I was one of many who was dismayed to find that I am not eligible for a discounted price if I decide to upgrade my iPhone 3G to a 3GS.   In case you haven’t read about it already, amongst AT&T’s many missteps concerning the 3GS and the 3.0 update, those of us who bought 3Gs […]
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AT&T Family Plan May Save You iPhone Upgrade Money

iPhoneNoUpgradejpg I was one of many who was dismayed to find that I am not eligible for a discounted price if I decide to upgrade my iPhone 3G to a 3GS.   In case you haven’t read about it already, amongst AT&T’s many missteps concerning the 3GS and the 3.0 update, those of us who bought 3Gs will have to pay $399.00 for a 16G or $499.00 for a 32G. 

 

 

This is, of course, not the path chosen by AT&T for original iPhone owners who decided to upgrade to the 3G.   Smelling extra revenue from the more expensive 3G plan surely inspired them to entice 3G upgrades a year ago; but this time, AT&T isn’t being quite so nice to their loyal customers — at least, not until March, which is apparently when the loyal customers get the same pricing as AT&T newcomers or those who haven’t upgraded in 18 months.

However, if you have a family plan, you may be able to upgrade after all.  Here’s how I plan to do it:

When I got the original iPhone, my wife got a Samsung freebie as we moved to AT&T — and was fine with it.   She didn’t want an iPhone, didn’t need an iPhone — “This phone does everything I want”, she declared.

Fast forward to the launch of the 3G, and she finally decided to give it a try.  So we popped her SIM card in, added a data plan, and she was very happy – and now, almost a year later, is hooked on it. 

So when I discovered that I was ineligible for a $299.00 32G iPhone, I decided to see if my wife was — and sure enough, she is.

So if I decide to upgrade — and I likely will — I will try a similar switcheroo – get the 3GS on her line, then simply swap the SIM card.   Hopefully, everyone will be happy — or at least, none the wiser. 

What are your upgrade plans?

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