Nov 04 AT 10:11 AM Sean Riley 4 Comments

AT&T Next 24 plan lets customers pay off their device over 30 months

image AT&T announcing

By all accounts the Next, JUMP and Edge plan options that provide customers with the opportunity to pay for their devices in monthly installments, with the option to trade in and upgrade after a certain duration, have been quite popular.

Despite some misgivings regarding whether the math works in your favor or not, the plans are certainly less costly at the outset for the consumer and don’t involve the hassle of selling your devices, which is certainly worth something.

Today AT&T is adding yet another Next plan option to the mix. AT&T Next 24 allows customers to pay off their device on a 30-month installment plan, with the option to trade in and upgrade their device under qualifying offers (assuming it’s in “good condition”) after 24 payments. This is the longest of the Next plan options, joining the existing Next 12 and Next 18 plans that saw customers paying out over 20-month and 24-month installment plans, respectively.

If Next is paired with a Mobile Share Value plan, customers also receive a discount on their monthly access charge for that line: $25 a month for plans 10GB or higher and $15 a month for plans below 10GB.

AT&T, like Verizon, is also currently offering a $150 bill credit to new incoming customers that port their number to an AT&T Next plan.

Personally I have avoided these plans, but my upgrade cycle is less than normal, so I don’t consider myself to be a great test case for them. A quick check on what a 30-month timeline looks like in mobile; if you had bought the Samsung Galaxy S III on launch day with Next 24 you would still have 2 payments left on that device.

I realize they haven’t been around that long yet, but have any of you opted to go with a Next, JUMP or Edge plan and what has your experience been like with them so far?

Source: AT&T

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 6 years and covering mobile for the last 7. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • Dirty Budha

    *JUMP allows you to turn in your device to upgrade, as long as you paid a certain amount of the balance.
    T-Mobile sells phones outright or as EIP to ALL customers. You don’t need JUMP to have an EIP, I don’t have JUMP and use the EIP option.

    I’m not sure this is the best move for AT&T. Obviously time will tell but 30 months is a long time, and 24 months of payments isn’t exactly a deal since you’re almost paid the full price of the device.

  • Scott

    I’ve used T-Mobile’s JUMP program twice after paying 50% of the price. I used it to upgrade from the LG G2 to the G3 and from the HTC One M8 to the iPhone 6 Plus (oh, the horrors–not for me but someone else on my plan). For me, it offers more versatility than waiting two years to upgrade. I don’t usually upgrade more than once per year, but I know I have the option if something really cool comes out. The only thing I miss is buying my phones at Best Buy. They often had good buy-back plans that allowed me to still upgrade every year and often get a new phone for no money down or even money back in the form of a gift card.

    When I upgraded from the Galaxy S2 to the S3, I did it for $0 and when I upgraded from the S3 to the S4, I got $50 back on a gift card because Walmart had the S4 on sale and Best Buy matched it.

    Other than that, I’ve appreciated the flexibility.

  • Daniel

    My wife and I have been with AT&T and have phones on a Next setup…… We got both of ours back in May. Me a Note 3, and her the Galaxy Mega. We did the 12 month version so we could upgrade more often which I’m glad we did. I’m really thinking about going back to Apple for the 6 Plus.

  • Sheri

    I have a family of 4 on att. Last year we upgraded 3 phones to the bundle plan. I went to upgrade my phone tonight and they inly offered me 3 options. Buy an unlocked phone for a large amount of money and my plan price won’t increase or I can buy the iphone 6 for $299 and my bill will increase $25 a month or I can get the iphone 6 for $31 a month extra and my plan won’t go up. No matter what way I do this I’m still paying more than $750 for the phone. Looks like att found a way to screw its customers. I’ve been loyal for 10 years but they aren’t loyal to me. My only other option is to never upgrade and only then I can keep the price of my plan. And let me include that these prices are per phone. So if I upgrade all 4 then my bill goes up a minimum of $100 a month. Totally stupid. Looking for a new carrier