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AT&T Next, a product similar to T-Mobile’s “Un-Carrier” offering, promises to allow subscribers to upgrade their smartphone or cellular tablet, such as an iPhone or iPad, every 12 months. AT&T Next is set to begin July 26, 2013.
Rather than purchasing the iDevice, users put $0 down and commit to a monthly payment scheme. After 12 months subscribers can then upgrade their smartphone or tablet, and monthly payments roll-on afresh. Otherwise customers must continue paying for their iPhone or iPad for 20 months, before the monthly scheme is terminated.
Importantly, with AT&T Next there is no upgrade fee, activation fee, or financing fee.
In addition to the above, a Verizon training slide suggests that a similar product is in the cards for Big Red. Called VZ Edge, the service appears to work in a similar way to AT&T Next.
From what we understand, VZ Edge is expected to launch on August 25, 2013, and so we’ll know more about the product over the course of the next month.
Regardless of which carrier you’re connected to, it’s great to see both AT&T and Verizon move towards offering smartphone users more sensible plans. If the launch dates for each product hold true, AT&T Next and VZ Edge should become available in time for Apple’s next-generation iPhone handset, meaning the timing couldn’t be better.
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Source: Associated Press