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Apple and AT&T continue to charge their returning customers more. This time iPhone 3G customers have to pay $599 for the 16 GB iPhone 3GS, while existing customers pay $400 less -- only $199.  (Source: Apple)
The scoop on when and where you can get the new iPhone 3GS and the higher fees for returning customers starts here

Expect Apple fans to be lining up in the not-so-distant future.  After all, an iPhone release is a huge event for the Apple community, and the release of the iPhone 3GS, announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, is set to be one of the biggest tech events of the year.

Apple and AT&T have filled in the public at last on when and where they can get their hands on the new smart phone, which adds video, a higher capacity, and more.  Units will ship June 19 and arrive in time for a launch that day at AT&T and Apple stores.  AT&T is taking preorders on the handset online and at its stores.

Customers not preordering that hope to get their hands on the phone may be disappointed. AT&T says that it will form two lines on launch day -- one of customers who preordered and a second of customers who didn't.  Those who did not preorder will only be able to buy the phone during normal store hours, while the preorder customers will be able to line up at 7 am.  Further, upon the store's official opening the two lines will be merged, with the preorder line going first and getting first priority over the new phones.

Apple Retail Stores are set to also open early at 8 am.  Preorder customers are allowed to attend the early opening to pick up their new phone.

Customers who are new to AT&T or current customers that have gone through at least 18 months on their current contract will be able to score an iPhone 3GS for $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB). Current iPhone 3G customers who wish to upgrade to an iPhone 3G S, but haven’t yet reached the 18 month mark must pay $399/$499 or $599/$699 respectively for the 16GB and 32GB models based on how much time is left on their two-year contracts.

One alternative for existing AT&T customers is to cancel their contract ($175), wait three months, and then return to AT&T and get the new customer pricing.  A returning customer will save $225 with this scheme on either model, but will have to endure approximately a three month wait.  Obviously this is infuriating to existing customers, but some will take what they can get.

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By invidious on 6/11/2009 2:17:55 PM , Rating: 3
Many iPhone owners are expected to endure this unfavorable pricing and upgrade immediately, though.

Ddefinately not me.

RE: nope
By quiksilvr on 6/11/2009 10:11:54 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, this is in very poor taste. Furthermore, if the 16GB 3GS costs $199, why didn't they just make an 8GB 3GS for $99 instead of the old 3G? It would have been a nice three tier lineup for this phone and would have avoided confusion.

I personally LOVE what they did with the new iPhone. They fixed the 3G to be REAL 3G (7.2 Mbps instead of 3.6 Mbps), they made the camera better with video capability, and increased the storage while maintaining a reasonable price (and made a faster CPU and GPU; I didn't know the CPU was only 424 MHz).

My only gripes are pretty minor ones (no microSD slot, no LED flash for the camera) but it's still an amazing piece of HARDWARE. I'm just waiting until the iPhone comes out on other networks besides AT&T and if the Android OS can be developed for the iPhone, then I would get one in a heart beat.

RE: nope
By SpaceRanger on 6/12/2009 1:14:06 AM , Rating: 3
It's so they can unload old inventory. Plain and simple..

Best Buy?
By androticus on 6/11/2009 9:30:42 PM , Rating: 2
What about at Best Buy? I'm going to try to exercise my "30 days" clause and return my 3G and get a 3GS -- but I've only got until June 23!

RE: Best Buy?
By darkpaw on 6/14/2009 7:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
BestBuy is offering a preorder program: Buy a $50 gift card to reserve the phone (can use the card when picking up the phone, or whenever, but will have to pay the $200 at pickup). Then they'll call and make an appointment on or after Friday when the phone is available.

After spending time with a Pre, Storm, and iPhone 3G in store, I sold out my soul for the 3 GS and placed a pre-order today.

I feel so dirty.

By corduroygt on 6/11/2009 4:56:09 PM , Rating: 3
You can get a second account or add another line to your current account and get the 199/299 price. Then you cancel after 30 days, and keep your iphone and use it on your existing line.

By SeanLynch on 6/11/2009 2:56:36 PM , Rating: 2
Its not like the upgrade pricing is new with the iPhone. In fact its pretty much standard that the reduced prices on ANY phone is only available at contract renewal, or when starting a new contract with any cellular provider.

ETF pro-rated
By alexsch8 on 6/11/2009 4:07:43 PM , Rating: 2
I believe in early June last year AT&T changed their User Agreement and ETFs are now pro-rated so you wouldn't have to pay the entire $175 to cancel.

