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AT&T Next to let you upgrade every 12 months, starting July 26th

0. phoneArena posted on 15 Jul 2013, 23:46

Last week, and just the day before T-Mobile's announcement that included its new frequent upgrade plan called JUMP, AT&T teased that it would be announcing something on July 16th. It just became July 16th just over half an hour ago on the east coast of the US, and AT&T has already released the announcement that it is starting its own frequent upgrade plan called AT&T Next...

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posted on 15 Jul 2013, 23:50

1. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

Yes! Great news.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 00:11 1

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

no! t-mobile is great news.upgrade 2x in one yr. new phones releases every yr.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 00:15 1

3. trustory (Posts: 132; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

i hate to say it but it's better than tmobiles

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 00:18 2

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 00:26 1

5. miguelmeza14 (Posts: 61; 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.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 01:32 5

6. So-Sayz-Eye (Posts: 31; 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?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 03:58

7. tacarat (Posts: 805; 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.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 04:17

8. tacarat (Posts: 805; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

iPhone 5,
$236 regular upgrade, $486 early upgrade.

Next :
$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.

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 08:54 1

9. theoak (Posts: 324; 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?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 11:24 1

10. debugger919 (Posts: 29; 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.

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