped.

    Everything can be done through the Apple Store App

    Obviously first come first served basis as will all pre-order events.


    So I'll be going for that tonight. I have decided in the 7 Plus 128, while I'd like the Jet Black, I think plain Black will do for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSglock89 View Post
    After chatting with Apple Support they said:

    Initial enrollment into the AUP can be done at pre-order and you are not required to turn in your current device.

    You will have the option to pickup or have it shipped.

    Everything can be done through the Apple Store App

    Obviously first come first served basis as will all pre-order events.


    So I'll be going for that tonight. I have decided in the 7 Plus 128, while I'd like the Jet Black, I think plain Black will do for me.
    Hey man! This is exactly what I'm going for. Do you know what time pre-orders start tonight? I may have to get up in the middle of the night and snag one.

    Thanks for the info, too. This is exactly what I was looking for. I bought my last iPhone outright but I don't want to do that again. And I'm not driving two hours to pick up a phone.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by LSglock89 View Post
    After chatting with Apple Support they said:

    Initial enrollment into the AUP can be done at pre-order and you are not required to turn in your current device.

    You will have the option to pickup or have it shipped.

    Everything can be done through the Apple Store App

    Obviously first come first served basis as will all pre-order events.


    So I'll be going for that tonight. I have decided in the 7 Plus 128, while I'd like the Jet Black, I think plain Black will do for me.
    Thanks for the info. I'm planning on enrolling myself. Good to know you don't have to pickup in store.
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    Can't remember is you are CST or EST. 3:01a EST
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    I upgrade annually myself. I used to buy them outright. Now I just pay the monthly. It is interest free and you pay the full retail price over the course of 24 months. Normally, I put 50% down on the day I start my contract.

    The only disadvantage is that you hand them the old phone and you get a new one. The upside, is that Apple Care is included so, if you have problems, Apple will take care of it for you. IMO, if you upgrade phones often as I do, then the monthly payment plan is great. With technology changing and the constant usage of my phone, I do not see myself keeping the same phone for longer than 12 months.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    I'm currently on the plan with my 6s plus. I won't be buying the 7 though.
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    For someone like me it is perfect. I have owned every single iPhone from the first one and it was always a pain to sell the old one when the new one released, while switching upgrades within my plan, SIM issues etc...just a royal pain.

    Now I just pop in every 12 months and get a new one. The benefit over carriers plans is that the phone you get is unlocked and AppleCare+ is free. I like easy and they made it easy and if I was to keep my current phone then I just pay it one more year and done (but we all know I won't do that
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by SkydiverTilt View Post
    For someone like me it is perfect. I have owned every single iPhone from the first one and it was always a pain to sell the old one when the new one released, while switching upgrades within my plan, SIM issues etc...just a royal pain.

    Now I just pop in every 12 months and get a new one. The benefit over carriers plans is that the phone you get is unlocked and AppleCare+ is free. I like easy and they made it easy and if I was to keep my current phone then I just pay it one more year and done (but we all know I won't do that
    I couldn't agree more and that is also why I signed up for the annual upgrade plan when ordering my 7+ jet black 128gb at 3am! I really broke down the cost differential and it is basically an interest free loan, not tied down to a contract and includes apple care +. I would typically spend $120 on square trade anyway so maybe now I spend an additional $40 a year to be able to upgrade to the latest and greatest every single year!!
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    Default Re: Should I purchase the iPhone 7 plus through the iPhone Upgrade Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by DallasManiac View Post
    i am with no carrier , i waited till 2:30 am , but they refused to let me buy , due to no enroll in any carrier
    Same with me. I'm setting up a new line of service, so I have to do that in an actual Apple Store. Nearest one is only 7 minutes away from me, but with no preorder I'm at the mercy of the shipping gods. I went by this morning and the rep told me that for the past few years they've gotten plenty of non-preorder stock, so I'm going to show up a few hours early next Friday and hope I can walk out with one via theUpgrade Program.

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