(12-31-2015, 12:28 PM)foss Wrote: How about adding AT&T to the rant. My wife's iPhone 4 is tired and needs to be replaced. I have had cellular service with AT&T since 1984. Remember the Motorola bricks? I currently have 4 iPhones on my account. In the old days you could pay a fee and commit to a 2 year contract and keep going. Now, no matter how I work things out, I will end up paying significantly more per month. My phone bill is bigger than my car payment!
Yeah, I had a brick also, but not with ATT.
1- As of January 8 ATT will eliminate ALL 2-year contracts according to various news reports. The claim is that ATT is the last vendor with a 2-year contract. Basically, Apple announced the end of Carrier-Lock-in Contracts when they announced their Monthly payment plan this summer, which cut out all of the Carriers. As of yesterday, details have not yet been formally posted by ATT. Although, the ATT Next program may be the survivor.
2- Yes, all of the reports I've read imply that no matter how you cut it, you are going to pay more going forward!
(and virtually none of the increased cost is related to the actual Phone - iPhone or Galaxy or other.)
3- The key to understanding your Car payment is the simple fact that car payments are calculated over a minimum of 3, and more commonly today, a 5 or 6 year basis. Those of us with connections to the Banking/Credit Union business for many years have been criticizing the expansion of Auto-loans from what used to be a maximum of 3 years, to much longer maturities -- all in the name of keeping monthly payments below $300 per month.
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