Apple Stores to allow purchases with US Carrier Early Upgrade Programs?
Purchasing an iPhone on any Apple Store can be as convenient as it is a burden. On any launch day it’s always easier to find iPhones at an Apple Store than at carrier stores, but you’re always stuck with he burden of not being able to take advantage of US Carrier Early Upgrade Programs. You were forced to go for either another 2-year contract, or cough the amount of money it costs to buy an iPhone unlocked.
Sources claim that this policy is about to change as Apple is rumored to be training its Apple Store employees from August 10th to August 8th on how to apply early upgrade programs. If you haven’t heard of these, we’re talking about AT&T Next, Verizon Edge or T-Mobile’s Jump service. The idea of these programs is to allow users to upgrade devices more frequently and simply dilute the costs of the new phone on a monthly bill. At the moment Verizon and T-Mobile allow you to do this twice a year after your contract is six months old, where as AT&T allows you to do it once every twelve months.
The rumor also mentions that Apple plans to implement this system in Apple Stores before the launch of the iPhone 6, so this is good news of those of you planning to get en early upgrade.