The most hotly anticipated smartphone duo of the year is about to go from rumor to reality and the biggest question on Apple’s fans’ minds will shift from “what will the new iPhone 6 be like?” to “how much will the new iPhone 6 cost me?” Months worth of leaks and rumors have already answered the first question, for the most part, but it’s up to you to answer the second one; the price of the new iPhone models will depend on a number of factors, not the least of which is your current upgrade eligibility status with your carrier.
Here’s how to check to see if you’re eligible for an upgrade with each of the four major nationwide wireless carriers in the U.S.
Verizon Wireless makes it incredibly easy to determine your upgrade eligibility. Simply dial #874 in your handset’s phone app and hit the call button. You’ll get a free text message back within moments that will inform you of your eligibility.
You can also go online to Verizon’s website and then click on “My Device” followed by “Upgrade Device” to check your eligibility.
Just like Verizon, AT&T allows you to check your upgrade eligibility by dialing a simple code. Just enter *639# in your device’s phone app and hit call, and then a free text message will give you all the info you need.
You can also log into AT&T’s online portal, hover your mouse over “Wireless,” and click on the “Check Upgrade Eligibility” link.
Sprint makes you check upgrade eligibility online, but it really couldn’t be easier. Simply log in, hover your mouse over “My Sprint” and then click on “Upgrade.”
Of course with T-Mobile, unless you’re on a prepaid plan you probably pay $10 per month to ensure that you’re always eligible for an upgrade. You’ll have to trade in your current working cell phone but when you do, you’re guaranteed T-Mobile’s best upgrade pricing on the iPhone 6.
NOTE: Verizon, AT&T and Sprint all offer programs similar to T-Mobile’s Jump plan. The instructions above apply to people on standard wireless plans.