“Am I eligable?”
“Do I have to pay $600 to get the new iPhone 4?”
“How much will AT&T charge me to get the new iPhone 4?”
“I got an iPhone 3GS right when it came out. Is AT&T going to screw me?“
Turns out you can quickly find out the answer to these questions by a simple phone call.
Here is how it works:
First off, you have to already own an iPhone. This is only for people looking to upgrade.
Second, you need to call a special number. Dial *NEW# on your phone and hit the “Call” button. (For those of us who hate translating the letters into numbers, the number to call is *639#.) Make sure to include the star (*) at the beginning and the pound (#) at the end.
Once you hit “Call” you should see a momentary “pause” screen (the screen gets grayed out and a pinwheel gets going), then a confirmation that your call went through. This isn’t a normal call. It activates an automated system with AT&T.
“Thank you, your request is being processed. A message will be sent to your phone.“
Almost immediately you should receive a text message describing what tier of payment you fall into. In my case, I am eligible for an upgrade with a new 2 year contract.
Apparently there is some $18 fee they are waiving for me. Someone else who just tested this got the same message, except they have to pay the $18 fee and we couldn’t find out why.