Carrier Can you not buy a iPhone on ATT by paying fully?

Avenger

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I looked at the ATT site and when I went to upgrade a line, it only showed ATT Next Plans for the iPhone 8. If I want to buy the phone outright, is my only choice To buy directly from Apple?
 

playaproved

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I looked at the ATT site and when I went to upgrade a line, it only showed ATT Next Plans for the iPhone 8. If I want to buy the phone outright, is my only choice To buy directly from Apple?
Any reason you didn't want to just put it on a Next plan then pay it off when the bill comes? That's typically what I do, put it on the next plan and then pay it off 1-2 months later.
 

Avenger

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You can, but it is not an upgrade.
All I see advertised on the page are the phones with the Next prices. If I want to use a current line but buy the phone, how do you go by doing it?
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Any reason you didn't want to just put it on a Next plan then pay it off when the bill comes? That's typically what I do, put it on the next plan and then pay it off 1-2 months later.
Do you pay exactly the full price of the phone if you do that?
 

NoBoMac

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Dumb question: Is your current phone on Next and still owe payments on it?

I just went onto ATT to step through an upgrade on my current line of service. There was in little print a "show other pricing options" link under the big Next price graphic. One of the options was for pay full price.
 

Givmeabrek

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It is an upgrade and as stated above it's in the fine print under the NEXT graphic.
Of course if you buy from AT&T it will be locked to AT&T. You could of course request an unlock at a later time.
 

Lobwedgephil

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I just tried on at&t website and I could pay via Next or Full Price, gives me both options.
 

Avenger

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It is an upgrade and as stated above it's in the fine print under the NEXT graphic.
Of course if you buy from AT&T it will be locked to AT&T. You could of course request an unlock at a later time.
I just tried on at&t website and I could pay via Next or Full Price, gives me both options.
Thank you all. I found the extra option after I chose a line to upgrade.