Current AT&T Customers: Become Instantly Eligible for iPhone 3G Upgrade

Current AT&T customers who don’t have a first generation iPhone, or who aren’t eligible for an upgrade, will have to pay an extra $200 to purchase an iPhone 3G. For those unfortunate souls, this means waiting until upgrade time rolls around, or impatiently throwing down an extra $200 for an unsubsidized iPhone.

Thankfully, there’s a fantastic loophole that any current AT&T customer can use to get around this mess. All you need is a little help from a friend who already has an iPhone. Read on for the nitty gritty.

Now, before you start this whole process, be absolutely sure that you’re not eligible for an upgrade. You can check by logging in to your myWireless account here. If you’re not eligible to upgrade your phone, this little trick should work for you.

Bear in mind, this will only work until the 11th of July (i.e., before the iPhone 3G launch).

So here’s how it’s done: To become eligible for an upgrade, grab a friend who already has a first generation iPhone. Remove the SIM card from your friend’s iPhone and replace it with the one from your own phone. Plug the iPhone into a Mac or PC running a recent copy of iTunes. iTunes will recognize that the iPhone is loaded with a different SIM and begin the activation process. You’ll literally need to sign up for an iPhone plan at this point, sign a new two-year contract, etc. But hey, that doesn’t matter since you’ll be signing up for a new contract when you get your iPhone 3G. Any charges you incur will be pro-rated. It will certainly be much less than what you’d pay to get it unsubsidized.

When you’re done, you can return your friend’s SIM to the iPhone and your SIM to your phone. Everything will work just as it did for both parties involved. To make sure the process worked, check your myWireless account again to see if you’re eligible for an upgrade.

That’s it, Enjoy!

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