Bad news for early adopters of the iPhone 4 on AT&T. I just checked my early upgrade eligibility on the Apple website for my AT&T account and it states that I cannot upgrade to the iPhone 4s at a discount till November 25th 2011.
Even though, last year AT&T had allowed users with current iPhones to upgrade early to the iPhone 4, it looks like this year they may not be allowing it. If the carriers do not allow users with iPhone 4’s that got them at release to update to the 4s at a discount, Apple’s iPhone 4s sales will undoubtedly suffer.
I have emailed AT&T PR for a response, I will let you know if they update me but don’t get your hopes up yet.
Update: Got a response from AT&T, No Dice:
Hi there – we aren’t making changes to our upgrade policy.
You can check eligibility online or on the new AT&T Upgrader App, out
soon. This makes upgrading to iPhone easier and faster than ever before.
And, let’s you preorder right from your handset starting Friday, October
7. Later today, existing iPhone customers can download the app from the
App Store and our other customers can visit www.att.com/phoneupgrade.
There’s no need to visit our stores – let the app do the work for you –
upgrade and preorder right from your phone. The app tells you if you’re
upgrade eligible for iPhone 4S – and – beginning Friday, helps you place