This is what I will do as well, plus if you keep it the full 2 years no need to trade in the phone when upgrade Next or no Next.Probably going with the 18 plan. I have no plans to upgrade to the 6S, and a two year upgrade cycle is what I usually do for hardware.
And it allows me to get the 64GB for a bit cheaper.
That's what I was thinking. Does it really matter which next plan you choose if you can pay off in full after 2 billing cycles? The only thing that should matter is which option can you afford every month if you want to stretch the payments out.It shouldn't matter too much which one you choose. I've done the Next program before and while you do have to wait a couple months into the program, you can call customer service and tell them you would like to "accelerate the payment" for the Next program. You can then just pay off the balance you owe. Worked great for me.
when i first heard about the next program i thought for sure it was a scam but then i did the math and it would be stupid not to go with it, esp if youre on a mobile share value planNice chart. Need to shove that into the computer of those that say NEXT is a scam, ripoff, etc.
It is not.
If that's because you have to trade the phone back to AT&T, then don't return it. Pay if off and sell it yourself. You may even get more for it that way.I want to pre-order with Next, but I have three concerns right now:
2) All future orders/pre-orders will have to be with AT&T, not Apple.
What math did you do? The price of the phone overall is the same as buying it unlocked, except... you know, it's not unlocked until the contract is up.when i first heard about the next program i thought for sure it was a scam but then i did the math and it would be stupid not to go with it, esp if youre on a mobile share value plan
$849 retail is incredibly expensive even for retail. As of not too long about the retail on a 5s was $650. Going with the next plan and paying the $650 was a much better deal than signing a 2 year contract and paying an additional $600 in line fees because you lose the $25 dollar discount on top of paying the $199 for the phone plus $40 upgrade fee and tax on the $199.What math did you do? The price of the phone overall is the same as buying it unlocked, except... you know, it's not unlocked until the contract is up.
AT&T is just screwing everyone by ADDING $25 to your bill if you go the regular subsidized route. There's no "saving." AT&T is laughing all the way to the bank with these new plans, because now there's effectively ZERO subsidy anymore.
I can't believe everyone is falling for this NEXT thing, thinking it's a good deal! The only way this is a good thing is if you can't afford to buy the phone for e.g. $849 straight up, and would rather pay that $849 over 18 or 24 months. It's designed for Americans that put everything on credit cards. It sounds so much cheaper that way, but hey, guess what? It's not!