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i cant believe that b/c im not eligible for an upgrade att is trying to charge me $600 to buy a 3GS....thats just crazy! its cheaper for me to cancel my line n buy the 3Gs at the discounted price...i dont have any questions, just venting ppl......
 

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If you cancel you will not be able to re-up for three months. that is part of the loophole that is never mentioned.

I am real tired of people being upset at the price of the phone and the way AT&T is handling it. it is what it is...You DO have the power of choice.
 

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i do agree on the intense price without an upgrade. i bought my iphone for about $400 because i wasnt eligible for an upgrade in november. and i still am not eligible! so i wont be getting it. i think its crazy rediculous. but thats just me, and im not trying to argue.
 

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i think iphone users must never have owned a cell phone before, because this is the way it has always been. you could always get your phone on a one year contract rather then two, that way you can upgrade every time apple releases a new phone....
 

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i guess i just dont know too much about the whole contract/or upgrade process. all i know is that i dont remember hearing anyone ever spending $600 on a cell phone.
 

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i guess i just dont know too much about the whole contract/or upgrade process. all i know is that i dont remember hearing anyone ever spending $600 on a cell phone.

basic cell phones don't cost 600 no, but i remember my little samsung flip phone it was 99 with no contract, 50 with a one year contract, and free with a two year contract. just the way its always worked, if you sign a long term contract with them they are willing to lose money giving you a phone because they will make it up over the course of the contract.
 

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To be honest the $600 price tag does not surprise me at all. Apple views themselves as a provider of "premium" products, and as such they price accordingly. Heck, price has been one of the biggest complaints regarding Apple's products for years.

Apple applies a premium price tag because they know at the end of the day that consumers will pay for their product. When enough consumers elect to find a lower cost provider/seller, Apple will be forced to adjust their prices. I think you see some of this happening with their computers as prices have recently been lowered on number of their various Macs.
 

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Patrick Norton on this week's Tekzilla: Don't get me started on the price of electronics manufactured in countries where they don't even pay the workers enough to eat.
 

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i cant believe that b/c im not eligible for an upgrade att is trying to charge me $600 to buy a 3GS....thats just crazy! its cheaper for me to cancel my line n buy the 3Gs at the discounted price...i dont have any questions, just venting ppl......

Did you just buy an iPhone? You should be eligible for $399/$499.
 

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All smart phones contract-free are expensive. The Nokia N97 is $699. I guess I'm just used to this,because before the iPhone 3G,all I'd ever used were unlocked smart phones. The average price per phone was $450-$500. With all you get with an iPhone the $399 contract extension is a pretty good deal IMO.
Like Duvi said I thought all iPhone 3G owners were offered the $399/$499 price with a contract extension.
 

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32GB iPhone cost $699, at&t is given you a $200 discount off of that for an early upgrade which is a decent discount I think with no benefit to at&t except keeping you happy.

I understand why people get mad at first, but the only reason you are getting the $700 phone for $300 or $500 is because you are signing a two year contract. If you are already in a contract then why do you think you deserve the same discount? What's in it for them?
 

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32GB iPhone cost $699, at&t is given you a $200 discount off of that for an early upgrade which is a decent discount I think with no benefit to at&t except keeping you happy.

I understand why people get mad at first, but the only reason you are getting the $700 phone for $300 or $500 is because you are signing a two year contract. If you are already in a contract then why do you think you deserve the same discount? What's in it for them?

Yes if you already have a contract with them you should not get a discount.
 

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If you're ticked at that price then maybe you should imagine your Nokia 8310 being broken and told you have to pay $250 for a new one... Needless to say I didn't get a new one. Circa Cingular days.
 

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Unfortunately our culture has changed to feel like they are entitled to something all the time, and lack the responsibility that often comes along with "getting something for free".

People signed a 2 year contract, for which AT&T paid part of the price of phone with the agreement you would fulfill the 2 year contract. Now, people want AT&T to pay for another phone for them when they haven't even finished up their previous arrangement. I understand being being alarmed at the price, but when all is said and done, AT&T fulfilled their end of the bargain ( cheaper phone ), now you need to fulfill yours ( 2 year contract..though they give you the upgrade price @ 18 months IIRC) before you're eligible for a cheaper phone again.