Next Program Aside, I think the upgrade change will hurt AT&T
I have no interest in the Next program. I don't need to have the latest and greatest and trade my phone in. I do, however like having a fairly new phone every 20 months. I've been with AT&T since before the Cingular days and I've always liked getting a new phone a tad early, even though it renews my 2 year contract. Heck I even enjoyed a couple upgrades at the year mark when they offered that program. Now that I have to wait until my contract is over, its a different story. I moved last year to an area with horrible signal. But I was willing to sign on for another 2 years since my wife and I spend more time out or at work so the signal issue wasn't a deal breaker. However now that my contract will be up and I don't have the ETF looming over me, I'll be free to pursue another carrier with better signal at my house. Especially since I won't have to lose my #'s doing that. I just think they jumped the shark by changing it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who will do the same thing. I mean its 4 months, give the customer a little treat and they'll sign on for another 2 years. I've been doing that for years, but now that I can leave, I just might. Thanks AT&T
Re: Next Program Aside, I think the upgrade change will hurt AT&T
Well AT&T doesn't really lose money on the Next Program because there is no subsidy. The subscriber would be responsible for full payment of the device.
I'm very sorry to hear AT&T isn't working out for you in your current area. However, all carriers (with T-Mobile being the exception), all require that contracts be completed (24 months). AT&T used to have the best benefit with upgrades being allowed at 20 months but that has now changed. I hope you can find a good carrier that works for you, and if you ever want to return to the family, we will all be waiting
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