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Old 12-01-2008, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend bought the iPhone 3G using his upgrade. He absolutely hates his phone, but has no problem with AT&T (He's been with them for many years).

Any way for him to return the iPhone 3G, now 3 months old, and get a Bold at the upgrade price? One AT&T rep told him that he can't sell the iPhone because he got it at a subsidized cost and he would have to pay a penalty or something if he switched to another phone.

I don't understand how the upgrades and AT&T works, but he wants to stick with AT&T and get a Bold for a more reasonable price.

Not looking for ways to screw over AT&T or anything, but his iPhone is not what he thought it would be and he wants to return to a blackberry, any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This one is easy! He for sure will not have a standard upgrade, and if its less than 3 months out, customer service / retail stores cant do a exception upgrade.

BUT, iphone 3g's go for $400 - $600 easy on ebay or craigs list. And if you get it unlocked ($25) it ups the value.

So my solution would be to sell it on ebay or craigst list, and buy a bold outright. OR post on craigslist and see if anyone wants to trade.
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He's going to have to sell the iphone and buy a Berry at full price..or get a used one or even trade his iphone for a berry. If he wants a new berry from ATT he's gonna have to pay full price.
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Oh and i have had both, and your friend will love the Bold so much more. Iphones are fun until you want to slam out some emails and text...
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i still think the best way to get a bold from AT&T is if bosco1041 and I bust in guns blazing and steal us a few... dont worry we will get one for your friend if he still wants one!!!
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the best way ? buy one.
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i still think the best way to get a bold from AT&T is if bosco1041 and I bust in guns blazing and steal us a few... dont worry we will get one for your friend if he still wants one!!!
get an extra one for me
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get an extra one for me
of course man, im sure there will be plenty to go around, u know what, i will pick up a nice bluetooth headset for you as well, any preferences on which one?
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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there is a few bold at buy and sell section for 500... (or less)
and sell the iphone... where are you located at??
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Sorry for the late reply guys.

First off, I appreciate the advice.

I guess the AT&T rep was lying when he said my friend couldn't sell his iPhone. He is going to sell it on ebay soon. He was able to talk down the price on the Bold a little ($499 and a FREE case, woohoo! )

Once he gets the Bold (the store didn't have any, should be in tomorrow) and he is good with it, he is selling the iPhone. Looks like everything is working out well so far.

Thanks again.
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