AT&T Mobility is making it about as clear as can be: Eventually, it will stop offering two-year contracts and subsidized smartphones.
Verizon Wireless is changing its Edge equipment installment plan (EIP) so that customers will need to pay off the full cost of their devices before they upgrade. However, they will now be able to do so at any time and will be able to keep their smartphones once the device is fully paid off instead of having to turn them in.
AT&T Mobility customers will no longer be able to purchase smartphones with two-year contracts at some national retail and local dealer locations by June 1, according to multiple reports. However, AT&T will still be offering two-year contracts to customers in its other retail and online channels.
Verizon Wireless plans to introduce Wi-Fi calling in the middle of next year but does not see an urgent need for it, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.
Apple, Samsung Electronics and other makers of high-end smartphones could face steeper hurdles in the Chinese market after operators there said they will cut the amount of money they pay to OEMs to subsidize smartphones. According to Bloomberg, the payment cuts could amount to around $3.9 billion.
Since the iPhone was first released seven years ago, the vast majority of American iPhone shoppers have purchased their device for around $200 with a two-year service contract. But this year, things could be much different.
An uptick in U.S. wireless customers using device financing plans has led to an increase in sales of the more expensive Apple iPhone 5s among customers who activated iPhones, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
AT&T's management thinks the carrier has enough runway with its wireless spectrum portfolio to last for the next two to three years, but the carrier fully intends to compete in upcoming spectrum auctions to augment its capacity, according to financial analysts.
Enrollment in smartphone upgrade plans among U.S. consumers has more than quadrupled since September 2013, going from 7 to 31 percent by the end of the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report from the NPD Group. The report is yet another data point indicating a major shift in how Americans pay for their cell phones.
AT&T Mobility forecasted sharply higher postpaid subscriber additions for the second quarter than it had in the year-ago period, and also said it expects more customers than ever before to buy smartphones via its Next handset upgrade program.