AT&T Next to let you upgrade every 12 months, starting July 26th
No Down Payment, No Upgrade or Activation Fees, and All On The Nationâ€™s Fastest 4G LTE Network AT&T 4G LTE Now Covers More than 225 Million People
Dallas, Texas, July 16, 2013
Today, AT&T* introduces what’s next in wireless. Beginning nationwide on July 26, consumers can get a new AT&T smartphone or tablet every year with no down payment, no activation fee, no upgrade fee and no financing fees.**
With AT&T Next, customers purchase a smartphone or tablet with no down payment and agree to pay monthly installments for the device. After 12 payments, they can trade it in and upgrade to a brand new device — again with no down payment — or they can keep using their device and have no more payments after 20 months. AT&T Next is available for new AT&T customers or existing customers who are upgrade eligible.
“With AT&T Next, customers can get the newest smartphone or tablet every year with no down payment. That’s hard to beat, and it’s an incredible value for customers who want the latest and greatest every year,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility.
AT&T’s 4G LTE network now covers more than 225 million people nationwide and 328 markets. AT&T’s 4G LTE deployment is expected to cover 300 million people by year-end 2014, with nearly 90 percent of the build completed by the end of this year.
The great performance of AT&T’s network continues to be validated by independent third-party testing. AT&T 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests — the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked first overall. PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.*** And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study — and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.****
AT&T Next is available for any current smartphone or tablet in AT&T’s industry-leading selection of devices. The interest-free monthly device installments range from $15 to $50, depending on the device selected. For example, a customer purchasing a Samsung Galaxy® S 4 would have no down payment and pay $32 per month, in addition to the monthly wireless service plan they choose, with the option to trade in their device and upgrade after 12 payments or to keep using the device and pay off the installment plan in full after 20 months. There’s no penalty for paying off the installment plan early.
AT&T offers a broad choice of device purchasing options. In addition to AT&T Next, customers continue to have their choice of all current options, including getting a discounted device with a two-year service commitment; paying full retail price for a device with no-commitment; getting a partial discount for an early upgrade after six months with a two-year service commitment; or bringing their own compatible device.
More information is available at www.att.com/next or at any AT&T retail store.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Requires 20-month 0% APR installment agreement & qualifying credit. Wireless service req. (voice & data for smartphones/data for tablets). If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on device becomes due. Sales tax due at sale. Qualifying devices only. Upgrade after 1 yr.: Req. min. 12 installment payments, acct. in good standing, plus trade-in of current device in good & functional condition & purchase of new device/wireless agreement & service plan. After upgrade remaining unbilled installment payments are waived. AT&T Next available only at AT&T owned retail stores & att.com. If device is returned, restocking fee up to $35 for smartphones or 10% of tablet sales price may apply. Terms subject to change.
*** PCWorld/TechHive, May 23, 2013, “AT&T clocks best overall speeds with 3G/4G combo”
**** PC Magazine, June 17, 2013; http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420333,00.asp
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2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 724; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
no! t-mobile is great news.upgrade 2x in one yr. new phones releases every yr.
3. trustory (Posts: 102; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
i hate to say it but it's better than tmobiles
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6663; Member since: 14 May 2012)
T-Mobile is starting a new trend and look at other top carriers starting to follow them lol. Love my Magneta network.
5. miguelmeza14 (Posts: 54; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)
Great news. But I'm wondering if you could arrange the payments so that you can finish paying the phone in less than 20 months.
6. So-Sayz-Eye (Posts: 27; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
I might be wrong but I thought we had contracts and all these other charges in order to pay of our phones subsidized prices. So if I'm paying extra every month in order to upgrade sooner, why is there no lowered rate plans or lower internet plans be offered with NEXT or any of these other early upgrade plans?
7. tacarat (Posts: 87; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
This might make more sense for things like tablets because they have relatively low carrier subsidies. Factor in your credit card interest rate and waived activation/upgrade fee compared to fronting all of the money. It works out similar but it's spread out. I don't think it's that great for regular phones with bigger chip ins. If you're doing it for a phone, then you're the same type that will lease a car. And that's basically what this is. A leasing program. It'd be nice if this worked with their prepaid options.
8. tacarat (Posts: 87; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
$236 regular upgrade, $486 early upgrade.
$0 upfront, $32.50/month, $390 after 12 months, $585 after 18 months.
So, in theory, a new $200 iPhone every year will run cheaper for "must have" types if they can do the trade in. 3 years of keeping up with new idevices would be $1,208 ($236+$486+486) vs $780 ($390+390). Letting the tail end run normally would be what makes it an unattractive option, so folks would be more inclined to just get a new phone anyhow. This discounts the value of a trading in the old iphone or selling it on a regular contract, though. It's late... I'm thinking of things slowly >.> I really wished they were announcing LTE where I live.
9. theoak (Posts: 318; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
What about early termination fees? Does AT&T still require you to hang around for 2 years? Yes, they let you get a new phone early ... but say you pay the phone off early ... do they let you jump ship if you want? Also, once paid off, do they let you unlock the phone, or again, do you have to wait the 2 years?
10. debugger919 (Posts: 24; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
One question, after 12 months when I "trade in" the phone, do I get any money back, like selling an used car to a car dealer? If not, then this is not a "trade in", rather an exchange for another phone.