Yet more signs (if more are required) suggesting the next-model iPhone is on the way perhaps later today, US carrier AT&T has widened its upgrade eligibility scheme, opening up an upgrade opportunity for more existing users.

MacRumors tells us the new scheme means several readers who previously were ineligible to purchase a new subsidized iPhone now find that they are eligible.

Existing AT&T customers can check if they have seen their status change at by clicking on “Check Upgrade Options” after they log in.

As in the example above, the new scheme could mean many customers can upgrade to a new phone much sooner at a lesser penalty.

AT&T continues to make moves seemingly preparing for a new model iPhone and more diverse carrier availability in the US.

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