I also think the quote underneath the picture is not accurate. It should be "new customers get it for $199..."

By InternetGeek on 6/11/2009 9:20:43 PM , Rating: 2
iPhone 3GS for $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB). Current iPhone 3G customers who wish to upgrade to an iPhone 3G S, but haven’t yet reached the 18 month mark must pay $399/$499 or $599/$699 respectively for the 16GB and 32GB models

I think Apple is charging for performance and not actual production + r&d + markup prices. Could anyone confirm?

By Myrandex on 6/12/2009 9:14:11 AM , Rating: 2
Since when do people with the current iPhone get to be exclusively exempt from their contract and upgrade early for free?

Why is this article making such a big deal about this ONLY with current iPhone customers? You can be a customer not ready to upgrade using any phone, not just an iPhone, and the upgrade will cost you the full retail price. How is this any different from any other phone? It shouldn't infuriate anyone unless you are someone that thinks everyone in the world must owe you something and its unfair if you do not receive special treatment.

No higher fees for existing customers. Standard logically sound reasoning...

By eddieroolz on 6/11/09, Rating: 0
Watch out Nintendo!
By Pirks on 6/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Watch out Nintendo!
By Chaser on 6/11/2009 2:29:27 PM , Rating: 2
At least something from Apple can play decent games.

RE: Watch out Nintendo!
By Barfo on 6/11/2009 2:32:45 PM , Rating: 1
Link Fail!

RE: Watch out Nintendo!
By mikecel79 on 6/11/2009 3:50:46 PM , Rating: 1
As much as I can't stand Pirks for being the biggest Apple fanboi ever I think this is the link he was looking for.

RE: Watch out Nintendo!
By 9nails on 6/11/2009 4:25:59 PM , Rating: 2
I hope that they offer some sort of analog stick dock for it. I've tried Quake on my Touch, and you have to rub your thumbs on the screen. No feedback or a sense of buttons make gaming a game in this perspective difficult. And your thumbs cut off part of your view.

RE: Watch out Nintendo!
By thequoth on 6/11/2009 7:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
I hope that they offer some sort of analog stick dock for it. I've tried Quake on my Touch, and you have to rub your thumbs on the screen. No feedback or a sense of buttons make gaming a game in this perspective difficult. And your thumbs cut off part of your view.

I haven't tried Quake but I do play Wolfenstein 3-d. No feedback sucks but hasn't bothered me.

RE: Watch out Nintendo!
By 9nails on 6/11/2009 4:31:48 PM , Rating: 2
LOL! You got me Mikecel79!

Here's a *real* link guys. It's just a trailer...

RE: Watch out Nintendo!
By Pirks on 6/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: Watch out Nintendo!
By inperfectdarkness on 6/12/2009 9:04:16 AM , Rating: 1
never mind the fact that i can have better controls & about 6-8 games for the raw cost of an i-phone; if i buy a DS.

never mind the fact that an i-phone plan costs me 50% more than i'm currently paying for TWO cell phones.

n-gage didn't succeed. iphone will--but it won't topple nintendo. there's a greater chance of getting the PSP 86'd by the iphone than the DS.

Yay for weasel words!
By crimson117 on 6/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Yay for weasel words!
By mofo3k on 6/11/2009 3:33:35 PM , Rating: 3
I can confirm Jason's comments as true. I've been lurking on the ATT Wireless forums of late and have heard from MANY iPhone 3G users who are going to do just that.

BTW - if you're in the mood for some great comedy, I suggest visiting the Apple products section of the ATT forums. There's a thread dedicated to the supposed "injustice" of ATT's policy on early termination fees for current iPhone users. It seems that many iPhone users feel that they shouldn't have to submit to the same policies as every other cell phone user has to.

RE: Yay for weasel words!
By callmeroy on 6/11/2009 3:38:22 PM , Rating: 2
You can't be serious --- you must just hate Jason. Your comment is ridiculous -- have you never read any article ever where the writer injects either a line of humor or presumption with the facts when talking about a product release? More over, you think he is lying? Apple fans are definitely FANactical more than other brand fans are....they may curse up a storm on the costs but they will indeed line up in droves for their beloved Apple Iphone.

Of all the bones to pick you get steamed over an opinion that will (with a very high degree of probability) come true...


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