Carrier Does Att or third party offer 2yr contracts anymore?

cnotes2019

Suspended
Original poster
Aug 17, 2013
1,514
56
I called best buy and they don't. I checked Att website and there's no mention of it
 

ultravisitor

macrumors 6502a
Sep 6, 2015
500
593
Chicago, IL
I called best buy and they don't. I checked Att website and there's no mention of it
What are you talking about? I'm on the AT&T website right now and see the option to buy a phone on a two-year contract. I'm not even a customer.

You can't get a two-year contract for AT&T any place outside of an AT&T store, though.
 

off_piste

macrumors 6502a
Oct 25, 2015
763
470
I don't see the point of a two-year contract when they want $500 up front for the phone.
 

Matthew.H

macrumors 6502
Sep 16, 2015
443
350
Norwich, UK
I've never lived in the US so I don't know but sim only monthly contracts seem to becoming more of a norm here in the UK. So far since using mobile phones I've never signed up to a contract, I've always used PAYG. If I did take out a contract though it would be sim only. I earn enough to buy my phones outright and it works out cheaper than having a contract with the phone.
 

ultravisitor

macrumors 6502a
Sep 6, 2015
500
593
Chicago, IL
I don't see the point of a two-year contract when they want $500 up front for the phone.
Well, for some of us, going on contract is really cheap. I paid Verizon $500 up front, and then I only make service payments for the rest of the term. Those payments are so cheap that I'm basically getting a $450 discount on the phone over two years.
 

off_piste

macrumors 6502a
Oct 25, 2015
763
470
Well, for some of us, going on contract is really cheap. I paid Verizon $500 up front, and then I only make service payments for the rest of the term. Those payments are so cheap that I'm basically getting a $450 discount on the phone over two years.
Care to explain? Every service plan I've seen is more expensive with a subsidized phone.
 

ultravisitor

macrumors 6502a
Sep 6, 2015
500
593
Chicago, IL
Every service plan I've seen is more expensive with a subsidized phone.
Simple: you haven't seen my plan. It's not publicly offered by Verizon and never has been. It was offered to me as a loyalty deal a few years ago, and I've been able to keep it and renew with it.

contract pricing keeping the same plan I have now
cost up front for the phone (assuming it is priced the same as the 6 Plus): $499.99
$60 plan (2GB data, unlimited talk and text) X 24 = $1440
two year cost = $1939.99

single-line plan but having to pay full retail for the phone (no longer offered by Verizon as of August 2015)
phone: $39.58 X 24 = $949.92
2GB single-line plan with unlimited talk and text: $60 X 24 = $1440
two year cost = $2389.92

if I were to switch to the medium size data bucket, which is what I would need, and pay full retail for the phone
phone: $39.58 X 24 = $949.92
medium data bucket plan ($45) + access fee ($20): $65 X 24 = $1560
two year cost = $2509.92

So... I save $569.93 over two years. Sure, with the medium size bucket I would have one more GB of data, so it's not exactly a like-for-like comparison, but that's also more data than I need. My overage fee on the plan I have now is only $10 per GB, so it's much cheaper for me to keep my plan and pay the overage as needed.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Applejuiced

cnotes2019

Suspended
Original poster
Aug 17, 2013
1,514
56
If you are a current customer of both they still offer 2 year contracts
Well BBs said no. Att website says yes to 2 year contracts. I just want to know if someone has done it recently and kept their udp ordering online.
 

off_piste

macrumors 6502a
Oct 25, 2015
763
470
Simple: you haven't seen my plan. It's not publicly offered by Verizon and never has been. It was offered to me as a loyalty deal a few years ago, and I've been able to keep it and renew with it.

contract pricing keeping the same plan I have now
cost up front for the phone (assuming it is priced the same as the 6 Plus): $499.99
$60 plan (2GB data, unlimited talk and text) X 24 = $1440
two year cost = $1939.99

single-line plan but having to pay full retail for the phone (no longer offered by Verizon as of August 2015)
phone: $39.58 X 24 = $949.92
2GB single-line plan with unlimited talk and text: $60 X 24 = $1440
two year cost = $2389.92

if I were to switch to the medium size data bucket, which is what I would need, and pay full retail for the phone
phone: $39.58 X 24 = $949.92
medium data bucket plan ($45) + access fee ($20): $65 X 24 = $1560
two year cost = $2509.92

So... I save $569.93 over two years. Sure, with the medium size bucket I would have one more GB of data, so it's not exactly a like-for-like comparison, but that's also more data than I need. My overage fee on the plan I have now is only $10 per GB, so it's much cheaper for me to keep my plan and pay the overage as needed.
I see. That is a good (and uncommon) deal for a single line. We're on a family plan so we have an advantage. My two-year service cost is $823 plus the cost of the phone for a total of $1773 over two years. If we were to do contracts our line cost would increase and we'd have less data.
 

aneftp

macrumors 601
Jul 28, 2007
4,244
461
What's ironic is 65% of ATT customers are still on "ATT NEXT" "financing contracts" when they purchase a new phone. Fierce wireless reports 65% of ATT customers are buying new phones by financing it.

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/att-subscribers-flock-next-installment-plans-q1-making-65-all-smartphone-us/2015-04-22

It's just semantics but a contract is a contract. Whether its financial contract or subsidized phone contract. Either way it looks good to stock market investors for the company to get a constant stream of revenue because people are unlikely to break either a financial contract or a subsidized phone contract.
 

aneftp

macrumors 601
Jul 28, 2007
4,244
461
But will it affect udp??? Or are they honoring it via upgrade?
You can still keep unlimited data and keep your 2 year subsidized contract pricing.

Only issue is you will be limited to att.com or att corporate stores.

What sucks is if you have buyer's remorse you will get hit with a $35 restocking fee with att.

Before when we had option of 3rd party retailer (like Best Buy, Apple, Target, Walmart) for 2 year subsidized pricing, we could always return the phone within 14 days without a restocking fee.
 

cnotes2019

Suspended
Original poster
Aug 17, 2013
1,514
56
Is there a difference between unlimited personal data and unlimited enterprise data?
 

neile45

macrumors regular
Jul 27, 2011
163
9
What's weird for me is that only iphones show up on 2 year contracts now, every other phone I have to pay full price thru ATT. When I chatted online with a rep, they said that iphones were the only thing I could get now with a two year contract