No more two-year contracts for AT&T branded iPhones sold via the online Apple Store
posted by Alan F. / Jun 07, 2015, 3:13 AM
AT&T customers looking to break the cost of a new iPhone into affordable monthly payments, can turn to AT&T Next. Let's look at the 4.7-inch, 16GB Apple iPhone 6. With Next 12, well qualified customers can put $0 down and make 20 monthly payments of $32.45. After making 12 payments, the customer is eligible for an upgrade. With the Next 18 plan, those who qualify to put $0 down will pay $27.05 a month for 24 months. After 18 payments, the subscriber can upgrade his phone.
With the AT&T Next 24 plan, those eligible to pay $0 down will make 30 payments of $21.64 (16GB), $24.97 (64GB) or $28.30 (128GB). Upgrades are allowed after 24 months of payments.
Suppose you want the 5.5-inch 16GB Apple iPhone 6 Plus instead. No problem. With Next 12, those paying $0 down make 20 monthly payments of $37.45, with an upgrade offered after 12 monthly payments have been made. With Next 18, the 24 monthly payments work out to $31.21 with an upgrade possible after 18 monthly payments.
And with AT&T Next 24, those qualifying to put $0 down will be making 30 monthly payments of $24.97 (16GB), $28.30 (64GB) or $31.64 a month (128GB). After 2 years of payments, the AT&T subscriber is eligible for an upgrade.
AT&T also has a new Next plan called AT&T Next 12 with Down Payment. With this plan, the customer puts down 30% of the phone's cost. The rest is paid off monthly over 28 months. Upgrades are offered to customers after 12 monthly payments are made.
AT&T recently said that 30% of its postpaid subscribers are on one of its Next plans. Eliminating subsidized iPhone purchases from the online Apple Store should raise that percentage.
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can't wait for the next generation iPhone
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 3:27 AM 0
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I wonder if people are still going to buy the expensive phones if subsidies are going away.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 9:48 AM 3
Can I still keep my unlimited plan with 2 year contract if I purchase an iPhone at the AT&T store? Will they still subsidize phones? Or will they get rid of subsiding if u want to keep unlimited like Verizon did years ago? This worries me a little.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 4:20 AM 0
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I am eligible for an upgrade and can get subsidized pricing (now exclusive to buying directly through ATT). They will probably do away with this as well, but will give some notice and grace time. Even so, I wouldn't wait too long. Seriously doubt if next year's (2016) iPhone will be eligible for subsidized pricing.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 5:22 AM 0
Thanks, I don't mind the NEXT/EDGE programs as extra $30 a month won't hurt me, but I'm more concerned about my unlimited plan - I want to keep it. AT&T has been good to me for years and years, but Verizon is calling with its better spectrum where I live. So if they get rid of my old unlimited plan (or force me to buy the next phone for full price) -- they will probably loose a 15 year old customer. EDIT: not 15-year-old customer, LOL, but a customer who has been with them for more than 15 years!!!
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 5:29 AM 0
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That's one awesome thing AT&T did that Verizon didn't - letting existing unlimited data customers keep their plans and get subsidized pricing on upgrades. I'm on Verizon, and they removed that immediately - you can either get sub price or keep unlimited, but never both.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 7:40 AM 1
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I also have the unlimited data, I have the note 4 you can upgrade. But you might get some sales people that will try to talk you in to switching your data plan to the share plan, tell them na I'm good just want the phone you should be good.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 9:08 AM 1
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I worked for AT&T a while back. If you want to keep your unlimited data, just tell them. In the event you lose it accidentally, contact customer care immediately to get it restored as you wont be able to get it back after some time has passed.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 9:52 AM 0
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Seems like a way for ATT to stop subsidy upgrades on lines that still have unlimited data. Just more gradual and less pronounced than Verizon who pretty much announced it outright. At least their new throttling policy is acceptable. 16gb last month with no slowdown. Will push for 100gb this month just to test it.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 5:17 AM 0
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This a win for people whom, buy unlocked devices, and don't care for upgrading every year. However, if you like new iPhone or Galaxy every year, you might bulk at this. Maybe, this might help, and put it into better context. http://www.gottabemobile.com/2
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 5:28 AM 2
Thanks for the link, very informative. According to this it's costing me an extra $15 a month for staying with unlimited plan instead of switching to NEXT. Which is a small price to pay when you absolutely never have to worry about Running out of data every month. Piece of mind is more valuable than a cheap lunch at a drivethru.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 3:01 PM 0
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maybe this will help Apple re-consider their pricing for new phones , iPhone should cost no more than 500$ , for 32 GB ,heck maybe even 64 Gb should be baseline in 2015 the contracts helped them mask the real prices of iPhone , now that more people are moving to new ways of paying for phones, the days of paying 700$ for a phone are getting over. Google n Microsoft are focusing more on low cost and mid-range , nowadays a 400$ phone is enough to get you everything you need. we need more realistic prices for smartphones and a monumental improvement in battery life. other specs are not as important , this is what real innovation is and what everyone expects from Apple, not bigger screens and NFC pay after being late to the game. how about making useful iPhones ,that last 2-3 days on a charge and not following Android every step of the way ? The iPhone 5s was the last iPhone than offered some unique technology and innovation after that it's been copyfest all the way to please investors and boost sales figures rather than improve customer satisfaction.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 7:19 AM 0
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It is actually sad how much more expensive phones are outside the U.S.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 8:22 AM 1
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Really??? I thought "phones" are pricey here in the U.S. How much more are you guys paying for flagship devices, in U.S. dollars? Thx
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 12:00 PM 0
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On one hand, people in the US that they are paying just a little for phones while failing to consider how much more a plan contract costs than one without a term. On the other hand, prices in the US are quoted before taxes, while in most other countries the sticker price includes taxes, which, more often than not, are higher than in the US.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 3:48 PM 0
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I love the "Next" plan. These carriers are gonna make money off of us one way or the other, but at least that way the money spent is incremental.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 8:41 AM 0
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I just buy my phones outright. I always get them cheaper than retail and it's officially mine.
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 8:49 AM 3
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So the next question we should be concern is "Will AT&T lower the rate plan since she not pay for our phone anymore?"
posted on Jun 07, 2015, 9:07 AM 2
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