AT&T allowing those with a 2-year contract to switch to AT&T Next after 6 months
To see if you are eligible to make the switch to AT&T Next, dial *NEW# and you can start the ball rolling. Once you join AT&T Next, you put nothing down and pay off your new phone over 24 months. Once 12 months has gone by, and you've paid off at least half the balance of what you owe on your handset, you can trade it in for the latest and greatest model, and start the clock all over again.
If you're an AT&T customer always looking over your shoulder to see what phones your friends, family, and even random strangers on the street are using, and you always feel that pang of jealousy, you might want to consider AT&T Next.
source: AT&T via Engadget
1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Yep❕ That's exactly how I got my 1520... I was only 12 months into my 920's contract... Cool thing is I can already upgrade this December... But, this is the more expensive route.. Warning❕
2. dancorcal (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Something tells me they are going to try and get my unlimited plan away from me as part of this offer.
5. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 95; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
You can sign up for the NEXT plan and keep your current rate plan, although it is in your best interest to choose the new "Mobile Share Value" plan as it typically saves you money. Have you calculated your data usage lately?
11. SupermanayrB (Posts: 203; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
The only way it's beneficial for someone with unlimited data to switch to the Mobile Share Value Plans is if the customer is averaging no more than 3-4 gigs of data AND it will save them over $25 on their bill.
18. psycc (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
It's purely a case by case basis, there are alot of families out there with 4 tiered plans and one unlimited that isn't using it as much as they think they are, in these cases switching to bucket data saves them money.
3. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Confused! So what happens to the contract...does it get extended after you trade-in for a new device.
Honestly the whole contract binding stuff is getting old. They need to do what T-Mobile does.
4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Exactly❕.. This is so similar to what T mobile does...
6. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 95; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
There is no contract, in the sense that the word "contract" has been used for years, regarding wireless providers. Now you are agreeing to payoff your new device in monthly installments over a certain period of time, be it 20 months or 26 months, depending on the plan you choose. When you trade your phone in after your 12th payment or 18th payment, once again, depending on the plan you choose, you can then choose a new phone and a new payment plan. You also have the choice to not trade in your phone, and instead you may continue to make the payments that you have left, or if at any point you just want to pay off your remaining balance you may do so without penalty. If you do decide to pay off your balance anytime, you are immediately eligible for an upgrade through AT&T's NEXT program once again.
8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1259; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
What you fail to mention, Señor AstroTurf, is that there is zero price break for buying the phone outright or paying off the NEXT payment plan. The customer takes all of the hit on the phone subsidy PLUS they get to pay full price for their plan, which is a great deal for AT&T, but awful for the customer.
7. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
I'll do at&t next when they take the subsidy price out of the plan and stop charging me twice for the phone.
9. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1259; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Exactly. NEXT is garbage, and AT&T is just preying on those who can't discern that they are already paying the subsidy in their plan AND paying for the entire phone (plus some) on NEXT. There is zero break for the customer.
10. fish0462 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)
False, in many instances it comes out a tad cheaper or right around the same price for someone to do Next than a two year contract. For cheaper or the same price why wouldn't you take advantage of the Next program? Example is if two people want to both get a 2 year contract and both get LG G2s and the same phone on NEXT for 18 months. On a 2 year you pay for the phones, activation charge. Which without taxes is $272. Your monthly recurring rate is $150 without taxes. So for over 18 months on a 2 year contract you pay $2,972 (no tax). On Next 18, you pay a recurring monthly charge of $120 (no taxes but cheaper taxes than 2 year at $150). You would also pay $20 each for two phones, so an additional $40. They do not charge activation fees, so that saves you $72. Your total for Next for 18 months is $2,880.
12. SupermanayrB (Posts: 203; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Pretty well said, but you forgot that with NEXT you have to pay the tax on the full retail amount of the phone so $524.99 x 6% (in GA) x 2 + your $2,880 = $2,943. $31 cheaper than $2,972. And there is tax on the the $120 MRC, I look at those bills everyday.
13. fish0462 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)
My wording may of been confusing. I meant no tax added in and I was referring that it would be cheaper tax on $120 than $150 a month.
14. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
i have 5 lines on my account. i currently pay $206 for all 5 lines. if i was to go to the at&t next plan for 2 of those lines and get a lumia 1520 (example) for 20 months i would have to add 30 for each line so that would be 60. customer care said i could keep my currently plan so basically i'd be adding $60 on top of my current $206. that is not cheaper. if i added a shared data plan for my whole account it would be $215 plus the $60 for the 2 next plan phones. so that would be even more expensive. they need to cut out the subsidy they still charge you in the plans even when you're on the at&t next plan. that would make it a little easier to justify going to an at&t next plan.
16. psycc (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
How much data do you use in a month? Do you have any type of work, school, or military discount?
17. psycc (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
And also on the mob share value plan you get a $15 discount per line on Next as well. This is a huge factor on building the right plan.
19. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
All of the phones have 300mb plan and the discount is only for the first line not per line. I asked about that when I talked to customer service.
20. psycc (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
On 2GB shared starting from non contract on all 5 lines and then adding two installment plans it's $180 + installments. Now if you're in contracts on the other lines depending on the caliber of phone they want i.e lumia 920, gs3 mini, etc. you may actually benefit from doing installment vs. even a .99 cent contract subsidy. Your discount comes off the main rate plan and high tiered data plans, or in mobile share's case the discount is off of your bucket of data/talk/text.
15. ZayZay (Posts: 565; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Depending on your situation this can be beneficial to some, but not to others. Can't we just leave it at that?