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||Posted: Sep. 06, 2010, 11:27 am
IPhone 4.0's come in different MB amounts of memory, hence the cost differential quoted to you, maybe.
There was also an incentive to upgrade going on this year for folks trading up from prior versions of iPhone.
The key is "When did that incentive officially end?" Could be the lower price quoted was indeed valid, up to a certain date which has now passed since August became September last week.
So could be there was "confusion" on the part of someone at AT&T regarding what was a valid incentive offer and when that offer was in effect or expired, and the later information was the more timely and correct information.
If that's the case then whoever at AT&T said 'no there's no offer like that after all' was telling the truth and whoever said "yes we'll let you upgrade for $299" was forgetting there was a recent expiration date.
Research whatever incentives to upgrade were when iPhone 4 came out this past June, then research the dates of the offer's being available and then expiring. Means squinting at "fine print" somewhere. When you're shopping, for any consumer item, and there is a "sale" going on, the "sale" is usually for a limited time, has beginning dates and ending dates. If that's the case here, then ya just missed it by thaaaaaaaaaat much..... (Quoting the character Maxwell Smart on "Get Smart" TV show.)
Go in person to an AT & T Store.
When we upgraded to two iPhone 4.0 handsets this past June we sold one of our 3GS iPhones and both our 2007 initial offering 4GB iPhones, took the SIM card out of the remaining iPhone 3GS of ours and gave it to our son. Son just started high school and we've quickly discovered we needed to have him have limited cell phone access in order to coordinate picking him and car pool fellow students up after school to come home. We went to AT & T Store, explained what we needed, looked at GO Phones where you buy a simple handset and load up with pay-as-you-go-minutes, vs. simply enabling the 3GS handset he inherited by inserting a new SIM card, adding him to our plan with some data usage but very limited with parental controls on it's usage. We went with the latter. And because we hardly make calls on our adult 4.0s we got a reduction in monthly costs, which helps offset the additional costs per month of adding son to our plan.
We got this because we interacted face-to-face in an AT & T Store as well as husband ahead of time called AT & T and asked questions about adding son to service and what GO Phones are about, then we went to the store itself in person. Customer service man went back to the back and got a waiver for one of the fees involved for us. Plus when he inspected our overall account he discovered we don't use our adult minutes very much, so gave us a monthly price break of $10/month on that part of our contract.
Plus when there have been Internet service outages this summer (we don't know why) we've called AT & T immediately, and they've granted discounts on the next month's bill to make up for the inconvenience of the outages.
So AT & T might not be perfect, yeah, but we've presented any consumer issues we've had and we've been treated well, courteously, and when done in person at one of their Stores we've either gotten explanations, solutions, or some kind of mutually fair resolution.
And in person at our Apple Store in Metairie LA their customer service has been very very good.
Plead your case at an AT & T Store, see if they can have a little flexibility about the expiration date of any offers. You might get lucky. And if you're not lucky, then the next time there is any kind of iPhone upgrade incentive going on, make a mental note of the terms and conditions including expiration dates.
Try to plan ahead.... If upgrading the existing for a new model of iPhone then what are the costs or implications for someone else in the family to upgrade at the same time or to inherit the older model and costs of establishing service. The time to do homework about that is in the month and days leading up to the launch of the newest version of iPhone. If you plan to sell older versions of handsets, the time to lock a higher price in is weeks before the release date of a new version of iPhone, not after it's released (the price quotes to buy the older handset tend to drop radically after the new release date, but are much higher beforehand at Gazelle.com ). Plan ahead......