Isn't the Iphone 6 plus more expensive with ATT Next vs 2 yr contract?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jstar002, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. jstar002 macrumors regular

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    ATT Next doesn't seem like such a good deal

    http://www.att.com/cellphones/iphone/iphone-6-plus.html#fbid=9C5kCixshZL?sku=sku7380602

    With ATT Next you pay the full price of the phone. If I want the 128 gig iphone 6 plus it will cost $39.59 over 24 months = $950.16

    With a 2 year contract its 499....

    Wouldn't it make sense to do 2 year contract instead? If i trade in my old iphone 5 for $200 that means I just owe $300

    That's much better than paying $950 over 2 years?

    People say that Next is a better deal if you are Mobileshare which I am on (the 1 gig plan for just 1 phone)... but how is that so with such a big difference in price?

    Which plan is the better option for me?
     
  2. tmerritt530 macrumors member

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    You pay the full price of the phone either way. On contract you dont get the break on the smartphone access fee
     
  3. soundxplorer macrumors member

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    Smartphone monthly charge on a 2 year contract is $40.
    With NEXT you would get a $15 discount per month on your 1GB plan, making it $25 for a smartphone.
    $15 x 24 months is $360 extra.
    $360 + your $499 phone is $859.
    Plus $40 "activation fee" on the contract (waived with NEXT), and now you've paid $899 for that phone.
    So your total savings with a 2 year contract is about $50.

    They get their money no matter what plan you choose. All options work out to be very similar in the end, the main difference being do you want to pay zero up front cost (go with NEXT) or can you pay some up front so your monthly bill is lower (contract, or purchase the phone at full price).
     
  4. jstar002 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for breaking it down. Didn't realize the plans would come out to being so similar. Also didn't realize monthly smart phone charge is $40... which is a lot. I think I did sort of vaguely realize the smart phone charge when i signed up with ATT but I forgot how much it really was. Looks like they are both very similar than...
     
  5. iPhone7ate9 macrumors 6502a

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    You pay the full price of the phone either way. With next I had no upgrade fee, didn't have to pay 400 up front, get $25 off each of my lines and more data
     
  6. nikhsub1 macrumors 68010

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    So glad we could have ANOTHER one of these threads because the 47,000 others just aren't. :rolleyes:
     
  7. ptb42 macrumors 6502a

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    Even if you are on the mobile share value plan, it depends on which one you choose. 6gb or less per month is cheaper on contract. 10gb or more per month is cheaper on Next.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1804644
     

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