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I just upgraded from an iPhone 3G to a 3GS for $30!

Yes, it’s actually true. No, jailbreaking, no violation of an AT&T contract. I actually have one, for a grand total of $30…Here’s how I did it…

Well, a few weeks ago I was around my 1 year mark on the 2 year contract I had signed with AT&T when I got my iPhone 3G. So, I logged in to my online account, and, as I suspected, I didn’t have many upgrade options to get the newly released iPhone 3GS for a reasonable amount. Resigning myself to wait out the term of the contract and frustrated, I wrote the article about Apple, AT&T and iPhone’s with contracts being expensive.

Then, this past week, out of sheer morbid curiosity I signed in to my ebay account (of which I haven’t used in ages due to exorbitant fees and the PayPal monopoly they created) then proceeded to see what, if anything at all, a black, 16GB, iPhone 3G was going for. After all, if I could get enough for it, maybe it would be worth putting out another couple hundred to get the new phone and I was frustrated, the new toy was out and I wanted it…NOW.

It turns out, what my ebay searching showed, that a “contract” must be worth a couple hundred dollars because an OUT OF CONTRACT, Black, 16GB iPhone 3G (yes, previous generation) is going for around $275, USED! Because WITH a contract AT&T and Apple are still selling this model new for $99. So the contract is worth a couple hundred to someone. Buying an out of contract phone also allows you to jailbreak & unlock this phone and activate it freely with another carrier, e.g. T-Mobile.

Wow, I thought, if I could just get out of this contract… So I signed back in to my AT&T wireless account, clicked on “upgrade options” and voila! To my amazement and wonder, AT&T was offering the iPhone 3GS at the NEW CUSTOMER pricing of $199 and $299 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively. Even for me, with still a year left on my previous contract. I think somebody wants me to upgrade…so of course I proceeded to do so as the planets were aligning in my favor.

So, I went to sell my 3G on ebay for $250 “Buy It Now” and it sold within hours. After seller fees and the free ground shipping I offered (that everyone seems to be offering nowadays), I took in roughly $220 for my year old, gently used, iPhone 3G.

I then went to the AT&T store who had just restocked 15 units of the Black, 16GB iPhone 3GS, paid my $199 + tax + $18 upgrade fee, totaling $250, and activated my shiny new iPhone 3GS.

It is very possible I could have gotten more for my iPhone 3G on ebay compared to the others I saw, but for $30 total a little ebay craziness and an extra year with AT&T I’m a happy camper. The phone is great and worth every penny. If anyone else has a similar story please post it here, I’d love to know about it.

Why is Apple the red-headed step-child?

Amazing everyone says “don’t buy 1st generation.” For me, I needed 3G. I use it regularly for business. So I don’t have an iPhone.

So everybody bought 1st generation, now they’re upset at typicial 1st generation problems (i.e. price drops, technology woes, licensing issues). Sounds like 2004 election results blues to me. Didn’t you know who you were voting for while you were standing in line?

About “unlocked, free” phones…I switched a couple years ago from Verizon to Cingular (AT&T) because Verizon (like Alltel) has a contract with “GetItNow” a rip-off service that REQUIRES those providers LOCK features of some great phones. This is still an issue with those carriers. And they have suffered legal action because of it, where are those headlines?

Now, Apple comes out with (even locked) the best phone we’ve ever seen, AND gives most people their “early adopter” money back…AND we STILL complain?

Where was all of this “informed consumerism” with Microsoft? They were found guilty in the Supreme Court of abusing their monopoly and Bush’s first presidential act in 2000 was to “pardon” the prescribed punishment. Where were all of the “technically informed consumers” on that one?

Why is Apple the red-headed step-child?