iphone upgrade

As major U.S. carriers have been moving toward killing smartphone subsidy and long-term contracts, the true cost of the iPhone will become more visible than ever before.

That’s why Apple’s decided to let you choose a carrier and get an unlocked iPhone 6s/6s Plus with the opportunity to get a new iPhone annually and AppleCare+ on the new iPhone Upgrade Program.

Not to be outdone by Apple, Galaxy maker Samsung is now looking to bring out a smartphone leasing program of its own in the United States, reports Forbes.

According to an industry executive with knowledge of Samsung’s plans, the South Korean conglomerate may be launching a leasing program of its own “in the next several months,” although that timeline may accelerate.

“It’s a no brainer why they wouldn’t do this,” the source said. The publication was unable to determine Samsung’s exact pricing scheme for its leasing program.

The timing of Samsung’s purported initiative leaves little doubt that it’s been motivated by Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, which has the potential to increase iPhone sales without asking customer to pay their phones in full at the time of purchase.

Available exclusively at Apple’s retail stores in the United States at launch, iPhone Upgrade Program kinda cuts of carriers.

Pictured below: iPhone Upgrade Program installments.

iPhone Upgrade Program

Featuring monthly payments starting at $32, the iPhone Upgrade Program strives to lure in cash-strapped customers by offering to spread the cost of their brand new iPhone (and the AppleCare+ extended coverage) over two years in monthly installments.

Basically a two-year financing agreement, the iPhone Upgrade Program is a great value: not only does it give customers extended AppleCare+ coverage, but lets them pick up a new iPhone every year provided they bring in their current handset.

Source: Forbes

  • N&LH

    Monkey see Monkey do

    • Tarek Al Shawi

      Made my day xDD

  • Chris

    Shocking!

    • N&LH

      Why?

      • Ali

        Sarcasm.

  • Himanshu Oberoi

    their is nothing new! samsung is doing is what they are best at!

  • pnh

    This is going to start to create a huge inventory of used/refurbished smartphones in about a year. Anyone who usually buys their phone outright and resells it on eBay or Craigslist is going to have more competition when they try to sell it.

    • dudeimmexican

      If that’s the case, I’m buying phones refurbished lol

  • Jones

    Inb4 people start saying Samsung copies literally everything Apple does even though new iPhone features like Live Photos and 3D Touch have already been in other phones before

    • George

      No apple invented it all stop spreading lies.

    • igorsky

      Great…you should go spread this news on Samsung blogs. They can definitely use the pep talk while seeing their sales plummeting off a cliff.

    • Kaneki

      MAD BRO? 🙂 You wish you had an iPhone now huh? 😉 Stealing all your features and making them 10000x better. 😀 Gorilla warfare. iPhone is getting stronger as Androids get weaker. 😉 Soon, the iPhone will be called the Jesus phone. xD

      • George

        You cray

      • Kaneki

        Yep, that’s what they call me. Cray cray.

    • Alberto Espinal

      3D touch in Samsung phones? Where???

      • N&LH

        he means when Samsung is going to copy 3D Touch

      • Alberto Espinal

        Lol ok i got you

    • N&LH

      Can you give ANY evidence Samsung has 3D touch before Apple?

  • Toukale

    I don’t understand why anyone on Android would do such a thing. Why would anyone on Android lock themselves with Samsung when carriers give them the one thing some Android users keep preaching (choice). That’s the problem with samsung, they do not have differentiation or control the ecosystem. They are no better than Xiaomi, HTC and all the rest of the android oem’s.

    • Dan

      I agree. Sincebuying android phones, I’ve been all over the place… Samsung, HTC, LG and plan to try Sony next. Why lock yourself to the worst android phone supplier (imo).

    • ravinigga

      I know a cheap Android phone Lets say moto x does the same as Samsung. (Execept for S Samsung features) but the rest is same

  • Innes

    Hi Christian, spelling mistake:
    Available exclusively at Apple’s retail stores in the United States at LUNCH, iPhone Upgrade Program kinda cuts of carriers.

    Assuming you mean LAUNCH?

    • Fixed the type, thanks for the heads-up!

      • aXe

        He is just hungry! transpired in his article :p

      • Innes

        No probs. guess you were eating whilst you were typing lol!

  • George

    Didn’t apple just copy next, jump, and every other carrier program before it? Who cares?

