1. LAETH08's Avatar
    Does at&t still offer 2-year contracts, or will I have to do their stupid at&t next program? Where I live its either at&t or Verizon. Does Verizon still offer contacts? I haven't bought a new phone since 2012 so I'm not sure what my options are. (didn't feel like waiting 2 hours in the Verizon and at&t stores to talk to someone)
    09-29-2015 09:39 PM
  2. Tullphan's Avatar
    I think AT&T is strictly "Next" now.
    I read were VZW was going the same route, but still offering current customers the 2 yr. plan.
    Someone please correct me if i'm wrong.
    xandros9 likes this.
    10-04-2015 09:43 PM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    I think AT&T is strictly "Next" now.
    I read were VZW was going the same route, but still offering current customers the 2 yr. plan.
    Someone please correct me if i'm wrong.
    I believe you are correct, but each device has a monthly charge of it's own, based on the kind of device it is. Not a fan personally but eh, not my issue.
    10-05-2015 08:53 AM
  4. pankaj981's Avatar
    Next is more like an installment plan though I would prefer buying the device through 0% financing elsewhere provided AT&T had lower prices for it's BYOD plans.
    10-05-2015 09:15 AM
  5. ejlee072006's Avatar
    Go NEXT


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    10-05-2015 11:38 AM
  6. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Factory Unlocked + mvno = lowest billing per month. Bite the bullet and pay for your device up front. Now the carrier does not control your updates.

    I've not bought a device from a carrier since Android Cupcake and never will again. Fool me once, shame on you,. Fool me twice, shame on me.
    libra89 likes this.
    10-05-2015 12:31 PM
  7. Vexxed's Avatar
    More box stores and manufacturers should offer financing. There's a thirst for competition in that marketplace. Apple is jumping on it and I expect more will follow suit.

    Mobile devices are going to be with us for the foreseeable future so it's time to get off the hype train and get what fits your needs, including price and capability. The gap between device ranges is closing fast, cameras seeming to be the largest difference.

    Carrier freedom should be a higher consumer priority, it'll bring prices down and service up. I broke free and I'm never going back
    RumoredNow likes this.
    10-05-2015 12:46 PM
  8. JPDVM2014's Avatar
    Does at&t still offer 2-year contracts, or will I have to do their stupid at&t next program? Where I live its either at&t or Verizon. Does Verizon still offer contacts? I haven't bought a new phone since 2012 so I'm not sure what my options are. (didn't feel like waiting 2 hours in the Verizon and at&t stores to talk to someone)
    Personally, I think between a 2 yr contract and the Next program, Next wins out. Once your phone is paid off, your bill goes down. Where as with a 2 yr contract, you are still paying the phone subsidy even if you don't upgrade. I'm currently with AT&T, but am seriously thinking about switching my 2 lines to either T-Mobile or an MVNO. T-Mobile has an offer right now for 2 lines with 10GB of high speed data each for $100 a month. I just need to get the funds together to buy myself a 950XL outright.
    RumoredNow likes this.
    10-06-2015 03:12 PM
  9. pankaj981's Avatar
    I'm currently with AT&T, but am seriously thinking about switching my 2 lines to either T-Mobile or an MVNO
    If you are happy with AT&T's coverage and would be okay with 8 MB/S LTE speeds then Cricket Wireless is a great option. Right now I pay 90 bucks for 3 lines, w/ unlimited texting, calling and 2.5GB each of LTE (2G after that). Adding another line would add another 10 bucks and the 5th line would be free. Let me know if you need a referral in case you wish to switch (25 bucks rebate per line for both of us)
    RumoredNow and JPDVM2014 like this.
    10-06-2015 09:19 PM
  10. RumoredNow's Avatar
    If you are happy with AT&T's coverage and would be okay with 8 MB/S LTE speeds then Cricket Wireless is a great option. Right now I pay 90 bucks for 3 lines, w/ unlimited texting, calling and 2.5GB each of LTE (2G after that). Adding another line would add another 10 bucks and the 5th line would be free. Let me know if you need a referral in case you wish to switch (25 bucks rebate per line for both of us)
    And I'm running 4 lines on Cricket with 2.5 GB high speed data each for $100. If you are bundling lines, Cricket is hard to beat.
    pankaj981 and JPDVM2014 like this.
    10-07-2015 02:05 AM
  11. JPDVM2014's Avatar
    If you are happy with AT&T's coverage and would be okay with 8 MB/S LTE speeds then Cricket Wireless is a great option. Right now I pay 90 bucks for 3 lines, w/ unlimited texting, calling and 2.5GB each of LTE (2G after that). Adding another line would add another 10 bucks and the 5th line would be free. Let me know if you need a referral in case you wish to switch (25 bucks rebate per line for both of us)
    Thanks for pointing out Cricket. I don't think the 8mbps would be an issue. Do you ever have any issues playing YouTube videos or Netflix? That is about the only thing I do that would need the bandwidth. Other than that it is just web browsing and music. I would need more than 2.5GB a month, but my wife would be fine with that. Looks like I could get 10GB for me and 2.5GB for her for $80 a month with group save and autopay. Sorry for slightly highjacking the thread.
    10-07-2015 09:24 AM
  12. pankaj981's Avatar
    Do you ever have any issues playing YouTube videos or Netflix?
    Not really unless I am driving in hilly/patchy areas.
    JPDVM2014 and Nevets68 like this.
    10-07-2015 10:28 AM
  13. Citizen X's Avatar
    I'm still on a two year contract with grandfathered unlimited data. As far as I know when it is up I can buy a new phone and start the whole cycle again.

    It is a weird deal though, because once you pay off the phone your monthly bill doesn't go down. You have to get another phone. I don't mind at this time though. I need a back up phone. So that is what my 1520 will be.
    11-11-2015 08:06 PM
  14. camaroz1985's Avatar
    I also recommend Cricket. I will never go back to a contracted service. The coverage is great, speed is not an issue, data limits are cheap compared to the big name carriers. I pay $35/month for one line with 2.5GB LTE, unlimited text and calling. Can't be beat. Easily make up the cost of a new phone every 2 years ($30 x24 months = $720).

    If only I could get my wife to switch from Verizon as well. She can't get AT&T service at work, so that is the driving factor for her.
    RumoredNow, libra89 and pankaj981 like this.
    11-12-2015 01:58 PM
  15. LAETH08's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm just going to see what AT&T has available. If they only have the 950 then I will cancel my plan and buy the 950xl from MS and do AT&T's BYOD for 55/month.
    11-14-2015 10:10 AM
  16. camaroz1985's Avatar
    If you are going to do BYOD, why not use Cricket and save some money?
    RumoredNow and libra89 like this.
    11-19-2015 03:11 PM

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