AT&T has announced AT&T Next a new service that allows smartphone or tablet users to upgrade their device just after 12 months with a qualifying 2 year contract. Once you have reached 12 months you can decide if you want to trade in your device for the latest and greatest device or continue paying for your device until it is paid off. Best of all, there is no fee associated with this new service. Just consider you are leasing your device and you will be eligible to trade in your current device for the next one.
AT&T Next is available to current and new customers. AT&T Next does not require you to put a down payment, and there will be no upgrade, finance or activation fees associated with this service. AT&T has options for you to purchase your device on a discounted one year contract and contract free, where you pay the full purchase price up front.
AT&T Next will be available starting July 27 just in time for you to get the latest AT&T exclusive Nokia Lumia 1020.
For instance, if you want to purchase the Lumia 1020, you can purchase it off contract for $659.99, $299 with 2 year contract and $36 activation fee. With the AT&T Next plan you would only pay $32.99 for the next 20 months and no additional fees and you will be eligible for an upgrade after paying off 12 months.
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Below is the full AT&T press release statement.
AT&T has just announced AT&T Next a way to get a new device every year with no upfront down payment. It’s almost like a smartphone lease. It is simply really you make a payment on your device every month and after 12 months is up you can either trade that device in for a new one or continue to pay on the device till it’s paid off. It’s that easy. Want more info? You can go to the AT&T Next website or check out the full press release below.
AT&T CUSTOMERS CAN GET A NEW SMARTPHONE
OR TABLET EVERY YEAR WITH NO DOWN PAYMENT
WITH “AT&T NEXT”
No Down Payment, No Upgrade or Activation Fees,
and All On The Nation’s Fastest 4G LTE Network
AT&T 4G LTE Now Covers More than 225 Million People
DALLAS, JULY 16, 2013 — Today, AT&T* introduces what’s next in wireless. Beginning nationwide on July 26, consumers can get a new AT&T smartphone or tablet every year with no down payment, no activation fee, no upgrade fee and no financing fees.**
With AT&T Next, customers purchase a smartphone or tablet with no down payment and agree to pay monthly installments for the device. After 12 payments, they can trade it in and upgrade to a brand new device — again with no down payment — or they can keep using their device and have no more payments after 20 months. AT&T Next is available for new AT&T customers or existing customers who are upgrade eligible.
“With AT&T Next, customers can get the newest smartphone or tablet every year with no down payment. That’s hard to beat, and it’s an incredible value for customers who want the latest and greatest every year,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility.
AT&T’s 4G LTE network now covers more than 225 million people nationwide and 328 markets. AT&T’s 4G LTE deployment is expected to cover 300 million people by year-end 2014, with nearly 90 percent of the build completed by the end of this year.
The great performance of AT&T’s network continues to be validated by independent third-party testing. AT&T 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests — the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked first overall. PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.*** And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study — and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.****
AT&T Next is available for any current smartphone or tablet in AT&T’s industry-leading selection of devices. The interest-free monthly device installments range from $15 to $50, depending on the device selected. For example, a customer purchasing a Samsung Galaxy® S 4 would have no down payment and pay $32 per month, in addition to the monthly wireless service plan they choose, with the option to trade in their device and upgrade after 12 payments or to keep using the device and pay off the installment plan in full after 20 months. There’s no penalty for paying off the installment plan early.
AT&T offers a broad choice of device purchasing options. In addition to AT&T Next, customers continue to have their choice of all current options, including getting a discounted device with a two-year service commitment; paying full retail price for a device with no-commitment; getting a partial discount for an early upgrade after six months with a two-year service commitment; or bringing their own compatible device.
More information is available at www.att.com/next or at any AT&T retail store.