AT&T Details Early Upgrade and No Commitment iPhone 4 Fees

AT&T Details Early Upgrade and No Commitment iPhone 4 Fees

Steve Jobs himself described AT&T’s early update pricing for the iPhone 4 as “generous,” and generous it is — suspiciously so. How generous?

Well, if you qualify for an upgrade before December 31st, the 16GB iPhone 4 will cost you just $199 while the 32GB model will cost you $299. Things get a lot steeper if your upgrade is after the start of 2011, though, with prices jumping to $399 and $499, respectively. Don’t want to sign a new contract, but still want an iPhone 4? Prepare to pay $599 to $699.

It’s unclear why AT&T is being so generous… but one thing’s for sure, it’s not out of the munificence of their black, ichorous corporate hearts. There have been reports of a Verizon iPhone 4, but Verizon themselves have said there is no iPhone coming to their network in the “immediate future.” “Immediate,” though, is a weasel word, so who knows?

Then there’s Christmas to think of. AT&T is going to be competing with Android Gingerbread and — more laughably — Windows Phone 7 at the end of the year. AT&T wants to lock their customers in now.

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John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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