Apple Stores doing away with iPhone carrier subsidies, it seems

Buying any flagship smartphone these days is an expensive proposition, no matter what brand you’re acquiring. iPhones are specially notorious for being expensive pieces of hardware, and especially if you desire more than the entry-level 16GB of storage options. Carrier subsidies have always been the best option for US consumers to gain access to new iPhones, but it seems that’s about to change.

Trusted sources claim that Apple has just informed its employees that it will be dropping AT&T carrier subsidies this month of June, but the reasons for the change weren’t announced. Consumers will now be forced to acquire an iPhone through AT&T’s Next program, which does allow you to pay a phone in installments, but isn’t necessarily what users would call a subsidy. If you’re thinking this is the perfect time to jump ship, think again as the source also claims that Verizon will be the next carrier to implement this, though no dates were announced.

We don’t know if this will only apply to Apple Stores, or if it’s something that AT&T and Verizon are doing in general, but we should learn more soon. Does this affect your option to acquire a new iPhone? Make sure you share your thoughts in the comments down bellow.

Source: 9to5Mac

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