AT&T extends wait for phone upgrades from 20 months to two years


Following Verizon’s lead, AT&T has extended the period customers will have to wait before upgrading their phones. The company announced in a blog post that it was raising the threshold for a subsidized replacement from 20 months to 24 months. That new limit applies both to new customers and to anyone whose contract ends in March 2014 or later — meaning most people currently on a contract will get one more 20-month upgrade before the change takes effect. As always, customers can buy unsubsidized phones at full price regardless of date.

Verizon has already announced that it’s changing from a 20-month to a 24-month upgrade cycle, starting in January of 2014, so two-year periods between subsidies are now standard across the board. In its…

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