I watched the Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c special event yesterday. I went in skeptical, not planning on wanting any of the new iPhones. I never upgraded to an iPhone 4S, so why would I want a 5s?
Turns out, I kind of do. I want a better camera. I want Touch ID and a fingerprint sensor. I want a five times faster CPU, a motion co-processor, and up to 40X faster graphics. Yes. Yes I do.
So I did what any self-respecting first-worlder does, I checked for upgrade availability. You see, here in the US, at least, we’re all kind of stuck on a two-year contract system. To get the subsidized prices, we purchase our phones on a two-year cycle.
If you’re not sure whether you are able to upgrade to a new iPhone 5s (or iPhone 5c) when it’s available, here’s where to look.
First and foremost, if you upgraded to the iPhone 5 last year with a two-year contract, you’re out of luck. Your only option is to buy the new iPhone 5s or 5c with your own money–no subsidy for you.
For the rest of you, all you need to do is drop into your carrier’s website:
If you’d like, you can also head over to the excellent Best Buy upgrade tracker site and enter your phone number and zip code for your availability date. This one will check all four major US carriers on the same page.