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AT&T Rolls Back iPhone Upgrade Eligibility; Rogers/Fido Next?

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It seems that AT&T has provided some insight on when the next iPhone, affectionately called the iPhone HD, may be released.

This week, AT&T, the exclusive wireless carrier of the iPhone in the USA, has began to roll back upgrade eligibility dates for current owners of the iPhone 3GS.

What this means is that if you are with AT&T and purchased an iPhone 3GS at launch last year, or some time during an undisclosed time period from June 2009 to whenever, AT&T will allow you to upgrade early to the new iPhone due this summer 2010.

Normally AT&T customers have to wait at least one year or more before being able to upgrade, but as a current iPhone 3GS owner, AT&T is allowing early upgrades. In the example circulating various iPhone reporting sites, many AT&T customers have had their upgrade dates rolled back to June 21, 2010 instead of November 2010.

Since AT&T is targeting iPhone owners and rolling back the upgrade date to June 21, 2010, this presumably marks the day or week for the release of the next iPhone, as iPhones are typically released on Fridays.

Rogers & Fido Too!

This type of action by AT&T is not a mystery to Canadians, as both Rogers and Fido rolled back the upgrade dates for, at the time, current iPhone 3G owners.

If you purchased an iPhone 3G between its launch date in July 2008 to September 2008 from Rogers or Fido or had at least 6 months of tenure as a Rogers/Fido customer up to the launch of the iPhone 3GS (so you were a paying customer from December 2008  – June 2009), the wireless carriers allowed those customer to upgrade early, at promotional pricing, to the iPhone 3GS.

Typically, Rogers customers would have to wait 24 months before being able to upgrade and Fido customers would have to wait 30 months.

During this time frame of early upgrades, Rogers/Fido would also launch their famous $30 6GB data plan to further sweeten the deal.

Once Apple releases a definitive release date for the next iPhone, we can expect Rogers/Fido to make similar upgrade roll backs for current iPhone 3GS owners.

[MobileCrunch]

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  • 3Gs on Fido

    omfg i'm getting goosebumps

  • brucepatterson

    Woot Woot!

  • vinnie

    Sooooo excited!!!!

  • Rogers will do the same thing, but will wait until eight hours before the launch to announce it.

  • montymon

    I'm pretty sure last year to get the 3GS you had to have at least 24 months gone on your 3-year contract to be eligible to upgrade at the promotional pricing. I had a 3G and had you upgrade my son's cell to the 3GS and then trade SIM cards with him. He was quite happy to get the iPhone 3G.

    If they allow upgrades with only a year done on the contract I might just upgrade both phones! Particularly if the offer the 6GB data plan again.

  • Rik

    ya for sure if they allowed the upgrade after 1 yr count me in and I would take on the 30.00 6 gb plan also. You have to remember this year will be different because there is so many companies that offer the Iphone now in Canada so it would be smart for them to offer a good deal

  • dw4lsh

    Got a 3GS from Rogers last november and I love both the phone and Rogers network.

    How do upgrades usually work ? Do you have to return your current phone ?

  • SpeedRacer99

    @RoryPiper Do not forget there is more then Rogers/Fido in Canada for the iPhone…..Bell.Telus!

  • mackman6151

    Bell/Telus never had an early upgrades because they only started carrying the 3GS mid-lifecycle. we cant speculate what they'll do because they haven't been in that position before (regardless of the fact if we can really consider Telus a legit iPhone carrier network due to the fact their “visual voicemail” is really just “voicemail to text” :P)

  • Telus does have real Visual Voicemail now, even though it does not say so on their website. I received an e-mail from them once it was activated on my acount. They rolled it out to all current iPhone customers throughout the 2nd half of April.

  • scotthe

    Just got out of Rogers/Fido training…
    Provincial Rep confirms new iPhone launch for June 21st

    It is nice having a date to tell people now~

  • That training is only feature training for the device and general
    sales knowledge. It's mostly used for very new Rogers/Fido reps.

    Any releases dates are simply placeholders.

  • As far as I know you simply buy a new phone at promotional pricing… you keep your old phone as well.

  • montymon

    I remember now…. Last year, if you'd had the 3G with a 3-year plan for more than 6 months you could upgrade to a 3GS 32GB for $549, but the upgrade price if you had your cell plan for more that 24 months was 32GB for $299. I upgraded my son's cell to the 3GS 32GB for $299 and then traded iPhones with him so he got my old 3G and I got the 3GS.

  • scotthe

    Just got out of Rogers/Fido training…
    Provincial Rep confirms new iPhone launch for June 21st

    It is nice having a date to tell people now~

  • Ex

    That training is only feature training for the device and general
    sales knowledge. It's mostly used for very new Rogers/Fido reps.

    Any releases dates are simply placeholders.

  • As far as I know you simply buy a new phone at promotional pricing… you keep your old phone as well.

  • montymon

    I remember now…. Last year, if you'd had the 3G with a 3-year plan for more than 6 months you could upgrade to a 3GS 32GB for $549, but the upgrade price if you had your cell plan for more that 24 months was 32GB for $299. I upgraded my son's cell to the 3GS 32GB for $299 and then traded iPhones with him so he got my old 3G and I got the 3GS.

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