Carrier iPhone upgrade program/AT&T question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Tallgntlmn, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Tallgntlmn macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2011
    I've had AT&T since the old days of BellSouth Mobility. Switching carriers is not a real option. I was looking at my bill before the announcement yesterday. I think I am paying too much by a lot. I saw the following and that leads to my question.
    Now: Talk (450 mins) $39; Data: $25 (2gb); Text: $20; Smartphone off contract: $0 Total: $84
    Change: Talk (unl), Data (2gb), Text (unl): $30; Smartphone: $25 Total: $55.

    Now the change plan smartphone thing for $25 has a footnote of: †If you upgrade a smartphone to a 2-year wireless contract, you will no longer be eligible for a monthly discount. To continue to receive a discount, upgrade with AT&T NextSM, bring your own smartphone or pay full price for a new smartphone.

    That brings me to my question. If I use Apple's iPhone upgrade plan, will my bill stay as it would be if I change the plan? Would I lose the discount? I've read the debates about whether the Apple program is worth it. I've read the things about Next. I am still rocking a 4S and it is getting long in the tooth (3 years). I much prefer my work-issued 6. I just want to know would I lose that discount from having an owned phone if I used Apple's upgrade program.
  2. Oridus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2012

    You'll stay at $55/mo if you go through the Apple Upgrade program. You only lose that discount if you sign a 2-yr to get a discounted price on a phone through at&t, or an at&t authorized dealer.

    With Apple, you're buying your phone at a third party, so at&t sees that as a "byod" type system, in which you will not lose the discount.
  3. Tallgntlmn thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2011
    Cool. Thanks man. That pretty much means I'll be part of the zoo known as the Apple Store.
  4. Tammster macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    S Florida USA
    I just confirmed this with AT&T. Purchasing the phone through apple's payment plan is the same as bringing your own phone, and is eligible for AT&T's "discount". I believe the discount would not be available only if you purchase from AT&T under a contract.
  5. realeric macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    2 year contract is still cheaper for you. 2 year contract values $18.75/m (= ($650 - $200 down) / 24 month).

    2 year contract = $71.88 ($30 data + $40/line + $45/24 activation fee) (-$200 downpayment)
    off-contract or next = $74.50 ($30 data + $25/line + $18.75/line + $18/24 activation fee) (-$200 downpayment)
  6. Tallgntlmn thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2011
    Are you including unlimited text for 20 bucks in the on contract scenario or does AT&T not charge that anymore? I don't come close to 200 regular texts but don't ever want to pay a nickel per text if I do become good friends with someone without an iPhone.

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