Last Friday, Android Central unearthed a bit of news from AT&T that they were going to up the price for early upgrades of their smartphones, especially the iPhone. If you want a new phone but haven’t been on your current one for two years, you’ll pay $50 above market price in order to get it, that’s $449 for a 16GB iPhone 4, and $549 for a 32GB model. If you want to buy it on one year contract instead of two, that’ll be $150 over the standard price, too.
BGR has confirmed that this will happen for all of their smartphones — regardless of OS.
For the launch of the iPhone 4, AT&T significantly shortened the period before which people were eligible for an upgrade, allowing more users to get in on the new unit.