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Friday, September 12th, 2014 12:52 PM

Do I really have to pay more per month if I upgrade with a 2 year contract?

I've been with ATT for over 5 years. I've NEVER upgraded during that time and still have an old iphone 3GS. I've been waiting for the iphone 6 to come out so I can finally get a new phone, but a few months ago we switched from our old plan which was $125 a month to the mobile sharing for $97 a month because we just weren't using that much data (we still had unlimited). When I went to order the new iphone, it says I won't be eligible for the mobile sharing discount anymore which is $15/line if I get the new contract instead of ATT Next. I'm obviously not a person that upgrades often, so that option isn't really for me, but I feel totally swindled having to pay more for my current plan if I sign a new contract. I could have upgraded two other times during the last 5 years and not paid a dime more for my old plan! And it doesn't even look like changing to our old plan is an option. I knew I couldn't go back to unlimited data, but where are all the other plans?? Is it all just mobile sharing now? Totally frustrated with ATT.

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23.9K Messages

9 years ago

next is going to be cheaper because you can just get a new phone every year or 18 months your choice.  just give them your old phone and get a new one.

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9 years ago

I don't feel the need to upgrade every year or two. I've had my phone for 5 years and if it weren't for the crappy camera I'd be perfectly happy with it.

ACE - Expert

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9 years ago

well then yes you lose the discount till the contract is up.  Atleast with next your saving yourself the upgrade fee and the 200 xtra your going to pay for the phone over the life of the contract.  Next is not for everyone.

 

There not swindling you when that discout is taken off.  That is how you pay for the phone for getting the discounted price.

 

The fact is with apple you need to upgrade atleast every 3 years to get new os upgrades.  The 4 cant get iOS 8

 

 

here is the math

 

199.99 plus upgrade fee 40.00  brings ya to 239.99

 

25 a month for 24 month = 600.00

 

thats 839.99 you paying over 2 years for your phone

 

Att next is 32.50 xtra a month but at 20 month the phone is yours.  you payed 649.99 for the phone over that 20 months which is still cheaper than on contract.

 

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9 years ago

OK, that makes more sense now. The discount will be there as long as I'm not under contract, but if I am, I don't get it. It's almost the same then either way then, but with Next I'm not locked into a contract? I contacted customer service and they at least offered to let me go back to my old plan (inlcuding unlimited data) if I wanted to, so I don't feel quite as duped. Just wish I had used my previous upgrades! 

ACE - Expert

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23.9K Messages

9 years ago

next is contract free.

 

If you want to leave just payoff the balance of the phone and you can leave.  No ETF.

 

Hope this helps you out.

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9 years ago

What Att is trying to tell you is that you will just be screwed instead of royally screwed. Att did not explain the Mobile Share upgrade option when this program came out.

 

If they did they would not have half the people switch that did.

 

All Att customers were use to signing a new 2 year contract and buying a subsidized phone and keeping the same rate. This new plan is totally different. If they didn't do it on purpose why do they still offer a 2 year contract that cost more than the other options.

 

Tell me one reason a person would obligate themselves for 2 years to pay more. They left the two year deal in place so people would just assume it was the same as they were use to.

 

I'm up in Dec for my 3 phones and I will be looking. Not to mention I have internet, landlines and 5 TV's in the house. After this mess I would never go with UVerse so stop sending me the special offers for loyal customers.

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9 years ago

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9 years ago

I feel the same way. I've been with At&T since they were Cingular in 2001. I've always just upgraded and my bill didn't change except the ONE time upgrade fee. I feel like I'm getting forced to go with the NEXT program.

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9 years ago

I would go back to the Unlimited plan in a heartbeat.  I was one that switched to the family share plan too and was not told about this $25 per line.  Shady practices ATT!!!

 

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9 years ago


@GLIMMERMAN76 wrote:

next is going to be cheaper because you can just get a new phone every year or 18 months your choice.  just give them your old phone and get a new one.


Actually, for teh original poster, since they have less than 10GB data on their plan, NEXT *might* be a little more expensive than paying the slightly higher contract rates and losing the $15/month discount.  If they had a 10GB or higher data plan where tehy were getting the $25/month discount, then NEXT would most likely save them money, but for the lower data plans with the lower discounts, it is more often more cost effective to get the contract subsidized phone.

 

Look at it as:

     $199 + (24 * $15) + $40 = $599 for a 2 year contract phone (plus your current monthly fees)

and

     $649 + (24 * $0) + $0 = $649 for a new 16GB iPhone 6 using NEXT (plus your current monthly fees)

You should note that these numbers are only for one phone, and if you want a different priced phone, then in general, the end result is still the same, you just have a larger first number in teh equations.

 

In this case, you see that the contract will save teh customer about $50 over the 2 year period.  Now, if they have a 10GB data plan, then the difference would be:

     $199 + (24 * $25) + $40 = $839 for a 2 year contract phone (plus their current monthly fees)

so here, you can see where NEXT would actually save them almost $200 over the 2 year period.

 

The one last thing to look at here is that if they currently have the 6GB data plan, then they might save money going to a 10GB data plan just because the discount goes up from $15 to $25 per phone each month.  Since the original poster indicated that they don't use that much data, they probably only have a 2 or 4GB data plan, so this wouldn't really be an option for them, but as long as you have 2 smartphones on your account, then the cost would be the same for 6GB ($80 + $25 + $25) or for 10GB ($100 + $15 + $15).  The more phones you have the more you could start to save with the higher data plan.  That is one many people thend to over-look when looking at which plan to choose.  WIth 3 smartphones, the rates come out the same for 4GB ($70 + 3*$25) and 10GB ($100 + 3*$15).  You really need to take a deep & serious look at the costs, but then upgrading phones becomes much more complex too, because then if you sign a contract, the lost discount becomes significant, so you now either pay more for the phone, or you pay much more for the service...

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