What About Upgrading to the iPhone 5?
What's on the mind of many new iPhone 4 users is what happens when the iPhone 5 gets released? There are several possible scenarios for upgrading to the new device. If your existing two-year contract has expired and has automatically converted into a month-to-month service contract, you can upgrade your iPhone 4 to the new model for whatever the new user activation price of the iPhone 5 is. A new two-year agreement will be put into place.
However, if you're still in the middle of your existing two-year service agreement, AT&T or Verizon may allow you to upgrade your phone, but you'll need to begin your two-year contract again. A separate upgrade fee may be incurred.
In this situation, what's more likely, however, is that you'll need to pay the full-price for the iPhone 5, which will probably be close to double what the new user activation price is, in order to upgrade right away when the new phone is released. Otherwise, you can wait for your existing two-year service agreement to expire.