Verizon Edge is Now Live – Most Top Tier Phones Start at $25.22 Per Month

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Shortly after T-Mobile (JUMP!) and AT&T (Next) revealed new upgrade-often, monthly payment plans, Verizon joined the party with Edge. We’ve already compared all three, essentially coming to the conclusion that the options from AT&T and Verizon are nothing short of rip-offs that double charge you for the same device, while T-Mobile’s is at least a somewhat fair choice. But no matter what we think, Edge (which is now live) is an option for those who want to upgrade often and also do not want to have to pay an upfront down payment. Edge will allow customers in good standing the chance to get a phone at a relatively low monthly price and zero down, other than the activation fee and first month’s payment.  (more…)

Comparing Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile’s New Upgrade Plans

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The newest fad in the wireless industry has quickly become upgrade plans. After Verizon and AT&T both extended upgrade periods out to 24 months, we have since seen T-Mobile and AT&T officially announce new options to upgrade, but all signs point to Big Red joining them in August. T-Mobile’s is called JUMP!, AT&T’s is called “Next,” and Verizon’s will be called “VZ Edge.”

It’s pretty obvious that carriers have realized that upgrades are simply another way for them to rake in cash, by implementing fees or locking customers into payment plans that will keep them on their network. So to try to help explain all three of these new plans, I’ve attempted to break down some basic examples below. It’s a long one, so strap in.  (more…)

AT&T Announces “AT&T Next” as a Plan to Get Customers a New Smartphone or Tablet Every Year With No Down Payment

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AT&T didn’t wait until July 16 to announce (unless you are on east coast time) “what’s next in wireless,” which they teased us all about last week. “What’s next” is their new upgrade plan called “AT&T Next” that allows customers to purchase a smartphone or tablet with no down payment (or activation fees) and agree to pay monthly installments for the device. After 12 payments, customers can decide if they’d then like to keep the device or trade it in again for another brand new device (once again with no down payment). If they’d like to keep their current phone, they can pay their device off after 20 months.  (more…)