images-4AT&T, stung by criticism in recent days, has just decided to offer the lower, new-customer prices at launch to iPhone 3G owners eligible for upgrades at any time up to Sept. 30 of this year, even if they were originally told they’d have to pay the $200 premium.

Their Press Release states: “For example, iPhone customers who spend more than $99 a month per line with us generally are eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their contract.”  So you may still have to pay the extra $200, however if you want to see if you qualify you may dial *NEW# (*639#) and get a text message sent to you.

If you do not qualify you have two options:

  • You may qualify for the iPhone 3G S early upgrade price of $399 (16GB) or $499 (32GB).
  • You can pay full retail—and not have to sign a 2-year contract—at $599 (16GB) or $699 (32GB).

Read their full press release here.

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