Still aren’t convinced that T-Mobile has shaken up the wireless industry here in the U.S.? AT&T announced a new early smartphone upgrade program today that will actually help you get out of your AT&T contract and onto a month-to-month wireless package. Seriously, AT&T apparently wants you to get out of your contract, sign up for Next and add-on a Mobile Share Value plan. And they want this, because they want their customers to experience the world “all at a great value.” It sounds so unAT&T-like.
So here is the deal. If you are currently under contract with AT&T – as in you signed a contract before January 18 – you can upgrade to a new device within 6 months and kill off your contract, as long as you upgrade using AT&T Next, plus sign-up for a new Mobile Share Value plan. If you signed a contract after January 19, you are essentially stuck, however, AT&T will let you upgrade within 20 months. To check to see if you are eligible, dial *NEW#.
For those new, AT&T Next is an upgrade plan that allows you to buy phones with $0 down and then pay the phone off over 20 monthly payments. You can learn all there is to know about upgrade plans here. AT&T’s new Mobile Share Value plans are discounted month-to-month plans that run $15 cheaper than their contract plans. Both are responses to T-Mobile’s early upgrade and no-contract moves that were done last year.
Early Smartphone Upgrades Now Available For AT&T Customers
Upgrade to a New Smartphone for $0 Down with AT&T Next; Lower Monthly Bill with New Mobile Share Value Plans
Dallas, Texas, January 20, 2014
Loyalty pays with AT&T.* Available now, existing customers on 2-year service agreements** can upgrade to the hottest new smartphone for $0 down with AT&T Next. At the same time, they can move to our new Mobile Share Value plans and start realizing significant monthly rate plan savings, featuring unlimited voice and text, and the ability to add smartphone lines for $25 per line per month, all while enjoying the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.
AT&T customers on a two-year agreement as of January 18, 2014 are eligible to upgrade to AT&T Next six months into their contract. To check their eligibility, customers can dial *NEW# and begin to take advantage of this early upgrade opportunity in AT&T retail stores, and online at www.att.com.
“We want our customers to have the best smartphones, on a high quality, blazing fast and reliable network, all at a great value,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility. “It’s a win-win – customers get the latest devices with $0 down on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network with significant savings on their monthly bill when they sign-up for our Mobile Share Value plans.”
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** For our existing customers currently on a 2-year agreement. All customers on a 2-year agreement as of January 18, 2014 will be eligible to upgrade once they have completed their first 6 months of service. Customers who sign up for a 2-year agreement after January 19, 2014 will benefit from new, shorter upgrade timeframe of 20 months. Individual account details vary. Customers can check eligibility by dialing *NEW#.