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Apple Stores to allow customers to use U.S. carrier's early upgrade programs to buy the iPhone

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Apple Stores to allow customers to use U.S. carrier's early upgrade programs to buy the iPhone
How would you like to use your Verizon Edge, AT&T Next or T-Mobile Jump! plans to get an early upgrade to the Apple iPhone 6 from the Apple Store? Apple is working right now, on getting things into place so that this will be available to customers of those three U.S. carriers, before the iPhone 6 is launched. Currently, U.S. buyers of the Apple iPhone from the Apple Store, can purchase the device with a two-year contract at a subsidized price, or by paying full price for an unlocked variant of the phone. Last month, Apple started allowing those using a pre-paid network, or who pay month-to month for cell service, to buy a full-priced, unlocked iPhone from the Apple Store.

Verizon Edge allows customers to pay full retail price for their phone over 20 months. You can upgrade to a new phone as soon as 30 days has gone by as long as 60% of the phone is paid off. T-Mobile Jump! charges $10 per month to enroll in the plan, and requires that you pay off your phone in 24 monthly installments. Once you've paid down 50% of the price, you can upgrade to a new phone. With AT&T, you have 20 months to pay off a device, and you can upgrade once every 12 months. Considering that 80% of Apple iPhone units are purchased at third party locations, and only 20% are purchased directly from Apple, opening up Apple Store sales to the carrier's early upgrade programs could be quite positive for Apple.

Apple Store workers and Genius Bar employees will start to receive training on the plans from Sunday, August 10 to Thursday, August 28. The 4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled on September 19th with the larger 5.5 inch model believed to be scheduled for an October introduction.

source: 9to5Mac via MacRumors

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posted on 27 Jul 2014, 23:49

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Of course Apple works with the telecoms to support the latest cruelty.

"It just hurts".

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 23:56

2. VLaRueC (Posts: 182; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

Fact check needed on EDGE details..

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 00:28

3. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 213; Member since: 27 May 2014)

Wow that's interesting

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 02:39 1

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

You can upgrade with AT&T next sooner by making up the payments to the normal trade in month's value. FAQ it, but "pay to upgrade" is pretty new.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 13:43

6. astarling10 (Posts: 25; Member since: 12 May 2014)

I didn't know that. Just went and looked and I found the page that spells it out. I would've linked it here but I have less than 30 posts so I can't add links. I may do this with the S5 I'm currently using when something I like better comes out.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 21:08

7. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

With AT&T Next, I believe you have to pay the phone off to upgrade sooner that either the 12 or 18 months. Or is you have a previous phone line on a 2 contract and not on Next you will have Next available

I purchased my iPhone 5 in November 2012 and current have the option to get any phone by going the route of Next. I bought a Note 3 for work on Next but after 3 months elected to pay the phone off. I could careless about paying retail on a phone as it gives me options. Note mention I usually get the top end phones that have high resale.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 10:44

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 25057; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Will be getting one on launch day. Can't wait for it.

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