1. Jimbos Jumbos's Avatar
    I have always done the 2 yr contract, but I was not up for contract yet (Just got the 5s last September). I was going to use my wifes number (and upgrade), but ran the numbers and I ended up using ATT Next. I wasnt even considering it, but ran the numbers anyway, and it was the best deal for me.

    Pay $37.50 for 20 months = $749 plus tax is $795
    I get a $25 monthly discount for not using a subsidized phone.
    That means I will pay $795 for the phone, but get $25/mo credit (over 24 months, =$600). So the phone will cost me $195

    2 yr plan would have cost me $300 plus tax plus $40 upgrade

    what did you do?
    09-12-2014 03:38 PM
  2. Bmichael78's Avatar
    I bought the "contract free" from the Apple website. I'm still not entirely sure how the Tmo SIM card figures into it.


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    09-12-2014 03:40 PM
  3. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    Bought via next. I was already on next so I paid the remaining balance on both of those phones and bought 2 iphones. Sell the current phones to recoup the money back for paying of the balance. So for me I'm expecting to be net out of pocket around $200 for 2 new iphones and same bill had I not paid the phones off. Works for me and I'll do the same next year lol.
    09-12-2014 03:44 PM
  4. CzekChik's Avatar
    how did you get the $25/month credit? i couldn't find it anywhere on ATT website. did they offer that to you or did you have to ask for it?
    09-12-2014 04:29 PM
  5. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    how did you get the $25/month credit? i couldn't find it anywhere on ATT website. did they offer that to you or did you have to ask for it?
    They apply it to your bill. But it all depends on what mobile share plan you're on. If it's the 10gb then you get $25 off per line. If it's less than that then the discount is $15. Basically all they do is charge different rates per line depending on whether you are on contract or not. See the link below for the differences. In my case, Next makes more since than contract since I upgrade often. So I don't have to come out of the pocket $200-$300 upfront and basically by month by month until my next phone.

    http://m.att.com/shopmobile/wireless...html?referrer=
    09-12-2014 04:44 PM
  6. LCW's Avatar
    Had no choice really... didn't want to go contract (had been contract free for last 2 years)... but bit the bullet and did 2 yr VZW... didn't want to risk getting the T-mo one and find out it's locked... can't get T-mo where I'm at anyways (out in the sticks)... and AT&T still doesn't have LTE in my area, so VZW is the the primary choice around here... which is fine as I really haven't had any issues with them.

    Kinda dumb that Apple didn't allow contract free CDMA versions, but at the end of the day, I'll probably stay with VZW for at least the next 2 yrs... and if not, even at 399 for 6 128 gb, and assuming a 350 ETF, would still be cheaper even if I dumped VZW in like 6 months... The CDMA version of the 6/6Plus is probably more desirable anyways, since it does all the GSM/LTE bands along with CDMA, *and* comes unlocked. Just gotta deal with the contract thing.
    09-12-2014 05:15 PM
  7. raorth's Avatar
    Bought two 6s full price on ATT. Was going to do 2 year contracts but then saw I lost my 25/mo credit per line on my mobile share plan. Plus would pay activation fee of $80 (for both phones). So $50/mo x 24 months = 1200.00 + $80 = 1280.00. 2 new phones was $1500.00 and my company pays for one of them. So in the long run buying them out right was the best plan.
    09-12-2014 07:28 PM
  8. Milenkod's Avatar
    So all-in taxes included, what is the difference between NEXT and No-Contract iphone cost(s)?
    Last edited by Milenkod; 09-16-2014 at 12:07 PM.
    09-16-2014 11:45 AM
  9. PeltFrelken's Avatar
    I bought the "contract free" from the Apple website. I'm still not entirely sure how the Tmo SIM card figures into it.


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    Take it to a store and they'll set up the phone.
    09-16-2014 12:00 PM
  10. Milenkod's Avatar
    So if you pre-order from Apple, what is the option for Unlocked? It's only SIM-free and T-Moblie. I assume SIM-free is "unlocked"
    09-16-2014 12:14 PM
  11. cardfan's Avatar
    Had no choice really... didn't want to go contract (had been contract free for last 2 years)... but bit the bullet and did 2 yr VZW... didn't want to risk getting the T-mo one and find out it's locked... can't get T-mo where I'm at anyways (out in the sticks)... and AT&T still doesn't have LTE in my area, so VZW is the the primary choice around here... which is fine as I really haven't had any issues with them.

