You probably heard of the new Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program. Basically the program allows users to get a new iPhone in installments every year. You will just need to pay $32 or $36 per month for the 16GB iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus respectively, and you will receive the iPhone 7 next year without extra cost.
This is quite similar to some programs offered by carriers in the USA, and it is even more expensive. However, it has its own advantages that many future iPhone owners will appreciate. For instance, the iPhone you receive from the Upgrade Program will be unlocked and you can switch to any carrier in and outside the US. It will also be bundled with AppleCare+, so your phone will be covered for up to 2 times of accidental damages like screen damage, accidental drops or liquid damage. If you take part in the program, you will need to show up at an Apple’s retail store and a credit check, a credit card, and a 2-year installment loan are required.
However, what people concern the most is probably the model number of their iPhone 6S or 6S Plus they receive from the program. As you know, the new iPhones come in some model numbers with different cellular connectivity. So which iPhone will you receive from the Upgrade Program? A1633, A1634, A1688 or A1687?
An Apple representative told me that customers will get the iPhone 6S A1688 or iPhone 6S Plus A1687. The device is unlocked and you will be able to use it on any carrier like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. The only drawback is that the models don’t support the new LTE band 30 which will be used by AT&T in the near future. This won’t affect coverage on AT&T but you won’t be able to take advantage of the faster LTE, especially in urban areas like New York City or San Francisco.
If you want to receive the iPhone A1633 or A1634, you might need to be an existing AT&T customer or purchase an AT&T plan before leaving the store.
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