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How AT&T Next works1

AT&T Next offers you another choice to purchase your smartphone with the flexibility to upgrade earlier.

Choose any of our latest smartphones and pay only the sales tax up front.

  • $0 down payment
  • No annual service contract
  • No activation, upgrade, or finance fees

AT&T Next 24 then divides the regular price of your smartphone into 30 low monthly installments.


Trade in your qualified smartphone to upgrade after 24 installments. Your installment payments are conveniently billed on your monthly statement.

Other Options:
AT&T Next 18: Divided into 24 installments; trade in and upgrade after 18 installments.

AT&T Next 12: Divided into 20 installments; trade in and upgrade after 12 installments.

After paying the minimum number of installments, trade in your current smartphone** and upgrade to a brand-new one. Or, with AT&T Next, you can upgrade in as little as two months when you pay the minimum number of installments early, using our Pay to Upgrade option.


**Current smartphone must be in good physical and fully functional condition.

AT&T Next +
Mobile Share Value2

When you choose AT&T Next with our Mobile Share Value plans, you can take advantage of our best-ever pricing for your service plan and receive a monthly discount on each smartphone line.

Save every month

Save
$25/mo*

Mobile Share Value
plans 10GB or higher       

Save
$15/mo*

Mobile Share Value
plans less than 10GB

*Savings compares plan smartphone access charge w/ smartphone on AT&T Next to one on a 2-yr agmt. See savings req's

AT&T Next offers you the choice to purchase your smartphone for $0 down, dividing the regular price of your smartphone into low monthly installment payments. With AT&T Next, tax is due at the time of sale, but there are no down payment, activation, upgrade, or financing fees required.

There are three terms to choose from:

AT&T Next 24: Divided into 30 installments; can trade in and upgrade after 24 installments.
AT&T Next 18: Divided into 24 installments; can trade in and upgrade after 18 installments.
AT&T Next 12: Divided into 20 installments; can trade in and upgrade after 12 installments.

AT&T Next requires that you sign an installment agreement to pay for the smartphone over 30, 24, or 20 monthly installment payments. If you cancel your wireless service, the remaining unpaid balance on the smartphone is due. Also, a Wireless Customer Agreement for your wireless service or qualified small business agreement (voice and data) is required.

The smartphone is yours, and you’re responsible for 30, 24, or 20 monthly installment payments. You’re also responsible for any loss, theft, or damage to the smartphone – both during the installment agreement period and afterward. We recommend you purchase the optional Mobile Insurance to protect your investment.

When you trade in your smartphone, no further installments are billed for the smartphone you traded in. You can start over with a new AT&T Next installment plan on a new smartphone. Currently available installment plans are 30, 24, and 20 months long.

You don’t have to trade in your smartphone. You can continue to make your monthly installment payments until your installment agreement is complete.

If you have Mobile Insurance, you may file a claim and pay the deductible for a replacement smartphone, then use your replacement smartphone as your AT&T Next trade-in. Or, you may choose to just keep your smartphone and complete all installment payments. Once all installment payments have been made, you can upgrade to a new smartphone with a new AT&T Next installment plan or a 2-year service agreement.

Yes, you can. After you have been billed and made two monthly installment payments, as long as your account is in good standing, you are eligible to take advantage of our Pay to Upgrade option.

To reach upgrade status, you will need to pay your remaining installments in one lump sum. For AT&T Next 24, pay a lump sum amount that completes 24 installment payments. For AT&T Next 18, pay a lump sum amount that completes 18 installment payments. For AT&T Next 12, pay a lump sum amount that completes 12 installment payments. When paid, you are eligible to trade in your AT&T Next smartphone.

Please note that to trade in your smartphone, it must be in good physical condition and fully functional.

If you purchased a tablet with an AT&T Next installment plan (prior to Nov. 20, 2013), you can trade in the tablet for a new tablet after you have made 12 installment payments, but before you have made 20 installment payments, if your wireless account is in good standing. The tablet must be fully functional and in good physical condition. Your new tablet can be purchased with a new installment plan or any other currently available offers. Tablets purchased on or after Nov. 20, 2013, are not eligible for AT&T Next trade-ins.

Yes, you have the option to pay off your installment agreement, but the full outstanding balance will be due immediately.

With AT&T Next, you can pay off your installment payments in full at any time. If you want to cancel your wireless service with AT&T, the full outstanding balance on your installment agreement becomes due.

Once you've made 24 (if you have AT&T Next 24), 18 (if you have AT&T Next 18) or 12 (if you have AT&T Next 12) monthly installment payments on your AT&T Next installment agreement, you are eligible to trade in and upgrade your smartphone. Your trade-in must be in good physical condition and fully functional to qualify. This means:

It must power on and off.
The screen must be intact, free of any chips, and function properly.
The device must be free of breaks or cracks.
The battery must be included.
The activation lock has been disabled (for example, Find My iPhone).

Click here for more trade-in details.

