Report: U.S. iPhone owners can trade up, get rebate from AT&T

According to a report from The Atlanta Business Chronicle, “Some customers who bought Apple Inc.’s iPhone at AT&T Inc. stores may be able to exchange the handset for the faster, less expensive new model and get a rebate.”

“San Antonio, Texas-based AT&T, the exclusive U.S. provider of iPhone service, said clients will get a refund for the price difference,” The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.

MacDailyNews Note: That’s all the excruciatingly brief report says. We’re checking into the details…

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jimbo” for the heads up.]

28 Comments

  1. “Why would an existing iPhone owner do that when the gen1 phones are now the only ones that can be used on other networks(?)”

    Good point but it seems like there’s a strong incentive for AT&T to offer an upgrade rebate or trade-in and continue the lock-in of the 1st gen. user rather than lose an iPhone sold in the wild to a potential network wanderer.

  2. “Good point but it seems like there’s a strong incentive for AT&T;to offer an upgrade rebate or trade-in and continue the lock-in of the 1st gen. user rather than lose an iPhone sold in the wild to a potential network wanderer.”

    Yeah thats ATTs incentive, but the end user who has an iphone and wants to sell for use on a different network suddenly has something of value. The previous owner takes the money, gets a new better phone in the process.

  3. Macromancer: I understand and agree. It will be interesting to see how many people figure that out. Sales of 1st gen. phones to countries (e.g., Russia) that are still out of the plan might be excellent opportunities.
    Of course, my point is moot if there is no trade-in plan for all 1st gen. buyers.

  4. I think the idea of first gen. iPhones being worth more is interesting, but these aren’t the only phones that can be unlocked and sold. Remember that in countries like France and Germany, people can still buy unlocked phones because phones can’t be tied to a carrier. In any case, it will be interesting to see what the value of first gen. iPhones ends up being – I hadn’t thought of them possibly being worth more.

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