AT&T Ditching Subsidized Two-Year Contract Handset Upgrades

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"AT&T is preparing to permanently rid itself of two-year contracts at the start of 2016," reports The Verge.

AT&T claims that its customers are overwhelmingly choosing AT&T next for handset upgrades.

Corporate accounts will still have the sudisized, two-year plan is an option.
 

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Here are leaked screenshots from an AT&T internal training document which were shared by Engadget:

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Anybody not see this coming?

One way or the other folks gonna pay full price for the phones. Just pick your poison.
 

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Anybody not see this coming?

One way or the other folks gonna pay full price for the phones. Just pick your poison.
We all saw it coming. These plans have become unpopular. You pay full cost with any method, including subsidization. The plans cost $15 more per month (single plan) than non-subsidized plans. Multiply that by 24 and add it to your upfront cost and upgrade fee and you come out to roughly the same as full cost or Next. But with subsidization, you continue to pay that extra $15 indefinitely if you don't upgrade at two years. People prefer Next because you can upgrade every year. I've chosen Next over subsidization the past two years. I'm not sure if you are implying that we are getting ripped off, but I disagree if you are.
 

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Nope it's a better deal to not have the subsidized plans and the phone companies are done with it anyway.

Folks wanting to get a phone for $199 didn't do the math properly.
 

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Agreed, I've got my last three phones at full face value without any contract because it works out a lot cheaper in the long run, especially if you keep the phone for longer than two years.
 

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Means, "Reactive basis in this letter mean customers who already have the 2yr will be able to keep their 2 year contract."
Yeah...maybe.

"If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor" ---- :LOL: