AT&T Reduces 'Next' Smartphone Upgrade Program Pricing

Posted August 9, 2013 at 11:28pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 14911 views

AT&T's device upgrade program called 'Next' has had its pricing tweaked to be more competitive with other carriers' offerings.

The carrier received a lot of backlash from the media on releasing a program that was a bad deal for customers, and T-Mobile even launched an ad campaign surrounding AT&T Next.

The iPhone 5 was previously available for $32.50 per month for 12 months, but has now been reduced to $27 per month. With this new pricing model, the iPhone 5 would be $1 cheaper going with AT&T compared to Verizon's 'Edge' program.

Even with the pricing changes, AT&T and Verizon's plan is not necessarily a good deal.

Assuming that $20 of AT&T's monthly service fees go toward recouping the carrier's handset subsidy, a customer looking to upgrade after 12 months would have paid $324 in device payments on a 16 GB iPhone 5 and $240 from monthly service fees, yielding total payments of $564 for the $650 device, although they also have to turn in the device to AT&T.

With the new pricing models, an iPhone 5 would cost you $564 on AT&T, $565 on Verizon, and $518 on T-Mobile (using their new smartphone upgrade plans -- Next, Edge and Jump).

via MacRumors

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xol - August 10, 2013 at 3:52am
fuck that shit, this is like renting a house throwing your money away, I ll sell my own phone and upgrade when I want
JoshvanHulst - August 9, 2013 at 11:57pm
It's probably better to just stick with the old contract plans and use the upgrade discount and sticking with the monthly payments where there is no extra subsidy costs attached to the plan
iCrunch - August 9, 2013 at 11:40pm
They're ALL BS. I've been upgrading to every new iPhone every 12 months since switching to the 3GS...for FREE. How? AT&T's 1-yr. upgrade pricing plus unlocking and selling each iPhone for approx. that same amount ($450-$500-ish). Fresh device, fresh warranty, for $0. Of course, you do have to put time in to get it unlocked from AT&T, which is another freebie, and then find a buyer, which has always been surprisingly easy. The 5S is almost here...:D
Aarey - August 10, 2013 at 2:24am
U right they all bs, i dont see any advantage on those programs
Ihatewin8 - August 10, 2013 at 5:45pm
Why unlock it from AT&T when you can unlock it for $2 in 6 to 8 hours on or others
DarkKent - August 11, 2013 at 4:15pm
Word. I do to for free. i dont play that shiit. still on my old old old first iphone unlimited plan. lmao. i got upgrades just waiting in the stash. IF U LET THEM USE U. THEY WILL.
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