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iPhone 4 Questions & Answers

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Updated May 26, 2014

Costs: Upgrades and Carrier

What Carrier Is the iPhone 4 On?
While in the U.S. the iPhone 4 debuted on AT&T, in Feb. 2011, it also became available on Verizon.

I'm a New Customer/Upgrade-Eligible with AT&T/Verizon. What Will I Pay?
If you're switching to AT&T/Verizon from another carrier, or are at a place in your AT&T/Verizon contract that makes you eligible for an upgrade, you will pay US$199 for the 16GB model of the iPhone 4, and $299 for the 32GB model. Check your AT&T or Verizon account to determine whether you're eligible for the subsidized pricing.

I'm an Existing iPhone Customer. Am I Eligible for An Upgrade?
You should be. It appears that AT&T has made all current iPhone customers eligible to upgrade at the discounted price. Check your AT&T account to confirm this.

I'm an Existing Non-iPhone, AT&T or Verizon Customer and Am Not Eligible for an Upgrade. What Do I Pay?
If you're not eligible for your upgrade now, but want to buy anyway, you'll pay $399 or $499.

What Does A Contract-Free iPhone Cost?
An iPhone that has no contract associated with it, meaning you can end the contract at any time without a penalty, costs $599 or $699 from AT&T, or $649.99 or $749.99 from Verizon, depending on the model.

What Is the Length of the Contract?
As with all iPhone contracts, to get the subsidized price, you're agreeing to a two-year contract with AT&T or Verizon.

Do Contracts Reset for Current iPhone Owners?
For AT&T customers, yes. If you buy the new iPhone, you're replacing your current contract and thus will have a two-year agreement (not adding an additional two years to your existing contract). Verizon contracts don't work this way.


Data Plans

What Do iPhone 4 Data Plans Cost?
AT&T iPhone users getnew iPhone data plans: $15/month for 200MB or $25/month for 2GB. Verizon's data plans are not yet known.

What Is Cost of Exceeding Your Data Plan?
On AT&T: For the 200Mb plan, you'll get an additional 200MB for $15. For the 2GB plan, you'll get an additional 1GB for $10.

Is Tethering Available?
On AT&T, it is available for an additional $20/month. Tethering data counts towards your monthly data cap.

Can I Tether My iPhone and iPad?
No. Apple, via software, doesn't currently allow that.

I'm Already Using the AT&T Unlimited iPhone Data Plan. Do I Have to Switch?
No. If you're already an AT&T iPhone customer using the $30/month unlimited plan, you can keep that data plan.


Availability

When Can I Buy It in the U.S.?
The iPhone 4 goes on sale on June 24, 2010. Pre-orders begin June 15.

When Will iPhone OS 4 Debut?
Apple will release iPhone OS 4, newly rechristened iOS 4, "soon" according to Steve Jobs. Presumably this will be before or on the release of the iPhone 4. The iPad version will arrive in the fall.

Will iOS 4 Be Free?
Yes, for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3, and second and third generation iPod touch owners.



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