A lot of iPhone 3G owners have been complaining that they’d have to pay $200 more than new or “eligible” customers if they wanted to upgrade to the iPhone 3G S, but AT&T has reduced the upgrade price for many customers. Starting today, iPhone 3G subscribers who would have been eligible for an upgrade in July, August or September can buy an iPhone 3G S for $199 (16GB) or $299 (32GB).
AT&T posted the following message on its Facebook page:
Importantly, we want our customers to better understand our wireless device upgrade program. Like most U.S. carriers, we offer a variety of phones that we sell below our actual cost when customers agree to sign service agreements. In general, the more a customer spends with us, 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 with us generally are eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their contract. We also currently offer early upgrade pricing only for iPhone 3G S and iPhone 3G.
All of that said, we’ve been listening to our customers. And 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.
We’re now pleased to offer our iPhone 3G customers who are upgrade eligible in July, August or September 2009 our best upgrade pricing, beginning Friday, June 19.
AT&T says that if you pre-ordered and also quality you’ll also get the savings when you pick up your device.
If you’re one of the many customers who will benefit from this change, please note that our upgrade eligibility website will reflect this change on Thursday, June 18.
Customers who are not eligible under the above terms will have to pay $399 (16GB) or $499 (32GB) for the iPhone 3G S if they want to upgrade to a new iPhone 3G S Friday.
The pricing change for early adopters of the iPhone 3G comes too late to receive the iPhone 3G S by mail on Friday as Apple is listing 2-4 day shipping on new. You can check for pre-authorization and go to your local Apple retail store to buy your iPhone. The iPhone 3G S will be sold on first-come, first-served basis starting at 7AM at Apple retail stores on Friday, June 19.