There was a time when it used to be really cheap and easy to upgrade to the latest iPhone. Just renew your contract and you get a new iPhone. But now as carriers are phasing out contacts, getting your hand on the latest iPhone is going to cost you. However, it doesn’t means that you’ve to spend everything you have just to buy the latest iPhone. Still, it’s not easy to choose the iPhone Upgrade Plan that proves best to you. Sensing this need here, we’ve come up with the list of 5 best plans to upgrade to iPhone 7. Let’s have a look:
Best plans to upgrade to iPhone 7
1. Apple (800.MY.APPLE)
Let’s be straightforward: Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program is probably the best option you can go for. No doubt, it’s not cheap, as monthly payments start at $32.41. Still, Apple’s plan assures that you’ll get a new, unlocked iPhone every year, including AppleCare+ protection, which is indeed great deal. The plan also works with Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint.
Given Apple’s good customer service record and lucrative offers the iPhone maker is offering Apple’s iPhone upgradation program appears to be your best bet to upgrade to iPhone 7.
2.Verizon (800.922.0204 or dial *611 from your phone)
Just like other carriers, Verizon has moved from upgrade programs and towards a simple payment plan. The company hasn’t released any details about the payment plan for the iPhone 7 yet. But, as its payment plan for the iPhone 6S was $27.08 per month for 24 months, iPhone 7 will have the same retail price tag.
There is pretty much chance that the new monthly payment will be similar for all carriers.
Apart from this, you can also choose to trade in your old. For this you’ll have to sign up for Verizon’s iPhone payment plan. The company offers up to $300 in the form of a gift card.
Here’s the list of phones, Verizon will consider for trade-in:
- Galaxy Note 7
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 edge/edge+
- HTC M9
- iPhone 6
- LG G4
- LG V10
So if you own an iPhone 5s, eBay might be a better option!
You’ll have to pay $20 as activation fee that may or may not be waived. Also there is a $20 upgrade fee, if you’re planning to add a new device to your account. The fee goes up to $40 if you’re choosing the two-year payment plan.
3. AT&T (800.331.0500 or dial 611 from your phone)
A couple of years ago, AT&T started migrating customers from traditional contracts to its AT&T Next and AT&T Next Every Year programs, both of which get rid of contract altogether. Both, the programs are basically the payment plans, and depending on when you last signed a contract, you may or may not switch over.
Let’s begin talking about AT&T Next program. It may or may not require 30% down payment and then 30 monthly installments to pay off the rest amount. You can trade in your device for an upgrade, once you’ve paid 80% of it.
On the other hand, AT&T Next Every Year program requires you to make only 24 monthly payments. You can upgrade once you’ve paid off 50 percent of the retail value.
Seems quite confusing right? Let’s cut it short, AT&T’s prices will vary depending on the size of your down payment and the price of your iPhone. Apart from this, you’ll also have to pay a $20 activation fee.
4. T-Mobile (800.866.2453 or dial 611 from your phone)
Well, if you’re planning to swiftly switch from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone 7. There can’t be any better option than T-Mobile. The company offers a free 32GB iPhone 7 to anyone pre-orders new devices or trades in an iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus or 6s Plus. You can also extra storage, or even an iPhone 7 Plus, for just $100 to $200 extra.
But if you’re planning to upgrade to iPhone 7 otherwise, the company’s upgrade options are a bit like AT&T. At present T-Mobile offers two plans: JUMP! and JUMP! On demand. JUMP! Offers a 24-month payment plan and an upgrade offer after you’ve paid off 50 percent of the phone’s retail price tag. On the other hand, JUMP! On demand is an 18 month payment plan and you can upgrade anytime you want, up to three times per year.
Depending on which plan you choose, you may also need to pay a $20 per month upgrade fee.
5. Sprint (866.866.7509 or dial *3 from your phone)
Just like other mobile carriers, Sprint also offers a brand new iPhone 7 if you trade-in an iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S7 edge. Then deal is only active until September 16. After this, you’ll be stuck with the regular old payment plan and a $30 upgrade or activation fee. Just like other companies, Sprint lets you make payments over a particular set of months and waives the financing fees accordingly.
In case you’re a Sprint customer, call the company and find what your options are. If you’re not, take some time and think whether you want to be a Sprint customer. There’s a reason we haven’t recommended it before!
Still can’t figure out which plan you must choose to upgrade to iPhone 7? Let me give you a tip: Pay a few extra bucks and go through Apple. If you don’t want to deal with all this crap and waste your time trying to figure out, which plan you must choose and when you must choose it, do one thing. Buy a new, unlocked iPhone 7 at retail value. No more payments! No more conditions! You can even switch to the carriers of your own choice.
Rest the choice is yours, if you’re not willing to buy the new iPhone at its retail price and want to upgrade to iPhone 7 using above plans, choose carefully. You may end up spending everything you have, if you choose a wrong plan. Stay Safe!