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AT&T's Newest Next Plan Asks for 30% Downpayment

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Convoluted 2+Year Contract

rwalford79

Jun 1, 2015, 11:38 AM
While not quite as bad as Verizon and its EDGE plan of a straight no upgrade possibility 2-year long phone financing... It still isn't as simple as T-Mobile, who offered $0 down and down payment plans in the same EIP financing option. While T-Mobile requires you to pay off the device if you wish to upgrade without JUMP, you have the option to get JUMP and upgrade anytime once 50% of the device cost is paid.

Or if you are like me, you get to upgrade twice per year without cost.
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The Victor

Jun 1, 2015, 12:32 PM
T-mobile actually does this exact same thing for those who dont have good credit, so i dont see how its not as simple
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Shakezula84

Jun 1, 2015, 4:55 PM
I think they meant that with T-Mobile its still a 24 month payment plan and a 50% pay off with JUMP. The rules don't change.
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andrewbearpig

Jun 1, 2015, 5:01 PM
You're still paying for it one way or another and tmobile.
as noted it is for people withwithout the best credit and tmobile has down payments with non qualified credit.
It's literally what tmobile does and yet it's bad when at&t does it?
Hypocrisy I see it as
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The Victor

Jun 2, 2015, 11:11 AM
Thats exactly what I was thinking as well, the only thing with this new plan of AT&Ts is you pay an additional 10% of the phone
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andrewbearpig

Jun 2, 2015, 2:05 PM
I just don't get the fanboys of tmobile, I mean they seriously do mental gymnastics to justify anything their "underdog " does
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The Victor

Jun 2, 2015, 4:55 PM
You can find that anywhre there
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andrewbearpig

Jun 2, 2015, 5:17 PM
True but I think tmobile should have invested in a network and customer service more than the un carrier initiative and then come back to that.
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T Bone

Jun 2, 2015, 10:19 AM
It seems like, under the pretense of getting rid of contracts, carriers are just reintroducing contracts under a different name.

This, combined with the recent changes to Verizon's Edge program really seem to amount to a kind of backdoor contract.
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crood

Jun 2, 2015, 11:25 AM
Yes and no. What it comes down to is what you are paying once the phone is paid off or the contract ends.

With phone financing, you can just keep the phone you have and your monthly bill will decrease by the payment amount.

With the old style contract, you continue to pay the full bill whether you get a new phone or not.

Phones are beginning to reach the point where unless you are a hardcore early adopter, they will still work fine for most people past two years.
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aeternavi

Jun 2, 2015, 12:01 PM
crood said:
Yes and no. What it comes down to is what you are paying once the phone is paid off or the contract ends.

With phone financing, you can just keep the phone you have and your monthly bill will decrease by the payment amount.

With the old style contract, you continue to pay the full bill whether you get a new phone or not.

Phones are beginning to reach the point where unless you are a hardcore early adopter, they will still work fine for most people past two years.

Nailed it.
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The Victor

Jun 2, 2015, 1:30 PM
correction to part of that with AT&T mobile share plan for once the 2 yr contract expires, if they dont get a new contract they then get the discont as well, but thats not really the point
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