Upgrading iPhone with AT&T, Next or 2 Year Contract?

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  1. Splitbolt macrumors regular

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    I am an AT&T customer with an iPhone 5 and I also have my iPad Mini 2 on the plan for cellular data.

    The 2 year contract for my iPhone 5 is up July 2, I would like to get an iPhone 6. My only concern is this new Next program. Here is my current plan:

    Originally I planned to sign another 2 year contract and pay $200 for the iPhone 6 like i have been doing over the years. I could help fund the $200 by selling my iPhone 5.

    But now AT&T has Next and I am not sure if it would be better or worse to use Next than to do it the conventional 2 year contract way.

    If you look at the footnote next to the $25 monthly fee for the iPhone it gets a bit confusing. Why am I getting that savings if I am in-contract?
     
  2. heyyitssusan macrumors 65816

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    You probably signed up at a certain period to get that discount. If you were to upgrade on a 2 year again, you will lose that $25 line access and that will go up to $40. The only way to keep it is go on NEXT, or buy your phone outright.
     
  3. Splitbolt thread starter macrumors regular

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    I actually changed my billing a few months ago (without changing my contract length). That's when I must have gotten that discount. It's just odd because I am in contract even though it says that voids the discount.

    Anyway, I wonder if Next is going to be the better option for me. I will save $15/month which is $360 over 2 years, but I have to pay full price for the phone instead of the $200 cost when doing a 2 year contract.
     
  4. heyyitssusan macrumors 65816

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    Yes. Don't forget if you upgrade on a 2 year contract there's the $40 activation fee.
     
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Just calculate the math basically using those numbers and you can see which is better.
     
  6. Splitbolt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I am doing the math, but there are some other variables. As mentioned above, there is different activation fees. Also, sales tax on the full amount of the phone could be a large amount.
     
  7. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Yeah those can differ from state to state so you'd need to factor those in based on your location.
     
  8. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    I just did the math on mine in another thread and I also don't really see a negative

    The way I figured it upgrading from a 5 to 6s plus is $20 more expensive than my 4 to 6 plus upgrade.

    Seems like a fine deal to avoid laying out $200-499 up front
     
  9. Aibocyrus macrumors 6502

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    With your plan, a 2 year is cheaper.
     
  10. ckorhonen macrumors member

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    In most cases the 2 year contract will likely be cheaper assuming you qualify for the full subsidy. Also remember that this is likely the last year that you'll be able to do the 2 year contract with the carriers moving toward Next style financing.
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It's not really most cases, it's case by case basis depending on the plan in question.
     

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