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Report: Smartphone upgrade plan enrollment hits 31% in U.S.

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 expects 800,000 postpaid subscriber adds in Q2, 3.2M Next additions

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.

Verizon tweaks Edge handset upgrade program, as analysts predict installment plans to boom

Verizon Wireless made changes to its Edge handset upgrade program that require customers to pay off 60 percent of a device's costs before upgrading, up from 50 percent before. The changes come as analysts are predicting that more devices will be financed in the U.S. in 2014 than previously expected.

NTelos promises forthcoming device financing plan will be 'competitively priced'

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless felt that it needed to follow larger carriers by offering a device installment plan, but the company intends to make its offering compelling in terms of price and value, according to an nTelos executive.

nTelos Wireless to launch device installment plan this summer, but impact still unclear

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless plans to launch an equipment installment plan later this summer similar to offerings from larger carriers, but the financial and competitive impact of the launch is still not clear.

The long-term effects of AT&T's Next, Verizon's Edge are still not clear

The shift away from the traditional U.S. model of a subsidized smartphone in exchange for a two-year contract appears to be accelerating and is likely going to continue to do so for the next few quarters. However, the shift might not be in the best interests of carriers, handset makers or consumers in the long run.

AT&T's Stephenson: Device subsidy model is 'fundamentally changing'

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the model that has prevailed in the U.S. wireless industry for years of customers getting subsidized devices in exchange for signing two-year contracts is radically shifting.

A shift from device subsidies to financing could bring disruption- and be good

LAS VEGAS--I've asked almost every company I've met with so far here at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show the same question: How would a shift in the U.S. market from device subsidies to device financing affect your business and the wider market?  The responses I've received, mainly from handset companies, tended to indicate that if such a shift does take place, the onus will be on OEMs to provide value, either in terms of price or innovation--or both.

Analyst: Apple could be hurt in shift away from subsidies

Although Apple is the world's No. 2 smartphone maker and, for now, the most popular U.S. smartphone producer, the company's position could be eroded as carriers in developed markets shift away from providing handset subsidies, according to a financial analyst.

Huawei could benefit as U.S. handset market shifts away from subsidies

Huawei is not giving up entirely on the U.S. market, even if it has concluded that it's not worth it to pursue a substantive network gear business amid continuing security concerns. Instead, the Chinese vendor will focus on building up its handset business, and it may benefit from an ongoing shift away from device subsidies.