*If you purchased a tablet with an AT&T Next installment plan (prior to November 20, 2013), if that tablet is in good physical condition and fully functional, and if your wireless account is in good standing, then after you have made 12 installment payments, but before you make 20 installment payments, you can trade in your tablet to upgrade to a new tablet.

More FAQs

1AT&T NextSM:  Requires 30-month, 24-month, or 20-month 0% APR installment agmt & well-qual. credit.  Tax due at sale. For example, for a smartphone that has a full price of $825.99. It will be $27.54 a month for 30 months on AT&T Next 24, $34.42 a month for 24 months on AT&T Next 18, and $41.30 a month for 20 months on AT&T Next 12. Service: Wireless service (voice & data) req'd & is add'l. Device balance due if wireless svc cancelled. Select locations only. Device Limits: Purchase limit may apply. Account limit of four devices via AT&T Next or tablet installment agmt (total of 2 tablets) may also apply. Restocking Fee: up to $35. Upgrade Options: Req's payment of number of req'd installments (24, 18, or 12) based on option chosen (AT&T Next 24, 18, or 12), acct in good standing, trade-in of your financed device in good physical and fully functional condition, & purchase of new elig. device w/ qual. wireless svc. After upgrade, unbilled installments are waived. Service subject to Wireless Customer Agmt. Other fees may apply. Other Monthly Charges/Line: May include taxes & federal/state universal svc charges, Reg. Cost Recovery Charge (up to $1.25), gross receipts surcharge, Admin. Fee & other gov't assessments which are not gov't req'd charges. Coverage & svc not avail everywhere. Other restr's apply & may result in svc termination. Terms, restrictions and options subject to change and may be modified, terminated, or discontinued at any time without notice.

 

Mobile Share Value: Prices include a monthly plan charge and per-device monthly access charge. Devices: Sold separately. AT&T Next installment charges or other device purchase costs are extra. Discounted Access Charge: Access charges for smartphone lines on No Annual Service Contracts (AT&T Next, bring your own, pay full price, or month-to-month) are discounted up to $25 per month when compared to smartphone lines on new 2-year contracts. The discount will be $25 per smartphone line on plans 10GB and higher, and $15 for plans less than 10GB. For plans 10GB or higher, customers with smartphones on 2-year contracts prior to February 2, 2014, also are eligible for the $15 per month discounted access charge. For plans 2GB to 6GB, customers with smartphones on 2-year contracts prior to March 9, 2014, are also eligible for the $25 per month discounted access charge. This discount is available as long as you keep your phone. Upgrade: If upgrading to a new smartphone, the discounted access charge is only available via AT&T Next, when you bring your own smartphone, or if you buy a new smartphone at full price. If you upgrade to a new 2-year contract, the discount is lost for that line. Data: If you exceed the amount of data in your plan (including available Rollover DataSM) during your billing period, an additional 300MB, 500MB, or 1GB is automatically provided as specified in your rate plan. Unless otherwise specified, data allowances—including overages and Rollover Data—must be used in the billing period provided or they will be forfeited. Tethering and mobile hotspot use is allowed for up to 5 simultaneous devices. Rollover Data: Mobile Share Value plans only. Unused data from your monthly plan allowance rounds up to the nearest MB and carries over for one billing period. Unused Rollover Data automatically expires after one billing period or with any plan change (such as changing data amounts or termination). Unused overage data does not roll over. Rollover Data is always consumed last, after your other data allowances. Device Limits: 10 per plan for consumers and Individual Responsibility Users (IRUs). Limit 4 financed devices per wireless account may apply. 

 

Smartphone 2-year contract pricing: Requires new 2-year wireless agreement with a qualified plan (voice and data).  Equipment price may vary by market and location. Subject to Wireless Customer Agreement.  Activation or upgrade fee up to $40 per line and additional deposits may apply. Credit approval is required.  Geographic, usage, and other restrictions apply and may result in service termination. Coverage and services are not available everywhere. Sales tax and other charges apply.  Data: If usage exceeds your monthly data allowance, you will automatically be charged overage for additional data provided. Early Termination Fee (att.com/equipmentETF): After 14 days, ETF up to $325. Restocking fee: up to $35.  Pricing and terms are subject to change.

Purchases of smartphones via AT&T Next are not eligible for employee discounts. Employee discounts are for the wireless service only.

 

General Wireless Service Terms: Subject to Wireless Customer Agreement. Credit approval may apply. Activation or upgrade fee up to $40 per line and deposit may apply. A fee may be charged if you convert from a prepaid (GoPhone®) or session-based plan. Other Monthly Charges per Line: May include taxes, federal and state universal service charges, a Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge (up to $1.25), gross receipts surcharge, Administrative Fee, and other government assessments which are not government-required charges. Restrictions apply and may result in service termination. Pricing, terms, restrictions, and options are subject to change and may be modified, discontinued, or terminated at any time without notice. Coverage and service are not available everywhere.