AT&T Sets Upgrade Policy To 24 Months

Last month AT&T added a monthly $0.61 administrative fee to wireless bills and now they are updating their policy so that subscribers will have to wait a full 24 months before becoming eligible for a handset upgrade at the lowest subsidized price.  This will enable AT&T to collect 4 to 6 months of handset subsidies before offering a new phone to a customer.

AT&T said that this new policy will apply to any customer whose agreement expires in March 2014 or later.  This means that it applies to AT&T subscribers that signed a two year contract during or after March 2012.

Early upgrades are still possible after six months into a contract and you will qualify for a partial discount off of the full retail price, according to GigaOM.  You will have to sign another two year contract at that point though.

AT&T is not the only major telecommunications company that now requires 24 months for an upgrade.  Verizon made the same change back in April 2013.

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