    • Shinonuke

      Ok Android Fanboy. We know you don’t care.

      • Micrones

        Fanboy or not, he is right

      • George

        Call me whatever you want but you are an idiot for not recognizing what’s fact.

      • Shadowelite123

        Lol there’s really no fact in your comment. You chose to not actually look into those other options. If you researched even one bit, you would see that one carrier plans require you to get service and you over pay for the phone while Apples option is simply the phone with Apple care but you don’t need service nor do you over pay what the actual retail price tag is.

      • George

        Wow you really are an idiot. There is no difference in price on my plan if I bring in an iPhone or do at&t next on my plan. Have fun using your $800 iPhone without a plan then?

      • Shadowelite123

        You do realize that in the span of paying for the phone completely or half way, there is a significant amount difference of how much payed towards the phone itself. Then there’s the factor that on an installment plan on a carrier, you would be paying for the phone and then for wireless service. That right there is a clear difference in each program. Apples option doesn’t require you to get into any contract or any wireless service. All you must have is an existing wireless account with whichever carrier you choose that they have available. Thanks for being a dick. Oh, that guy was right about you. Have a nice day.

    • Tyler Smith

      Yeah but this is locking you into an iPhone or a samsung phone. Not any phone so it is pretty much taking the revenue from the carriers at this point.

      Edit: not saying you are wrong though.

      • George

        That is true but I see no difference using apples plan vs at&t when I plan to stay with at&t for life. And if I ever want out of the contract all I have to do is pay whatever I owe on my phone.

      • Tyler Smith

        It may in the long run be cheaper? i don’t exactly know because i know with my plan if i want the new phone every year i have to pay more each year. This may be the same with apple but if not it might be cheaper

      • George

        If you do every year with apple you do not keep your phone. You end up paying $30 + forever. Same thing with the carriers, except with apples you are forced to purchase applecare which is stupid if you’re gonna keep the phone for a year.

      • Shadowelite123

        According to apple, once you reach half of the full price amount paid, you may upgrade to a new iPhone. Once you upgrade, the cycle starts over and you keep paying for the new phone at the same price of the retail value is the same. Example: 64GB iPhone 6S upgraded to a 64GB iPhone 7. By common sense, should you choose a different model, the monthly bill for the phone will differ.

    • Shadowelite123

      So a payment plan that doesn’t require you to be on a wireless carrier plan is a payment plan that actually does require you to stay on a payment plan. I DEFINITELY see your logic.

      • George

        So what are you going to do with your iPhone? Will it magically work without a carrier plan?

      • Shadowelite123

        You’re missing the point. You also forget that there are good amount of very good cheaper carriers such as Cricket Wireless and Metro PCS and with Apples option, you’re getting an unlocked phone out of the box. That isn’t the same way with AT&T. Neither with T-Mobile. The point is, you’re not the only person on this planet. Not everyone wants to buy a locked phone. Not everyone wants to pay more than they can for a carrier wireless phone plan. Please stop thinking that your way is the only way because it’s not. Not everyone thinks the same way as you or wants the same things as you. Have a nice day.

      • George

        But I’m a unicorn, everyone wants to be me.

    • Eddie Jhay

      The thing that sucks with Next is that is cost more and it doesn’t come with AppleCare+…

      • George

        Wrong, have you not done any math in your life?

      • Shinonuke

        Not sure how you att next work but mine used to charge $10/mo extra just to be on next. This makes it more expensive. Have the change that policy?

      • George

        Nope that doesn’t exist right now

    • N&LH

      So we have new Malware user!. welcome on board

      • George

        I’m not new bae

      • Shinonuke

        He is not new. He is a veteran Malware user.

  • secv5

    Ai rotto il cazzo samsung non sei capace di inventarti niente sei inutile

  • johnsm

    Hand over? Lol

  • n0ahcruz3

    All these Jump, iPhone forever, edge plans sound all good til you trade in your old device. Not fond of trading my old device for a new one. I give it to family members or sell it through eBay or craigs list for more cash.

  • William Melendez

    Lol no shame . Oh Shamesung.

  • diggitydang

    “Samsung copies 3D Touch” article coming in 3…2…1…

  • M_thoroughbred

    I would not be shocked if Samsung makes their next phone have their own OS like their new Galaxy gear s watches.

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