Beginning Jan. 8, AT&T will not supply two-yr phone contracts.
Engadget was the primary to report that the service's engagement with two-yr phone plans has been winding down.
Quickly, the service will solely permit shoppers to buy their smartphones by way of the AT&T Subsequent installment plan or by paying the entire price upfront.
For now, the 2-yr contracts are steadily being phased out and might be completely unavailable for normal clients on Jan. 8. Company accounts, on the opposite hand, can nonetheless proceed with the normal and sponsored upgrades of the 2-yr contracts.
The news was additionally confirmed by an AT&T spokesperson offering a press release to The Verge.
"With $ 0 down for nicely-certified clients, the power to upgrade early and down cost choices obtainable with even decrease month-to-month installments, our clients are overwhelmingly selecting AT&T Subsequent," stated the spokesperson. "Beginning Jan. 8, AT&T Subsequent would be the primary approach to get a new smartphone at AT&T. This doesn't apply to enterprise clients underneath a professional wi-fi service settlement."
This transfer will apply to all telephones of AT&T, together with its flip telephones and "Fast Messaging Units," that are non-smartphones with keyboards.
"New clients who need to buy a QMD or Primary phone can select an installment plan or pay no-dedication," says the FAQ a tipster offered to Engadget.
The termination of the 2-yr contracts shouldn't be truly new for AT&T provided that it already made the transfer earlier this yr with its third-get together resellers. This signifies that till Jan. 8, the AT&T web site and shops are the one locations the place the 2-yr contracts are nonetheless provided.
Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T, additionally stated earlier this yr that two-yr contracts are going away. In his personal phrases final June in an interview with Re/code, "I feel it's a type of choices that's going to go away slowly."
Clearly, de la Vega's assertion is already coming to fruition.
Nevertheless, there's the unsolved concern relating to tablets and the Samsung Gear S2 that are closely promoted and bought with two-yr contracts. Since there's nonetheless no clear standing about these merchandise, clients can solely look forward to AT&T's additional announcement, particularly in the event that they take curiosity in tablets and wearables.
For many who are questioning why such a change needs to be made, AT&T has been obscure in its assertion. It stated it's doing it for "aligning ... service choices with buyer and business tendencies."
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