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Seriously, who is upgrading their iPhone to 16GB?

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You’ve lived with your 8GB model no for at most 8 months. Seemingly, you’ve come to terms with 8GB, perhaps holding on to your 30/80GB iPods for mass storage or whatever. AT&T told us we’d see a 3G model this summer. Are you upgrading before then? Good God man, why?

$100, random (often quite dumb) eBay questions on your iPhone auction, some confusion about how long you are re-hitching your wagon to AT&T all for 8GB? Seriously? For this post, I’ve interviewed several iPhone owners and not one even gave a second glance at upgrading. “Why?” was the response I got most oft.

For new folk finally seizing the moment to get one, maybe you pony up for the 16GB version. But really, the promise of 3G ought to be enough to hold out a few more months to see what Apple has up it’s sleeve. Or at least how big these Apple-approved SDK driven applications are. Right?

Charles Starrett over at the iLounge has a nice post about Apple employees being a bit in the dark on what current iPhoners can do to upgrade and what it means to their contract. From the post, it looks like AT&T will backdate your 2 years so you don’t incur another 2-years. But the comments in that post question the language used by Charles, legal contracts have a way of nitpicking.

Mark Siegel, Executive Director of Media and Analyst Relations with AT&T, told iLounge in an email, “If you upgrade from an 8 to a 16 GB iPhone, you sign a new contract. However, we automatically backdate it to the starting point of your contract on the 8 GB phone.” He added that the company “will make every effort to ensure that our reps provide customers with the correct information,” and clarified that customers should activate the SIM card that comes with the new model.

Anyway, I am curious (not condescending), if you are considering upgrading/have upgraded, why not wait for 3G or the next announcement? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Doug Berger

    Everyone that I've talked to says 4GB is enough for their phone — so I can't imagine anyone is actually going to be upgrading. Anyone? Anyone?

  • K. Lynn

    I'm not sure Doug. I have a few friends that say they have reached their capacity. The most important of cell phone accessories that I can think of with an iphone is lots of GB!

  • David Blake

    Yeah, I don't see it. Maybe I will, not for the 16gb but for the 3G network.

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