The release of iPhone 5 at Apple’s live event on September 12 has provoked questions about the options of upgrading and mobile network support. The consumers are in a confused state of mind about the upgrade process. If the users opt for a purchasing an iPhone 5, they would be paying £370 ($599) which includes the network contract for two years, whereas if the users decide to go with the upgrade they would be only paying £123 ($199).
The question that the consumers are asking is, “Am I eligible for an upgrade?” Apple comes bearing good news for the consumers as it assists iPhone 5 users in eradicating their dilemma.
The Apple website displays the eligibility for their three official carriers, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The US users would need the last four digits of the account owner’s social security number to check your eligibility for your upgrade. Each network has their own rules about the upgrade process and the duration for the availability of the upgrade.
If you are an AT&T customer, simply dial *639# on your phone to check your upgrade qualification. You shall receive a text message from AT&T about your eligibility for the upgrade. AT&T’s traditional upgrade will be about 18 months into a two year contract. This implies that if you purchased iPhone 4S on the launch day, you will be eligible for the upgrade in May.
The mobile carrier, though in good faith is allowing the users to upgrade to iPhone 5 early, but it will cost an additional £154 ($250) and an upgrade fee of £22 ($36). This offer does not give much value to the consumers as there is only a difference of £30 ($50) between purchasing and upgrading.
You can also upgrade through a member of your AT&T family plan if their date is available before your eligibility. After the upgrade, request AT&T to switch the numbers.