AT&T Makes It Easier to Jump to 'Next' Plans
AT&T today made it easier for existing customers to get their hands on new hardware. Beginning today, existing customers who've signed 2-year service contracts can upgrade to new devices for $0 down if they want to take advantage of AT&T's Next program and switch to AT&T's Mobile Share Value plans. The program, which went into effect January 18, allows customers who are six months into their contract to upgrade to the AT&T Next program at no extra cost. Customers who join AT&T Next can then grab the latest handsets for $0 down. Customers who choose to finance their device with an AT&T Next plan will enjoy a $15 monthly savings on the cost of their service. Further, customers who sign up for a two-year agreement after January 19, 2014 will notice that the standard upgrade timeframe has been shortened from 24 months back to 20 months.
Verizon Trots Out Galaxy S7 Upgrade Plan
Verizon Wireless today announced the Verizon Annual Upgrade Program beginning with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The upgrade program allows customers who finance the S7 or S7 Edge to trade in their phone and upgrade to a new phone every year.
AT&T Confirms Plans to Ditch Contracts
AT&T says beginning January 8, it will rely on AT&T Next as the primary avenue through which customers will purchase handsets. AT&T has historically sold handsets with two-year contracts attached to the purchase, but in recent years added the AT&T Next installment plan option.
Sprint Intros 'iPhone Forever' Promo
Sprint has kicked off a new program that lets customers upgrade to "the latest" iPhone at any time. Starting today, new or upgrade-eligible customers can lease a 16GB iPhone 6 for $22 per month.
AT&T to Revamp Phone Purchasing Options
AT&T today said it intends to reduce the number of handset financing options from four down to two. Beginning June 9, AT&T will offer new and existing customers the AT&T Next Every Year plan and the AT&T Next plan.
T-Mobile Debuts 'Jump On Demand' for Free Phone Upgrades
T-Mobile today kicked off a new program called Jump On Demand, which will allow people to upgrade their phone for free up to three times per year. The Jump On Demand program builds on Uncarrier 2.0, which introduced the idea of early phone upgrades with Jump.