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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 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 15GB or higher

Save
$15/mo*

Mobile Share Value
plans less than 15GB

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

What is AT&T Next?

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.

Is a contract required with AT&T Next?

AT&T Next requires that you sign an installment agreement to pay for the smartphone over 30, 24, or 20 monthly 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.

Do I own the smartphone? Or is this a leasing offer?

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 I trade in my smartphone and get a new one, what’s the length of my new installment plan?

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.

What if I don't want to trade in and upgrade my smartphone and I want to keep it?

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

What if the smartphone isn't in good working condition when it's time to trade it in?

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 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.

Can I upgrade my AT&T Next smartphone earlier than 24, 18, or 12 months?

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.

How do I trade-in my AT&T Next smartphone to upgrade to a new smartphone?

After you have made 12 installment payments under a 20-month plan, or 18 installment payments under a 24-month plan, if your wireless account is in good standing, you can trade in your current smartphone to upgrade to a new one. All trade-ins must be fully functional, in good physical condition, and have the activation lock disabled. Select a new smartphone under a qualifying offer, which may include a new AT&T Next installment agreement.

How do I get a new tablet with the program?

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.

When I trade in my smartphone after 12 or 18 months and get a new one, what’s the length of my new installment plan?

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 20 and 24 months long.

Will I be able to pay off this smartphone early?

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

What payments are due if I cancel AT&T Next?

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.

What if I don't want to trade in my smartphone after 12 or 18 months and I want to keep it?

You don’t have to trade in your smartphone. After 12 or 18 months, you can continue to make your monthly installment payments until your 20- or 24-month installment agreement is complete.

What if the smartphone isn't in good working condition when it's time to trade it in at 12 or 18 months?

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 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.

Can I upgrade my AT&T Next smartphone earlier than 12 or 18 months?

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 12, pay a lump sum amount that equals 12 installment payments. For AT&T Next 18, pay a lump sum amount that equals 18 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.

How do I trade-in my AT&T Next smartphone to upgrade to a new smartphone?

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 agreement and qualifying credit.  Tax due at sale.  Wireless service (voice and data) required and is additional.  Equipment price may vary by location. Available at select locations. Service subject to Wireless Customer Agreement or Business Agreement.  Limit 4 devices for consumers or Individual Responsibility Users (or 10 Corporate Responsibility User devices for eligible business customers) on a AT&T Next or tablet installment agreement may apply per account.  Agreement balance for device due if wireless service canceled. Select locations.  Restocking fee: up to $35.  Upgrade options: Requires payment of 24, 18, or 12 installments based on AT&T Next option, account in good standing, trade-in of your financed device in good physical and fully functional condition, and purchase of new eligible device with qualifying wireless service. After upgrade, unbilled installments are waived. Terms and options subject to change, and may be discontinued or terminated at any time without notice.  See att.com/next for plan details.

 

2Mobile Share® Value Plans:  Are for wireless service only.  Prices include monthly plan charge and monthly access charge per device. AT&T NextSM installment charges extra. Devices sold separately. For plans 15GB or higher, customers with smartphones on 2-year agreements prior to February 2, 2014, are eligible for the $15 per month access charge. For plans 2GB to 6GB, customers with smartphones on 2-year agreements prior to March 9, 2014, are eligible for the $25 per month access charge. This discounted pricing is available as long as you keep your phone. If upgrading to a new phone the discount is only available via AT&T Next, or when you bring your own phone, or buy a new phone at full price. If you upgrade to a new 2-year agreement the discount is lost. Data: If you exceed the amount of data in your plan during your billing period, an additional 300MB, 500MB, or 2GB is automatically provided as specified in your rate plan. Data allowances, including overages, must be used in billing period provided or will be forfeited. Tethering and mobile hotspot use is allowed for up to 5 simultaneous devices. Device Limits: 10 per plan for consumers and IRUs. Limit of 4 financed devices per wireless account may apply.

 

3Smartphone 2-year contract pricing: Requires new 2-year wireless agreement with qualified plan (voice & data).  Equipment price may vary by market and location. Subject to Wireless Customer Agreement.  Activation/upgrade fee up to $40 per line and additional deposits may apply. Credit approval required.  Geographic, usage and other restrictions apply and may result in service termination. Coverage and services 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 subject to change.

 

4 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 or Business Agreement. Activation fee and upgrade fee per line and deposit may apply. Credit approval may be required. Coverage and service not available everywhere. Other restrictions apply and may result in service termination. Other monthly charges per line: May include taxes, federal and state universal service charges, Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge (up to $1.25), gross receipts surcharge, Administrative Fee, and other government assessments which are not government-required charges. Terms subject to change.