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AT&T bumps up upgrade eligibility in advance of WWDC

updated 10:55 am EDT, Mon June 7, 2010

Company likely trying to spur next-gen iPhone

AT&T has been advancing the iPhone upgrade eligibility of many subscribers in recent days, according to reports and anecdotes. Tied to contracts, the upgrades would frequently only become available several months from now. AT&T is however said to be advancing eligibility by leaps and bounds, to the point that some subscribers may already be eligible, without a new iPhone technically being ready.

To check upgrade status, people must either log into the AT&T website or call *639# via their iPhone. When there is something to migrate to, an upgrade will require another two-year contract and an $18 upgrade fee, but offer cheaper hardware prices. AT&T is believed to be adjusting dates mainly for its most profitable customers, those who have higher-than-average monthly bills. The carrier has previously said it favors people who spend over $99 a month, giving them the option to upgrade 12 to 18 months into a contract.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is expected to announce the next iPhone later today, as a part of his WWDC 2010 keynote. When the device will actually ship is a matter of speculation, but it is likely to arrive on a Friday or Saturday before the end of June. One early rumor hinted at a simultaneous announcement and launch, but this is extremely unlikely, as Apple has not published the final iPhone 4.0 SDK.

by MacNN Staff




  1. garmonbosia

    Joined: Dec 1969


    this is the best proof yet

    that the iPhone is coming to Verizon. At&t is trying to hold on to as many of it's iPhone customers as long as possible.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    more proof that the new iPhone isn't much of a leap from either of the last two, and so they're trying to improve the possible market to include those who always must have the latest regardless.

  1. garmonbosia

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why on earth would At&t pay off 50% of it's subsidy to iPhone users they already have under contract for at least another 6 months? It only benefits Apple. They don't care if the new phone is another huge step forward or not. They just don't want to keep people on the network and not jump to another carrier when they get the iPhone. Most of these people are already loyal iPhone users but not so much loyal to At&t. Besides, the new iPhone is plenty enough of an improvement to get a boatload of orders without At&t's help. It makes the android phones look even lamer than they did yesterday.

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