Why buy iPhone 6 off contract on ATT or Verizon if subsidy is already built in?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kendo, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I see all these posts where people say they will never lock themselves into a contract. But if the price of the subsidy is already built into the monthly plan, why not sign the two year contract and get the iPhone 6 cheaper? I understand you don't want to lock in, but most people I know have been with ATT or Verizon for 5 years so it isn't like you are locking yourself into a miserable service, for the most part ATT and Verizon are the best (after all they do have the biggest number of subscribers and coverage).
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Some people don't want to lose their unlimited data. Others do not want to be locked into a 2 year contract
  3. aristobrat, Aug 19, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2014

    aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    It isn't always cheaper. My family's on the AT&T 10GB plan, and two-year contracts cost about $150 more (total) than the cost of NEXT over two year.

    Also, two-year contracts require paying more money up-front: $199+ (per phone)
    With NEXT, the only money up-front is the sales tax: ~$40 (per phone, in my state)

    Not to mention, folks on two-year contracts that want to upgrade yearly are looking at paying $649+ up-front for the mid-contract upgrade.

    Not doing 2-year contracts is cheaper for me, and involves a whole lot less money immediately out of pocket when folks do upgrades.
  4. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    The not wanting a contract thing is mostly emotional vs. logical, in the past anyways. I hated contracts for a bit, then realized I was not going to switch anyways.

    BUT, that has all changed.

    Up until recently, my plan was the same cost if a 5 year old phone vs a new phone. We were paying about $240 a month, plus ipad charges.

    The new plan has varied pricing for the service and phone. All our phones are at the $15 price point. Total plan with 10gb shared data is now $160 and we can tether. We lost our unlimited plan, but did not need it. Shared is better and we can use it on ipads too.

    BUT, if I got a new phone on contract, the monthly cost goes up for that phone. We could be back to the old price in a hurry.
  5. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Because it's not anymore. Both AT&T and Verizon offer service discounts up to $25/mo per line for BYOD or NEXT/EDGE.
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    With many of the current plans the there is a discount for non-contract/subsidized phones, so the built-in price of the subsidy gets discounted. That's where it no longer becomes a simple contract vs. no-contract decision, but actual monetary differences can often be involved making one or another option better in some way just from the pricing perspective.


    Yup, basically that, which is somewhat new.

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