For a long time now when a user was ready for a new smartphone, AT&T would allow early upgrades for most users. The user would pay the normal upgrade price and then agree to a new contract and walk out with their new phone. This is how a lot of iPhone users upgraded to newer models.
AT&T has confirmed that it is upping the price of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, Android, and Windows Phone offerings by $50 for all who upgrade early. AT&T is also upping the price of the devices for those that buy with shorter contracts by $150.
AT&T wants to make clear that only early adopters and those with shorter contracts will pay extra. Users that upgrade at their normal time will still get the standard rate. If you needed a new smartphone and you are still under contract you should have bought last week.
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