    Kinda dumb that Apple didn't allow contract free CDMA versions, but at the end of the day, I'll probably stay with VZW for at least the next 2 yrs... and if not, even at 399 for 6 128 gb, and assuming a 350 ETF, would still be cheaper even if I dumped VZW in like 6 months... The CDMA version of the 6/6Plus is probably more desirable anyways, since it does all the GSM/LTE bands along with CDMA, *and* comes unlocked. Just gotta deal with the contract thing.
    Not sure why you're hung up on the contract since Verizon seems to be your only option.
    09-16-2014 12:25 PM
  12. inoutside's Avatar
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but arent these new plans "Next" "Edge" etc etc some sort of lease for the phone? In short, once you do choose to upgrade again, you'll have to surrender your phone to your provider? Whereas a regular 2 year contract will allow you to keep the device?
    09-16-2014 12:49 PM
  13. sting7k's Avatar
    Sticking with 2 year contract and pay the subsidized price.
    09-16-2014 12:57 PM
  14. Milenkod's Avatar
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but arent these new plans "Next" "Edge" etc etc some sort of lease for the phone? In short, once you do choose to upgrade again, you'll have to surrender your phone to your provider? Whereas a regular 2 year contract will allow you to keep the device?
    Yes and No. You are paying the full non-contract price of the phone, split each month. Depending on which program you choose (12 or 18 month), you can turn in your phone at the end of that term and re-start with a new device. If you go the full term (24 months) and choose not to turn-in at 12 or 18 months the phone is yours to keep...you've paid the full price. Think of it as ending your term early and using you device turn-in as a down payment towards a new one. AT&T is making money on the fact that they can refurbish the device and re-sell it. They are also taking a risk that you've taken decent care of the device and refurbishing will and re-sell would still net a profit.
    09-16-2014 12:59 PM
  15. inoutside's Avatar
    Yes and No. You are paying the full non-contract price of the phone, split each month. Depending on which program you choose (12 or 18 month), you can turn in your phone at the end of that term and re-start with a new device. If you go the full term (24 months) and choose not to turn-in at 12 or 18 months the phone is yours to keep...you've paid the full price. Think of it as ending your term early and using you device turn-in as a down payment towards a new one. AT&T is making money on the fact that they can refurbish the device and re-sell it. They are also taking a risk that you've taken decent care of the device and refurbishing will and re-sell would still net a profit.
    So it all depends how long you plan to keep your phone. And ultimately is still a 2 year contract? Thanks for clearing that up!
    09-16-2014 01:02 PM
  16. Milenkod's Avatar
    So it all depends how long you plan to keep your phone. And ultimately is still a 2 year contract? Thanks for clearing that up!
    ...Something like you can surrender your phone or pay the remaining balance if you want to quit. It's a non-contract, contract of sorts. You are not necessarily tied to a 2-year commitment. Your payments are just split into 24 payments and your service includes the $25 line credit like a Bring-Your-Own device. Some people start with NEXT, get their tax return and pay the balance and own the phone. Then you can have AT&T unlock it for you since it's yours.
    09-16-2014 01:42 PM
  17. Milenkod's Avatar
    So it all depends how long you plan to keep your phone. And ultimately is still a 2 year contract? Thanks for clearing that up!
    AT&T never makes it clear that you can use NEXT to own your phone. They advertise it as 12/18 month term and then get a new phone...playing on the fact everyone is used to being teid to a long term contract. They really want your device at trade-in to make money off of you...again.
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    09-16-2014 01:45 PM
  18. inoutside's Avatar
    AT&T never makes it clear that you can use NEXT to own your phone. They advertise it as 12/18 month term and then get a new phone...playing on the fact everyone is used to being teid to a long term contract. They really want your device at trade-in to make money off of you...again.
    So basically you're paying for something you may not even get to keep? BS
    09-16-2014 01:50 PM
  19. michikade's Avatar
    I'm doing mine through Sprint's new iPhone plan. If I choose to keep the phone at the end of 2 years rather than turning it in, I've had it confirmed twice that all I have to do is pay the balance (so basically it's easy pay with smaller payments and a smaller monthly service cost with the option to pay the lump sum if I want to).
    09-16-2014 01:58 PM
  20. Milenkod's Avatar
    So basically you're paying for something you may not even get to keep? BS
    No that's incorrect...it's your choice to trade it in early (at the 12 or 18 month interval) or pay-out the full 24 monthly payments and keep it. On next, your not paying any more than what the cost of the device is. On a regular contract, you are plus you pay tax on the full value of the phone. The 24 month old-school contract is the most expensive.
    09-16-2014 01:59 PM
  21. inoutside's Avatar
    I'll just stick with Verizon's More Everything plan. Data pools.
    09-16-2014 02:17 PM
  22. Aguaski's Avatar
    I have 4 iPhones on Verizon More Everything 10 GB family plan. All 4 phones are out of contract and not subject to Edge that Verizon tries to make you feel like you need. I paid cash for my 5s and my new 6. The 5s will be sold to cover some of the cost of my new 6. With all four phones out of contract I am able to keep my 10 GB plan to $160. That is $100 for the bucket of data and $15 for each line. The normal per line fee is $40 but I am getting a $25 discount on each line because they are out of contract. Everyone has a unique financial situation and reason for buying their iPhone the way they do. For me - I like staying away from Edge and contracts. I like having the latest and greatest iPhone and feel like I can sell my 1 generation old iPhone for 75% of the cost of a new iPhone. The other 3 lines on my plan are for people in my family who don't really care about having the latest and greatest so I buy their phones on eBay. This system works for me and my family but may not work for others.
    09-16-2014 02:55 PM
  23. Milenkod's Avatar
    I have 4 iPhones on Verizon More Everything ....
    Same reason I will be buying from Apple, Unlocked. However the added advantage is AT&T phones are easier to sell internationally through eBay or via third party. I have many relatives in europe and they can find buyers for me.
    09-16-2014 02:59 PM
  24. sc00bz's Avatar
    My employer picked mine up but if they hadn't, I'd have skipped this go around due to a house purchase in closing stages. My plan was to purchase a 6S at full retail next year but had that not happened, I'd have bought a 6 full retail as I've bought both of my last ones (5 and 5S) at full retail to retain my unlimited data on vzw (6+ gigs monthly).


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    09-16-2014 04:41 PM
  25. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Same as always. Verizon's 2 year contract More Everything Plan. 4 lines. $247 per month. EDGE would cost me $314 per month. Full price is not considered. My wife thinks $849 is more than $849. All the plans talk has confused me anyway.


    Sent from my ancient but trustworthy iPhone 5
    09-16-2014 04:52 PM
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