As of right now, it appears as though AT&T will not be honoring upgrade prices for the iPhone 4S to early iPhone 4 adopters. In the past, early adopters have been able to purchase the new iPhone at the upgrade price even though their account wasn't technically available for an upgrade yet.
I purchased the iPhone 4 on the day of release, but when checking my availability for the iPhone 4S from Apple's website, I'm presented with the following prices:
Before November 25, 2011:
- iPhone 4S: 16GB - $449
- iPhone 4S: 32 GB - $549
- iPhone 4S: 64GB - $649
- iPhone 4: 8GB - $349
- iPhone 3GS: 8GB - $199
The prices listed for after November 25 are the same prices that Apple announced earlier today: $199, $299, $399, $99, and $0.
If history repeats itself, AT&T will come to their senses and move the upgrade dates to October 14. This is normal behavior for them: send customers into a panic, then change their minds at the last minute. However, there is still the possibility of them sticking to their guns and not budging with their prices.
If AT&T sticks with these prices, will you still be lining up to essentially pay a $250 fee to purchase the iPhone 4S 42 days sooner?