Itching to upgrade to a new iPhone but don’t want to pay full price? You can easily find out when you are eligible for the subsidized upgrade rate, plus set an automatic reminder for when the new upgrade rate is available for your current plan. This is great if you want to upgrade your iPhone only when you are eligible for the discounted carrier subsidized rate, which is fairly common considering it’s quite a bit cheaper than paying the early-upgrade rates.
This is all quite easy to setup, and if you want it’ll add the date to your iCloud-synced Calendar and then alert you when the time has come. In most cases this will be anywhere from months away if not a year plus, but you won’t have to wonder anymore, as it shows you exactly when your upgrade eligibility date is. This works for all subsidized carriers in the USA, including AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, and presumably the same in other countries too.
Find Upgrade Eligibility & Set a Reminder
- Download the free Apple Store app if you don’t have it already
- Launch Apple Store app and log in to your account
- Tap on “Upgrade your iPhone”
- Enter some basic identifying info, like the last four of your social and the billing zipcode for your iPhone contract
- Look at the pricing info for current rates, and look below for the full subsidized rates
- Tap on “Add reminder to Calendar” to bring an upgrade reminder into the Calendar app
The reminder will be in your calendar like anything else, but keep in mind it’s (usually) a ways in the future so you won’t necessarily see it without flipping ahead months or years.
As you can see in the screenshot, the early upgrade rate is considerably more expensive than the subsidized rate, at $449 vs $199… for that kind of savings it’s almost always worth waiting.
Forget the Reminder, Just See the Upgrade Prices & Dates
Don’t want to get a reminder? Just want to see how much it costs? No sweat, you can also use this same feature to just see when your upgrade eligibility is and exactly how much it will cost. Look for the date and prices to see the full subsidy rate for each accompanying iPhone model:
Sure, the current iPhone model will be shown, but in a lot of cases by the time you are eligible for the update, the next-gen iPhone will already be out and thus your eligibility will apply to that new iPhone instead.