According to AT&T’s policy, iPhone customers who spend more than $99 a month per line generally are eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their contract.
Apple’s second smartphone launched in July of 2008, while the latest one is coming just 11 months later. This means that — according to AT&T’s rules — no one who used their discount to buy an iPhone 3G can use their discount to get the latest one for at least another month.
With a discount, the 16 GB version of the iPhone 3G S sells for $200, but without the discount it’s $400. The price for the 32 GB version without discount is $500.
There has been considerable grumbling about this policy from iPhone customers.
Today, this wireless carrier announced an exception to its normal rules. According to a statement on the AT&T website:
“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 Thursday, June 18.”
More about the iPhone 3G S
Apple’s next smartphone will be an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary model. Its feature set will be improved, but not dramatically so.
Its maker is emphasizing an increase in speed, with a faster processor and a quicker version of 3G.
In addition, this model will have twice the Storage capacity, support for recording and editing video, and a handful of other features, like MMS support. Still, iPhone 3G S will have much in common with the current version. The outward appearance isn’t significantly different, and the screen resolution will remain the same.
There will be two versions of the third-generation iPhone: a 16 GB one is selling for $200, while a 32 GB model goes for $300. They will be available in back and white casings.