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

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  1. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    I called best buy and they don't. I checked Att website and there's no mention of it
     
  2. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    If you are a current customer of both they still offer 2 year contracts
     
  3. ultravisitor macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  4. off_piste macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see the point of a two-year contract when they want $500 up front for the phone.
     
  5. driftless macrumors demi-god

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    Yes, my wife just ordered a 6s today with another 2 year contract.
     
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    And when you called AT&T, what did they say?

    C
     
  8. cnotes2019 thread starter Suspended

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    I was 9th in line so I hung up but I now do see it on their website. I just wonder how safe it is to order online and maintain same plan.
     
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    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.
     
  10. ultravisitor macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  11. off_piste macrumors 6502a

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    Care to explain? Every service plan I've seen is more expensive with a subsidized phone.
     
  12. ultravisitor macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  15. off_piste macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  16. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    ATT isn't ending 2 year subsidized contracts but its limiting 2 year subsidized contracts to only their corporate owned stores or at att.com. This was first reports many months ago back in May 2015.

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/19/8625985/attt-two-year-contract

    It's just another move to push more and more people off subsidized contracts.
     
  17. cnotes2019 thread starter Suspended

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    Thanks!!
     
  18. cnotes2019 thread starter Suspended

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    But will it affect udp??? Or are they honoring it via upgrade?
     
  19. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    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...ans-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.
     
  20. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  21. cnotes2019 thread starter Suspended

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    Is there a difference between unlimited personal data and unlimited enterprise data?
     
  22. Voodoofreak macrumors regular

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    I just did and received my 6s plus.
     
  23. cnotes2019 thread starter Suspended

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    You ordered through who???
     
  24. neile45 macrumors regular

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    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
     

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