What is an Exception Upgrade?
Important Tip if You Lose Your iPhone While Still Under Contract
by Merlin Dean
Has your iPhone or Android smartphone ever been lost or stolen?
For most people, its not a matter of if but when. So if you do lose it, the quick question is "So now
A) Buy a used iPhone on Craiglist or Ebay for around $150-$450 for a used iPhone 4S or iPhone 5...
If it's "Unlocked" to work on T-Mobile, it might cost a little more.
B) Buy a brand new iPhone, with No Contract $699-$799 plus tax.
One solution is to do as the Europeans often do, pay full retail price and "Unlock" a smartphone so it'll work on
different networks around the world.
For example, an Unlocked AT&T phone would also work with T-Mobile since AT&T and T-Mobile both use sim
There are plenty of Cell Phone Data Shops around that will Unlock your iPhone for cheap, around $25 or less for a
3GS, and $70-80 for an iPhone 4.
But be warned: Unlocking the iPhone voids the warranty from Apple, so buy a good protective case and protect
Without an Early Exception Upgrade discount, you must pay the market price.
An Early Exception Upgrade is when you are normally 6 months or more into your current contract, and you lose or
break your iPhone.
Since you have not finished the 2 year Contract yet, AT&T will sometimes give you an adjusted discount.
It depends on your payment history and general good status with the company.
Remember, the original retail price for the 16GB iPhone 5 is $700 -- but you only paid $199. That discount
price you got from AT&T is good only once every two years.
Thanks to an Exception Upgrade, another 16GB iPhone 5 would be in the $400-$499 range.
Compare that to the full retail replacement cost of $700+ for a new iPhone...
Author Merlin Dean is a
writer, video producer, and all-around tech nerd...
© Merlin Dean, September 2012