AT&T & T-Mobile Offer Yearly Phone Upgrades

AT&T & T-Mobile Offer Yearly Phone Upgrades

In this world of ever changing smartphones, both T-Mobile and AT&T have responded. Earlier this month T-Mobile introduced T-Mobile Jump. This program allows users to be eligible for a phone upgrade up to twice per year. The program costs $10/month and you are not eligible for the subsidized handset prices. It ends up being a lot more expensive, but does give consumers the ability to upgrade their phone whenever they want.

Yesterday, AT&T revealed AT&T Next. This program allows users to upgrade their phone every year. Like Jump, the phone is no longer subsidized, so consumers will need to pay an additional fee every month to cover the cost. The fees range from $15 to $50 depending on the handset chosen. These plans will certainly appeal to those who have “new toy syndrome” but they will probably not be popular with the traditional phone market. Time will tell.

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